Julie & Joe May 16, 2015
Words cannot express how perfect our wedding at the Chalfonte Hotel was. I don't have a single complaint, it was the best weekend ever! The guest rooms are wonderful. Each one is beautifully decorated with vintage furniture keeping up with the charm of the historical hotel. The rooms are so comfortable and the second floor porch access was an unexpected yet amazing bonus! The front porch of the hotel is covered in rocking chairs and was the perfect place for cocktail hour. It quickly became the "meeting place" for our guests to hang out and mingle over the weekend. I loved that every time we came in or out of the hotel we would find guests on the porch!
We had our ceremony under the Willow Tree in the back yard of the hotel and it was so beautiful. The area is secluded/peaceful and the landscaping is well maintained which provided a private, perfect ceremony backdrop. The Magnolia room, where we had the reception is just as perfect as the rest of the hotel! it is so beautiful that it requires very little decorating which made my life easy when it came to planning!
Now for the staff… each and every staff member we interacted with deserves their very own 5 star rating! Terry, the event coordinator is an absolute SAINT! She was so wonderful to work with, from our very first email/phone conversation all the way up until the wedding weekend! She was always so kind, patient and prompt as we went through the planning process for 6+ months. She treated me like I was the only person getting married and went above and beyond to make me feel stress free and confident about our wedding! Dylan, another staff member, overheard my mother-in-law say that she wanted a milk shake. He surprised her with a milkshake at the reception! It was such a nice gesture and she still talks about how happy that made her! The rest of the staff were just as wonderful. They were so helpful with booking rooms for our guests with special needs/requests and when we all arrived they instantly made us feel so welcome. They helped us carry in items and made sure all of our guests received welcome bags. The bartenders and waiters/waitresses were excellent throughout the whole cocktail hour/ reception and the food and drinks were amazing!
One of my favorite things about the weekend is that we hung out at the hotel porch/bar the night before our wedding and had the opportunity to really get to know some of the staff. By the end of the weekend they knew half of our guests by their first names and many of our guests commented on how it felt like we were all one big family! Some of the staff even celebrated with us after our wedding which we were thrilled about! It never felt like a business, just a big, beautiful, charming home with the best family members taking care of us! I was so sad to say goodbye after 3 days and cannot wait to go back and visit! I also have to say that i was blown away by how smooth everything went considering how busy the staff were. There were 3 weddings during that weekend and you would have never known! The staff had ONE hour to clean up a previous reception and set up ours. The room looked beautiful, like they had been cleaning and setting up for us all day!
The overall atmosphere of the Chalfonte is cozy and charming and the staff are a perfect match! I would recommend the Chalfonte to anyone because I want everyone to have the perfect experience that we had!! THANK YOU to everyone at the Chalfonte for giving us the wedding
Theresa & Rick May 29. 2015
"Where Beautiful Wedding Memories are Made"
A big thank you to everyone at The Chalfonte, in particular, Terry Carr for everything she and her staff did to make our Wedding so beautiful. The memories that we carry with us in our hearts will last forever. The planning process was seamless with Terry's close guidance and that made my role as the bride so much easier. The food was delicious and the Grand Dame (The Chalfonte)looked ever so charming. Miss Lucille and the cooks outdid themselves with the delicious meal that was served. If you are looking for that Southern Charm in Cape May then you found it in The Chalfonte. We made a great choice and we also received rave reviews for weeks after the Wedding was over. A great time was had by all. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone at the Chalfonte for giving us the Wedding of our Dreams.
Morgan & Chris June 27, 2015
Everything about the Chalfonte, Terry, and her team was extremely professional and I would recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married in Cape May, NJ. As for the details of what makes this place so special, I will try to cover it.
From the beginning, Terry was very thorough and prompt through all forms of communication as we set a date and discussed options. She was patient with my MANY questions and accommodating to our requests.
The front desk crew did a great job helping our guests book rooms over the course of several months (we ended up filling the hotel with the exception of 2 rooms).
Once wedding week came, the Chalfonte staff went above and beyond to make our friends, family, and us feel extremely welcome. This is part of the charm you can actually always count on when staying at the Chalfonte, but for the wedding weekend they even exceeded their usual warmth and helpfulness.
From Terry taking the time to be our witness for our marriage license application, to the staff making sure each guest received one of our welcome bags, to letting us display a giant chalkboard with information regarding each day’s events in the lobby, to the staff keeping a water dispenser we brought for the porch full of fresh lemons/limes/water/ice for 3 days straight…we were thoroughly impressed.
On the actual day of the wedding, the weather was not so good, so instead of getting married on the beach as intended, we were forced to turn to our back-up plan of having an indoor wedding in the Magnolia Room at the Chalfonte (the same room our reception was to take place immediately after). I cannot put into words how impressed we were with how beautiful the room looked for the ceremony. And while our guests enjoyed a post-ceremony cocktail hour on the porch, the staff was able to clear the ceremony seating and set the tables for dinner. It really blew my mind how fast they were able to accomplish this. To go from having no involvement in the ceremony (had it been on the beach) to THAT was really something.
