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Cocktail Exclusive Wedding

A cocktail-style version of our popular Exclusive Wedding menu

Cocktail Exclusive Wedding

A cocktail-style version of our popular Exclusive Wedding menu

Cocktail Exclusive Wedding

A cocktail-style version of our popular Exclusive Wedding menu

Cocktail Exclusive Wedding Package for Crystal Ballroom

For brides and grooms who live to mix and mingle… the Cocktail Exclusive package has all the “wow” factor of the traditional Exclusive package at the Crystal Ballroom, but with cocktail hour fare for the duration of dinner in place of sit-down dinner. Includes 5-hour premium bar, cocktail hour displays, followed by hors d’oeuvres and four specialty fare stations for the reception, with a finalé of passed dessert hors d’oeuvres, dessert pedestals, and wedding cake from a preferred bakery local to our Freehold, New Jersey wedding venue. (Please Note: This package is not available in the Emerald Ballroom.)

Features

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Services

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  • Valet parking
  • Personal wedding coordinators
  • Maitre d’ dedicated to your event
  • Attended coat room (seasonal)

Amenities

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  • Use of the stunning Outdoor Patio space during your cocktail hour (based on availability, open April-November)
  • Stay in a beautifully appointed Bridal Suite on your wedding night
  • Breakfast for the newlyweds the following morning
  • Hotel accommodations offered at a special rate for wedding guests

Décor & Conveniences

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  • Table coverings in your choice of Modern Fitted (ivory or black) or Traditional Linen (ivory)
  • Elegant metallic charger plate in silver or gold at every place setting
  • Napkin rings in silver or gold coordinated to the charger plates
  • Dinner napkins in a variety of colors
  • Dramatic centerpieces
  • Votive candles accenting each centerpiece
  • Customized seating chart designed for you by Sunflower Photo Solutions
  • Hotel information cards with driving directions for your invitations

Cocktail Hour

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Libations

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5-Hour Premium Open Bar
Served during your cocktail hour and reception, featuring many popular labels

Outdoor Patio
If available, this space will be open during your cocktail hour. The Outdoor Patio is an exclusive outdoor space where your guests may lounge while enjoying the full bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. Decorated with white pergolas, gas fire pits and ebony wicker furniture with plush pillows, the Outdoor Patio has a distinctive, luxurious atmosphere (open April-November, weather permitting)

Signature Cocktail Greeting
Upon entering the cocktail hour, your guests will be greeted with your signature cocktail passed to them by our uniformed servers.

Select Korbel Brut Champagne or one of these Seasonal Signature Cocktails (each cocktail is available year-round)

WINTER:

  • Peppermintini: vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, cream, whipped cream and candy cane garnish
  • French Kiss: vodka, raspberry liqueur, orange liqueur, garnished with raspberries
  • White Christmas Sangria: granny smith apples, fresh cranberries, and rosemary sprigs soaked in pinot grigio, white grape juice, and club soda
  • Cinnamon Bun Martini: creamy RumChata and cinnamon whiskey blended together and garnished with a cinnamon stick

FALL:

  • Caramel Apple Martini: vodka, ginger brandy, apple cider, lemon juice, apple garnish
  • Spiced Cranberry Sparkler: champagne, cranberry juice, apple juice, lemon juice, clove spice
  • Honeycrisp Apple Sangria: honeycrisp apples, lemons, limes, orange blossom honey, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and cloves soaked in cabernet sauvignon and apricot brandy, garnished with an apple slice
  • Apple Bourbon Bellini: champagne, bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, cinnamon spice

SPRING:

  • Rosé Crush Martini: rosé wine, orange juice, cranberry juice, orange slice garnish
  • Pear Dazzler: champagne, vodka, pear nectar, grenadine
  • Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler: hibiscus tea and honey, champagne, strawberry garnish
  • Blackberry Bramble Bliss: gin, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, blackberry garnish

SUMMER:

  • Very Cherry Martini: cognac, cherry brandy, orange liqueur, grenadine, lemon juice, cherry garnish
  • Fire & Passion: vodka, passion fruit nectar, blood orange juice, red grapefruit garnish
  • Cucumber Limeade Cocktail: rum, cucumber juice, sparkling water, simple syrup, lime juice, cucumber lime garnish
  • Crushed Ice Piña Colada: white rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, topped with whipped cream, pineapple and cherry garnish

