| April 10, 2017 | Lifestyle
Couples can now say their "I Dos" outdoors at The Merion.
A frame-worthy photo opp of the first dance awaits at The Merion.
The Merion has been a staple in South Jersey weddings for more than 40 years. But even with four ballrooms to choose from and a catering menu as thick as a dictionary—think caviar and street vendor stations and a grooms table with bar-food faves—brides still wanted more. They wanted to have their cake and eat it too, just outdoors.
“We’ve added what brides have asked for,” says General Manager Cliff Miller of the Cinnaminson venue’s new North Garden. The manicured space can host up to 400 people and features fixtures from Italy including a five-tier cascading fountain, illuminated ponds, and marble bridges. “This new addition has created endless photo ops thanks to the landscapes and dramatic lighting,” he adds. After the open-air ceremony, guests will head to one of four ballrooms, each designed in different themes. The Palazzo Ballroom is ideal for a party of epic proportions, with room to entertain 600 guests.
For smaller affairs, The Merion offers the French-influenced Palace Ballroom and the Empire Ballroom, a modern setting inspired by New York City. And its most sought-after space? The grand Skylight Ballroom, featuring a 40-foot-diameter glass dome that cloaks the room in natural light. With the warmer weather, Miller expects to see even more photo-driven reception surprises like selfie sticks, personalized step and repeats, and flower walls. But for the ultimate photo setting just step outside—that’s what the new North Garden is there for. 1301 Rte. 130 S., Cinnaminson, NJ, 856-829-2111
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE MERION