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Venues in Newton, NJ,
(973) 241-1001
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4.6 out of 5
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  • 38 Reviews


    Lynn Germaske

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    5 out of 5
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  • Booking with bear brook valley is so easy! And staff is very flexible and helpful!

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    Thank you so much Lynn for taking the time out to write such lovely review! We really do try to simplify the wedding planning process- there's no reason why it should be so hard! We look forward to working with you and Carter for your big day in March 2021! :)

    Alyssa Caprara

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  • We went for a visit and right away they poured us a glass of wine or beer. The grounds are beautiful, everything was explained thoroughly, and the presentation was exquisite. We booked right on the spot. After we booked they immediately got in touch with us and communication has been open ever since. I look forward to working with them

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    Thank you so much Alyssa for sharing your experience with us! First impressions are everything! We look forward to working with you and Mathias for your big day- November 28th!!

    Anderson Flowers

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    5 out of 5
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  • I am a professional florist (ANDERSON FLOWERS, METUCHEN, NJ) and I just did my first wedding at Bear Brook Valley - and the people there are so nice to work with. And - That surely translates into a great experience for the Bride, Groom, Their Families and Friends. Look forward to being back there

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    Thank you so much for the kind words!! It was such a pleasure working with you guys- we hope to see you back here soon!

    Mel Calvo

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    5 out of 5
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  • I don't think Bear Brook Valley needs any more 5 star reviews, but here goes. This is hands down the most amazing place you could imagine to have your wedding. It is absolutely stunning! The attention to detail to making this place exclusively a wedding venue is extraordinary. Not a single square inch of the venue is wasted; it was designed to host a wedding from start to finish. Planning with them was so simple! You have your one point of contact the entire time and they handle everything. No worries about rentals, overwhelming options, and hiring multiple different companies. Bear Brook is your venue, caterer, bartender, rental supply, cake supplier (included in contract price but you order at provided bakery), set up and tear down crew, and even day of coordinator! The amount that you are saving by having BBV provide all of this for you is priceless! Like, do you know how much an independent day of coordinator costs? Oh, and their prices are inclusive of sales tax and they don't cha... Read more

    Jaimie

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    5 out of 5
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  • My fiancé and I looked at about 10 places when we decided to visit Bear Brook. As soon as we walked onto the property we knew we loved the venue. Then meeting all of the staff, seeing the bridal and groomsmen suites, and the gorgeous rustic romantic decor sold us. Our wedding coordinator made everything idiot-proof for us: reminding us about payments, timelines for vendors, etc. We recently had our wedding there and people have not stopped complimenting us about their experience at Bear Brook. They loved the food, the staff, and the overall ambiance of the place. We are so thrilled with how our wedding turned out, thanks to Bear Brook!

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    Jaimie & Nick- Congratulations again!! Thank you so much for taking the time out to share your experience with us! We are so glad we were able to bring your wedding vision to life! The lavender candles as a favor was an adorable touch and the McDonald's at the end of the night was such a hit! Please come back and visit us as a guest soon! Best wishes :)

    Lindsay Giordano

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    5 out of 5
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  • I booked Bear Brook Valley for my upcoming wedding. So far the experience has been perfect and with such professionalism. Every so often someone reaches out to see how we are doing and to give us some helpful tips. The place itself is amazing. Can’t wait to marry my best friend there!!!

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    Lindsay, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an amazing review. We are so glad you are pleased with the planning process this far- planning a wedding is supposed to be fun! We cannot wait for November so we can witness you and Todd tie the knot!

    Kelly

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wow where to even begin about how AMAZING Bear Brook Valley was for our wedding on 8/17/19! Katrina Boyle, our wedding coordinator, was absolutely INCREDIBLE during the entire planning process. From her helpful checklists and suggestions, to her on the spot magic she pulled, she made sure every detail was what we wanted and made sure our wedding was exactly what we dreamed of. Franklin and the bridal attendants were also fantastic the day of as they were SO attentive, helpful, and readily available to help with any request throughout the day. Our food was spectacular, the cocktail hour was raved about, and the end of the night food stand on the way out was a huge hit. I could rave about the beauty of Bear Brook all day, but the people made it that much better and easier to work with. I couldn’t imagine having my wedding anywhere else and I’m SO greatful for Katrina’s patience, flexibility and her eagerness to accommodate our every request. I would highly recommend Bear Brook Val... Read more