The waiters and bartenders were excellent throughout the whole cocktail hour and reception. The cocktail hour food was a true stand-out. Veggie egg rolls, mini quiches, ham biscuits, crudité, etc…. I could have feasted on apps all night. Got so many compliments on the cocktail hour food. Dinner was good too, but my wedding dress was so tight it was hard to eat a whole meal lol.
We have gotten endless compliments on how fun our wedding week in Cape May was. In part because we have such amazing friends/family, part because most had never been to Cape May and were so pleasantly surprised, and part because of the amazingness of the Chalfonte. There is no place quite like it. There is something very magical about the Chalfonte front porch and its plethora of rocking chairs. It brings people together in a way that I can’t even describe. It is conducive for constant conversation and socializing in the most relaxing and laid back way. It’s something that you could NEVER achieve at a Marriott or Holiday Inn or any normal hotel. Our guests mingled for multiple days, young and old, his side, my side, friends and family. And we could not have asked for more. There is already a reunion trip being planned for next year. We have at least 25 people that want to go back next for our anniversary week. Truly amazing.
Thank you Terry for everything! Best day and week ever :)
Kaleigh & Paul July 11, 2015
Growing up in Cape May, I wanted our out of town guests to experience what makes my little town so special. The Chalfonte was the perfect location! Terry and the Mullock family were amazing hosts and made sure every detail of my vision was in place for our special day. Leading up to our wedding Terry was a pleasure to work with and answered all of my questions in addition to bringing up things I may have never even thought of. On our wedding day the entire hotel looked amazing... I can't thank Terry, the Mullocks, and all the staff of the Chalfonte enough for making our day beyond perfect!
Lynley & Aaron - August 15, 2014
The Chalfonte Hotel is a hidden gem in Cape May, NJ. I cannot say enough about the wonderful service, food, and total overall experience. Terry was a joy to work with and I know the wedding day would not have gone as smoothly without her help. She was always prompt in returning my phone calls and emails and ready and willing to help with anything. The food was amazing as well!! We had so many guests comment on how delicious it was, saying it was the best wedding food they had ever had. One of my favorite parts of the hotel has to be the porches though. After the rehearsal dinner and the actual wedding day, many of us ended up on the porches, relaxing and drinking until late at night. I would highly recommend The Chalfonte Hotel to new brides out there. I will always have wonderful memories from my wedding there and hope to return year after year.
Katelin & Kevin – September 27, 2014
What an amazing wedding we had at The Chalfonte! Terry Carr, the wedding coordinator, helped us every step of the way. The time and attention to detail the hotel spent on our wedding was amazing. I had very specific set up instructions for cocktail hour and the reception and they followed my every request. The bridal suite was a perfect location for myself and my bridal party to prepare for the big day. It had two bathrooms and two rooms, which made getting ready with 5 other girls no problem. Our ceremony was held in the garden under the willow tree and the pictures turned out beautiful! At the cocktail hour, our guests raved about the food. Our guests were delighted that they could enjoy their cocktails either outside on the beautiful wrap around porch or in the bar itself. The reception went off without a hitch! As the bride you are not focused on the details at this point in the night, but The Chalfonte was. The attentive staff made sure that everyone was well fed and their drinks were always full. Our favorite waitress, Bree did an amazing job that night! My family had a few food allergies and the kitchen staff made sure that they were accommodated. After dinner the dance party began. What a fabulous way to end an amazing day. My husband and I had such a great and relaxing experience working with The Chalfonte over the past year. We highly recommend having your wedding here!
Alexis & Ryan - October 3, 2014
Capturing Memories in Cape May ; )
On October 3rd, 2014 my son became a husband & I gained a daughter ; ) Picture this... The wedding party sitting on 4-seater bikes, pedaling from the church in town, to the beautiful beach of Cape May to the Amazing Chalfonte Hotel... You walk up to an amazing view, green & white canvas awnings circling a massive wrap around porch. Green rocking chairs filled with family and friends awaiting your arrival! You enter the historic Chalfonte Hotel via swinging screened doors! The 1876 open floor plan sweeps you and your guests from the King Edward Bar to the beautiful lobby, to the secret garden and lands you in the Magnolia Room! This is where history meets present day decor! This is the room filled with all your colors you chose for your wedding, each table lit up with low-lit candles and stunning flowers. This is where memories are made. From the 1st dance to the family & friends capturing each moment with pictures! Your guests will talk about your wedding for years to come... The Chalfonte Hotel is Magical! Big shout out to Terry and the superb staff at the Chalfonte, you will not be out done ; )))