|Address:||333 Davidson Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873, USA|
Melissa Del Mundo
I had attended a few weddings here prior to venue hunting for our own. I still remember my very first impression of The Palace when I attended my bridesmaids wedding here - it was "wow". From the moment we started inquiring about The Palace, everyone we dealt with was super friendly and accommodating. This made the already stressful wedding process so much easier to deal with. We visited a few other venues in the Central Jersey location, but we would always come back to The Palace. When we would compare the venues and what they offered, there was never any question of who we should and wanted to book with. Our event planners, Christie and Alex were awesome. From our meetings to follow-up questions we had or clarification we needed, they always answered us promptly and were so friendly in the process. Our Maitre D and Bridal Attendant, Richard and Jillian respectively, were amazing. From our first meeting, they were true professionals, efficient, and so nice and fun to deal with. This carried out to our big day. Jillian and Richard were always checking up on us and making sure we and everything was okay. They allowed us to just enjoy our day and be in the moment instead of having to worry about the details of the day! The venue itself is beautiful and grand. They only allow for 2 events to be booked at the same time and the beauty of their set-up is that you wouldnt even know it because the 2 events would be happening at opposite ends of the venue and everything from the valet parking, bridal suites, cocktail hour, reception, balconies, etc is separated. As soon as your guests arrive, they are greeted with 2 of your chosen signature cocktails. Their cocktail hour is usually divided between their large balcony and inside if weather permits. If its cold out, they set up heaters also. Aside from the different stations you choose, they also have staff walking around serving hors doeuvres. All of their food is delicious! We remember it first hand from the weddings we attended, but we were soon reminded of it during our food tasting, and our family and friends continue to tell us how good the food was! When the cocktail hour ends, they pull the curtains back and reveal the adjoining main room. During the introductions, we made our grand entrance down the staircase but had the rest of our bridal party enter through the main floor (since we had a few pregnant bridesmaids). The rest of the night was seamless as Richard and Jillian made sure we were aware of when everything was happening (first dance, speeches, dinner, cake-cutting, etc) and coordinated with our vendors. At the end of night, Richard and Jillian gave us 2 of our entrees "to-go" just in case we werent able to eat during our reception, the top of our wedding cake all wrapped up and making it ready for us to just pop in our freezer, and all of the items we dropped off prior to our wedding to be set-up (cake topper, guest book, etc). They even packed our car with these items so we wouldnt forget!! All of our vendors had already done weddings at The Palace and our florist stated that it was the most organized venue that it ever dealt with. The Palace is truly outstanding from its gorgeous venue, superb staff, delectable food, and amazing service. We were always impressed with The Palace but nothing tops having our own wedding there. They truly treated us like royalty.
I dont know where to start with this review. I will attempt to break down every aspect of the Palace at Somerset experience. Event Planner (Michelle Malave) - You could not ask for a better event planner that actually comes free. Michelle was incredibly down to earth, personable, offered great recommendations, and even steered us away from things that we necessarily did not need. There were no limitations to the types of questions and even the time of the day that I would contact her and get a swift response. In fact, I even requested to have every entree as my meal for my wedding. Literally, I had 3 different plates (hell its my wedding and I want to have want everyone is having)....No Problem! Although more comical than anything, I had 3 plates from my meal, and all were fantastic. Michelle made me feel incredibly comfortable that EVERYTHING was taken care of, and IT WAS! Absolutely no worries and feedback we received made it all the better. To hear your guests (multiple guest) say it’s the best wedding they have ever been to is a credit to us of course ;) and the amazing job of Michelle and Team! It also helped that my wife’s name was Michelle too…BONUS! Maitre D (David Parada) – My man David. So to most of you that don’t know what a Maitre D is I’ll make it simple, he/she makes sure everything goes perfect the day of. He/she is the executor. Given that I am a project manager, he was a breath of fresh air! Dave was like my right hand man the day of. It was little things, like him whispering things to me knowing that my wife may freak out, lol. He was perfect and enjoyed the day. It was great to have someone ‘own’ the event and enjoy it at the same time. He was very militant with time and still was flexible when the moment called for; like when my father decided to give an extended speech…lol. Dave was great! The Palace – Listen to me clearly…..THE PALACE IS THE BEST PLACE TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING……PERIOD! Yes, it’s a bit pricey, yes there is minimal (if any) wiggle room….BUT….if you are looking for a place that will take your mind off of worrying about ANYTHING concerning the reception….The Palace is that place. Scale 1-10 Cocktail Hour – 12 (yes, I said 12) Food – 10 Lighting – 10 Décor – 10 Venetian Hour (Dessert for all who are wondering) - 11! Staff - 10 The only issue (my wife) had with the Palace was that her table cards (which were actually picture frames) were laying down on the table as oppose to standing up….literally that was the only complaint! For all of you guys, that’s a blessing if that is the ONLY complaint you get the day of..(at least for the reception…haha).
Me and my wife just got married last weekend at The Palace and we could not have made a better choice on where to get married. Where do I begin? First off the bang for your buck that the Palace gives you FAR EXCEEDS any other venue (and there were quite a few) we visited. Christie and Jillian (the venues Sales/Wedding Planners) were great. Any area that they were able to cut costs or help us out, they did no fuss about it. David and Gina (our maitre d’s for the wedding) were absolutely fantastic. I literally called David the next day to let him know how much I appreciated his efforts and how happy my wife and I were with his service. David is extremely detailed and well organized, a true professional. He literally detailed out every step of the wedding from start to finish and has such a calm demeanor about him. Gina, who took care of my wife the whole wedding was so sweet and both went out of her way to make sure ANYTHING me or my wife wanted was covered. Whether it was food, or another scotch, or getting people for pictures, it was taken care of. We couldnt have asked for better people to oversee our wedding, and let me tell you, YOU WANT maitreds you get along with, it goes a long way in making your big day THAT much better. As for the venue itself, our guests were stunned with the sheer size of The Palace. The groomsmen suite is HUGE and was basically a private bar with drinks and food (a huge sticking point when we chose this spot) and all my groomsmen LOVED it! The bridal suite is gorgeous and very spacious. The food (which you will barely eat, because your too busy getting married and having fun) I was told was fantastic as well from multiple guests. I could not believe after the wedding, how many of my guests told me the venue we chose was the best venue theyve ever been to for a wedding, it really made me feel like we couldnt have made a better choice choosing The Palace. I am not one to hold back either, if I see something I do not like or am not satisfied with, I would write about it, but this place did such a great job that I felt they should absolutely be recognized for their top efforts. They make it easy to write great reviews about because from the Venue to Staff, to price you cannot beat this place for a wedding venue! -Danny & Jenna