**Add your Signature Cocktail to the reception bar for an additional cost per person

**Craft Beer Flight Tasting + Gourmet Popcorn – additional cost per person
Minimum of 100 adults required. Served during cocktail hour.
Craft beer from local Rinn Duin Brewing company. Includes 16 total growlers of 4 beers, served in 4-glass tasting flights during cocktail hour (unfinished growlers may be served from reception bar) Served with gourmet popcorn in ten savory flavors: nacho cheddar, cheesy jalapeno, white cheddar, kettle corn, garlic Parmesan, Buffalo wing, bacon cheddar, ranch, caramel, and butter
BEERS: Four artisan brews including one current seasonal brew

**Sangria Bar – additional cost per person
Minimum of 100 adults required. Served during cocktail hour.
Indulge in our red and white sangria creations of cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay wines infused with fresh seasonal fruits. Personalize your libation with a cornucopia of fresh fruits available for garnish

**Bubble Bar – additional cost per person
Additional fee applies for events with fewer than 100 adults. Served during cocktail hour.
For an effervescent DIY twist on the classic wedding cocktail, guests make their own blends of champagne, cotton candy clouds, juice, and garnish. Includes a dramatic carved ice sculpture display with bottle holders.
BUBBLY: Korbel Brut, Korbel Sweet Rosé, and San Pellegrino
JUICES/NECTARS: orange, pineapple, and cranberry
GARNISHES: sliced strawberries, orange slices, grapes, and blueberries

Tuscany Table

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Attended by our uniformed chefs

Cheese Tasting

  • Wheels of Gouda and garlic herb Boursin
  • Morsels of Brie, cheddar, Muenster, Pepper Jack, sharp provolone, Gouda, and bleu cheese
  • Plump strawberries and sweet grapes

Artisan Bread + Crostini Bar

  • Olive and rosemary loaf, semolina twist, French baguettes, assorted focaccia breads, bread sticks, and cracker display
  • Arrangement of crostini accompanied by tomato, basil, and garlic bruschetta
  • Grape, apricot, and bacon bourbon jams, roasted garlic hummus, and eggplant caponata
  • Served with whipped herb butter and infused olive oils

Mediterranean Market

  • Prosciutto, Genoa salami, pepperoni, and sopressata
  • Kalamata and green olives, stuffed cherry peppers, and pepperoncinis

Bountiful Harvest Display
A savory selection of fresh produce marinated and grilled to perfection: florets of broccoli, sliced carrots and peppers, sliced zucchini, eggplant, plum tomatoes, whole champignon mushrooms, yellow squash, and red onion

**Fresh Mozzarella Bar – additional cost per person
Classic fresh mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, bocconcini mozzarella, and pinwheels of proscuitto, basil, and mozzarella; served with roasted peppers, fresh basil, pesto, sundried tomato tapenade, olive oil, and a balsamic glaze

Buffet Station

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Select four

  • Chicken francaise or Marsala
  • Chicken saltimbocca
  • Sesame chicken
  • Swedish or Italian meatballs
  • Italian sausage with peppers, sweet onions, and tomato basil
  • Italian sausage with broccoli rabe
  • Eggplant rollatini
  • Fried calamari
  • Fried ravioli
  • Seafood scampi
  • Spanish paella
  • Steamed mussels with a choice of tomato garlic broth or white wine, garlic, and shallot broth

Pasta Station

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Select two pasta and sauce combinations

Pasta selections:

  • Penne
  • Tri-color farfalle
  • Orecchiette
  • Cavatappi
  • Rotini
  • Radiatore
  • Tri-colored tortellini
  • Rigatoni

Sauce selections:

  • Marinara
  • Classic vodka sauce
  • Sundried tomato pesto
  • Classic carbonara
  • Portobello Florentine
  • Tomato pomodoro
  • Bolognese
  • Alfredo sauce

Dinner Reception

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Champagne Toast

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Champagne with seasonal berries

Hors d'oeuvres

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Passed on silver trays by our uniformed servers (for 1.5 hours)

