It’s very obvious to me that anyone who’s ever said, There’s no such thing as a perfect wedding has never been to or had an event at The Merion in NJ nor have they had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Lewis our Event Specialist. After a year of planning my daughter and now son-in-law’s big day came this pass Saturday October 4Th. The day started out rainy but by 3 pm the sky cleared and it was a perfect start to a perfect wedding. When we arrived Stephanie and team told us we have everything covered don’t worry about anything we’ll run the show from here and that they did. The ceremony went off without a hitch just as she said. We had guests and family from all walks of life and trying to please everyone seemed like the impossible mission. When we walked in to the cocktail area there was food everywhere. Everyone kept saying this cocktail hour is a food extravaganza. Some couldn’t believe there was dinner too. At the end cocktail hour we did the intros of the bridal party and the Merion top it off by putting on their signature show that no one expected. It was so spectacular that I’m not going to ruin it for anyone you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. The deserts consisted of anything and everything you could imagine. The whole cocktail room was converted to a desert orgy. All throughout the night all I heard from my friends and family was “this was simply amazing” the food was not only more than anyone could ever imagine but, everything was cooked and tasted perfect. The hot dishes were hot and the cold ones were cold. As of today I’ve heard from everyone at least once about how much they enjoyed themselves, the great food and the Merion was the perfect place for this perfect wedding. Stephanie was simple amazing and she was absolutely right when she said, “don’t worry dad we got this one from here Her advice, planning and organization skills are truly exceptionable. Stephanie made a very special day in our lives a perfect one. –Brad and Diane
My husband and I had the best experience with The Merion. Stephanie Lewis was our coordinator and she was absolutely amazing. She was so helpful throughout the entire planning experience, available whenever we needed her, flexible, etc. The food and service the day of the wedding was also great! Our wedding was 2 weeks ago and we are still getting comments about how impressive the venue, service, and food was. Some people may be put off by the price of The Merion, and that is understandable... it can be a lot of money. However, my advice would be, if you can afford it, then the price is worth it for what you get. They were a big part of the reason I was so at ease on my wedding day.
Where do I even begin, because of the Merion I had the wedding of my dreams. I worked with Denyse, and Cliff and they made sure everything was absolutely perfect. From the the second my bridal party and guests walked in the Merion all they could say was WOW! The cocktail hour had food from top to bottom, and everyone said it was not only the most food they have ever seen but also the best. The full bar was amazing, and our guests still cannot believe all the top shelf liquor, and many other choices the Merion had for them. We had our reception in the Skylight Ballroom, and it was perfect. From the gorgeous cake, and the amazing food, and the Venetian hour myself and the guests had nothing but great things to say. Many of our guests said "I have been to many weddings, but I have never seen anything like yours, this is the best wedding ever!" They also throw in some fantastic surprises that I don't want to ruin for future brides! I have dreamt about my wedding for as long as I can remember, and the Merion made those dreams come true. On behalf of my husband, family, and guests, we would like to thank the Merion for going above and beyond to make our special day perfect from beginning to end. Do not hesitate to book your wedding at the Merion!
Natalie and Sam
The Merion was the perfect venue for our wedding reception - everything from the ballroom, to the food, to the service, to the cake - was absolutely flawless. There were even fun surprises from the Merion that made the day even better! All of the planning leading up to the event was an indicator of how great the day would be. From the first time we met our wedding coordinator, Denyse, we knew we were in great hands and would have a wedding that was personal and unforgettable, and Denyse more than delivered. Everyone at the Merion was extremely professional, friendly, and genuine, and made us feel like we were part of their family. We highly recommend The Merion to any couple who wants a perfect day that they will never forget.
We just had our reception at the Merion and I can not thank our coordinator Sue Aita, maitre d' Alex and the Merion staff enough for such a perfect day. Sue was with us every step of the way to make our dream wedding happen. The incredible amount of food, beautiful atmosphere and amazing staff made our reception perfect. The Merion has their reception process perfect that there is nothing that you have to worry about the day of your wedding. I was told by many guest that it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Thank you for helping me create the wedding of my dreams!
