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The Reception Center by Mayer Catering

172 Freneau Ave.
Matawan, NJ, NJ
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(732) 591-8180
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    Dottie

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  • I can't say enough good things about this venue. So happy we chose it for the wedding reception. They offer choices for all budgets. We chose the Classic Reception and our guests are still raving about the hall, food and the staff. Marybeth was our coordinator and she made sure everything was perfect for our special day. The staff didn't miss a beat during the reception and the food was outstanding!

    Taryn

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  • I can’t quite put into words the unbelievably amazing experience my now husband and I had with booking our wedding at The Reception Center. From the moment I contacted Marybeth for info and to set up an appointment, she was extremely kind and prompt in responding. I might’ve have emailed her once a week for the year and a half leading up to my wedding and not once did she make me feel like a pest. There is no comparison when it comes to having a wedding coordinator like Marybeth. She made my planning process with the venue so easy! Her, Jessie (the maitre d) and the rest of the staff were attentive and treated us, our family and our friends like kings and queens! The amount of insanely delicious food you get for a fraction of the cost of all other venues leaves no comparison. They even offer to pack your leftover dinner to bring home! My husband and I didn’t touch our Italian pastry tray and they even boxed that up for us. After 2.5 weeks, we still have people telling us how am... Read more

    Sara

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  • Booking the Reception Center was the best and easiest decision we ever made! Short version: INCREDIBLE, AFFORDABLE, BEAUTIFUL, DELICIOUS, AMAZING SERVICE, BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! (if it feels like I am screaming, I am. It was perfect!) Long Version: We had our wedding on September 7th 2019. Saturday night. Off Season. Our ceremony at the St Clements Church next door. Everything was so beautiful and delicious! It could not be more perfect! Not to mention the staff were incredible. So kind, diligent. Seriously, they were ontop of EVERYTHING! Even when we first started looking at venues, we compared everything to the Reception Center and what they had to offer. Besides the fact it was one of the most affordable venues we found, we quickly found we did not have to sacrifice a thing. Marybeth was easily one of the selling points. She was so patient and sweet. Never pressured us into anything. She gave you her heart and all her attention from day one. We chose the... Read more

    Tiffany

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  • I can't say enough of this place and Marybeth! Everything from the planning process and the day of was PERFECT. Our guests are still raving about the food and the service! I chose the middle package and still had everything I wanted. It came with the cake, baked on site, centerpieces, lighting, birdcage for the cards, linens, ice sculpture, and pianist playing during cocktail hour. The attention to detail for what we paid was incredible. I had the time of my life and understand why this place is "the best kept secret!" Our wedding was 9/1/19.

    Karryne Louise

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  • The Reception Center is a perfect 10! We had our wedding on July 6th, and people are still calling us daily to express how wonderful our wedding was! Marybeth and the entire staff at the Reception Center went above and beyond to make sure we didn't need to worry about anything except enjoying ourselves! The planning process was so easy because they have everything there for you, from different dining options to napkins and linens, centerpieces, backlighting, and even ice sculptures and a pianist! They have a selection of packages to choose from and even offer impossible to beat specials and add ons. The prices are also unbeatable! Everyone there was amazing and very accommodating. They answered all questions promptly and nothing was a “stupid question", they really made us feel like everything was normal and simple. Our event coordinator Marybeth was so very helpful and kept everything running on time. She checked up on me to make sure I had everything I needed. She handled an... Read more

    Danielle Carlson

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  • The Reception Center takes the majority of the stress of wedding planning off your plate. With the cost including an amazing and delicious wedding cake to beautiful silk center pieces you can’t beat it. Everyone at my wedding complimented the food and the service as perfect. We had the most amazing day of our lives and wouldn’t have changed any of the food choices we made. Everything The Reception center did was amazing don’t miss the opportunity for them to do the same for you.

    Christina Castellano

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  • We were recommended to the reception center from a family friend. This person went on and on about how beautiful the venue, and how delicious the food was. Immediately I set up an appointment to take a look for myself. Upon walking I was overwhelmed with how beautiful of a space it was. I especially loved that they only have one wedding at a time. This had been the first venue we visited and we booked that very day for March 30, 2019 choosing the majestic package. Our bridal coordinator, Marybeth, was with us from that the very first day until our wedding day. I cannot begin to explain how easy and effortless she made my wedding planing. We booked 18 months before our “ I do’s”, and no matter how silly my questions were ( and believe me there were MANY) she always answered quickly and professionally. The day of my wedding was extremely smooth. We had both ceremony and reception, and both were beautiful. My husband was so concerned about not enjoying our cocktail hour, and were re... Read more