  • Antipasti skewers
  • Arancini (Italian rice balls)
  • Assortment of pierogies
  • Asparagus phyllo wraps
  • Beef sliders
  • Brie and apricot puffs
  • Veggie spring rolls
  • Cocktail franks
  • Coconut shrimp
  • Fried ravioli
  • Fried zucchini with dipping sauce
  • Grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters
  • Grilled miniature lamb chops with tzatziki
  • Loaded nachos
  • Mini pizzas
  • Mini Reubens
  • Mini tacos
  • Petite crab cakes
  • Philly cheese steak spring rolls
  • Scallops wrapped in bacon
  • Shrimp shooters
  • Spanakopita
  • Sweet potato puffs

Specialty Fare Stations

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Attended by our uniformed chefs (open for 1.5 hours)
SELECT FIVE stations

Fresh Seafood
Select either High Tide Station or Sushi + Sashimi Station

High Tide Station

  • A custom ice sculpture display filled to the brim with fresh, chilled shrimp
  • Surrounded by a bounty of crab claws, clams on the half shell, and chilled ceviche shooters
  • Served with miniature Tabasco bottles, cocktail sauce, and fresh lemons

**Upgrade your High Tide Station to include oysters on a half shell for an additional cost per person

Sushi + Sashimi Station
A colorful vignette of Japanese wooden boats filled with hand-rolled sushi and fresh sashimi, served with saké, pickled ginger, wasabi, soy sauce, spicy mayo, and chopsticks

Select four hand rolls: spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, yellowtail, spicy salmon, vegetable, California roll, or Philadelphia roll
Select two types of sashimi: tuna, shrimp, yellowtail, or salmon
**For an additional cost per person your guests will enjoy fresh sushi rolled to order by a uniformed sushi chef

Carving Station
Select two meats to be carved and served with miniature brioche
Maximum of two meats will be carved on the station

  • Flank steak with chimichurri sauce
  • Prime rib with creamy horseradish and au jus
  • Corned beef with a side of whole grain mustard
  • Glazed pastrami round with a side of whole grain mustard
  • Maple and bourbon ham
  • Pepper crusted pork loin
  • Breast of turkey with fresh cranberry compote
  • **Seared sesame crusted tuna – additional cost per person
  • **Rosemary crusted leg of lamb – additional cost per person

Smashed Potato Bar
Creamy mashed white and sweet potatoes served in martini tumblers with an array of delectable toppings including bacon bits, scallions, broccoli, cheddar cheese, marshmallows, cinnamon, butter, sour cream, and wild mushroom gravy

Fry Bar
Classic fries, waffle fries, and Sidewinder fries served with a variety of dips and toppings including ketchup, hot sauce, chipotle mayo, malt vinegar, Old Bay Seasoning, ranch dressing, sour cream, bacon bits, and chives
**For an additional cost per person, replace one of the fry options with sweet potato fries

Gourmet Mac N’ Cheese
White Pepper Jack and cheddar mac n’ cheese served in porcelain bowls with an abundance of toppings including grated Parmesan cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, scallions, ham, broccoli, bacon bits, mushrooms, crispy onion confetti, toasted bread crumbs, and hot sauce
**For an additional cost per person, add lobster or crab meat

Asian Fusion Station
Served in white take-out boxes with chopsticks, accompanied by soy sauce, duck sauce, fortune cookies
Select one: fried dumplings, spring rolls, crab wontons
Select two: lo mein, vegetable pad thai, garlic udon noodles, vegetable fried rice, kung pao chicken, cashew chicken, orange chicken, sweet and sour pork, Mongolian beef, beef with broccoli

The Wing-Man
A culinary sanctuary for grooms and all guests with man-sized appetites

  • Plain chicken wings tossed to order with a selection of BBQ, sesame Asian, and Buffalo sauce
  • Cheesesteak served with brioche buns
  • Fried pickle tower
  • Served with carrots and celery, bleu cheese and ranch dressings, ketchup, sautéed mushrooms, jalapenos, bacon bits, and crispy onion confetti
  • Kegerator with your choice of Miller Lite or Yuengling

**For an additional cost per person you can upgrade the kegerator to your choice of one core craft beer from local Rinn Duin Brewing company, including your own personalized souvenir tap handle!

