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Highlawn Pavilion

West Orange , NJ
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Eagle Rock Reservation
West Orange, NJ 07052 US (map)

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973-731-3100

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ABOUT US

With its sophisticated elegance and sweeping panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Highlawn Pavilion sets the stage for an unmistakably unique and memorable day. Perched atop the... Read more
With its sophisticated elegance and sweeping panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Highlawn Pavilion sets the stage for an unmistakably unique and memorable day. Perched atop the over 400 acres of park and nature preserve that is Eagle Rock Reservation, the Florentine-style structure, with over 100 years of history, further enhances the character, authenticity, ambiance, and romance of the setting. As an ideal, welcoming venue for all weddings Highlawn Pavilion offers wonderful options from outdoor ceremonies to lavish receptions.

In addition to the stunning views and spectacular architecture, the cuisine is exceptional in every way. Known for our fine dining and award-winning chef, your wedding reception and wedding banquet will always be highlights at Highlawn Pavilion. We create sumptuous wedding menus tailored to your tastes and the style of your wedding.

Few if any such venues can claim as many culinary recognitions, including an “Excellent” from The New York Times, Four Stars from The Star Ledger, and a host of awards for “Most Romantic Restaurant.” Zagat Survey has said of Highlawn Pavilion, “Proof that a spectacular view and extraordinary food can coexist.” Our Executive Chef Mitchell Altholz and the private dining staff of Highlawn Pavilion look forward to helping you create the perfect menu for your guests and budget requirements.

From the procession right through your wedding banquet, our dedicated staff will ensure every detail is perfect. Our wedding planners enjoy working with brides-to-be to create the wedding of your dreams. We’ve hosted weddings and commitment ceremonies for more than a quarter century, and we take pride in working within your wedding budget to create a truly carefree and wonderful ceremony.

Due to the popularity of our facility and one-wedding-at-a-time business practice, we encourage prospective couples to schedule an appointment well in advance of other planning. With our strong list of preferred professionals including photographers, florists and entertainment, we are capable of being your one-stop-resource for your most important day.

And of course, congratulations! We invite you to contact us today to see how Highlawn Pavilion can make your special day unforgettable. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
100
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
City, Glamorous, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are so pleased we chose Highlawn for our wedding in July 2016. The planning process was stress-free; Paul made it easy to make decisions, and was accommodating to our wishes.
On the night, the food was amazing, and the service impeccable. The cocktail hour flowed and there was plenty of food, I didn't see anything run out. The peking duck rolls were amazing, and my guests raved about the crepes and seafood. The dinner was amazing, we both ate the filet mignon, but our guests loved the salmon and chicken too. My vegetarian guests said that they were very accommodating. The viennese hour for dessert was exquisite, and the cake (made in house) was delicious.
My husband and I are so pleased we chose Highlawn for our wedding in July 2016. The planning process was stress-free; Paul Read more...
My husband and I are so pleased we chose Highlawn for our wedding in July 2016. The planning process was stress-free; Paul made it easy to make decisions, and was accommodating to our wishes.
On the night, the food was amazing, and the service impeccable. The cocktail hour flowed and there was plenty of food, I didn't see anything run out. The peking duck rolls were amazing, and my guests raved about the crepes and seafood. The dinner was amazing, we both ate the filet mignon, but our guests loved the salmon and chicken too. My vegetarian guests said that they were very accommodating. The viennese hour for dessert was exquisite, and the cake (made in house) was delicious. Read less
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Alaina
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
We had the perfect wedding at Highlawn Pavilion! We chose to do a daytime wedding so we started with an 11:30am ceremony outside, followed by a 12:00pm cocktail hour in the ground-floor bar area with access to the outdoor patio, and a 1:00pm reception upstairs in the banquet hall. Choosing your menu is super fun because there are a ton of choices and everything was delicious. I especially loved that they had a Peking Duck station as a choice for one of the cocktail hour station, and a Raw Bar with oysters and shrimp was included!!! Very eclectic options as well as traditional favorites so there is really something for everyone.

The location is beautiful (views of NYC from one of the highest points in NJ), and also convenient to get to from the city. We had many guests who came from NYC and those who didn't carpool or drive were able to take the NJ Transit train to Newark and take a 15-minute cab ride over.