    Gracee

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  • There isn't enough words in the World 🌎 that can describe the appreciation, professionalism, and dedication The Reception Center gives to each and ever one of its clients. This has by far been the best venue, and the food.... AWWWWWMAZING!!!!! I'd recommend and will continue to use The Reception Center for all my future events!!!! We couldn't be any more happier. They truly went above & beyond and exceeded our expectation. Thank you again for a wonderful memory and being part of our special day!!!! Love Always, David Soto & Gracee Garcia-Soto ❤️💞💘💖

    Samantha Galama

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  • I cannot say enough about the Reception center. The room was gorgeous, and the food was amazing. Mary Beth was a huge help throughout our planning, and up to the minute my wife walked down the aisle. Peg created the most amazing décor I could imagine. My wife explained her vision, and Peg ran with it. She created a room that blew away anything my wife or I could have ever imagined. The service at the reception center is second to none. All of the staff there are extremely kind, and attentive. My wife and I were never without a drink, and anytime we looked as though we needed something, Hazel, and Amina were there to help. I truly cannot recommend the Reception Center more. The created a beautiful night, and gave my wife and I a wedding that we, and our guests, will never forget.

    YESENIA

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  • My fiance and I went to view several venues and we decided to choose "The Reception Center at Saint Clement" its a hidden jewel, we love the fact that is intimate setting. Only one event will be taken place that day which will be our wedding. Marybeth our coordinator was sweet and helpful, pricing was reasonable, ranges right with our budget. I'm happy with our choice.

    Cassie

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  • I heard about The Reception Center on a Facebook thread. I checked out their website & then e-mailed to inquire about packages & cost information. I received a reply quickly, and Marybeth attached the wedding packages and cost information. Most of the other venues that I contacted ignored questions regarding packages and costs until we booked a tour with them. The Reception Center was within our budget, so we did the Tasting and Tour a few days later. I went with my wedding-planner-pro sister. From the moment we walked in, we were blown away by the décor & ambiance of the venue. Marybeth asked if there were any food allergies beforehand. I have celiac, so they put all of the gluten free food on a different plate to avoid cross-contamination. The food was delicious. My sister and I were sold on the venue. It didn’t take much to convince my husband and we booked the venue the following Saturday. Marybeth was super helpful during the entire planning process, every question I had wa... Read more

    Melissa

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  • My husband and I visited a few venues prior to visiting the Reception at St. Clements. We both had a few must have's on our list that we were looking for in a venue and once we stepped in the Reception Center we knew we came to the right place. From the decor, layout and huge bridal suite we left and a an hour later called and gave a deposit over the phone. We had the food tasting a few months later and it did not disappoint. We were engaged for a year and a half and throughout the whole process Marybeth answered all of our concerns/questions. Pam was amazing with helping to bring my Gatsby theme to life for our NYE wedding. The day of the wedding could not have gone more smoothly. Marybeth came back from maternity leave to help coordinate the day! Our maitre d was amazing as well as the staff. Melissa & Rob

    Lisa Gauthier

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  • Amazing venue, amazing value. I can not say enough good things about this place. Marybeth is AMAZING she will take such good care of you. The food was phenomenal.

    Julianna Randazzo

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  • My husband and I got married on October 5, 2018, the staff at the Reception Center went above and beyond to make our night perfect. From setting all of our own personal decor and favors up perfectly, to making sure we sat down to eat and also getting my husband a red bull when he was starting to get sleepy to stay on the dance floor. Marybeth and the rest of the staff go above and beyond to make sure your night is picture perfect and speaking of pictures I can’t stop looking at how beautiful our garden pictures and water fountain pictures came out! I would recommend The Reception Center to anyone who is seeking a professional team, great food and beautiful ambiance at an affordable price to definetly check them out!

    Jillian

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  • There aren't enough ways to explain what an absolutely amazing place this is. The Reception Center was one of 4 places my husband and I had agreed to take a look at this being our third and once we walked in we knew it was the right place. You enter and all you can see is this beautiful piano and you just get this feeling from the place and once we saw the hall it was that Wow feeling people tell you about when you know its the right place. Marybeth was absolutely the best she made you feel like you were her top priority and the only party she was planning but at the same time made you feel so relaxed and calm. She was full of advice and recommendation. You can't explain how great it feels knowing you have nothing to worry about because she was on top of everything and everything was going to be perfect. And to top it all off THE FOOD IS AMAZING! The cocktail hour was so good and the dinner just far and beyond what we imagined The entire staff was so nice and helpful. I really can't th... Read more
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