A hidden jewel too, as wedding venues go. I had the pleasure of being the New Jersey wedding officiant (okay, okay, shameless plug)  for Ko and Holly on Saturday, and their intimate gathering took place at the Crowne Plazain Englewood, NJ. What a great find this one is!  It combines the sophisticated atmosphere of a city hotel with a convenient location and a gracious staff.  And while they can easily  accomodate groups up to 130, they can also cater beautifully to smaller groups like this wedding of 25 guests.  It’s a real winner, and I was glad to discover it.

Beth, their catering manager should really have another title that describes her caring and hands-on approach to each event. Honorary Aunt?  No, that sounds too dusty….. designated fusser over?  Maybe. I’ll work on it, Beth….  Her calm, but enthusiastic manner made our sweet, personal wedding a breeze.  Each guest felt warmly welcomed as they made their way into the ceremony and the reception.  And when my couple added a special candle lighting to the agenda, Beth hooked me up to Yahoo so I could include the perfect words for the occasion.  After their ceremony, I stopped by her office to say goodbye,  and she was already up to her ears in Sweet Sixteen centerpieces for that evening (adorable balloons from Party-with-Us, a decoration company that’s almost next door). 

The Crowne Plaza offers a sumptuous reception menu with all your favorites hors d’ oeuvres and stations, ending with beautiful wedding cakes from Palermo’s in Ridgefield Park. (You will totally lose your mind when  you see their amazing designs; they even make mini cakes for favors. Pass me the canoli cream please!)  It is definately a venue to consider for your wedding….your first anniversary….your baby welcoming….well, you get the idea!