My partner and I are looking for a venue (beachfront would be great) in Monmouth County, for a late summer, early fall "celebration"; we had our civil union in May 2010 that just included immediate family and a few close friends. Our celebration will have a guest list of approximately 125-150, and we would like to have a cocktail hour, followed by a tapas-style service, with a DJ and dancing. We would also like to have an "after party" of sorts, with more dancing and light snacks later in the evening.
We have a caterer in mind, so we would want to have the option of providing our own.
Quality lodging nearby would be a plus. We live just outside of Asbury Park, and would prefer not having to drive any more than about 45 minutes to an hour from our house.
We are in the process of looking at several sites...we prefer something unique - non-traditional/no ballrooms, preferably on the modern side. We would also like to consider some beachfront "mansion-type" locations, if there are any around that would be available for a weekend event - I have had no luck searching on the internet for this type of venue.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.