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South Gate Manor

Freehold , NJ
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260 South Street
Freehold, NJ US 07728 (map)

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
John and I had our wedding at the South Gate on 5/31/14 and it was beyond what we could have ever imagined! From the time we stepped foot into the building, until the final good nights, we felt like superstars! Bobby and Jennifer were amazing and so helpful! They set up a wonderful spead upstairs for us and the bridal party to enjoy while we were taking pictures and waiting for the cocktail hour to start! They also helped usher us through all of our photos we took on property! Cocktail hour was like a dream....so much delicious food! Every guest was raving about it all while enjoying the nice weather outside on the patio area. The reception was beautiful and the food and desserts just as delicious as we would have imagined! We have guests calling our wedding "Epic" and "Extravagant". All of that would not have been possible without Matthew who was there with us since we signed the contract in 2012, his brother Chris who was there to help as well, Bobby and Jennifer. Thanks to you all we had the wedding of a lifetime!!
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Corinne
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding at south gate last Saturday and it was everything I dreamed of and more. The food was exceptional. It started to rain for the ceremony so I loved Chris idea to have the ceremony still outside in the front. I have to say the best part of my experience with south gate was bobby who went above and beyond for myself and my now husband. He is such a wonderful person and kept me calm and cool the entire time. He was always there to provide me with anything I needed. What a wonderful member of your staff you have in him. Thanks again foer everything, I wish I could do it all over again


Corinne and Bill Hunnell
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I went to this place prior to being engaged and my husband back then told me this is where we are going to get married. After we got engaged we came straight to south gate manor and booked them. They are such pleasant people to work with and the service is impeccable. Bobby and the bridal attendant were amazing and the party went so smoothly. The food was amazing between the cocktail hour and Venetian. People say they don't eat at their own wedding but my husband and I made it a point to eat every course. I love this place!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Organization was amazing!! When ever you asked for something the response was amazing... Friendly and pleasant... The entire night... Food was great.. Had an incredible time..
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Christina
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
The team at South Gate did an amazing job. They really did not leave a single detail out. Chris made sure that we would have all of our needs met that day by being very specific with his questions. The staff was very helpful to us. If cards went missing, they found them. They were also very flexible, allowing us an additional 10 minutes for cocktail hour so that our bridal party may enjoy it - as we arrived later than expected due to pictures at an alternate location. They made sure our guests had an incredible experience. People are still coming up to us to this day remarking how amazing the food and venue was! They were also thoroughly impressed with the drink selection and energy the team provided. They also packed up all our things at the end of the time and held it for us until the other day to be picked up to ensure their safety there. Thank you so much for an amazing night! We cannot WAIT to be guests at an event there to enjoy more of the food! Suggestion, ask for a to-go container to be able to sample the cocktail hour food and desserts if you don't get the opportunity to eat much from all the running around you will do as a bride/groom that night between guests, the dance floor, and pictures :)
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Ken & Ann
Wedding:
11/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at South Gate was fantastic. From the moment we arrived, to the moment we left, we were treated unbeliebably great. Bob, the Maitre D and Jennifer the Bridal Attandant were marvelous, as were all of the staff. The cocktail hour was amazing as was the dinner, with 5 different choices for the main course, all of which were beautifully prepared and presented. The evening was topped off by the Venetialn Hour, which is a MUST. Our guests are still calling from a week ago to marvel at the Cocktal Hour and the Venetian Hour. South Gate is a wonderful place to have a traditional wedding. We cannot recommend South Gate highly enough. You will not be disappointed. Last but not least, Chris Marino is a terrific host who assisted us from the moment we first walked into South Gate until we walked out after the party.
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Liza
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
South Gate Manor is the perfect venue for a wedding! Chris and the entire staff at SGM were always very professional and made sure that everything about the entire reception ran smoothly! The ballroom, cocktail hour room, and outdoor seating area/garden are absolutely beautiful! My guests raved about the food and how beautiful the venue was. I couldn't have asked for more! Everything was perfect!
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Janine & Frank
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
From the moment we booked South Gate Manor (two years ago) we knew that we had made the right decision for our daughter and her fiance` . Chris Marino made us extremely comfortable at each meeting, assuring us that all would go well. The coordination of the evening was stress free , thanks to his expertise!
Our guest have not stopped calling and talking about the wedding, referring to it as the "best wedding ever"! From the moment we had arrived at SGM, Bobby the maitre`d took care of every detail and throughout the evening, made sure everything went smoothly. Our bridal attendant Jennifer was amazing, she made sure the bridal couple did nothing but enjoy the evening.
Great service began with champagne as guest arrived and the phenomenal service continued throughout. The cocktail hour not only had an incredible selection of foods, but also was presented and served exquisitely. As for the Venetian Hour, it was out of this world. Too many fantastic desserts to mention, as well as top shelf liquors and a great coffee bar. We highly recommend South Gate Manor and hopefully someone will invite us to their wedding so we can enjoy the experience once again!
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David
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot express—at least in words—the joy I experienced on my wedding day. But perhaps it could most simply be defined by the wide smile I so continuously wore, thanks in large part to South Gate Manor.

The hall and staff were seamlessly stunning. The presentation: brilliant. The service: impeccable. Chris, Bobby, and Jennifer were the utmost professional: sincere and attentive.

My wife and I could not have possibly wanted more. It was, in short, perfect. The remark from all of our guests that night was that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. I could not agree more.

Do yourself a favor and choose South Gate for your wedding reception. You will not be disappointed.