Paul, the Private Dining Manager, was easygoing and accommodating throughout the planning of our event. We wanted an apple cocktail to go along with our New York theme and he was able to make our "Big Apple Sangria" happen! I also had a bunch of decorations I wanted set up for the ceremony and the reception, and Paul's team did a great job accommodating this and following my detailed instructions on how everything should be set up. While this was technically not something they were required to do per the contract, they were very nice to go the extra mile on this especially since I did not have a wedding coordinator/planner.

Five stars for the food, the location, the ambiance, the service, and the overall wonderful experience!
We had the perfect wedding at Highlawn Pavilion! We chose to do a daytime wedding so we started with an 11:30am ceremony Read more...
We had the perfect wedding at Highlawn Pavilion! We chose to do a daytime wedding so we started with an 11:30am ceremony outside, followed by a 12:00pm cocktail hour in the ground-floor bar area with access to the outdoor patio, and a 1:00pm reception upstairs in the banquet hall. Choosing your menu is super fun because there are a ton of choices and everything was delicious. I especially loved that they had a Peking Duck station as a choice for one of the cocktail hour station, and a Raw Bar with oysters and shrimp was included!!! Very eclectic options as well as traditional favorites so there is really something for everyone.

The location is beautiful (views of NYC from one of the highest points in NJ), and also convenient to get to from the city. We had many guests who came from NYC and those who didn't carpool or drive were able to take the NJ Transit train to Newark and take a 15-minute cab ride over.

Paul, the Private Dining Manager, was easygoing and accommodating throughout the planning of our event. We wanted an apple cocktail to go along with our New York theme and he was able to make our "Big Apple Sangria" happen! I also had a bunch of decorations I wanted set up for the ceremony and the reception, and Paul's team did a great job accommodating this and following my detailed instructions on how everything should be set up. While this was technically not something they were required to do per the contract, they were very nice to go the extra mile on this especially since I did not have a wedding coordinator/planner.

Five stars for the food, the location, the ambiance, the service, and the overall wonderful experience! Read less
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Norma
Wedding:
5/6/2016
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding on May 6th, 2016 at the Highlawn Pavilion. The venue itself is gorgeous and the staff is excellent. I would like to especially recognize Paul, who helped us plan everything up until the wedding. He was very patient and flexible with our time and provided us all the information we needed and more prior to our big day. During our special day Norma took over and made sure everything was well coordinated from the start to the end. Norma made sure that the wedding party was on cue and fed us during the excitement of the reception. Our guests continue to compliment us on the excellent food and the great time they had. There was than enough room for our guests and a huge dance floor. The decor is perfect and we barely needed any extras. Not only would recommend Highlawn Pavilion to anyone seeking to get married in grand style; we are recruiting family and friends to get married there so that we can attend and enjoy the same way they enjoyed our wedding!
Norma and Danny
We had our wedding on May 6th, 2016 at the Highlawn Pavilion. The venue itself is gorgeous and the staff is excellent. I Read more...
We had our wedding on May 6th, 2016 at the Highlawn Pavilion. The venue itself is gorgeous and the staff is excellent. I would like to especially recognize Paul, who helped us plan everything up until the wedding. He was very patient and flexible with our time and provided us all the information we needed and more prior to our big day. During our special day Norma took over and made sure everything was well coordinated from the start to the end. Norma made sure that the wedding party was on cue and fed us during the excitement of the reception. Our guests continue to compliment us on the excellent food and the great time they had. There was than enough room for our guests and a huge dance floor. The decor is perfect and we barely needed any extras. Not only would recommend Highlawn Pavilion to anyone seeking to get married in grand style; we are recruiting family and friends to get married there so that we can attend and enjoy the same way they enjoyed our wedding!
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Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
9/6/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are very happy with our venue choice - The Highlawn was excellent on all points.
The ceremony space is beautiful, the huppah is unique and the view cant be beat. The food is exceptional - not your typical banquet hall catering. The staff is reliable and professional. Last but not least, it is an exceptional value - our wedding looked like it cost 4 times what we paid.