this review is from the groom's point of view. for me, the venue was freaking amazing. when you walk through the huge front doors, you're greeted with a giant staircase and marble everywhere. aside from the ambiance, the staff (event coordinator (Denyse), head server, maitre 'd, cake designer) is what i really liked about the Merion. everyone was professional AND also gave a sense of personal feel as well. my wife and i had our reception on the top floor ballroom. that thing looks like a scene out of the freaking TITANIC when you see it! days/weeks after our wedding, guests who attended still come up to us and say what a great wedding it was at the Merion and how they enjoyed every bit of it. the greatest compliment was of the Merion's FOOD selection! cocktail hour was AMAZING (from what i hear) and dinner wasn't too far off. i, personally, only was able to completely finish my soup. it's very busy being a groom - i can only imagine about being busy for a bride! but either way, we both had a great time and the Merion did a fantastic job at making our day very special and memorable. with all the praise we still get from our guests, i really wish my wife and i could have attended OUR OWN WEDDING AS GUESTS! the wife is happy and so am i. happy wife - happy life! :)
I will highly recommend the Merion for your wedding for there professionalism, quality, care , superb food, responsiveness and overall value.
The Wedding planner, Denyse DeSilvestro is the greatest person one can ever work with in planning your wedding day. Our wedding was handled with the greatest care, professionalism
and Denyse's personal touch will be what seals the deal for you.
Putting the wedding in her hands is care free and you will not be disappointed with Denyse or the Merion.
I cannot give enough praise to Vinnie Mazzella and Denyse DiSilvestri, event coordinator for the outstanding service given for our daughters wedding. Our guests cannot stop talking about the Palace Room, the Merion itself, the food and the awesome staff who catered to our guests. We are forever grateful for the fairytale wedding we were able to give our daughter thanks to you both and your team! Love you guys!!
My new wife and I got married at The Merion this past weekend. We could not have been any happier with how everything went. All of the staff was so helpful and gracious. The food was some of the best I've ever had! I would highly recommend this venue for anyone that is looking in the southern New Jersey area for a wedding venue.
I just had my wedding ceremony & reception at the Merion. This organization is first class all the way and will really make you feel like you get your money's worth. The food was amazing and I was able to make sure there was something for every guest. The venue itself is simply breathtaking and beautiful no matter where you are on the premises. Stephanie and Jim were really great and know how to get things done the right way so you dont have to stress about anything that day. You wont regret having your wedding at the Merion, I could not have been happier.
I'm in awe at the event The Merion put on for our wedding. It was filled with surprises that I didn't even know to expect and they made the evening even more spectacular then we had planned. The food was beyond amazing and we are still getting compliments on our cocktail hour and stations style dinner (chocolate bacon!?!) Steph Lewis worked with my husband and I from day one to take care of every detail and was incredibly attentive and responsive along the whole process every time we had planning questions for her. She was superb - helped us to get special beer and cocktails for our New Orleans themed wedding. The food manager was amazing - they developed a specialized New Orleans/cajun station that was out of this world in addition to their typical amazing stations. This venue is NOT the typical dry and bland wedding food - everything from pasta to chicken is delicious!!!
The night of the wedding Tim and Mel made the evening amazing. Their attentive service and kindness was felt throughout our entire families. The Merion itself is beautiful which allowed for an amazing canvas for our photographer. My husband and I wish we could go to The Merion for another event to appreciate all over again because from the planning stage until the day of the wedding they were awesome!!
Everything and everyone that works there not only met but exceeded our expectations!
Fantastic venue! It was top notch!
Jen and Josh
Let me start off by saying that I am one picky bride. The venue is one of the most important parts of the wedding, so of course we read tons of reviews before picking. Let’s just say that The Merion is literally the best of the best. We went to tour 10 wedding venues before stepping foot in The Merion. After seeing The Merion, we knew that we could stop looking. Sue Anita had given us our tour & she was our favorite part about The Merion. Sue was so personable & made the wedding process fun & easy. We chose the outdoor space at The Merion for our ceremony & The Skylight Ballroom for our reception. At our wedding rehearsal, I was worried about my family because we are extremely hard to control – we are all crazy! Sue knew exactly how to handle such a big, crazy group of people. She actually made our rehearsal a blast! My parents absolutely LOVED Sue & all of our meetings with her lasted hours because my parents never wanted to leave! I think my parents actually adopted Sue, so she is technically now my fourth sister! On the day of our wedding, our outdoor ceremony was breathtaking! That morning, our florist even saw one of the workers inspect every single chair in the ceremony space to make sure they were clean. He had some chairs swapped out because they were not perfect. The cocktail hour was out of this world! No one had seen anything like it before! The amount of food and the service is something that we still get compliments for! We had our dream reception & The Merion made sure that everything ran smoothly & that we had a night to remember! THE FOOD– I do not even know where to begin with the food. Oh my gosh the food, the desserts, the alcohol – just above and beyond anything we could have ever dreamed of. All of the people that work at The Merion are SO nice! Tracey made sure that Josh & I had everything we wanted – from refilling our drinks to making sure we had a chance to sit and eat– you rock, Tracey! Thank you Sue & The Merion for the BEST WEDDING EVER!