--Dave
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Jillian
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
South Gate Manor was absolutely amazing. The staff from the moment we walked in were attentive and professional. Our Maitre d' Bobby was sincere and a pleasure to be around. He made sure every detail was taken care of. He truly made our night enjoyable. Diana our bridal attendant made our wedding party feel like royalty. South Gate manor made sure we were all having a good time. The entire staff was exceptional. The food was delicious and the Venetian hour was insane. Our guests were overwhelmed with the spread South Gate Manor provided, no one went home hungry. We couldn't have asked for a better wedding venue. South Gate Manor exceeded our expectations and made our wedding day absolutely unforgettable!
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Kristina
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
We got married on 9/27/13 and had the best experience anyone can ask for! Everyone was very professional and attentive. They made us feel like we were the most important event they were hosting. Our Mat're D was our best friend that night. Everything was phenomenal. The best part they made us feel like King and Queen for the night. We couldn't have had a better wedding :) if I had the chance to do it all over again I would and I wouldn't have changed a thing! We also used Marleen and Stephanie for our flowers, center pieces, and favors! Everything was beautiful. A real family environment .
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Josh
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to begin with South Gate Manor! From the moment we stepped out of our limo, Bobby and Diana (our maitre d's for the evening) were incredibly attentive and accomodating. If the building itself doesn't blow you away with it's amazing cocktail room (which would be a banquet hall in most other venues) or the beautiful marble floors throughout the building then their over the top service will! All night our guests were blown away with the speediness of their orders and hospitality from their servers. We have been to weddings were it was the opposite and it ruined everyone's night, but not here! Chris and Matt were there helping us plan our night to perfection and making sure everything was just right! In the words of one of our guests, "That was the closest we'll ever get to a celebrity wedding!" If you don't book at the South Gate Manor, you're just settling for less that spectacular!
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Maureen
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Our daughter had the best wedding I could have imagined! Matthew was great to work with and he was always open to our ideas. The ceremony space was beautiful, the cocktail hour and five dinner choices were out of this world! Top shelf liquor along with fantastic desserts and coffee bar! We loved every moment!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Excellent!!!! Everyone had an amazing time at our wedding. Matthew and the rest of the family was able to answer all of my questions and made me feel like I was a valued bride. We got ready at 9 AM at the venue. My makeup girl and hair girls were able to access the venue at 8:45 so they were ready to go by 9:15. Breakfast was provided. As we got ready and then throughout the remainder of the day our assistants were amazing. Our ceremony was beautiful and everything was well organized. All of my vendors had a great experience at SGM. The cocktail hour was amazing and they had seats for everyone!! Guests were able to go outside if they would like and had access to top shelf alcohol. The reception was perfect, beautiful, and amazing!!! I can't wait to go to a wedding as a guest so I can enjoy SGM in a different way. : )
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Emily
Wedding:
6/30/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were thrilled with South Gate Manor. We had attended my brothers wedding there 3 years ago and when we got engaged it was a no brainer where to book! The service, the quality of the food, the decor and atmosphere- all top notch! Every single guest commented on the beauty of SGM and how DELICIOUS the food was! Local guests were even asking if South Gate Manor was open for dinner because they wanted to go back! Chris was fantastic to work with and made all the stress of planning a wedding super easy! We loved SGM and would recommend it to everyone! Thank you so much for making our wedding day absolutely perfect and stress free!
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Oh my God! I don't even know where to start! We just had our wedding here June 29, 2013 and it was MORE then what I expected! From the day we booked with Matthew, South Gate handled everythingg. They were on top of everything and anything. The food was amazing! We had a cock tail reception, which I would recommend if you aren't having a HUGE number of guests because the action stations take up some space as it is a large room (we had a little over 200).
We worked with Chris and Matthew leading up to the wedding and they put everything together, seating chart, food, timing, set up, details.
When we arrived to my reception in the limo Bobby and Jennifer the matrades were on point! They were absolutely amazing and I cant say enough great things about them. Jennifer actully made a bussel for my dress because i didn't have one. Also, I mentioned that I love french fries and during the reception they brought me my own plate of fries.
All the guests are still talking about the wedding and how great all the staff was. I cant thank South Gate Manor and Bobby and Jennifer enough for making our wedding as amazing as it was! I would highly recommend this venue to anyone who wants to have a wedding that everyone will remember.
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Nathalie
Wedding:
2/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Gorgeous venue... Excellent Food....Fantastic Service... A night to remember!
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Lauren
Wedding:
11/30/2012
5.0/5.0
WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE! My husband and I recently had our reception at the South Gate Manor on November 30, 2012 after our original date of November 3rd was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Matthew and Chris made sure I had their cell numbers to stay in touch, as well as personally speaking with all my vendors to help coordinate the new wedding date. Once I stepped into the lobby of the South Gate, I began to cry - it was so beautifully decorated, I was taken back. We also used Jen and Marlene from the South Gate for our centerpieces and bridal bouquets - they were phenomenal! From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty! Bobby, our maitre d', along with Jennifer and Jaime, were there all evening to make sure we had everything we wanted and needed before we asked for it! Bobby and the rest of the staff had every detail coordinated and planned for the entire evening to make sure everyone had a fantastic evening. The Cocktail Hour was beyond impressive -the room was full of different stations to choose from -Chinese being put into cute containers, a raw bar set up on ice sculptures, Italian meats and cheeses with fresh bread, and who could forget Sal, he was hand making fresh mozzarella cheese in front of our guests! Our dinner was a choice of 5 meals and we were given all 5! And then came the part that made our guests gasp -The South Gate's Venetian Hour! Guests were escorted into dessert heaven consisting of fresh baked cookies, cakes, and pies as well as breakfast sandwiches, crepes, freshly made doughnuts, zeppolis, deep fried Oreos and Twinkies, an ice cream sundae bar, milkshakes, etc. I can go on for days! I am hard to please and not easily impressed, but The South Gate Manor gave us the day of our dreams! At the end, as we said our goodbyes to our "new friends" at the South Gate, Bobby and Matthew turned around and handed us a bottle of champagne - they told us it "was a pleasure hosting our wedding" and in turn, we could not thank them enough!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
11/24/2012
5.0/5.0
The South Gate Manor did a great job. The venue is beautiful. The food was delicious. The cocktail hour was unbelievable. The staff was extremely accommodating. Chris was truly helpful and had some awesome suggestions to enhance our wedding. We really enjoyed our day! Thanks, Laura C.
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Nicole
Wedding:
11/18/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband Kyle and I held our ceremony and reception at South Gate Manor on Sunday November 18th (original date was November 3rd, but had to postpone due to Hurricane Sandy). I don't know where to begin to express just how wonderful every aspect of the planning process was. The Marinos were very accommodating and very easy to work with. The day of the wedding, our maitre'd Bobby, and bridal attendant Jennifer were absolutely amazing. They paid attention to every detail and made sure every moment was perfect. Jennifer and Bobby went above and beyond the call of duty, by fixing a broken bustle, a broken corsage and even holding my veil during pictures. I cannot thank them enough!! All of our guests have raved about the food. Just when they thought there was no more to come.... another tray of dessert was brought into the room. Aside from the amazing service, staff and food, the decor and ambiance of South Gate Manor is incomparable to any other location within central and southern NJ. Two words to describe SGM- SIMPLY AMAZING!
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Andrea
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
We got married October 27, 2012 at South Gate Manor, we can not say enough great things about this venue. Everything from the decor to the food to the staff was amazing!! The very first time we walked into this hall we knew right away that we wanted to get married here. The place is magnifcent!! My husband and I dealt with Chris from start to finish and he was so accomidating, and incredible!! There wasn't one thing that he was not willing to do to make my husband and myslf happy!! Our matre'd Bobby and bridal attendent Jennifer are probably two of nicest and most professional people we have ever met. They made everything so easy for us and we didn't have to ask for anything, they knew exactly what we wantd and had it ready!! All of our guests could not stop raving about the food, it was AMAZING!!! Everything from the cocktail hour to the viennese hour was incredible!! Everything you could ever imagine having they had!! There only concern was making sure that my husband and myself had the times of our lives and we certainly did!! Thank you to everyone at the South Gate Manor for giving us the wedding of our dreams!! We would do it all over again and wouldn't change a thing!!