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    Thank you so much again Kelly & Frank for taking the time out to write such a lovely review. Please come back and visit us as a guest soon!! Best wishes :)

    Amanda

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I researched venues throughout New Jersey and New York in search of the perfect place to celebrate our wedding. Bear Brook Valley was the most incredible venue that delivered the best wedding day we could have imagined. We wanted a day that was exceptional and extravagant without being stuffy; Bear Brook certainly provided the most upbeat, fun, lavish day. Logistically, Katrina is extremely organized and prompt; coordinating with her throughout the wedding process was truly a joy. She provided clear lists and benchmarks that helped keep us organized and on track with a timeline; she was so communicative that we did not need to hire a wedding coordinator outside of the venue. On our end, I have an extreme attention to detail (a little OCD!), and Katrina was on top of every last item that made it easy to give her full control and relax on the day of. Stylistically, Bear Brook allowed us to truly personalize the reception so that it felt like us. Everything from the... Read more

    Mauli Shukla

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    5 out of 5
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  • I don't know where to start - everything about BBV is perfection. I got married here a few weeks ago in what would be BBV's first "big fat Indian wedding". We had picked Bear Brook Valley a year ago knowing that they hadn't necessarily done a wedding like ours, but regardless selecting them was the easiest decision to make. Katrina was incredibly warm, welcoming, attentive, and so excited - we knew that this was going to be the place for us. The chefs worked with us to create a nearly custom menu that helped us accommodate all of our guests many different dietary restrictions and they executed everything so well - every single guest is still raving about it. We were honestly able to enjoy our entire day at Bear Brook Valley, because the staff made it so easy for us to relax and not worry about any details. Frankly, we're already discussing getting married again so we can be back at BBV ;)! Don't overthink and go with BBV, you will not regret it!

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    Thank you so much again Mauli & Smit for sharing your experience with us. Your wedding truly was one for the books (we absolutely love looking back at the photo/video from that day)- please come back as a guest soon :) Best wishes!

    Kaitlyn Curran

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    5 out of 5
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  • When I first stepped foot in Bear Brook Valley, we knew we wanted to get married here based on how beautiful it was. After we booked, Katrina communicated with us about every detail and made us feel at ease throughout the wedding planning process. The venue is gorgeous, with so much natural beauty. We didn't need to worry about a thing the day of because the service was impeccable from arrival in the morning to the minute we left at night. The whole staff was so attentive all day and night and made the day perfect. The food was amazing, and the guests are still complimenting how great the venue was. I highly recommend Bear Brook for your wedding day.

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    Thank you so much again Kaitlyn & Chris for sharing your experience with us! Please come back and visit us as a guest soon! Best wishes:)

    Carly Mento

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    5 out of 5
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  • My now husband and I knew from the moment we walked into Bear Brook Valley that it was going to be "the one". I already had a feeling based on how excited I was from pictures alone, and how spot on everything was in person. (The drive in was also gorgeous!) We live in NYC and often travel upstate for long weekends, day hikes, etc., so our first thought was to look for a venue in the Hudson Valley. The vibe we wanted for would include both indoor and outdoor space, a modern take on the farmhouse/barn house style, hold only one wedding per day and be surrounded by trees and/or mountains. Bear Brook Valley checked every single box and then some! It is nestled in the greenery of northwestern New Jersey, so the lushness and connection to nature was perfect. I could go on forever about how much we, and all of our guests, LOVED our venue, but instead I'll highlight key areas we thought were important and stood out from all the other venues we considered. KATRINA, FRANKLIN & STAFFFirst and fo... Read more

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    Thank you so much again Carly & Martin for sharing your experience with us! We are so glad to be even just a small part of your big day! Please come visit us as a guest soon!! Best wishes :)

    Kate

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    5 out of 5
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  • I don't know how I could possibly put into words the overwhelming sense of love and happiness I feel when I think about Bear Brook Valley. I wish I could rate 5,000 stars instead of just 5. A simple "5 star review" just doesn't do it justice. My husband and I got married 5 days ago, and I have been brought to tears many times over the last few days when thinking about how PERFECT our day was. First, its the most STUNNING venue I've ever seen. Its so unique, yet classy and sophisticated, too. The ballroom is so spacious, but not so spread out that you feel like you're in a different country than half of your guests. The food was delicious, multiple people contacted us after the wedding to tell us it was the best food they've ever had at an event. The staff... I truly don't have words to describe what wonderful people they are! They went above and beyond for not only my husband and I, but our parents and bridal party throughout the entire day. We chose to spend our whole day at the v... Read more

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    Thank you sooo much again Kate & Mike for taking the time out to write such kind words!! PLEASE come visit us as a guest soon :) Best wishes!

