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If you’re a professional event planner, you’ve come to the right place. With scenic parks, a rich history, and first-rate venues for weddings, anniversary celebrations, high-school reunions, and more, Elizabeth, New Jersey is an event planner’s dream. It’s also incredibly accessible, located just 30 minutes outside of New York City and 10 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport. In fact, most of the event venues are just a short drive from Newark Airport. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Here are some of the best places in Elizabeth to plan an event to remember.

Venues for Small Groups 

Planning an intimate wedding or celebration? Elizabeth offers several different options to choose from. Both Courtyard by Marriott Newark Elizabeth Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriot Newark Elizabeth/Liberty International Airport are excellent choices for hosting small receptions. 

Courtyard by Marriott’s 590-square-foot Elizabeth Room has sleek modern decor and can accommodate up to 38 reception or party guests. Options include a reception layout, where guests can mill about and enjoy beverages or light refreshments, or a banquet arrangement, where guests are seated at round tables and served an elegant meal. After the event, guests can relax with a handcrafted cocktail and good company at The Bistro, the hotel’s on-site restaurant.

For smaller events, Residence Inn by Marriott offers a 500-square-foot event space that can seat up to 24 guests in a chic, modern setting. Host a birthday party or bridal shower where guests can sample tasty hor d'oeuvres, sip on champagne, enjoy a sit-down dinner, or both. After the fun has ended, guests who stay overnight at the hotel are treated to a fresh, complimentary breakfast buffet.

If you’re planning an event for between 25 to 150 people, another first-rate option is Embassy Suites by Hilton Newark Airport. The hotel has five different state-of-the-art event spaces to choose from based on the size of the event. You can host a wedding reception or family reunion in one of the larger spaces, or have a baby shower or anniversary party in one of the smaller ballrooms.

Venues for Large Groups

For larger events, Crowne Plaza Newark Airport’s stunning Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests. Both reception and banquet setups are available, and the ballroom features a dance floor where guests can waltz the night away. 

Another option is the Hilton Newark Airport, featuring a vast number of rooms for hosting events of all sizes. Its largest space is the Elizabeth Ballroom, which is big enough for receptions of 400 people. And for even larger events, Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel is the perfect venue. The hotel’s dazzling Grand Ballroom can accommodate an incredible 750 people and an in-house catering team is available to create custom menus.

Unique Events

Looking for a unique event space in Elizabeth? Make your event shine with an out-of-the-box party venue.

You can combine a historic setting with a classic good time at the Liberty Hall Museum. The beautiful gardens and centuries-old architecture are ideal for picture-perfect weddings, but the mansion also hosts children’s birthday parties as well as tea parties suitable for baby showers or bridal showers. If you’re looking for something a bit more theatrical, the Ritz Theatre and Union County Performing Arts Center can also host your extraordinary event.

For an event rental space with catering on-site, look no further than Elizabeth’s many restaurants. As just one example, Valença Restaurant has a ballroom and multiple dining rooms. Guests can enjoy plenty of space, a full-service bar, and a catered menu with a Portuguese twist.

Plan Your Event in Elizabeth, NJ

After the event has ended, Elizabeth offers tons of opportunities for guests to enjoy themselves before heading home. There are plenty of things to do, local eateries representing a diverse range of cuisines, expansive parks, historic sites to explore, and spots to relax and enjoy the waterfront, including the beautiful Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park. Elizabeth truly is an ideal place to plan an amazing and memorable event.

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