Chris & Andrea McNamara
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
This past Sunday I had the wedding of my dreams and I owe most of this happiness to Chris, Bobby, and Jen at the South Gate Manor. From the second I booked this venue I felt like I was working with my family because that is how Chris runs his business. I knew I could trust Chris to make this the wedding of my dreams and he did exactly that. He was always honest and responsive, which is so important when you’re a busy bride and spending a lot of money. He brought my vision to life and everyone cannot stop talking about my wedding! The food displays were fabulous! The food itself was incredible and unique! The viennese hour was outrageous! You get exactly what you pay for and much more! The service is impeccable and the entire wait staff is top notch! Chris made sure that my husband and I shined through this wedding by making us a NY Giants ice sculpture and including our favorite food items in the wedding. Our dinner menu was elegant and very different from what is offered at other venues. My biggest fear happened when I woke up on Sunday at it was raining (given that the ceremony was supposed to be held outside). Chris transformed half the ballroom for the ceremony and it was absolutely breathtaking! As a bride, it is important to pick a venue where you can trust the people you are working with and Chris and the whole team surpassed my expectations. Thank you Chris, Bobby, and, Jen for the most amazing wedding day ever! Words cannot express my gratitude!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Where do we start? Well much like other reviews on here after a long day of checking out venues as soon as we walked into SGM we knew we found our place! It didn't take long for us to feel like we knew the Marino family for years. Everything from start to finish went without a hitch. And the day of the wedding was no different. We had our ceremony inside and the room was set up beautifully . The cocktail hour was referred to as "the best " cocktail hour many of our guests have been to. The choice of 5 different main courses and the quality of the food had our guests asking if the Marino family owned a restaurant . Instead of the massive Viennese hour we went with a dessert medley and a couple of stations. The fried desserts were a major hit and the dessert station with the baked alaskan added some FIRE and FLARE. Our special day was more than we could have dreamed of and the owners and staff at Southgate are 100 percent responsible for this .
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Susan
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
COMING FROM THE PICKIEST BRIDE ON THE PLANET WITH A CRAZY JUDGMENTAL ITALIAN FAMILY... THIS PLACE WAS A HOME RUN. Service was exceptional.. Food was to die for...the Vienesse Hour was something out of a fairy tale. It was like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory meets the Seaside Boardwark (food wise).. It's a starving bride's fantasy come true... I literally popped a seam on my dress and it was worth every chocolate dipped oreo, fried donut, zeppoli, chipwich (yesss, chipwich), ice cream sundae, bananas foster.... I can go on and on... And believe me my guests cannot stop talking about it... The cocktail hour was out of this world. Seriously. I am Italian and a lot of food to my people is a lot of food. Our Christmas can feed 600 people and we still think it's not enough. As an Italian owned family place, the South Gate Manor brings that aspect to the food and comfort (but I may be biased :). You don't know where to start or where to end... Food was my main priority but the venue's elegance was the bonus for us. The ballroom is breathtaking. You don't have to leave the site for pictures... You have it all right there. I have been to a lot of weddings at tons of high end 5 star places... Hands down this place is the best. Oh and Jen and Bobby... I wish I could have them with me everyday... My husband was so impressed when Bobby cut his steak...Talk about red carpet treatment? You will feel like royalty that day at the South Gate... Worth Every Penny!!!!!
Good Luck Planning :) Paulie and Susan
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Chris, Matt, and Larry as well as all of the staff, were wonderful to work with! They are true professionals and help put your mind at ease. We had both our ceremony and reception held at South Gate Manor and it was absolutely perfect! All of our guests raved about their servers, as well as the food. I highly recommend the dessert hour...soooo amazing!
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Meredith
Wedding:
8/17/2012
5.0/5.0
I recently got married this past Friday August 17th, 2012. My reception was at South Gate Manor. My new husband and I got there early to take our pictures. We were greeted by our Maitre D, Bobby, the owner Chris and our bridal attendant, Jen. They hugged, kissed and congratulated us. We were escorted upstairs to the bridal room and were given refreshments right away. Bobby and Jen bustled my dress and never left our sides the entire day. Our entire day there was perfect from the beautiful grounds, where we took our pictures to our reception room, which looked exquisite. The service was fabulous. Both of our families raved over how wonderful the service was. Drinks were filled up continuously, the staff was courteous, polite and helpful, and the owners were very accommodating. They worked with us from beginning to end and made sure the attention to detail was top notch. Everyone was speechless over how delicious and abundant the food was. Not one person left hungry. The cocktail hour and Venetian hour were huge hits! Our family and friends were in awe. The sit down dinner was very classy and every plate had a large portion on it. We used their house vendors as well. Dash of Class were our DJ's and were incredible. They had the entire room up dancing. Our photgrapher/videopgraphers were Visual Image. I was sold the minute I met the owner. He does phenomenal work and I can't wait to see my pictures. One of our family members came up to me at the end of the night and said our wedding was epic! I couldn't describe it better. Our Maitre D opened up the doors to show my husband and I our reception room and I cried. My dream for an exquisite, classy, elegant and memorable wedding came true at South Gate Manor. Thank you to the entire Marino Family for making my day an unforgettable one!!!!!
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Jean
Wedding:
7/15/2012
5.0/5.0
My daughter just had her wedding at the South Gate Manor and it was spectacular! It was truly the wedding of her dreams. We had checked several venues and when we walked into the South Gate Manor we immediately knew this was where her wedding should be. The place is beautiful inside and out and had everything we were looking for. So many places were outdated with carpeting that was in need of replacement and South Gate had gleaming floors throughout. The room where the cocktail hour was held is gorgeous and the food was out of this world! The staff was outstanding!!! Bobby was so attentive to everyone's needs the whole evening and treated our family, friends and guests like royalty. He was remarkable and ran the event so smoothly and perfectly. Jennifer was so wonderful as well, helpful in every way and tended to all my daughter's needs. She even helped bussel her dress before the reception and helped fix her hair! The staff was terrific as well, waiters, waitresses, bar tenders, everyone cold not have been nice and more attentive. I highly recommend the South Gate Manor! My phone has not stopped ringing with family and friends expressing how wonderful the wedding was. At least I know where daughter #2's wedding will one day be, planning her special day will be so much easier! Thank you to the Marino family (Matthew and Chris) for knowing how to make the most special day of someone's life more than they could ever dream of! Top notch all the way!!! Love, the Smith Family
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Jacqui
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at South Gate Manor was amazing and more than we can ever ask for. We still have friends and family calling us to rave about not only the look of the place, but the service that was provided, and the food. Chris and Matt were great to deal with and very understanding with of all our needs. In addition, Jen and Bobby were fantastic. From the second we walked off our limo bus they were by our side helping us with bags, and making sure we had everything we needed and wanted. They always made sure my husband and I had a drink in our hands, which was amazing. They really made us feel like rock stars for the night. We would recommend this venue to anyone. The staff provided you with everything you needed. You really cannot get a better venue. DEFINITELY book your wedding here!! You will not be disappointed.
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Suzanne
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
South Gate Manor (SGM) is a beautiful facility. The food is delicous & the staff is on their game. One of our main concerns, when choosing our venue, was enough seating in the cocktail room - and SGM has plenty. Both rooms are very large with seating galore. There is an outdoor garden area with a water feature & additional lounge furniture. My Maitre'D was Bobby & my Attendant was Jennifer - both were next to my husband and I all night, if not in view of us to make sure we had everything we needed. They helped us so we knew what to do during different parts of the reception. We have only had great comments from our guests. Most said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to!! The only snafu was the cake - this had nothing to do with SGM since I went to their baker & ordered it. Unfortunately the baker's owner left for vacation right after we met with her & her staff must have missed all her notes. Even though they didn't decorate it correctly or do the inside (sponge & filling) correctly - it was very good. SGM owners & Bobby where on top of the situation when I noticed the cake issue. They rectified it by offering us to use a 6' tall cake (which ended up being fake) for our cake cutting ceremony. This cake was over the top gorgeous - I was eyeing it up the night before when we dropped our baskets/favors off. I worked with Matthew Marino & sometimes his brother Chris when selecting our choices. This is a family run business & they know what they are doing. I highly recommend SGM for your wedding or event.
