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Venues in West Orange, New Jersey,
(973) 731-3100
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 53 Reviews


    Brittany

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  • Highlawn made our day so special. Chris the banquet manager makes everyone priority. All of our guests loved the food atmosphere and the amazing NYC skyline view!

    Ashley

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  • This was the first venue we went to visit where they were prepping for a wedding & the guests were already on site about to go to the ceremony. I was happy to see things were going smoothly for the bride and groom. Seeing them in action really allowed us to get a picture of what they would be doing for us & I think that helped, not to mention the skyline view that would be during dinner.

    Caren

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  • The People: Chris Gellings is our venue manager. Chris was very warm and accommodating. After communicating with Chris, we thought that Chris runs a great team at Highlawn, he's very experienced and caring, and he has attention to details. On our wedding day, the staff gives good directions, and we received good reviews from our guests on the reception serving crew and the bartender(she made me a really tasty and ins worthy drink). We had full confidence in Chris leading up to our big day, and I didn't worry about anything about the venue and the logistics that day(actually I didn't notice anything that day, it was just really smooth...). We did not hire any day-off coordinator or wedding planner. The Venue: we love the view! Everyone loves the view! It's on a cliff with Manhattan skyline far away and lots of lots of green. It's very relaxing and refreshing for us and our guests from the city. My only complaint is about the ceremony garden. They removed the bushes around the garden... Read more

    Erica Del Guidice

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  • My husband and I were so happy with our decision to use The Highlawn Pavillion. We were blown away with the service and attention to detail. Chris was fantastic to work with, the food was wonderful, and the wedding cake blew us away. It was such a special evening and we are so happy!

    Nicolette

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  • We had our wedding reception at the Highlawn Pavilion on 8-5-18. We were extremely happy with our venue from start to finish. We were looking for a place that had a great view, great food and was a little different than your typical NJ ballroom wedding venue. The venue itself has an incredible view and beautiful grounds for pictures. We worked with Paul to plan the event and he was extremely flexible, helpful and easy to work with. He helped us work out all of our details and made us feel confident our day would go without a hitch. I cannot say enough about how delicious the food was. All of their food and desserts are made in house and I had many guests say it was the best food and dinner they've had at a wedding. The staff was great and it was the perfect venue for our wedding. If you are looking for a place that will wow your guests with its food, view, rustic villa feel and great service, the Highlawn is the place for you.

    Danielle

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  • We have nothing but good things to say about Chris and his team at the Highlawn !! They helped to make our wedding on October 27, 2017 flawless and the best night of our lives. The food was great the service was great and the whole night is still being talked about! Chris was always available to answer any of our many questions and took all of our requests seriously, they made all of our dreams reality, and then some! Thank you so much to everyone at the Highlawn! We thoroughly recommend this venue, the pricing was right, the food was impeccable, the atmosphere is romantic and the view is breathtaking!!

    Gregory

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  • We were thrilled with our positive experience at Highlawn Pavilion from 11am to 5pm on 3 September,2017. Key to our satisfaction was the cooperation and time extended to us, months in advance, by the Banquets Manager Paul Keenan and his very capable colleague, Christopher. Paul spent all the the time we needed with us going over the details of logistics, food and the ceremonial/religious aspects of planning a wedding for 110 people months in advance of the event. We were thoroughly impressed and satisfied with this level of cooperation. On the day of the wedding we had rain, but as promised the Highlawn team "made lemonade out of lemons" and assembled the wedding area, including the chuppah, entirely to our satisfaction and the ceremony was very dignified and beautiful. We had a lot of enthusiastic young folks in attendance and the microphones for the speeches were all in working order, the dance floor was full, the food and wine and bar area were impeccably prepared. It was ... Read more

    Maria

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  • Had to book a VERY last minute rehearsal dinner for a large party. Gorgeous views & great atmosphere. Very attentive staff. Live music was great. Dinner took a tad bit long but we had an extremely large party. The booker and hostess were very accommodating. Highly recommend purely for the location, views & photo ops!

