Virginia & Ben - May 2, 2014
More Beautiful Than We Could Have Imagined!
I am so grateful that we came across Terry and the Chalfonte. From our very first interaction to the days after the wedding, everyone at the Chalfonte did everything they could to make our wedding a beautiful experience. We had about 120 guests and they easily fit in the ballroom. The team there is incredibly accommodating to children and guests with specific dietary needs. We were married in the backyard and moved to the front porch for the cocktail hour. The food is incredible (especially the famous fried chicken) and our guests are still talking about it. The Chalfonte has found a great balance between flawlessly running a large event, while allowing you the space to design your evening. The thing I loved most about the space was the ability for guests to explore the bottom part of the hotel throughout the evening. Though we had personalized decorations, the space itself is already so beautiful, that you don't need to do much to it. Guests can sit on the rocking chairs on the wraparound porch, sit in the bar, wander through the gorgeous lobby, or of course, spread out in the ballroom. We utilized the end of the ballroom for dancing, which sound-wise was ideal. The sound stays in the end of the ballroom, allowing those who did not want to dance to have their own space and conversations at their tables. Terry was very helpful at creating the balance between letting me be the DIY bride I longed to be, and taking responsibility when I needed help. She was always reachable the months leading up to the wedding for all of my questions, and took all of our decorations/instructions a few days before. After that, it was all in their hands so we could focus on simply getting married. On the day itself, the staff looked out for us as the couple, and made sure we were comfortable and had the chance to eat (which is huge). Financially, Terry was very open to working with our budget, and even assisted us in what was necessary for a successful night. There was more than enough food and drinks all evening. In comparison to other venues I looked at, this was by far the most accommodating for those on a budget. If you love the charm of a legitimate historic mansion, I cannot recommend this enough. Even staying in the hotel creates a unique experience for your guests. By the end of the wedding, we felt like a part of the Chalfonte family. We will definitely be visiting for many years to come.
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 ; )))
Valerie & Jeff 9-21-2013
I could not have asked for a better wedding coordinator or team to work with than the staff from the Chalfonte. The wedding coordinator quickly answered all of my questions and found a way to fulfill all of my requests. She spent hours taking the time to meet and go over any details. Our guests have not stopped raving about the food and beautiful southern mansion atmosphere. The hotel is rich with history which is a great way to get your guests excited about your wedding. it was the perfect place for everyone to experience historic Cape May. Our wedding party loved the bridal suite and being able to stay at the hotel where the reception was held. There is not one thing that I wished have gone differently at the reception! If you are looking for a reception with beautiful southern style, excellent food, professional staff and flawless reception-this is the place for you!
P.S. the fried chicken is AMAZING and our guests have not stopped talking about it.
Shannon and Matt
My husband and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding reception than what we had at the Chalfonte Hotel this past Saturday. The Chalfonte gave us the atmosphere location and charm that emulates Cape May. Our guests really enjoyed the cocktail hour on the porch...It was a beautiful setting but also set a casual tone that allowed guests many options for sitting and a chance to really mingle. We decorated the whole first floor with family photos and they really seemed to fit right in the the intimate setting of the hotel. So many people complimented us on the appetizers we did three butlered and one stationary. The seafood was tremendous... The shrimp were huge and people were literally chasing the mushrooms and scallops because loved them so much.
As for the reception, we loved the format of the long dinning hall. Again the feel was really intimate and inviting with the Victorian setting and candlelight. The dinner was the best I have ever had at any wedding. You are always nervous about sit downs that everyone gets their food in a timely fashion and it's all still warm. But this was the best service; I swear every table got their food within five minutes and all warm. I don't know how the chef did it, but every steak was perfectly cooked. In fact, one of our cousins (in a family with 20 first cousins and us the last to get married) said this was the best steak and potatoes he has had in years—not only at a wedding but even out to eat at a restaurant. The crab ale was also great for any crab lovers; this is crab overload, the best crab cake I have ever had.
Finally the whole experience went so smoothly. Terry did an amazing job coordinating the whole ordeal. She was always friendly responsive and accommodating....I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Again so many of my friends said this was the best wedding they had been to, and I have to thank the Chalfonte and its staff for that.
If you want excellent food, service, atmosphere with charm at a beautiful Victorian Cape May landmark, the Chalfonte is the way to go. Also most reasonable prices for value in town.
Thank you again!
Shannon and Matt