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Kristyn
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Worth EVERY penny! The Marino family was awesome to work with. Their professionalism was remarkable. Their options and accommodations are superb. We were set on NOT having a sit down meal; but wanted to make sure it wasn't a cheap buffet or an average cocktail hour extended throughout the night. They were more than willing to help us create a menu and schedule that met our every desire. They asked over and over if there were any special requests we had and were sure to have those met. The preparation process was seamless, we never had to track anyone down or ask questions...they were always a step ahead. Everything the day of was flawless. The amount of food was endless and overly abundant. The cocktail hour, reception and venetian hour FAR exceeded our expectations and the service was INCREDIBLE, no one there could do enough for us and our guests. When we asked for an unheard of shot on a whim, they went to the store to get the ingredients to make it..over and over again! Jennifer and Bobby were PHENOMENAL. From the second we walked in the door, they were ten steps ahead with every little detail. They were beyond organized and had supplies on hand for anything we could have needed. My dress was bustled, my veil was fixed and taken off, my hair was fixed, they had food and drinks continuously heading our way. Everything was set up and cleaned up beautifully and went home in the same condition it was delivered. I can go on for days, but I just reached the limit. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making our dreams come true and for taking such good care of us and our guests, and we love you xoxo KV&DV
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LM
Wedding:
5/20/2012
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I are getting married at South Gate Manor in August 2012. This was the first place we looked at and the place we wound up booking. Larry (and his family) won over our hearts the day we sat down with him to discuss our wedding. I KNOW the day of our wedding I will be the princess and my fiance will be the prince. We were there today with my parents for a food tasting. You may be wondering why I would be writing for a food tasting and here's why. I was sending my best friend in Texas pictures of SGM being she is in my bridal party and does not live in the area. I came across the last comment that rated the SGM a 3. I WAS SHOCKED!!! Please to all of you out there DO NOT BELIEVE THESE LYING HORROR STORIES ABOUT SGM. It is a FAMILY BUSINESS. I feel like the ENTIRE family is part of my family even after dealing with them for such a short amount of time. I want to critique that brides comments...
1- What you pay for is what you get. You could have paid $50 pp on a Sunday and got crappy service, horrible food, and an ugly venue. SOUTH GATE MANOR IS WORTH EVERY PENNY!! Even at the food tasting I felt like it was my wedding and ALL of the brides seemed to feel the same way. The food was fabulous, the drinks were awesome, and the staff (LARRY AND FAMILY INCLUDED) were the sweetest bunch of people I have worked with for an event
2 - YOU are responsible to write a seating chart - I HIGHLY DOUBT that you asked "the father" how many people fit comfortably at a table and your response was your are responsible for writing a seating chart. Are you sure you did not ask "Are you writing my seating chart"? And if you did ask the way you stated and got the reply which you wrote, maybe you have a REALLYYYY DRY sense of humor. The family of this business are very down to earth people with funny and sweet personalities. They are honest and WILL go out of their way to make YOU HAPPY ON YOUR DAY!
3 - SGM does not pay for your shuttle OR make your hotel block for you, but they WILL do EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HELP YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT. The first time I sat down to book this venue I asked about hotel/shuttle service. I was AUTOMATICALLY given the hotel name and the name of a suggested shuttle service. SGM deserves a THANK YOU for not only getting you the shuttle, but for PAYING TOO ensuring you were accommodated the best they could after a MISUNDERSTANDING. CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS BRIDE, but I needed to let ANYONE READING ABOUT SGM know how GREAT of a place this is. I will post my honest review after the wedding as well, but I can truly say I do not think it will differ from the experience we had at the food tasting! The majority of the comments on this page are GREAT, so at least talk to the owners and get a feel for the venue before you read the exaggerated horror story and let it deter you. I have told MANY people the venue we are using and every single person (even people who heard me talking) ranted and raved about how GREAT this place is. GO TO SOUTH GATE MANOR!!!!!!!
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CHRISTINA
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutley amazing!!! All my guest and myself could not be any happier. The food was amazing, the maitre'de Bobby and bridal attendant Jennifer were amazing. Jennifer was able to help me with everything and even sew my maid of honors dress because it did not fit right. Excellent service, delicious food and beautiful facility. Highly recommend. Also, the in-house florist, Flowers by Marlene was great! Centerpieces was beautiful and resonably priced as well as bouquets and ceremony piece.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Flowers, Wedding Venue
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Cathy
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
South Gate Manor was awesome. They were great to work with. They paid attention to every detail. The cocktail hour was phenomenal. The food was delicious. They have a great team of professional and first class staff. Flowers by Marlene, an onsite floral vendor, also did an amazing job. Marlene and Stephanie captured exactly what we wanted for all the flowers even including the ceremony arrangement. They made us feel like we were in a church. I would highly recommend SGM for your wedding. Thank you to the Marino family and their staff for making my daughter's wedding a memorable one!
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whobe101@aol.com
Wedding:
3/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely awesome venue for a wedding. they truly go above and beyond from their service to the beauty of the whole venue...treated like royalty
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MJM
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
South Gate Manor is the place to go. The service and professionalism is above and beyond. The place is absolutely gorgeous if you have not stopped in to see it you are missing out. Every single guest was overly impressed and can't stop talking about how nice everything was from the individual wait staff at each table, the cocktail room, the outside area, everything is top notch. I could go on and on about how nice it is but you need to see the place. The owners and staff were on top of everything before we could ask for something it was already there. I highly recommend South Gate and can guarantee you will not be let down.
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MelissaAnnIrvin
Wedding:
9/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Words can not describe what an amazing amazing wedding we had at South Gate. From meeting Chris Marino and his family over a year ago, to seeing them and his staff the night of, every single thing we wanted was executed. Maitre D Bobby took care of everything. We didn't have to worry about a single thing. We were able to enjoy our flawless night. Jennifer, my bridal attendent was also incredible. The ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and venetian hour were something out of a fairytale. I also used the house photographer, Visual Image- Brian and Joe, all I can say is amazing. So nice and attentive, tons of creative ideas- I can't wait to see the final product!! The DJ, Vito from Dash of Class, had the party going all night, which is exactly what we wanted.. Myself and the groom never left the dance floor!! All and all, I could not ask for more!! Highly recommend South Gate Manor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My wedding was on 9/10/11.. Not only was the DATE memorable, but the event at South Gate manor top the night!!! We were greeted by our Maitre D, Bobby, the owner Chris and our bridal attendant, Jen. They hugged, kissed and congratulated us. We were escorted upstairs to the bridal room and were given refreshments right away. My bridesmaids had so much trouble bustling my dress, that Bobby and Jen came to my rescue and bustled my dress, and never left our side the entire night. The service was fabulous. Both of our families raved over how wonderful the service was. Drinks were filled up continuously, the staff was courteous, polite and helpful, and the owners were very accommodating. They worked with us from beginning to end and made sure the attention to detail was top notch. Everyone was speechless over how delicious the food was. Not one person left hungry. The cocktail hour and Venetian hour were huge hits! Our family and friends were blown away!! One of our family members came up to me at the end of the night and said our wedding was the BEST they ever attended! I couldn't describe it better. My dream for an exquisite, classy, elegant and memorable wedding came true at South Gate Manor. I turned to my husband the next day, and said I wanted to re-new our vows every year at South Gate : )