If you want a special, intimate, classic and elegant feel to your wedding - The highlawn is an excellent pick. We couldn't be happier!
My husband and I are very happy with our venue choice - The Highlawn was excellent on all points.
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My husband and I are very happy with our venue choice - The Highlawn was excellent on all points.
The ceremony space is beautiful, the huppah is unique and the view cant be beat. The food is exceptional - not your typical banquet hall catering. The staff is reliable and professional. Last but not least, it is an exceptional value - our wedding looked like it cost 4 times what we paid.

If you want a special, intimate, classic and elegant feel to your wedding - The highlawn is an excellent pick. We couldn't be happier! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Erica
Wedding:
8/28/2015
5.0/5.0
We got married at the Highlawn Pavilion at the end of August 2015. It was truly a fantastic experience with this venue from top to bottom! We worked with Chris Gellings in the banquet department, who is a fun, friendly guy and was a great help to us in the whole process. He worked with us to find ways to secure our top choice venue within a budget we could afford.
On wedding day, the entire staff of the Highlawn was extremely helpful and professional. The service was first rate, especially from Chris and Norma, the maitresse d'hotel, who ran a tight ship and kept everything going smoothly. They got everybody in order for the ceremony and made sure that happened on time. It was a gorgeous day for our outdoor ceremony, which I'd had my heart set on after seeing the garden area with its stunning view. The setup, both indoors & out, was great for our wedding w/120 guests. The presentation was impeccable, drinks were plentiful, and the food was amazing - I only wish I'd gotten to eat more of it! Norma kindly prepared a tray of food in the bridal suite for me and my bridesmaids who'd spent cocktail hour outside taking photos, but I was too busy to eat much, and only had a couple tastes before going out to be introduced. I should add that Chris made me sure my husband & I did sit down for the dinner portion and at least get to eat, and I admit that after tasting a tiny bit of the butternut squash soup that I thought I was going to skip while greeting folks, I sat right back down in my chair and wolfed it all down... it was delish!
My only suggestion would be a larger bridal suite. They expanded recently, but it's still very small. With me, 5 bridesmaids + 2 person hair/make-up team we were suffocating, and 3 bridesmaids prepped in the bathroom, which didn't allow for good photos of all the girls getting ready together.
Overall, I unreservedly give this venue and its staff an excellent 5 star rating!
We got married at the Highlawn Pavilion at the end of August 2015. It was truly a fantastic experience with this venue Read more...
We got married at the Highlawn Pavilion at the end of August 2015. It was truly a fantastic experience with this venue from top to bottom! We worked with Chris Gellings in the banquet department, who is a fun, friendly guy and was a great help to us in the whole process. He worked with us to find ways to secure our top choice venue within a budget we could afford.
On wedding day, the entire staff of the Highlawn was extremely helpful and professional. The service was first rate, especially from Chris and Norma, the maitresse d'hotel, who ran a tight ship and kept everything going smoothly. They got everybody in order for the ceremony and made sure that happened on time. It was a gorgeous day for our outdoor ceremony, which I'd had my heart set on after seeing the garden area with its stunning view. The setup, both indoors & out, was great for our wedding w/120 guests. The presentation was impeccable, drinks were plentiful, and the food was amazing - I only wish I'd gotten to eat more of it! Norma kindly prepared a tray of food in the bridal suite for me and my bridesmaids who'd spent cocktail hour outside taking photos, but I was too busy to eat much, and only had a couple tastes before going out to be introduced. I should add that Chris made me sure my husband & I did sit down for the dinner portion and at least get to eat, and I admit that after tasting a tiny bit of the butternut squash soup that I thought I was going to skip while greeting folks, I sat right back down in my chair and wolfed it all down... it was delish!
My only suggestion would be a larger bridal suite. They expanded recently, but it's still very small. With me, 5 bridesmaids + 2 person hair/make-up team we were suffocating, and 3 bridesmaids prepped in the bathroom, which didn't allow for good photos of all the girls getting ready together.
Overall, I unreservedly give this venue and its staff an excellent 5 star rating! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The Highlawn Pavilion was such an amazing place for our rehearsal dinner! If not for the ceremony accommodations, we would have had our wedding there. The view was incredible and everyone loved the food and service!
The Highlawn Pavilion was such an amazing place for our rehearsal dinner! If not for the ceremony accommodations, we would Read more...
The Highlawn Pavilion was such an amazing place for our rehearsal dinner! If not for the ceremony accommodations, we would have had our wedding there. The view was incredible and everyone loved the food and service! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Kimberly
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at Highlawn was PERFECT! We had so much fun and didn't worry about one thing! The food was so good--we both got filet mignon and heard great things about all our other options from others. We chose a chicken dish and a fish dish as well. The cake looked beautiful and tasted just as good as it looked (red velvet!). We had a beautiful day, and the view was just unbelievable. The moon that night was incredible--it had this red glow to it. We really got so many compliments on the food and the venue. Paul was incredible to work with. He helped us plan our day and was so attentive to me both for the time leading up to the wedding, as well as on the actual day. We really appreciated our personal maitre d' who was also so attentive and made sure both my husband and I ate a little bit of everything. The cocktail hour was better than anything I've ever been to!

