A Complete Guide to Celebrating Your Forest Lodge Wedding

A groom dips his bride while exiting their ceremony for a kiss at their Forest Lodge Wedding

When you’re planning an outdoor wedding, it can be hard to find a venue that will give you serene surroundings as well as exceptional service. Over at the Forest Lodge in Warren, New Jersey, however, this is far from the case. This gorgeous space gives you full-service options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. If you’ve been on the search for the perfect venue, we’re here to tell you what you can expect from your Forest Lodge Wedding

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About The Forest Lodge Wedding Venue

11 Reinman Road, Warren, New Jersey 07059

While Warren, New Jersey, rests less than an hour from the bustling New York City streets, it feels like a world away. Forest Lodge wedding venue takes up 50 quiet acres of the Warren Watchung Mountains. Founded in 1984, the venue is family-owned and operated. While it can easily provide you with a rustic wedding, it has endless elegant touches that you can dress up and make your own. 

A groom in a blue suit stands in a grassy lawn with hands in his pockets


A bride stands in a grassy field holding a large multi color bouquet and long veil Newlyweds smile while walking through their wedding reception cocktail hour Newlyweds kiss against a wooden wall with windows

Details of the Grounds

At Forest Lodge, The Sherwood Chalet is your go-to space for a garden wedding ceremony. The exterior features a serene area with a paved patio. A gazebo stands at the front, where many couples choose to exchange vows. For climate control, you can move things inside, where you’ll find chandeliers, modern columns, and crown molding. Forest Lodge also features The Maple Grove. This open-air pavilion can be closed in with curtains if needed. If you want to have your ceremony in a more secluded space, you can talk to the venue and find the ideal spot. 

The interior of the Sherwood Chalet is the preferred space for an indoor reception. The high ceilings and spacious floor plan will keep your party moving. The Maple Grove works for an outdoor reception, and the pavilion will provide ample lighting for your event. 

The Maple Grove provides an outdoor patio and firepit that works flawlessly for your cocktail hour. The Sherwood Chalet has a patio and a deck nestled against the building where you can serve drinks. The building also has an indoor bar separate from the reception area. 

Newlywed stand with their large wedding party in a grassy lawn Newlyweds kiss while surrounded by celebrating wedding parties with bouquets raised A bride stands in a grassy lawn under some trees laughing with her bridesmaids in purple dresses at her Forest Lodge Wedding A groom in a blue suit walks with his matching groomsmen through a grassy lawn

The Forest Lodge also has several suites where you can get ready for your wedding. The rooms are thoughtfully placed near the paved paths so you can hide away until your reception begins. 

The Sherwood Chalet has space for over 175 guests, while The Maple Grove lets you bring in 250. 

The layout of the space has been brilliantly thought out, with paving throughout to protect your gown from the dirt. The interior space is cohesive, with a delicate off-white on the walls and stark white accents throughout. The cocktail area features elegant mahogany panels. The Maple Grove has bistro lights to sparkle above the dance floors. 

A father walks his bride down the aisle to her outdoor wedding ceremony Newlyweds laugh and touch foreheads in a garden Newlyweds laugh while holding hands and walking down a sidewalk under blooming trees at their Forest Lodge Wedding

Photography Opportunities

Forest Lodge is a photographer’s dream! The exterior has sun-filled spaces for wedding party photos, while the secluded surrounding forest will provide you with intimate spaces for moody couple portraits. The open air of the pavilion lets in plenty of light for your ceremony, and the garden of The Sherwood Chalet has no bad angles. All pictures of your ceremony will make it feel like you’re in your very own haven. 

Newlyweds walk through a grassy field smiling at each other at their Forest Lodge Wedding Newlyweds smile at each other while standing close in a grassy field at their Forest Lodge Wedding Newlyweds stand by some tall pine trees while touching foreheads Newlyweds touch foreheads while standing in a garden holding a large colorful bouquet at their Forest Lodge Wedding Newlyweds kiss while hiding under an embroidered veil at sunset

Wedding Details

Forest Lodge will ensure every detail of your wedding is taken care of. Their CIA-trained chefs will provide you with delectable food, whether you want a buffet or a plated dinner. The venue offers setup and cleanup. You’ll have chairs and tables, glassware, china, and event parking. You can choose to have a valet service. 

A Forest Lodge Wedding reception set up under an outdoor overhang with market lights and purple napkins Details of a Forest Lodge Wedding reception set wit white linen and purple napkins Newlyweds dance while holding hands under a large white tent on a brick patio at their reception Newlyweds dance under a large white tent reception at their Forest Lodge Wedding

Let’s Have Some Fun Planning Your Dream Forest Lodge Wedding Photos!

With a Forest Lodge wedding, you can have your dream wedding space. Check it out today so you can decide if this is the venue for you. 

If you’re still looking for a photographer to capture all the details, we’d love to connect! We’re a husband-and-wife team, and we love working with other couples so they can document their unique love stories. We would love to have a conversation and show you our work so you can decide if we’ll be a match made in heaven. Let’s chat soon!

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