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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cmo
Wedding:
9/2/2011
5.0/5.0
South Gate Manor is the perfect wedding venue!!! It is absolutely gorgeous and the food, service and staff are amazing. The first time I went to South Gate Manor as a guest, I knew I wanted to get married there. We held our ceremony outside and over 200 guests danced the night away with us inside. The cocktail hour is phenomenal and the food is outstanding. South Gate Manor really knows how to host the perfect wedding. They have every detail down and they do it to perfection. The day of my wedding my dress broke. The amazing maitre d’ fixed my entire dress, front and back and bustled it. There are no words to describe how grateful I am. I was also completely calm while this was all going on because the staff there is so wonderful! Not only was the staff wonderful to us, but they were wonderful to every guest at our wedding. So many of our friends and family have told us how great the staff, service and food were. Bobby, the maitre d', and Jennifer, the bridal attendant, were helping me throughout the night and they are so amazing! Chris Marino and Matthew Marino also helped me throughout the planning, the ceremony and that night. They are always ready to answer any questions you have. South Gate Manor is the perfect place to have your wedding!!!! Thank you South Gate Manor for giving us the best day of our life!!!! We are forever grateful and we can’t wait to come again in July/2012 as guests for our friends wedding! South Gate is the BEST!
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KTV&GYT
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Thank you South Gate Manor for providing me the GREATEST wedding a girl can image. Chris made me feel that everything will be wonderful from the first day we meet. He acting on his word!!! Words can describe how wonderful they treated us. The ambience walking into the ceremony, cocktail and reception was flawless. All of the 150 guest truly felt that they were treated like royalty. Food was wonderful especially the custom mango Pork Chop!!! As for Jennifer the maitre d' you went beyond making everything go smoothly that day. Jennifer the bride attendant... Thank you for helping as well. South Gate Manor will always be the recommended as the best venue in my eyes!
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Marissa
Wedding:
8/19/2011
5.0/5.0
We got married at south gate in august and it is unbelievable !!! The Marinos are so professional and really do know what they are doing! My guests all loved the cocktail hour and many guests raved about south gate - even when I got back from my honeymoon ! You cannot go wrong with choosing south gate. Not only did my husband and i have the best time ever, we knew our guests were as well! And by the way, marlene marino does flowers and she does the most amazing bouquets and centerpieces. I was completely shocked when I saw how everything came together. Chris, Matthew, Larry, Marlene, and the whole staff are the nicest people you will meet when it comes to planning your wedding. I recommend south gate 150 percent!!!!
Services Used: Flowers, Invitations, Wedding Venue
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CMancuso
Wedding:
8/14/2011
5.0/5.0
My wedding was absolutely perfect, and the South Gate Manor had alot to do with it. Not only is it beautiful, the staff and owners were really great. I highly recommend to anyone to check this out for their wedding, it is worth every penny!
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Lauren
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
South Gate Manor was awesome! I loved it from the moment I saw it and our wedding was so beautiful. We are Italian and the food was super important to my dad and he really liked it, so that says a lot. People are literally still calling my mom and I and raving, saying it was the best wedding they ever went to! It was literally everything I could have hoped for! Bobby and Jennifer were AWESOME!!! They really do tend to your every need, I was not expecting that! Bobby was even fixing my bridesmaid's necklace for the pictures (the clasp was showing) and Jennifer ended up sewing my bustle in the hallway because it kept falling when I was dancing. We had a great time, it was such an amazing wedding, I want to do it all over again!!!
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Dena
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
We chose South Gate Manor after searching many venues for our wedding. It was a great decision. From beginning to end, the whole Marino family was helpful, patient, and kind. They only cared about making our wedding day exactly what we wanted it to be. The day of my wedding I had two people waiting on me hand and foot! We shared the room because we had a summer wedding and could not guarantee the minimum amount for the whole room, which made me nervous. However, that wall really is sound proof! We didn't hear the other wedding at all and they stagger the receptions, so it was perfect. We had the elite cocktail hour, all the wonderful things in the middle with the dinner, and the venetian hour. The venetian hour was the most unbelievable thing I have ever seen! I think everyone should have it! The amount of food and the quality of food was phenomenal. We also used most of their vendors and were happy with all of them. South Gate Manor truly gave me the wedding I dreamed about for so long. I cannot thank the Marino family enough for making my wedding day so wonderful. My guests are still talking about my wedding a month later. I hope I am lucky enough to go back there someday for another wedding! :-)
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Jaime
Wedding:
11/19/2010
5.0/5.0
The staff at the South Gate Manor was excellent. The food was so outstanding that my out of town guests thought the cocktail hour was the wedding reception. Everyone ate and drank to their hearts content all night long! Beautiful cocktail hour space and reception room. Can't say enough about the fantastic job they did! Thank you again!!
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Christina
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Bobby and Jennifer made our day PERFECT!!!!!! Whatever we needed or wanted they were their. I loved everything about my wedding because they were there on that day!!
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Jim
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
We had my daughters wedding at the SGM June 26 2010 we had over 225 guests. Chris helped us with the planning. From day one before we even signed a contract he could not have been more pleasant and helpful. We had the pleasure to meet with Larry on 3 occasions he was equally as pleasant and helpful. THE SOUTH GATE MANOR IS A PERFECT 10. The staff was pleasant and attentive, the four owners were present durring the reception and were connected through a wireless earpiece to their staff as soon as anyone needed something they were right there within minutes. My wife had a drink spill on her gown as we were going to take pictures within a minute Jen was there with cleaning solutions to take the stain out. The room where the cocktail hour was seated about 200 people plus outside seating, couches, tables. One of the best cocktail hours I’ve seen. FOOD beef was done perfectly, Salmon was great, and Chris even hooked me up with Tuna which wasn't one of the choices. The Venetian hour was THE BEST I’ve ever seen, beyond description. Bobby Maitre d The best, Jennifer Bridal Attendant perfect, The very popular Joey D, THE MAN, Thank You Chris, Larry, Jen, Bobby, Joey D and the entire SGM family.
Not to be missed. A MUST SEE.
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Birn78
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
I fell in love with South Gate Manor the moment I walked in. I went to many places prior and felt relieved when I entered their building. It is so beautiful, words can't even describe it. And, there is not one piece of gauty carpet in the building that I was seeing at every other hall. On my wedding day, they made me feel like I was a queen. Between the lady in waiting and the matre de, I didn't have to think at all. They made sure everything went smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a thing. My wish was there command. All of my quests said that this was the nicest wedding that they have ever been to. Both the food and the service was ecxellent. Everyone is still talkig about it. I highly recommend this place. The Marino family does a great job.
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
We had out wedding at South Gate Manor 10/3/09. We looked at many places, but fell in love with south gate manor the moment we walked in. Chris helped us with EVERYTHING and was amazing. We had to guarantee 250 guests, but ended up with only 225 in which we still had to pay for, but we also used their after party room, which is AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL, and Chris was going to charge us per person for the after party, but ended up not because we were still paying for the guarantee.
Many of our guests are used to going to "high class" weddings up north, and have never heard of south gate and were blown away when they showed up, as they probably thought it was going to be a crappy cheap wedding....
Our guests RAVED about how wonderful south gate was, and to this day, talk about what an amazingly beautiful wedding we had. The venetian hour was spectacular, our guests couldn't believe all of the desserts...

