Member Since: 3/8/2011
I could not be happier with our decision to have our wedding at Crystal Springs! It was everything that I could have hoped for and more. We had our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception at Grand Cascades Country Club. The venue was absolutely perfect. It was the very first place my husband and I went to look at and I as soon as we walked in I was sold! Well, I was already sold from the pictres online but I wanted to make sure it was everything I thought it was in person - and it certainly was. The scenery and views up there are nothing short of spectacular! Everyone at Crystal Springs was incredibly helpful and professional, and our wedding coordinator Sarah was a pleasure to work with and is as sweet as can be! She was there every step of the way whenever I had a question or concern. Our Maitre D' for the wedding day/night was Russel and he was just THE BEST! He was so attentive, and was there to make sure everything went off without a hitch. Everytime I turned around Russell was there to lend a helping hand or help me with my dress, or hand me a drink, take my flowers, etc. - before I even asked for anything he was there already doing it! I didn't have to worry about a thing. The ballroom at Grand Cascades is spectacular with high ceilings and windows all around, I was blown away when we walked into the room with all of the place settings, centerpieces and uplighting. It was breathtaking! And the food was phenomenal!!! All of our guests raved about the cocktail hour - not only the gorgeous room it was in but the quality and quantity of food was incredible. I could go on and on... but to sum things up - this place is the best of the best!
Member Since: 4/29/2010
Such a pretty resort! The room was spacious and clean!
Member Since: 12/13/2010
Crystal Springs Country Club - Grand Cascades Lodge put on an amazing wedding! I loved every single detail of my wedding. The place is elegant with scenery you can not beat! The food was amazing also! If you are looking for a destination wedding close to home this is the place to do it. The hotels on site are wonderful, as is the accommodations. Everything about this place makes you feel like you are first class. The wedding coordinator is a dream to work with! I truly had an amazing wedding experience here.
Member Since: 1/3/2010
I had my wedding last week (October 5th 2012) at Ballyowen. I was amazed with how smooth the day went. I can honestly say I was 100% stress free on the day of my wedding. Nicole and Peggy were both amazing to work with and made sure every detail was taken care of. The setting was beautiful and our guest raved about the food and how amazing the reception room looked. Luckily the weather was great and we had the ceremony outside. If you are looking for a private and intimate place to get married Ballyowen is ideal. Our guest stayed at Grand Cascades, which helped to set the mood for the entire weekend. The accommodations are beautiful. We had our rehearsal dinner in the Chestnut Room at Grand Cascades and breakfast the morning after our wedding in the Garden Room, food and service was great at both. There is not one thing I would have changed about the weekend.
Member Since: 3/5/2009
I can't say enough about Grand Cascades Lodge! It was perfect and in my dreams I could not have imagined that every detail would be taken care of to a t. I asked for a lot of custom touches from tables to plates and glasses etc. Every detail was exactly as promised. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. The weddin planner for Crystal Springs made sure there were no hiccups at all. From the rehearsal dinner to the morning after breakfast not a single problem or let down. If you would like to have your wedding at one beautiful location and really enjoy every minute, this is the absolute perfect place.
Member Since: 11/29/2002
We were absolutely floored by how spectacular the venue was. The service was top notch, the food was incredible and we could not have made a better choice for our wedding. Hands-down, the best choice for us.
Member Since: 10/27/2013
Great venue, delicious food, awesome hotel, and incredible views. We married at Black Bear Golf Course and we could not be happier with our decision. Absolutely beautiful place.