    Melissa

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  • Oh my gosh where to begin about this amazing venue. Our wedding day was so beautiful and we have Paul and Norma at the Highlawn to thank for that. They exceeded our expectations! Paul from the very beginning was so accommodating and so chill which I loved right away because I know the day of the wedding I wouldn't have to stress. From the start of it was such an easy planning process they work with you budget wise especially when you guarantee them a certain number. Anytime I had any questions Paul got back to me right away. The day of the wedding was great, the weather wasn't perfect we were hoping for the amazing view of NYC but that was something no one could control. But we were able to have the ceremony outside and everything went perfectly. The room was decorated exactly how I asked it was so gorgeous and the food was delish! Def go for the perogies at cocktail hour all my guests were raving about them. I had the filet mignon and my husband had the Cod and it was perfe... Read more

    Michelle

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  • Amazing!!! Chris gave me the most beautiful amazing wedding. He was responsive and responsible honest caring supportive incredible. The highlawn pavilion had amazing food. They made the most beautiful cake. I was a very nervous and controlling pride and at every turn the staff put me at ease. It is beautiful with a great view and amazing staff. Please speak with Chris if you're hoping to make your dream wedding come true!

    Katie

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are so pleased we chose Highlawn for our wedding in July 2016. The planning process was stress-free; Paul made it easy to make decisions, and was accommodating to our wishes. On the night, the food was amazing, and the service impeccable. The cocktail hour flowed and there was plenty of food, I didn't see anything run out. The peking duck rolls were amazing, and my guests raved about the crepes and seafood. The dinner was amazing, we both ate the filet mignon, but our guests loved the salmon and chicken too. My vegetarian guests said that they were very accommodating. The viennese hour for dessert was exquisite, and the cake (made in house) was delicious.

    Alaina

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  • We had the perfect wedding at Highlawn Pavilion! We chose to do a daytime wedding so we started with an 11:30am ceremony outside, followed by a 12:00pm cocktail hour in the ground-floor bar area with access to the outdoor patio, and a 1:00pm reception upstairs in the banquet hall. Choosing your menu is super fun because there are a ton of choices and everything was delicious. I especially loved that they had a Peking Duck station as a choice for one of the cocktail hour station, and a Raw Bar with oysters and shrimp was included!!! Very eclectic options as well as traditional favorites so there is really something for everyone. The location is beautiful (views of NYC from one of the highest points in NJ), and also convenient to get to from the city. We had many guests who came from NYC and those who didn't carpool or drive were able to take the NJ Transit train to Newark and take a 15-minute cab ride over. Paul, the Private Dining Manager, was easygoing and accommodating throug... Read more

    Norma

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had our wedding on May 6th, 2016 at the Highlawn Pavilion. The venue itself is gorgeous and the staff is excellent. I would like to especially recognize Paul, who helped us plan everything up until the wedding. He was very patient and flexible with our time and provided us all the information we needed and more prior to our big day. During our special day Norma took over and made sure everything was well coordinated from the start to the end. Norma made sure that the wedding party was on cue and fed us during the excitement of the reception. Our guests continue to compliment us on the excellent food and the great time they had. There was than enough room for our guests and a huge dance floor. The decor is perfect and we barely needed any extras. Not only would recommend Highlawn Pavilion to anyone seeking to get married in grand style; we are recruiting family and friends to get married there so that we can attend and enjoy the same way they enjoyed our wedding! Norma and D... Read more

    User4669790

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are very happy with our venue choice - The Highlawn was excellent on all points. The ceremony space is beautiful, the huppah is unique and the view cant be beat. The food is exceptional - not your typical banquet hall catering. The staff is reliable and professional. Last but not least, it is an exceptional value - our wedding looked like it cost 4 times what we paid. If you want a special, intimate, classic and elegant feel to your wedding - The highlawn is an excellent pick. We couldn't be happier!

    Courtney Tully

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  • My dream wedding was with a NYC view, unique, and with amazing food. The Highlawn Pavilion is the most perfect venue if you are looking for that! It also fit within my budget while many, many other venues did not. The price is extremely affordable with what you get including the ceremony, amazing cocktail hour, drinks, incredible food, cake, and service. It is a restaurant so the food is incredible. We had the whole upstairs and the ceremony outside. It was literally perfect and they're so chill with their planning process. We worked with Paul and he was very flexible and is probably the most calm person I've ever met, which is perfect for your wedding day. I got all outside vendors and they worked well with all of them. The Highlawn also helped set up and breakdown everything. It was all boxed up well and ready to take home right after the wedding. They were also flexible if we wanted to pick up stuff the next day. Highly highly highly recommend!
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