-bobby and jennifer went above and beyond for us. Jennifer did the bustle on my dress so my bridesmaids didn’t have to deal with the tediousness of it, she even held my dress when I had to go to the bathroom.
Some of our guests ran out of cigarettes, and the staff went out and got more for them.

A year later, my sil got married at Westmount country club, and it didn’t even compare...all the guests were telling us how much better out wedding was with the food, presentation, layout, etc.
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Fiveoliver
Wedding:
8/14/2009
5.0/5.0
South Gate Manor is amazing!!! This place is a class act all the way. Everyone is very friendly and make you feel very special! The decor is beautiful!!! Every room is better than the next!!! The food was fabulous.... People are still talking about our over the top cocktail hour. Bobby and Jennifer took care of our every need and more! I would highly recommend South Gate Manor! We can't wait to have another affair there!!!
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Alison
Wedding:
8/14/2009
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about the South Gate Manor!!! Their venue is gorgeous and they do everything first class all the way!!! The cocktail hour is over the top. Chris Marino and the entire staff are wonderful. The service is top notch and so is the food. There is no place around the shore area that comes close to The South Gate Manor!!!!
I can't wait to book another event there!!!!
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Rich M
Wedding:
8/14/2009
5.0/5.0
My wife and I had the pleasure of having our wedding at the Southgate Manor. From day 1 when we first sat down with Chris Marino to discuss our future wedding, the feeling we got was nothing short of amazing. Very friendly, approachable and accomadating. Was the nicest person we dealt with out of all the venues we looked at. Made us feel at ease and was very attenative to our desires and needs. The venue is GORGEOUS...breath-taking...unlike any venue you will find within 50 miles of it. The staff was top notch....from the wait staff to the bartenders....and especially Bobby and Jennifer, who were practically attached to my wife and mine's hip. I never had to ask for a drink once....and every guest I spoke to said the same thing...I mean it's one thing to cater to the groom in that manner...but for the wait staff to come to guest's tables and refresh their drinks as they saw empty glasses? That's unheard of....that's CLASS. As my wife and I made the rounds to thank everyone for coming and sharing our special day, guest's were graciously showering us with gifts...as I collected them and had them in my hand, I felt a arm on my back, and a gentle whisper in my ear, "I'll take care of those for you, enjoy yours guest's". It was Jennifer, paying attention to detail.....it's those little things that stick out....I till this day have people recalling the amazing time they had and going on and on about the venue, the food, the staff....it warms my heart to know so many people enjoyed the day as we did. I highly recommend the Southgate Manor to anyone looking for a first class, over the top, amazing, wonderful and unforgettable wedding experience. To the Marino Family and their wonderful staff....Thank you for making our wedding a day a day in our lives, that outside the birth of our child, will be one of the most unforgettable days we have ever lived.
Services Used: Band, Wedding Cake, Catering
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sabrina
Wedding:
5/16/2009
5.0/5.0
I fell in love with this venue the minute I walked in! The Marino family treated us like gold, tending to our every need & request. There was nothing that they wouldn't or couldn't do for us. From the day we booked until our wedding day we had the best experience. Not only is the place & grounds beautiful, the staff is friendly and the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Our guests ate like kings & queens, and say it was "the best wedding they ever went to." We want to go back and attend a wedding there just to eat the food again!! I highly recommend getting "The Manor Elite" Cocktail hour and the Venetian hour. You will be blown away just as we were.
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Tara
Wedding:
10/25/2008
5.0/5.0
We looked at several different venues before South Gate, but as soon as we left the office after speaking to Chris, we knew this was the place. Their professionalism is outstanding, as well as their attention to detail. They even accomdated us arriving 3 hours early. It rained on my wedding day, and our pictures were going to be taken at Georgian Court, but the rain put a damper on that, so we called South Gate to see if we could go there a few hours early, and use the lobby for pictures. They told us no problem and my pictures were absolutely beautiful. The whole Marino family is very inviting and helpful. I felt like I was the only person in the world on my wedding night, even though there was another wedding going on at the same time. I did not see that bride once. Even now, 4 months later, I am still getting compliments on the food. The cocktail hour is out of this world (so I've been told LOL).
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dee2481
Wedding:
10/3/2008
5.0/5.0
I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing the entire staff treated not only my husband and I, but everyone that attended the wedding. I thought they were just being overly attentive to us since it was our day, until the day after the wedding when we received rave reviews from our guests. Anything we wanted or needed, we received. I had a little headache right before the ceremony and I said I needed Advil and literally in two minutes Bobby, our maitre d' had Advil for me. The food was so delicious as well. I always hear from couples that they didn't eat at their wedding. My husband and I seriously finished everything on our plates. To this day we still rave about how tender the filet mignon was. I also feel that the place itself is so beautifully and tastefully decorated. The cocktail hour room is breathtaking with the starry ceiling and the gorgeous bar area. We actually both knew that that was the place we would hold our day as soon as we walked in. Thank God we weren't disappointed at the food tasting. I know I'm rambling, but there is so much to say! In summary, the staff is professional, attentive and personable. They made sure that my husband and I had a carefree, memorable, fun day. We kind of felt like royalty, which is how it should be. But what was more important to me is that they also made sure all of our guests felt the same exact way. We couldn't have asked for anything more!
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JMBride
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day was perfect, the weather, the ceremony and the reception. Our reception was at South Gate Manor-the best decision we ever made. Chris and the entire family were absolutely amazing and made our wedding day so special. Everything was beautiful and the family was very flexible with all our wants and needs- to how we wanted our cake table to look to the decorations we added to our sweetheart table. The cocktail hour was amazing-as we hear from all our guests- and the Venetian hour was unbelievable. Almost a year later and our families wish we were getting married again-specifically at South Gate Manor. The DJ-Dash of Class was amazing as well as all of our vendors- which we booked through a bridal show at South Gate. Thank you Marino Family for a beautiful and unforgettable day of our lives.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, DJ, Wedding Venue
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/14/2008
5.0/5.0
I found South Gate Manor while attending my first bridal show and I was not even going there to see the venue. After seeing the beautiful renovation and speaking with the owners, I knew that is where I wanted my wedding. I didn't look at any other places and I was confident with my decision. When the wedding day came the staff was wonderful, I could not ask for anything more. The Maitre D was so amazing, we had to give him an extra gratuity because he gave the groom and I, my family and the bridal party the best, most wonderful service all day long. There was nothing I needed to ask for that was not given first and if I did need something, he was there. He let everyone know what to do and when it had to be done and he even ave me some extra time at my cocktail hour to speak to my guests. The food was so delicious, everybody raved how it tasted homemade and commented on the service. They had never been to a wedding with such great service. To top it all off, the Venetian hour was the perfect ending to the perfect day, it was above and beyond in taste, presentation and service. My guests are still talking about the the fried zeppoles! I would highly recommend South Gate Manor to anyone planning a wedding.
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Jaclyn
Wedding:
9/15/2007
5.0/5.0
SouthGate Manor was exceptional! The Owners were wonderful to work with.
The hall is beautifully decorated and the food was great! Our guests have not stopped raving about how great it was!
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DscoDiva
Wedding:
7/21/2007
5.0/5.0
I loved every single thing about South Gate Manor. It's a family owned business, and there #1 priority is taking care of you like you were part of there family. Even down to the janitors.
Food was FABULOUS, my center pieces were to die for. Cocktail hour amazing. We were the first wedding out doors with the garden terrace done and I wouldnt have changed it for the world. It was amazing.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Flowers, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
8/3/2013
4.9/5.0
I cannot say a bad about thing about this venue. They were wonderful! It is family owned and you feel welcome immediately. I live out of state and they were so flexible regarding meeting times etc. My Guests are still raving about the wedding and how much food there was. I would definitely recommend South Gate to Anyone!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
7/15/2012
4.9/5.0
love love loved this place !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Amy
Wedding:
3/5/2011
4.9/5.0
The South Gate Manor was our 14th stop in our search for the perfect wedding venue, when we walked in I knew right away that this was the perfect venue for our wedding. My husband and I were married on March 5, 2011, we had about 350 people at our wedding. The South Gate Manor provided excellent food and service to us and our guests. The owners of the South Gate Manor were very helpful when it was time for us to pick our food, cake, drinks, and flowers. They provided us with excellent suggestions whenever we couldn't decide. We had our flowers done by the South Gate as well, the centerpieces were beautiful, I knew what colors I wanted but I know nothing about flowers, they provided us with excellent choices at great price! We had a total of 20 people in our wedding party and we were a rowdy bunch, Bobby the matrade was excellent, he handled our wedding party great! Both matrade's made sure that my husband and I had everything we needed and that we were happy! All of our guests are still talking about how wonderful the wedding was. The South Gate Manor is the perfect place to have that fairy tale wedding all of us brides having been dreaming about since we were little. My husband and I can not say enough good things about the South Gate Manor and about those who work there. We would like to thank the Marino family and their staff for such a wonderful and unforgettable evening!
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Alison
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.8/5.0
South Gate Manor is definitely the place for a wedding! The services they provide while working with my budget was phenomenal. The amount of food that was being offered in the cocktail hour and dinner service was not only a large amount but was a great quality. The way the orchestrate the day definitely allowed me to have not a single worry. The staff that was with my were excellent and I can't hear enough about how amazing the venue was from my guests! My only negative was the difficulties I had with communication. When I was able to talk to them they were very respectful and helpful but I had a lot of trouble getting the call back or email returns. Otherwise this is definitely a place to hold your event!!
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Michelle
Wedding:
8/12/2011
4.8/5.0
Can't say enough good things about South Gate Manor. As with all brides, I was nervous about all of the details leading up to the big day. But when the day arrived, they took care of EVERYTHING. Couldn't imagine having my wedding without having Jennifer and Bobby by our sides! They became family in one night. We actually were able to enjoy our own wedding because they worried about all the details. Very experienced and professional. You will not need to worry about service as the whole staff makes your guests feel like celebrities! Amazing food, drinks and the venue itself is gorgeous. Thank you for making our big day go so smoothly. The Venetian hour impressed our guests so much! People kept saying they could die right there and be happy! So happy we found South Gate Manor!
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Lcep220
Wedding:
2/20/2011
4.8/5.0
Words cannot express how I feel about SGM and its entire staff. We fell in Love with this venue from my initial meeting with Chris, then Matt, and then Marlene. It did not feel like we were sitting with a car sales man like every other hall we visited. In terms of price, all I can say is that they did work within our budget and really did go the extra mile. I recently had my wedding there-Ceremony and Reception. Marlene took the time to understand my vision & created the most elegant bouquets and centerpieces I have ever seen. OMG, the way she decorated for my ceremony was so beautiful and so romantic-HIGHLY recommend her!!. Her daughter even checked my bouquet as soon as I arrived to the hall to make sure it was ok! Although I didnt have much time in cocktail hr, the food was out of this world -Flavored Vodka bar was a hit -and so was the room itself. People still are raving about how this was the best wedding they went to. Jennifer and Bobby-maitre-de were unbelievable and never left my side the entire night. Chris even went out of his way to pick up our marriage license for us since we are from NY! Matt, being such a nice guy, took the time to hand pick desserts for me during our venetian hour since I was too busy on the dance floor. They even drove some of my guests back to the hotel!! This should hopefully give you an idea of the kind of people you are dealing with. I hope to go back there some day as a guest!
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TaraB.
Wedding:
11/17/2007
4.8/5.0
Chris and the entire Marino Family truly go above and beyond. My husband and I are both in the food & beverage business and we thought we have seen it all until our wedding day! The attention to detail from the owners to the wait staff was flawless. We are so pleased with the professionalism that we are still on cloud 9 even almost a year later!
All of our guests are still in amazement from all the food from every action station to the Venetian hour!
Marino family thank you for a breathtaking experience and all they wonderful memories! It was a pleasure working with all of you and as you already know we will continue to recommend you!