Member Since: 2/7/2012
I got married at the Grand Cascades Lodge in Crystal Springs Resort on 6/21/13 and had an absolutely amazing experience! Overall we couldn't have been happier. Yes, they were a little bit above our budget, but the service and quality of our experience was well worth the extra dollars and cents. Sara (the Day-of wedding coordinator) is very sweet and accommodating, and Russell (the maitre d') went above and beyond to make our wedding day special and stress free. The bridal suite provided for our bridal party was stocked with samples of every cocktail hour food so that we could try everything, even if we ran out of time during the cocktail hour. My bustle broke unexpectedly and Russell swooped in and sewed it in place. Then my garter fell down my leg and got lost in my cowboy boot, but Russell had my "throw away" one in his pocket and busted it out before anyone even noticed!! Our mouths were always filled with food, our drinks were always full, and our schedule/timeline was flawless. We treated this venue as a "Destination" wedding, and invited our family and friends to stay with us the entire weekend to continue our wedding celebration. With so many guests staying 3-4 days, the staff was very accommodating reserving us larger tables for breakfast in the morning and keeping the fire pits on a little bit later for us at night. We can't wait to go back to Crystal Springs to celebrate our anniversary each year! :)
Member Since: 6/18/2003
My husband and I got married on September 28, 2013 at Crystal Springs, Black Bear Golf Course. We originally picked this venue because of it's size and price. It isn't a large venue and for our wedding of less than 170, it was perfect. This venue exceeded our expectations. Nicole, our wedding coordinator, was incredible throughout the entire process. She was incredible and I could not be more thankful for her. Linda, our maitre de, was equally as incredible the night of. She kept me calm, always had a drink in my hand, and handled everything with perfection. The food was absolutely to die for. Everything was fresh and amazing. The location was beautiful. We went out on the golf course to take pictures, the leaves were changing, the weather was great; it was the perfect setting for our perfect day. My husband and I could not have been more happy with our choice and I would recommend this venue to anyone in the area.
Member Since: 5/6/2012
We LOVED planning and having our wedding at Minerals Resort and Spa at Crystal Springs!! Kathy and Dannielle, the wedding coordinators, were super organized and an absolute joy to work with. I didn't feel stressed at all the day of the wedding because they were so on top of everything. And everything about Minerals is amazing: the food, the hotel rooms, the entire staff, the outdoor ceremony garden space, (and outdoor Pavilion backup option in case of rain), the reception space and the resort in general. There are so many things for your guests to do that most of our guests stayed the entire weekend to hangout, even though most lived only an hour away. This allowed my now husband and I to spend more time with our guests, which was really nice. Minerals has a bunch of indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, a spa, a full gym and classes, an indoor basketball court (which my husband and groomsmen used the day before and the day of the wedding). And golf. Almost all of our guests said our wedding was the BEST wedding they ever went to and want to come back to Minerals every year for a weekend just to relive our wedding weekend.
Member Since: 1/16/2012
I cannot say enough great things about our experience at Grand cascades for our wedding. The staff not only helped make things run smooth leading up to the wedding, but were extremely happy to do it! The wedding day itself was an absolute dream come true. As a bride, I have dreamed about my wedding day since I was 5 years old- when I say they treat you like a king and queen, that is no stretch of an imagination. I'd go to sit down and the Maitre' D was suddenly behind me, helping me with my dress just to sit down! They also took extremely good care of my family always making sure they had a drink in hand. It was pure elegance and a sophisticated wedding all in all. Thank you Crystal Springs!
Member Since: 7/23/2012
our wedding was great, although we had a younger wedding planner, and she was a little disorganized for most of the planning and just needs more experience. However, she did pull off our event in the end. The food is amazing there, and the ambiance is fantastic. The overall service is great as well, and lodging is wonderful. For the price we paid for this venue, it was well worth it, as it is a gem in NJ, that makes you think you are in the mountains in the Adirondacks.
Member Since: 9/2/2011
We couldn't be happier with our decision to have our wedding at crystal springs. Everything was more than we even anticipated. From the beginning stages working with Jean and then Sarah everything was just perfect. All of our guests were amazed at the venue. Most of them even made a weekend get away out of our wedding. I wish we could re-live the day over and over again. The day of the wedding Russell was our maitre de. He was awesome. Every detail was covered. The food was outstanding! We would definitely recommend crystal springs to anyone. Absolutely amazing, couldn't be happier !
