Wedding Day Tips
Hi, we're Diana and Korey! We are a photographer and videographer husband and wife team who love creating lasting memories for joyful couples in love! When we aren't shooting weddings, we can be found binging on Netflix and eating Thai takeout. Dog mom and dad to our best friends, Zoey and Ace. Reach out today to see if we are available for your wedding day!
The Barrow Mansion wedding venue is a Jersey City gem and a unique slice of history right here in our community. Suppose you’re dreaming of an estate wedding with plenty of unique architectural features and a lot of heart. In that case, Barrow Mansion may be the right fit for you. Read on to find out why it’s a beautiful and special place to host your wedding!
Barrow Mansion, built in 1837, has a rich history in Jersey City, with a story that goes all the way back to the 1800s. YMCA purchased the Barrow Mansion in 1900 and converted it to help serve single working men migrating to the city. The St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church eventually bought it and, in 1982, formed the Barrow Mansion Development Corporation, a nonprofit that runs the building as a community facility.
Today, the Barrow Mansion is more than just an event venue; it’s a community center dedicated to serving those needing help. It is a beacon for the Recovery community, hosting over 1,300 neighborhood and self-help meetings annually. After Hurricane Sandy, it became the headquarters for a city-wide relief effort that raised and distributed over $1.35 million in goods and services to those in need. One of the best parts about hosting a wedding at the Barrow Mansion? Your rental fees also contribute to keeping the Barrow Mansion’s efforts alive to continuously serve our community and those needing assistance.
The Barrow Mansion is an 1837 Greek Revival-style building known for its symmetry and ornate architectural details. The Mansion comprises three separate rooms that can be rented separately or in any combination to suit your needs and accommodate your guest list. There is also a giant kitchen with a ten-burner Garland stove that is perfect for a caterer to use.
There are two parlors, the Front Parlor and the Rear Parlor, that are available to use for your wedding. They have ornate crown molding original to the mansion, ornate fireplaces, and other architectural details. Use one parlor for your ceremony, flooded with natural light and painted with neutral colors to accommodate whatever color palette you desire.
Then, put the other parlor to good use for a cocktail hour before moving into the Theatre for dinner and dancing! The Theatre is a large space added on by the YMCA at the turn of the century that is the perfect size for hosting a celebration of up to 150 guests. Transform it with colorful uplighting and other personalized touches for a unique and elegant affair.
One of the most unique perks of The Barrow Mansion? They are also home to the oldest bowling alley in the country!
Barrow Mansion has so many beautiful opportunities for beautiful wedding photos. We’ll take elegant pictures on the front steps in front of the stately columns and wander the grounds for other beautiful and natural backdrops. A pair of enormous wooden doors lead inside that are perfect for pictures with a warm, rustic flair.
Indoors, we’ll take advantage of the architectural details like the ornately carved fireplaces, tall windows, and an elegant staircase perfect for vintage bridal portraits. Speaking of vintage, we’ll wander down to the antique bowling alley for fun, charismatic, playful, personable pictures, just like you!
When it comes to hosting your wedding at Barrow Mansion, you are welcome to bring in your own certified vendors. They don’t provide coordination, and you can rent chairs, tables, etc. from them at a reasonable cost. Everything decor-related needs to be provided by you, but that gives you plenty of freedom to create an event that is everything you’ve ever imagined! One last thing to note is there isn’t any on-site parking (although there is public parking nearby.)
The Barrow Mansion wedding venue is a beautiful option for an intimate estate wedding right in the heart of Jersey City. It has charm, history, and lots of potential to transform into the wedding of your dreams. Please set up a tour to see them in person today and to learn the in-depth story of how it came to be! When you’re ready to start chatting pictures, I’m here for it! It would be an honor to photograph your Barrow Mansion wedding.
Finding your dream wedding venue in New Jersey can be such a challenge! Primarily because there are so many incredibly beautiful and unique locations across the state. So if Mallard Island doesn’t check all your boxes, check out more in the blog links below! But before you go, feel free to reach out! I love to chat about venues and what your dream wedding photos look like!