Tara & James Baselici
November 17, 2007.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
I had my wedding at SGM last May and am very happy I chose South Gate! I love the inside of the venue – very modern with marble floors and dark wood - the exact style I had in mind. The food was AMAZING. We went with the mid-level cocktail hour, and although I was not at the cocktail hour, everyone said there was SO MUCH food and that it was delicious/beautifully displayed. We had a cute signature drink too. Guests also raved about the main courses, and said it was the best food they had at a wedding. Instead of going with a huge venetian hour, we had some action stations come into our ballroom during a “dessert hour.” We chose 2, but I was surprised to see a third one come in! We had baked alaska, fried oreos, fried zeppoles, Italian pastries, donuts, bananas foster, another fruit flambé and then the chocolate fountain (unexpected one), plus wedding cake. It was perfect and HIGHLY impressive.

We also had our ceremony outside at South Gate Manor. It was so nice for our guests to be able to immediately carry the celebration right into the cocktail hour. We had about 175 people and half the ballroom. I was worried it would be too small, but it was honestly enough room. There was also another wedding going on during the tail-end of ours. Again, I was concerned that I would be able to hear them and it would impact our day – Truly had no idea. My guests also felt that all the waiters and waitress were extremely helpful and top-notch.

My parents also loved their maitre'd. I can’t recall his name (I think Bobby?), but he waited on my parents hand and foot. We also enjoyed working w/ Matthew and Chris.

The only drawback is that they don’t have an expansive outdoor area for photos. Their garden patio is still beautiful – it’s just not huge.

