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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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  • 81 Reviews


    Toni Bulmer

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  • Although we were not able to have our wedding here due to COVID I still wanted to write them an excellent review. Marybeth was incredible to work with from the first time we walked in! The venue is absolutely beautiful and it broke our hearts to have to cancel - they were nothing short of fantastic when we initially changed our June date to September and we’re so flexible when we decided to cancel altogether. I cannot recommend them enough due to their customer service!

    Christina Bonanno

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  • The best wedding ever. We were married onsite on February 14th and the set up for the ceremony was beautiful and the ambiance was romantic. Marybeth and her staff are amazing and very accommodating. They followed every detail I wanted to perfection. The food was outstanding and plentiful and the drinks were strong. I’m still getting phone calls on how amazing our wedding was. The Reception Center is definitely the hidden gem of New Jersey. I even had people say they are considering using this place for their future events. My family and I couldn’t recommend this place enough.

    Karen Buttacavole

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  • We can’t say enough about this Amazing Venue!!! We loved everything!!! The service, food, decor, staff, our Matre’d Jesse, our coordinator Marybeth, absolutely excellent!!! Our guests were raving about the food all night!!! They are above and beyond professional and make you feel so special!! They gave a personal touch and were so attentive to every last detail!! The things we couldn’t remember, they did!! We will definitely recommend The Reception Center to anyone having a special event and we will definitely hold this place close to our hearts for future events as well!! We will never forget Our Wedding Day!! Best Day Ever!!! Thank you Reception Center Team!!! 💗, The Koehlers xoxo

    Allison Mcleod

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  • MaryBeth and Brian are incredible. Every little detail of our day was taken care of. They go above and beyond. Our guests loved the food, and people kept telling me how much they enjoyed cocktail hour! They took such care with our decorations and made it look better than we could have imagined. They are also just wonderful people, and they are so helpful and communicative. The value you get here is far and away better than anywhere else. I would recommend this venue to everyone. Can we give six stars?

    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!

    Katherine

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  • All I have to say is WOW!!! Our expectations were exceeded in every aspect. We could not have asked for a more perfect space to have our wedding. The food was outstanding, the cake and decor were PERFECTION, and don’t even get me started on the service!! Marybeth, Peg, and the rest of the team ensured everyone from myself and my husband to our guests had everything they needed and didn’t have to wait for anything. Every single one of my guests were blown away by the exceptional service and amazing food. I cannot give enough praise to this venue!! Amazing. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    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.
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