    JoAnn Joyce

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  • My son’s wedding last Saturday was absolutely magical. Everything was just perfect but had one flaw. The dinner was terrible. I had the salmon which was so dry, I could not swallow it. Spinach was swimming in salt and sweet potatoes was raw. My husband had the lamb. It was overdone and dried out. Our entire two tables were totally unhappy with their meals. The cocktail hour food was delicious and plentiful. I have never seen a spread so large and diversified. It really made up fir the awful dinner.

    Sade B.

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  • I am writing this review to alert people of the unethically business practices of the Bear Brook Valley Wedding venue in Newton, NJ. They are callous and only care about their bottom line. They are unaccommodating and not flexible in anyway shape or form. They don't care about clients. This is by far the worst experience I've had with a vendor. When awareness of the pandemic first became prominent, I reached out to my contact at the venue Heather Truesdale in March, to ask about what their procedures were on handling upcoming events during these unprecedented times. My concerns were dismissed due to my wedding being in July, with no consideration for the other facets that goes into executing an event of this magnitude (sending out invitations, dress fittings, food tasting, other vendors, etc). Hi reached out to the venue again in April after they began "rebooking" March and April dates. I was told as of right now they were only rebooking through May. I reached out again in April expres... Read more

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    Hi Sade, We are very sorry to hear of your displeasure with how we are working with couples whose weddings are directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a very difficult time for everyone so we are trying our absolute best to address everyone’s concerns. At this time, the state and CDC are issuing all operational guidelines and directions for our business to comply with. We are doing everything in our power to abide by those guidelines, but just like you, we are waiting to be told how we can proceed. This does lead to many open ended questions that we are unable to give more definitive answers to. We empathize and completely understand how frustrating this is, but we are limited to giving responses based off of the available information. We have remained transparent to you and all Bear Brook Valley Couples through the 6 update emails we have sent to everyone over the last month and a half. Each update detailed how, due to the sensitive nature of those impacted, we have chosen to give our couples the option to reschedule in date order. At this time, we are giving all weddings in July of this year the option to place a tentative date on hold or reschedule to a new date. Out of courtesy for all couples waiting next, we have given each couple throughout this entire process 24 hours to look through the list of available dates and update us on how they would like to proceed. We cannot allow other couples to reschedule until it is their turn. Out of fairness to everyone impacted, we cannot make exceptions to the rescheduling procedure we have in place. Since we are a small seasonal business and so many events have been affected we cannot afford to exceed the discount options being offered at this time. We still do not know when this hardship will be behind us and it is paramount that treat everyone with the same respect. Cancellation requests are being handled transparently for all. We are abiding by the terms of our contract and our legal team is advising on those stipulated terms as well. We genuinely appreciate everyone's feedback and are taking everything into consideration with each decision we make.

    Sarah

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  • This venue does not care about it's clients, especially during this covid 19 pandemic. Their only focus is their bottom line. They are not accomdating or flexible with the postponement/ cancellations of upcoming wedding that are a direct result of government regulations and uncertainty due to the pandemic.

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    Hi Sarah, I’m so sorry to hear you are displeased with how we’re handling business during these uncertain times. We are trying the best we can to reschedule the weddings affected by COVID-19 with the information we’re given from the state. We are limited to available dates since we do host only one wedding per day. Once a date is booked, we cannot offer that as an available option to someone else. We are trying to keep the best interest in mind of everyone involved while also considering the future of the company. I assure you our team is extremely empathetic to the situation. We genuinely love our couples and wish we had more control over the situation. Unfortunately, this all hit us out of nowhere, and we're doing the best that we can given these unfortunate circumstances. We genuinely appreciate everyone's feedback and are taking everything into consideration with each decision we make. No matter what happens we are going to make sure that every wedding held here is amazing, and we can’t wait to be back to celebrating with you all. The Bear Brook Team
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