I would definitely recommend SGM to brides who want to have an impressive wedding with great food and a beautiful venue.
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JENNIFER
Wedding:
7/13/2012
4.6/5.0
We had been to several weddings at the SGM before getting engaged and knew it was a place we wanted to check out when the time came for us to get married. From the ambiance of the hall to the cocktail hour food to the main meal and to the AMAZING Venetian hour we knew we wanted to get married here. We loved working with Chris and his family during the whole process. When the time came for our big day we were NOT disappointed. The Bridal Suite was filled with our favorite food, our Bridal Assistants were so helpful (both Jen's knew how to help bustle my dress and were there when it fell down before our entrance), we have not stop hearing people raving about our food at the cocktail hour and our meal. But the biggest compliment was from our Venetian hour. There were so many delicious desserts there, I wish my dress was bigger so that I could have eaten more! My one comment to anyone getting married would be to spend the money for the Venetian hour, it is worth EVERY single penny and you will not be disappointed. My only negative feedback, which is extremely minor, is that when we sat down to do the final menu and we discussed the cake, we decided to have the section that we cut and feed one another be chocolate and instead we got vanilla. It was very minor but that would be the only negative thing I could say about the SGM. We hope one of our single friends picks SGM in the future so that we can really enjoy ourselves again.
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priya1284
Wedding:
4/27/2008
4.6/5.0
I loved this place! It was perfect for our event...I enjoyed the fact that it is family owned so I dealt with one of the brothers all the time. Since we had an outside caterer, I can't really comment on the food, but the place itself is beautiful. The ballroom is a little bit different from the usual because there's no carpeting and no defined dancefloor, but I loved that because it made it easier for people to get up and dance during the reception. The only two cons that I would say is that we ended up going a little bit below the number of people we originally planned for, and at the beginning they said they'd be flexible, but then at the end when we gave final count, they made us pay the extra...so just becareful and make sure that everything is written down on paper. The second thing is that you might want to get outside portraits done somewhere because there isn't AS much place for nice outdoor shots...BUT if you have the right photographer it works out nicely.
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J
Wedding:
10/27/2007
4.6/5.0
The South Gate Manor is a class act from the second you walk in the door. We had looked at one other place -- been to many weddings elsewhere and booked this after being there for a half hour. The food was amazing. All of our guests are still raving about the cocktail hour and how gorgeous the room was and how amazing our wedding was that it was one of the best they had ever attended. One table number got mixed up with another so there were two tables that were confused there weren't enough seats and then extra seats but they worked it out and I didn't know about it until after. There was another wedding at the same time as ours I didn't even know I never saw the other bride, I saw a few of her bridesmaids once, never heard her music.... We loved that it was a family run business and felt it throughout the planning. Everything was made so simple - it was too simple - that made me nervous! :) I paid the mom to do the center pieces and they were stunning! That's a fantastic perk that they offer in house florist for the reception flowers! As long as you were in contact about everything -- anything you waned went. We did have quite a few no shows due to illness and other understandable misfortune and had to pay for all of those dinners which was a nice chunk of money I'd have preferred not wasted but that was the agreement in the contract I just think they could have maybe been amazing instead of follow the letter of the contract for so many dinners - like had us pay for half and given us a little break we had about 12!
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veronicabelle
Wedding:
7/23/2011
4.3/5.0
I accidentally reviewed this hall and have not had my wedding here but a few friends have! We had a wonderful time!!
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Jackie
Wedding:
8/22/2009
4.3/5.0
Overall, i loved this venue, and all of my guests not only said it was beautiful, but that the food was excellent, and the waitstaff was friendly (which can be horrible if they treat ur guests rudely) The only complaint i had was my bridal attendant. The bridal party came late and missed most of the cocktail hour, so when we rushed in i told my bridesmaids to go ahead and come back in a few minutes, and the bridal attendant refused to allow them in, against my wishes!! stating it would be too much work for the staff to have to retrieve the bridal party so quickly!!!!! Aside from her, every staff member was excellent and catered to our needs. The price was a little high, but you get what you pay for, and we got an excellent wedding
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alicia
Wedding:
10/23/1999
4.0/5.0
We had a very pleasant experience. there were a few problems that were taken care of promptly, The staff was excellent and extreemly helpful, especially with our elderly guests
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D
Wedding:
4/22/2012
3.0/5.0
My husband and I were just married at South Gate Manor a few weeks ago, and there were things about our experience that were amazing and things that were rather unpleasant. We planned our wedding in NJ from a distance, which we knew would be a challenge. When we first met with Matt, he gave us the impression that if we had our wedding at SGM everything would be taken care of and we wouldn't need to worry. Our wedding was small (100 people) but we were assured that we would still receive their full attention. Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be completely true.

Issue #1 During our meeting, Matt told us that they were working on a contract with a local hotel to provide free shuttle service to & from the venue. He assured us that this would be in place by the time of our wedding (about a year later). We called several times over the following months and asked what hotel they had contracted &were always told it had not been settled yet. About 4 months prior to our wedding, I called & was told that the Radisson was where I should book rooms. When I called the Radisson I was informed that they did not provide a free shuttle. I was rather upset about this because we had been promised free transportation by SGM & led to believe for months that it was being handled. Several calls were exchanged between Chris, Matt, my finace, and myself. At first we were told we misunderstood (repeatedly) & then finally they accepted responsibility & offered to pay for a shuttle. Chris told me not to worry & that it was handled. But it wasn't. On the day of our wedding no shuttle arrived at the hotel, which left our guests, including a visually impaired family member, stranded at the hotel! When this was brought to my husband's attention the night of the wedding and he spoke to Matt, he (Matt) told my husband there wasn't a shuttle because we failed to remind them at the tasting. We were never told to remind them and had been told that it was taken care of by Chris! My husband was very upset at how unprofessional Matt's response was. They did get a shuttle there at the end of the night to take our guests home.

Issue 2 Staff was dismissive & even rude on the phone (specifically the father). It was so bad that after a while I refused to call them because I felt so disrespected. Once when I called to ask how many guest could sit comfortably at a table, he laughed & said that it wasn't his job to do my seating chart.

Issue 3 We had been told that we could arrive "first thing in the morning" by Matt. So I hired hair & makeup to come to the venue & work on us in the bridal suite. When I told Matt we would arrive at 9, he said it would be $500 extra to arrive before 11! When this was questioned, Matt told us I should go to a salon rather than bringing people in. Eventually, Chris waived that fee & let us arrive at 9.

Issue 4 It is pricey, we paid 175 pp on a sunday!

Issue 5 They often failed to return phone calls. On several occassions they said they would call by the end of the day but they did not. Typically we had to call them back ourselves if we wanted to sort an issue out in a timely fashion.

Pro 1-The building & grounds are absolutely beautiful.
Pro2-The staff that worked with us on our wedding day, Jennifer and Bobby were absolutely amazing! They made our day wonderful (shuttle issues aside).
Pro 3-Food was delicious!

If we were getting married again I am not sure if we would choose SGM as our venue. We felt annoyed by being repeatedly told not to worry about things or that things were taken care of, and then finding out that they were not. The place is stunning & the service from our waiters & attendants was incredible. It is a coin toss, good luck!
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DOLPHINS23
Wedding:
1/12/2012
0.0/5.0
Do not have your wedding here. The owner was extremely disrespectful and rude to me and my family when we sat down to talk about our wedding plans. He was the most arrogant person I have ever talk to at any venue. Please do not give this place your business.
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