Liberty House Wedding Venue

Liberty House is a classy wedding venue with breathtaking views of NYC skyline. Conveniently located in Jersey City, NJ, only a train or ferry ride away from NYC.

I’ve photographed my share of weddings both in NJ and NY and one of the biggest concerns that I hear from my clients looking for a NYC wedding is the price. A lot of my own clients have started looking towards NJ wedding venues because it is so much more cost efficient than a NY wedding venue. Liberty House is a venue that many New Yorkers go to because of it’s proximity to NYC (it’s just a ferry ride or a PATH ride away, and just across the tunnel!), as well as it’s magnificent views of the NYC skyline, the place they call home!

hands with an iphone taking photo of the nyc skyline at night

I love photographing weddings at the Liberty House because it is classic and elegant without the stuffiness, which many of my non-traditional wedding clients appreciate. The spaces are large, with ample room for plenty of guests to roam around, beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the beautiful daylight and skyline views, and the attention of the staff and catering is on point.

Here are some of my thoughts on this top wedding venue in NJ from the point of view of a wedding photographer.

Getting Ready at or near the Liberty House Restaurant

Liberty House does include a few side rooms for brides and grooms to get ready on site. These makes for a convenient place for everyone to either get ready at or put the finishing touches on at the venue itself and not have to move around from place to place in your dress.

bride getting ready and putting on makeup in hotel suite with outdoor view of NYC skyline

However due to the many choices of hotels in the area, many couples choose to book a hotel block at one of the nearby hotels and get ready at their hotel, alongside their wedding parties and families. Plus you can easily book a shuttle bus for you and your guests to go back to the hotel after the party is over to continue the party, or to safely get home for the night.

bride pulling up dress and walking on the road with her high heels

One of my favorite hotels nearby that has elegant and spacious hotel rooms is the Westin Jersey City which is also nearby the water and the Jersey City Arts District, making for some great non-conventional wedding photos. A few other great hotels in the area that I’d recommend are the Jersey City Hyatt, directly on the water of the Jersey City Financial District, and the W Hoboken, which is just a bit farther away but still close and within the area.

bride and groom in moody pose in front of nyc skyline at liberty state park

On Site Ceremony with NYC Skyline Views

Easily one of my top favorite outdoor ceremony spaces on the Hudson River, due to it’s incredible views directly from the outdoor ceremony space. Liberty House has a beautiful garden that is directly in the back of the venue and adjacent to the restaurant, which provides for great views as you say your vows to each other.

indoor indian wedding ceremony at liberty house restaurant in nj

The venue also has a great option for an indoor wedding ceremony space if the weather does not cooperate, or for winter weddings, which also have equally as beautiful of a view through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

picturesque outdoor wedding ceremony at sunset with stunning view of nyc skyline

Indoor and Outdoor Cocktail hour spaces

Because there are so many options of spaces to choose from, the cocktail hour options span from indoors and outdoors, to both. If you’d like to have your guests free to roam from one area to another, the indoor/outdoor cocktail hour is a plus.

guests mingling at night outside of firepit with nyc buildings lit up in the background

Several Reception Spaces to Choose From

beautiful wedding tablescape with neon sign in front of a living wall

The Liberty House has a few different reception spaces to choose from. The first being directly adjacent to the outdoor ceremony space in the back, with access to the outdoor for guests to wander in and out of, and warm up by the gas-lit fire pits outside while enjoying a cocktail and a breather. This is my favorite space of all of the spaces.

indian wedding ceremony indoors at liberty house restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows and view of nyc skyline

There are other spaces, on the side of the restaurant, as well as in the upstairs floors, that also have great views, natural light, and will vary depending on your needs. The one thing they all have in common is spaciousness, and plenty of light, which allow for many different photography styles to capture your event.

evening wedding reception at liberty house restaurant with slanted wooden ceilings and string lights

Food at the Liberty House Restaurant

fruit and cheese plate at cocktail hour in moody sunlight

Liberty House Restaurant and wedding venue is owned by Landmark Hospitality, which have a lot of wedding venues in the NJ area. This guarantees that you’ll have great food, and great service – especially since their reputation depends on it! The venue is equipped with a full restaurant open to the public, which also assures you’re getting the best quality food and catering options.

steamy plate of cocktail hour food at liberty house restaurant

Wedding Portraits at or near the Liberty House

The great thing about the Liberty House is that it’s located conveniently in Liberty State Park, a public park with gorgeous skyline views, historic landmarks, and a variety of locations to photograph in. While at any given weekend, you are likely to run into several other couples taking their wedding portraits at the park, there is plenty of space for everyone to share and roam around.

bride and groom walking off in casual portrait in front of wall at liberty state park

The most popular spot for wedding portraits at Liberty State Park is located at the very end of the park, next to the train station, where the famous 911 Memorial is. As cool as it looks to photograph within the Memorial walls, as a photographer, I try to steer my own couples away from photographing directly in this space, out of respect to the names on the memorial, unless it’s of particular significance to you. However there are plenty of places on the outside of the walls, as well as at the top of the hill where you can clearly see the view of NYC for your wedding portraits. Depending on the look you want for your wedding photos, there are other spots to check out, including inside of the historic train station, the unused tracks, and little nooks with plenty of shade and trees if that’s more your style.

bride and groom walking in front of nyc skyline

Because Liberty House is located in a very urban area, the nearby cities of Jersey City and Hoboken, also provide some great backdrops for more urban-style wedding photos, with plenty of graffiti walls to check out, cobblestone streets, and more populated areas if you like that look. Just be sure to plan out plenty of time to go back and forth, and park between locations!

bride and groom with urban landscape wedding photo in jersey city arts district
bride posing in dark and moody vibe in front of train tracks at liberty state park

Comparison of Liberty House vs Maritime Parc

If you’re taking a look at the Liberty House, chances are, you’ve probably peeked over and had a look or considered Maritime Parc as well, just across the parking lot. Because they are so similar, yet each distinct in their own way, I’ve put together a little easy comparison chart below to consider.

Maritime Parc

  • Modern-minimal architecture, all white spaces, with modern chandeliers, and a unique geometric ceiling design
  • View of the skyline is a bit more limited
  • Indoor cocktail hour space only – outdoor space is limited to the wrap-around balcony
  • Indoor ceremony space
  • access to Liberty State Park for portraits
  • located conveniently close to transportation and easy parking
  • space is fully dedicated to one wedding only

Liberty House

  • Rustic-modern architecture, combining wood beams, vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling window
  • Clear view of the NYC skyline from the ceremony and reception spaces
  • indoor and outdoor cocktail hour and ceremony spaces
  • access to Liberty State Park for portraits
  • located conveniently close to transportation and easy parking
  • space is shared with the adjacent restaurant and may have smaller events happening

Real Weddings at Liberty House

I love weddings at the Liberty House because it’s such a versatile wedding venue. It’s elegant, and has all of the typical wedding venue amenities, while not being super stuffy or too “wedding factory”-like. It has a very unique NYC vibe and is right across the river for a fraction of the price, which is why a lot of couples choose it.

Here are a few of my favorite weddings that I’ve photographed at the Liberty House over the years.