Member Since: 7/23/2007
We went to Crystal Springs Resort for my bachelorette party in May 2012. I can't believe this place exists and I knew NOTHING about it. I am 37 so I didn't want anything crazy, just a nice relaxing day/night with some of my best friends. That is exactly what I got! The rooms are great and the biosphere is AMAZING! We even had a private dinner in the Cava winery right down the road. It was the perfect get away for my last single celebration. I highly recommend this place!
Member Since: 4/19/2006
The staff and my event planner were great. My Maitre'd was beyond exceptional. However, The front desk for Grand Cascades Lodge and the Sales department could use some help.
Member Since: 7/19/2011
I attended a wedding (ceremony and reception) at the Grand Cascades Lodge in early August. Since starting my own wedding planning, I think I noticed a lot of details about the wedding that an average guest wouldn't. Hopefully this review will help those who are looking for a guests' point of view with the perspective of a future bride.
The ceremony was in the garden at the Clubhouse. When you first walk in, I didn't really like that you pass by a golf shop and other guests and kids of the resort running around in t-shirts and sneakers. The garden is downstairs, but there are no signs directing the guests where to go. There is a little waiting room area before going out to the ceremony, and my FI really appreciated the dispensers of iced tea, lemonade, and water offered to us.
First of all, to get to the CH room, you had to walk through a restaurant and bar that had patrons eating. The wedding probably had about 350 guests, and the cocktail hour room was not comfortable at all. It was hot and very crowded to get to the stations. And they set up tables right next to the bar, which was very crowded, so there was a constant traffic jam. I did not put my plate down once that entire hour because there was nowhere to put it. The food was very good (great lamb!), but I think we only saw about 5 kinds of hors d'ourves passed around the entire time.
The ballroom was very large. It was 2 rooms connected, so the room was shaped like a T, so not everyone had a view of the head table/DJ. My last critique is that the entrees were just average. The FI had the filet mignon, and it was bland but the sauce was salty. I had the salmon and it was the same case. I also don't know how they could mess up veggies, but my asparagus was so bitter I couldn't eat it. I looked around and other people's plates weren't cleaned either.
Good things about this venue: really beautiful ballroom: high ceilings, chandeliers, and lighting made the room really glow. Good cocktail hour food and viennese. This place is also really great for pictures. For a wedding of that size, of course it will be harder to have a wedding run smoothly. But if the couple paid top-dollar, then I would say that they probably paid too much.
Member Since: 1/27/2010
absolutely perfect! the coordinators, julie and nicole were absolutely helpful with everything and laurie the maitre de never left my side at the wedding. best venue owned by crystal springs!
Member Since: 7/16/2002
Absolutely Beautiful Place!! A great time had by all!
Member Since: 8/17/2008
I had my wedding at Minerals Resort and Spa (part of the Crystal Springs Resort) and everything went wonderfully! I had Sarah and Danielle as my coordinators and they were both amazing. They always responded quickly to my emails and were super helpful through the entire process. The hotel block worked out perfectly, my guests had no problems booking rooms and receiving any accommodations necessary. From handing out our OOT bags to the cocktail hour, reception, and after party, I couldn't have asked for anything better. The food was amazing, we were completely taken care of. My one gripe was that I had an issue with the salon and booking the girls and me to get our hair and makeup done, but I won't blame the hotel for that.
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NJ's Luxury Resort Wedding Destination
Crystal Springs offers indoor and outdoor wedding venues, 4 wedding gardens, on-site culinary team, 3 luxury hotels; 2 spas w/bridal suites, 7 golf course, a natural grass putting course, 135,000 bottle wine cellar, heated indoor/outdoor pools as well as skiing/snow tubing/bike park/waterpark.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: No
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: Yes
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Country Club, Hotel/Resort, Restaurant, Unusual/Alternative