Our Venue: the Venetian

I realized that I never really mentioned the venue that our wedding will take place in, except very briefly in my profile. To be honest, we didn’t really visit many venues. I have to say that one of the main reasons for that is because the first venue we visited just happened to be the Venetian in Garfield NJ, and we fell so much in love with the place that the three other appointments we made for that day just didn’t seem as nice. It didn’t take us very long to make a decision about booking here. It was probably one of the easiest part of our wedding planning so far.

I wasn’t sure what I would think of the venue on the way there, especially when we saw a bunch of industrial buildings with only a mile or so left to go (we were starting to get a little nervous), and a used car lot directly across the street. Even the venue itself looked to be under construction (they are in the process of building another ballroom, and construction will be completed by the time of our wedding).

But when we walked through the doors, this is what we saw:

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The cocktail lounge is located to the left of this gorgeous hallway, and the reception hall is located to the right. I wanted to use this hallway as much as we could, and decided to have a half hour champagne reception here before the guests are lead upstairs into the ceremony room. Mr. Martini and I are also both Korean, and we wanted to incorporate the Korean tea ceremony, called Paebaek, into our wedding somehow. The first time I ever witnessed a Paebaek during the reception was about four years ago, and I was on the edge of my chair the whole time with tears streaming down my face. It was so emotional! Fast forward a few years and about 10 Paebaek ceremonies later, you start to get desensitized. Guests start to get bored, especially when there is a huge family involved.

Well, I have a very small family, but Mr. Martini has a very large one. Having the Paebaek ceremony during the reception would take a lot of time out of the things we wanted to do and our biggest concern was that we wouldn’t be able to take full advantage of our band. Also, we wouldn’t want our guests to start getting restless. The more time we spend on bowing and throwing chestnuts and dates around, the less time there will be to party! But we still wanted to do it and felt that it was important to us and our families.

We decided that we will have the Paebaek ceremony during the cocktail hour, in this very hallway. It will be completely optional and done in a quiet manner. This way, guests who would rather eat, drink and mingle can do so, while guests who have never witnessed the ceremony before can easily peek through the doors or spill out into the hallway to watch, if they choose to. We have a good number of non Asian guests who have never heard of a Korean tea ceremony and are looking forward to checking it out.

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The cocktail lounge includes many stations as well as butler style served hor d’oeuvres. It also includes something that made my heart skip a beat – a sake bar! There is actually another extended room off to the side, so guest should not be cramped at all. The Venetian actually does not do any tastings, but we didn’t mind one bit. We’ve spoken to numerous people who have attended a wedding there and the one thing they said about the venue was that the food is amazing. Great for the guests, but bad for me and Mr. Martini, because we doubt we will get to experience all the yummy food that will be provided. sad01 I hope the guests will like it however, because there’s a chance that the cocktail hour will run a tad longer than the normal 1 hour because of the Paebaek ceremony.

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This is where the ceremony will take place. I have to be honest, I am a little bit concerned about the ceremony site because it is on the smaller side, and we will be having over 200 guests. My concerns about the ceremony room will be expressed in my next post, because it’s much too lengthy for this one.

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Our ceremony room, from the front.

We chose our venue for a lot of reasons. For one, the place is absolutely gorgeous! Also, the location was convenient because it was right off the highway and close to NYC, where most of our friends were located. We have never attended a wedding there and that appealed to us, and we thought that it was something different we could offer to our guests. We’ve also heard nothing but good things about the food and the service. Did I mention there was a sake bar?

We always knew we’d have our wedding in late winter or early spring, and I knew I never wanted an outdoor ceremony, so we weren’t looking for venues with lavish gardens. We wanted a nice indoor facility and have a great time with great food, great dancing, and plenty of cocktails. Oh, and don’t forget the sake bar!

Why did you choose your venue?

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Mrs. Martini

Location:
New Jersey
Wedding Date:
March, 2009

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    Melissa, Guest @ 10:59 am

    I booked the Venetian – It was the last place I looked after seeing 11 catering halls – THE SEARCH WAS OVER! I wanted WOW! Booked the new room – It has the vegas feel we wanted!

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    Melissa, Guest @ 11:01 am

    Also…It was the most reasonable in terms of price. Toniann can probably work with you… GOOD LUCK!

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    Venessa, Guest @ 7:13 pm

    @Melissa: For what they have to offer, they definitely have the best price. You can still get the whole works and still not break the piggy bank. Even if you don’t want the whole works, I’m pretty sure you can take things out to make it cheaper.

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    What I Did Two Days Before the Wedding, Part 2 » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 1:45 pm

    [...] that I wanted petal cones for our ceremony, but it was tough trying to figure out how, because the chairs in the ceremony room had rounded backs. It was something that bothered me at first because there would be no way to hang [...]

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    michelle, Guest @ 4:39 pm

    Hello,
    I recently book my wedding at teh Venetian for March of 2011. I’ve never been to a wedding there but I have only heard great things about it. Please post some of your pictures after the wedding

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    Mrs. Martini 270 posts, Helper bee @ 4:47 pm

    @michelle:

    hi there, and congrats on your wedding! I’m already married (got married in March, too!) and I’ve started posting recaps =)

    i absolutely adored the venetian, and they were perfect in every way. Friends are STILL talking about the amazing food and the great time they had.

    i did hear that after they completed the second ballroom, there has been issues with traffic because they weren’t able to build a second entrance, but my experience with them is nothing short of amazing!

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 11:22 am

    How much is the price at the venetian for the new ballroom? with gratuity and tax?

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    Mrs. Martini 270 posts, Helper bee @ 12:34 pm

    @Jennifer: hi there! hmmm i’m actually not sure at all. i got married a year ago so the new ballroom was actually not yet finished and we got married in the old ballroom…. the’yre very cool though so i’m sure they will be willing to work with you on budget?

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    Venessa, Guest @ 5:33 pm

    I booked my wedding last January for the the new b4 it was done. And we are paying $125 including tax and gratuity, but our wedding is also on Labor Day Monday so we got a big discount. We’re also getting an extra hour and the Vienesse. I met a couple that is getting married there on a Thursday in August in they are paying $145 and getting an extra 1/2 hour and the Vienesse. I don’t know if the prices are going to go up since they are so popular right now because of the new room. It’s an amazing place and I can’t wait for the wedding.

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    Amy, Guest @ 9:51 am

    @michelle: Hi Michelle,
    My FH and I are also looking to get married at the venetian in march… do you mind sharing how much pp or just a price range for that time period?

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