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at The Merion! Stephanie was our coordinator. She was awesome from beginning to end!!!! Our guests raved about the venue, the food as well as the top notch service! Can't wait to be a guest to get the full experience you miss out on when you are the bride and groom....
I recently had my wedding in The Palace Ballroom this June. I can not say not say enough good things about my experience with the wedding. Everything and anything that I had requested, they met my every need. The food was excellent, the venue itself was beautiful, and all of the help from Sue & Denise was beyond helpful. Guests are still raving about the 30+ food options that were served at the cocktail hour and the great meals that were served at dinner. Every staff member at The Merion worked to help make my day perfect (especially Sue & Denise!). The venue itself is breathtaking and I VERY HIGHLY recommend using this as your wedding venue!!
The best ever. Stephanie was awesome with everything the staff was fantastic.
Susan and Gerry
Our daughter's wedding ceremony and reception was held at The Merion on Father's Day, 2014 and a more beautiful present could not have been wished for our family. Everything was absolutely perfect. Our wedding coordinator, Ms. Stephanie Lewis was provided by The Merion.
Who needs a wedding planner when you have people like her and the rest of the Merion staff to handle the details. Now almost a month later, our guests and family are still talking about our affair. The most wonderful thing was everyone, even the bridal party, parents and bride and groom had an absolutely magnificent time.
Our only regret - we unfortunately, never got to the cocktail hour, which I understand was truly amazing. The food at dinner (sit down) was excellent. The staff handled everything expertly.
The price was considerably more reasonable than most venues for what we received. And it goes without saying that the atmosphere is absolutely amazing.
I would recommend the Merion to anyone for any affair.
Thank you Susan and Gerry McGowan, Cherry Hill, NJ.
June 2014 wedding at The Merion posted 7/7/2014
From the moment we stepped into The Merion, my husband and I knew that we needed to have our reception there. We were shown every inch of the hall during our first visit by the owner himself--we saw all of the ballrooms, the bridal suites, and even the kitchen. The entire building is immaculate, opulent, and elegant-what more could you ask for? Every ballroom has a unique feel and there is definitely something for every taste. We ended up choosing the Skylight Ballroom and could not be happier that we did! It is beyond gorgeous and just has that "wow" factor we were looking for. We had 225 guests and the room felt full, but not crowded (the room can actually hold much more than that). Our contact at The Merion throughout the planning process was Stephanie-she was amazing and made everything easy and seamless-She even gave me great recommendations for a DJ and a designer to do our menus, church programs, etc. The day of the wedding couldn't have gone smoother. The Merion staff made it so we didn't have to worry about a thing, except enjoying ourselves (and eating-they brought us extra food even after cocktail hour was done. And then they gave us 4 entrees and all sorts of desserts to take home with us!!) Which brings me to my next point...the FOOD. The abundance and the quality still has our guests raving, weeks later. We're talking more cocktail hour stations then you know what to do with (and one of ours was a BACON BAR...need I say more?), a 4 course dinner, and then a giant Venetian hour. My only regret of the night is that I didn't eat more :) And then after (and during) dinner, we danced all night on the beautiful dance floor under the glass dome—it's pretty much the perfect size for a dance floor. So, definitely consider The Merion for your wedding reception venue...and then invite me, so I can eat more of the food!!
We had both our ceremony and reception at The Merion and can't say enough wonderful things about this amazing venue. Our guests are still talking about the quality and abundance of food. Everything was delicious and beautifully displayed. Sue was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her expertise and professionalism are top-notch. She took care of everything, so we could just enjoy the day. I highly recommend this venue to all of my friends just as it was recommended to me. The Merion is truly a first class facility!!