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Venues in Sparta, NJ,
(973) 512-3995
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    Jenna F.

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  • Wow...just wow. Honestly could have not asked for a more PERFECT day. Rock Island is honestly outstanding in every aspect. I wish I can go back and do this day over and over again. I don’t even know where to begin but Becca and Jillian were heaven sent! Becca was so responsive throughout the entire process, including the postponement, and never once made us feel like we were a bother with questions. She was an essential part of our planning process and I trusted her FULLY! Her bubbly personality never once made me feel an ounce of stress, and I am so thankful for that! She is so efficient and organized. She was with us for most of our wedding day and made sure every vision I had in mind came to life. My bridal attendant Kylie was also so sweet and so attentive and made it known she was there to make my life easier anyway she could. Holding my veil, my bouquet, getting us drinks and answering questions in the bridal suite while we all got ready...she was awesome! Jillian was w... Read more

    Anthony G.

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  • Where can we even begin with Rock Island? These are some of the best people we had the pleasure of dealing with in planning for our wedding. With these trying times, Becca and Jillian always made sure to ease our nerves. The day of the wedding they were always around making sure that everything was going great and checking in if we need anything! The food, out of this world. We had multiple people come up to us saying how amazing the cocktail hour was, and how delicious their dinners were. We could probably write a book on all of the great things that this team did for us from the day we booked with them, through the day of our wedding. It was so reassuring to see that they genuinely care about each and every one of their couples as if it was their only couple. I would recommend this venue and team to ANYONE looking for a intimate rustic venue for their wedding. We cannot thank Rock Island and their team enough for all that they did to make our day as memorable as possible!

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    Anthony, thank you so incredibly much for leaving such a sweet and amazing review! We all take pride in what we do and really care for each couple so I am happy that it shows! And I am so happy we were able to make it work, despite the cooler weather! We wish you and Keri the best!!

    Bianca

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  • Rock Island is a gorgeous venue and the staff is beyond amazing. Even after having to postpone our wedding, Heather at Rock Island, made us feel so at ease during a time where we were panicking. Truly a welcoming and professional place to work with!!

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    Thank you so much for the review Bianca!!! Hope you and Christoper are doing well! It was so wonderful working with you both!!

    Erin W.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rock Island was one of the first venues that we visited while we started the planning process of our wedding. We fell in love with it immediately. Between the gorgeous reception and cocktail space and the outside area where the ceremony would take place we were amazed. We signed our contract and was ready to start planning. Unfortunately COVID did force us to change our date and Rock Island was accommodating. When our date finally arrived, the staff truly made the day so special even midst a pandemic. I didn't have a care in the world that day because I trusted the staff and they knew how to handle everything. All of our guests felt safe with the precautions in place. The food was exceptional also. Overall I am so happy we kept with having our "big" wedding and thank you to the Rock Island staff for making our day so special!

    Kara Z.

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  • We booked our wedding with Rock Island Lake Club for 9/18/2020. Given COVID, our wedding reception was to be held in a tented outdoor space, lakeside; however, the week of the wedding, the owners offered us to switch our reception to the sister location, Bear Brook Valley, due to expected low temperatures on our wedding day and being in an outdoor space. Bear Brook Valley was newly renovated to allow indoor/outdoor access and increased comfort for our wedding guests. We were initially wary of changing the location of our venue the week-of (due to logistics and fear of guests declining to attend since the reception would no longer be fully outdoors), but we were also concerned about the reception being chilly for our guests the whole night in a tented space. Ultimately, we decided to take the owners up on the offer as we were assured this would be a great option for our guests. We met the owners and Bear Brook staff on 9/17, saw the renovations and incredible space, and were SO excited ... Read more

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    Kara! Thank you so incredibly much for taking the time to write us such a great review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed everything; it's especially nice to hear throughout the COVID-19 challenges! Couples like you who are so positive and strong throughout this really inspire us and make us love what we do! You adjusted to every change with ease! We're so happy to hear you had such an amazing day and felt treated like royalty! That is what we strive for! We hope you guys are doing well and have a safe, happy and healthy year as newlyweds!! Warmest, Rock Island & Bear Brook :)