The ballroom is perfect for an average size wedding. We ended up with 141 guests (138 adults) and we had plenty of room for everyone. Highlawn is beautiful--it looks like an Italian villa and is decorated as such. There are tons of windows looking out at the NYC skyline. It is a lovely, intimate, perfect venue located on an expanse of land on the Eagle Rock Reservation.

It was truly a perfect day.
Our wedding at Highlawn was PERFECT! We had so much fun and didn't worry about one thing! The food was so good--we both Read more...
Our wedding at Highlawn was PERFECT! We had so much fun and didn't worry about one thing! The food was so good--we both got filet mignon and heard great things about all our other options from others. We chose a chicken dish and a fish dish as well. The cake looked beautiful and tasted just as good as it looked (red velvet!). We had a beautiful day, and the view was just unbelievable. The moon that night was incredible--it had this red glow to it. We really got so many compliments on the food and the venue. Paul was incredible to work with. He helped us plan our day and was so attentive to me both for the time leading up to the wedding, as well as on the actual day. We really appreciated our personal maitre d' who was also so attentive and made sure both my husband and I ate a little bit of everything. The cocktail hour was better than anything I've ever been to!

The ballroom is perfect for an average size wedding. We ended up with 141 guests (138 adults) and we had plenty of room for everyone. Highlawn is beautiful--it looks like an Italian villa and is decorated as such. There are tons of windows looking out at the NYC skyline. It is a lovely, intimate, perfect venue located on an expanse of land on the Eagle Rock Reservation.

It was truly a perfect day. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Incredible everything. My friends cannot stop raving. Service, food, value, view and everything else - just a delight and my daughter cannot stop talking about the dreams of her Sweet 16 coming true. Chris, Paul and the whole staff were just amazing. Thanks.
Incredible everything. My friends cannot stop raving. Service, food, value, view and everything else - just a delight and Read more...
Incredible everything. My friends cannot stop raving. Service, food, value, view and everything else - just a delight and my daughter cannot stop talking about the dreams of her Sweet 16 coming true. Chris, Paul and the whole staff were just amazing. Thanks. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I cannot say enough how obsessed we are with our wedding! We are so grateful to have chosen the Highlawn. Paul Keenan was so easy to work with. Our guests couldn't rave enough about the food. The room looked breathtaking and thankfully the sky was clear so all of our guests had a view! Omg love this place!!!
My husband and I cannot say enough how obsessed we are with our wedding! We are so grateful to have chosen the Highlawn. Read more...
My husband and I cannot say enough how obsessed we are with our wedding! We are so grateful to have chosen the Highlawn. Paul Keenan was so easy to work with. Our guests couldn't rave enough about the food. The room looked breathtaking and thankfully the sky was clear so all of our guests had a view! Omg love this place!!! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/16/2013
5.0/5.0
This was a great place for a wedding. The view was amazing and staff very accommodating. The food was delicious. .
This was a great place for a wedding. The view was amazing and staff very accommodating. The food was delicious. .
This was a great place for a wedding. The view was amazing and staff very accommodating. The food was delicious. . Read less
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