    Taryn

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  • Speechless is the only word we can think of right now because Rock Island left us completely in awe. We could cry all over again writing this review. The second we walked into Rock Island and Heather showed us around we knew we had to get married at this absolutely stunning venue. Everything about it is absolutely perfect from the beautiful scenery to the stunning inside. From the minute we booked Rock Island, Heather and Karly kept In constant contact with us ensuring that every single detail was taken care of and that we would have nothing to worry about come our wedding day. This venue has an incredible amount of weddings every single week, yet they made us feel as if we were the only ones getting married there. Their attention to detail, genuine care and love for you, organization, and understanding, were immeasurable. Each meeting we had with Heather and Karly and the staff made us more and more at ease with our wedding. Upon getting to Rock Island for our wedding day, we ... Read more

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    Taryn! We love you too! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a thorough and kind review!!! This truly made our day! Our team puts our heart and soul into everything we do, so hearing that we gave you the personalized and memorable experience that we strive for is so rewarding! We hope you and Greg are enjoying the married life. You guys will always be part of the RILC family! :)

    Kristen

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  • I honestly don't know where to begin...the scenic backdrop to our ceremony, the endless cocktail hour AND A HALF, and a fantastic banquet space upstairs made our wedding day the best day of our lives. From our initial meeting, we were blown away at the options to choose from for the cocktail hour, dinner, and bar. We still get compliments on the food from our wedding! The all-included package is honestly the best part, and having Heather as our coordinator made planning the entire day a piece-of-cake. She was quick to respond to emails, and every idea we had she took all of the pieces (photographer, florist, musicians, rehearsal) and put it al together. The day-of, the RILC staff helped us out every moment. Having the bride and groom suites to get ready in at the venue made the morning a lot less stressful! Since they only have one wedding per day, they allowed us to transform the space into our own personalized celebration of "us", which was truly amazing...our guests say that it felt... Read more

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    Kristen! We are so thrilled to hear you had a great experience with us both during planning and day-of! You were so incredible to work with and hearing this truly makes us love what we do. Thank you for trusting us to execute your biggest day!

    Katelyn K.

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  • I don't know where to begin with our wedding at Rock Island. Dreaming about your wedding day for what feels like forever means you have extremely high expectations. Every single time my husband and I visited Rock Island, we left impressed and so beyond excited for our big day. The staff, FOOD, atmosphere, view, location, EVERYTHING about Rock Island is beyond amazing! Our guests cannot stop raving about our wedding at being the best and most fun wedding they have ever been to. Seriously! The food is SPECTACULAR, the views and location/building/grounds are just breathtaking, and the staff left such a lasting impression on everyone that our guests knew them by name by the end of the night. Heather, our wedding planner, was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. She is so warm and welcoming and made everything a breeze. Mike and Jessica made our wedding day run absolutely seamlessly. Karly, my bridal attendant, was extremely attentive to me and she was right there with me through ou... Read more

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    Katelyn! Thank you so incredibly much for taking the time to leave such a kind review! We are beyond happy to hear that your guests are still raving and that you had such a positive experience with us. We strive to provide a warm & welcoming environment with personalized service. Thank you for trusting us with your biggest day!

    Jen R.

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  • I initially fell in love with Rock Island Lake Club from their website alone – the beautiful pictures and insane menu options vaulted it high to the top of our venue list, and once we started visiting venues in person, it was clear nothing was going to top it. The aesthetic was exactly what we were looking for; not a “big Jersey ballroom”, but a gorgeously understated glam-rustic vibe that didn’t need to be hidden behind excessive décor and florals. The new birch arch by the water and the beautiful farmhouse tables in the ballroom are just a few highlights. The staff was beyond amazing from beginning to end. I told my husband the day before the wedding that there’s no way I would’ve stayed (mostly) sane if we’d booked anywhere else. We visited the venue twice before officially booking, and both times we walked in the place were greeted warmly and offered beverages before the tour began. Once we were under contract, Heather was our main point-of-contact and was an abso... Read more

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    Jen! That is exactly what we have always gone for, we don't want to be the typical New Jersey ballroom banquet facility. We strive to provide a more unique and refreshing experience for today's couple! So thank you for recognizing us for that and for all of your kind words throughout this review! It's so wonderful to hear that you had a seamless experience and that our staff was able to make you feel at ease. We are so lucky to work with couples like you who make our jobs so rewarding! Thank you for trusting us with your biggest day and we hope to see you at another wedding as a guest in the future :)

    Courtney Z.

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  • From the day we stepped foot in Rock Island, we knew we wanted to become a part of the RILC family. The grounds are gorgeous, well maintained, and are simply stunning and unique. This was just the beginning. As soon as we booked, we began working with Heather who was absolutely unreal - Heather is responsive, full of ideas and knowledge, and above all else, truly felt like our friend who genuinely cared about our wedding, despite the fact that she helps so many other couples - this is evidenced by our 100+ email chain. It is so important when planning a wedding to fully trust your vendors, and Rock Island made this easy. The day before our wedding, we met with Mike A, the RILC Maître d', and Jessica, the RILC day-of coordinator. Jessica took the time to go over every piece of decor we were dropping off to ensure that everything we wanted to be used was used, and similarly that everything we brought was packed up for us after the wedding was over. Mike and Jessica then went over every ... Read more

    Amy

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  • There aren't enough words to explain how amazing Rock Island Lake Club is. All the stellar reviews here are true!! Yes, the venue is stunning! The staff is extremely professional and yet personable. Heather, the wedding planner, was always there to help answer any of my ridiculous questions and kept me sane throughout the process helping me find a solution even though everyone else told me it wasn't possible. They truly made me feel like a bride every step of the way. For reference, I got engaged in February 2019 and got married in July 2019. Although everyone said it was too short to plan a wedding, I had the fairytale wedding of my dreams all thanks for RILC. It was everything I hoped for and more. Everyone still raves about the food/drinks. We're so happy we added the midnight munchies (a must have). They were an unexpected unique wedding favor that left my guests well fed and happy. The day is still a whirlwind in my mind. It went so fast and I'm still getting little fl... Read more

    Sarah W.

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  • To start off, I'll give the disclaimer that RILC was the one and only wedding venue that my now husband and I looked at. We had a good feeling after hearing and reading great reviews, but when we went for our initial consultation, we were blown away, not only by the space and scenery, but by the plethora of options available to us as part of the basic wedding package and the abundance of upgrades. The kindness and patience of the staff to answer our questions was also evident in Jessica's warm smile and demeanor at our meeting! As we planned, Heather (the wedding coordinator on staff) was always available to guide us in decisions when we were stuck or to answer questions about everything from wine options to car services. I truly felt that she was always happy to hear from us and help us as best as she could. By the time we got to the final meeting the day before our wedding, we felt that everything was in fantastic hands, no matter how many times the seating chart shifted in the final... Read more

    Michele

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  • If you're reading this review, you're probably considering Rock Island. My advice - DO IT! Rock Island was the PERFECT choice for our wedding day. Heather, the wedding coordinator on site, is incredibly helpful and keeps you on track. She is always there for help and advice along the way. We called and emailed her many times and she was always incredibly friendly and helpful. Once you get to the final week, you meet with Mike and Jessica who are also beyond helpful. They take care of you the day of the event and make sure all of the details are ironed out before hand. Not only is the entire staff at Rock Island is great, but the food options CANNOT be beat. As a guest at weddings, two of the top things I care about (other than the couple, of course) are food and drinks. Rock Island has you covered. People still rave about our cocktail hour and guests literally had dreams about our desserts!! Also, who else gives you 5 options for dinner? It's unheard of. The premium open bar is a huge ... Read more

    Amy

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  • What can I say about Rock Island Lake Club? It is absolutely amazing, and you should definitely have your wedding here! Throughout the entire wedding process, Heather and the Rock Island family made us feel so welcome and organized. Heather, our wedding coordinator, would send us reminder emails about the entire process and was cheerful and our ray of sunshine each time we spoke. On our wedding day, the staff took amazing care of bridal party, my family members, and myself, as we got ready at the venue. We never had to ask for anything because our bridal attendant, Carly, was on top of getting us food and drinks in addition to steaming our dresses. Mike, our maître d’ for the evening, took amazing care of my husband and the groomsmen, even wrangling them up when needed. Despite the rainy weather, the staff was prepared and smoothly transitioned our reception to an indoor ceremony space. Jessica, our ceremony coordinator, did a fantastic job ensuring that the ceremony was smo... Read more

    Leanne K.

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  • My husband and I recently got married on the fourth of July at Rock Island. We traveled from NC to get married at Rock Island, and we are so glad we did! Our wedding was everything we could have imagined and more. Rock Island was our dream venue. After spending a few days touring venues, the second we arrived at RILC, we knew we were finished looking. Our guests raved about how Rock Island was the most amazing venue they've ever been to, and how wonderful our wedding was. We had booked RILC over a year in advance, and we were SO excited and impressed with the continuous and incredible renovations they made to this already amazing venue! The food was INCREDIBLE!!! Everyone at Rock Island is incredibly helpful, genuine, caring, friendly, and easygoing. I highly recommend this venue to everyone!
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