Bacon Me Crazy
A sweet and savory kaleidoscope of flavors for foodies and comfort-seekers alike

  • Bacon-wrapped chicken, apricot, and pear skewers
  • BLT bites – bread cube with chipotle mayo topped with lettuce, crispy smoked bacon, and half a cherry tomato
  • Bacon mac n’ cheese
  • Bacon jalapeno cheddar corn bread
  • Applewood smoked bacon wrapped pork loin
  • Honey chipotle bacon

**Add Bacon Bloody Mary signature cocktail with bacon garnish for an additional cost per person

The Stadium
Your guests will cheer for this savory spread of stadium favorites presented with an upscale twist: miniature hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and kosher hot dogs served on mini brioche buns accompanied with ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, pickles, lettuce, sliced tomato, red onion, sauerkraut, crispy onion confetti, chili, and chopped smoked bacon

Fiesta Station
Chipotle marinated chicken and beef strips with sautéed onions and peppers, served with warm soft flour tortillas and crunchy corn taco shells, pinto beans, rice, fire-roasted red salsa, pico de gallo, corn salsa, sliced jalapenos, cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream, fresh cilantro, and tri-color tortilla chips
**Add blackened shrimp for an additional cost per person

Southern Comfort Station
Satisfy your cravings for hearty food with these Southern staples: BBQ pulled pork and beef brisket, fried chicken, mini corn on the cob, and freshly baked biscuits and corn bread served with gravy, BBQ sauce, and hot sauce

Dessert

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For additional dessert options, please see our Accessories menu

Wedding Cake
Delicious layered wedding cake made fresh from our local baker with your selection of flavorings, fillings, icings, and a design befitting your wedding vision

Dessert Pedestal
Three sweet tiers of petit indulgences served at each table: strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, cream puffs, eclairs, Napoleons, and freshly filled cannolis

**See Accessories menu for seasonal Dessert Pedestal selections.

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres
Passed on silver trays by our uniformed servers

  • Cheesecake stuffed strawberries
  • Milk shooters and mini donuts
  • Mini assorted cheesecakes
  • Mini churro bites
  • Mini fruit tarts
  • Mini parfait shooters
  • S’mores shooters
  • Strawberry shortcake shooters
  • Tiramisu shooters

See Accessories menu for seasonal selections

Coffee and Tea
Freshly brewed aromatic coffee, decaf, and herbal teas served tableside to your guests by our uniformed servers

Please Note

It is our pleasure to cater to dietary restrictions and food allergies. Kosher meals are available. For exclusively Kosher events, ask about our recommended Kosher catering options.

Menu is subject to change

Reviews We Love

  • As we all know planning a wedding is stressful and crazy, but these amazing women were with us every step of the way. The staff answered all emails and phone calls promptly, ensured that every detail came out the way that we wanted, and were always pleasant and happy to help! They always went above and beyond, and I could not be more grateful. It was a pleasure working with the Crystal Ballroom, and we highly recommend them. Not just for weddings but for all functions. They were truly a blessing to work with! We have made friends for life with the staff and will continue to update them on our journey.

    — The Abrahams, Married March 9, 2018
  • Sydney and her team from the Radisson hotel were extraordinary throughout the entire process! They made our dream wedding come true and stress free. They answer your questions quickly, recommend fantastic vendors, and they make your ideas into a reality. We had multiple people traveling from out of town and the hotel staff made accommodations easy for everyone. All of our guests were pleased with the entire night! Thanks a million!

    — Joanna and Antwarn, July 2017
  • It was wonderful experience all the way through! Everyone in the office was a pleasure to work with and always answered any questions I had in a timely and efficient manner. My fiance and I do not reside in New Jersey, but this was no issue as the communication with the Radisson was effective and consistent. They always provide reminders and really help create an event that meets or exceeds expectation! Thank you Sydney, Lauren, and the rest of the team for providing me and my fiance a wedding to remember!

    — Dana, June 2017, Wedding
  • Our experience with this venue is beyond words. From the start Sydney, Lauren, and Ashley were nothing short of spectacular. They were very attentive, answered all emails promptly (usually within a few hours!) which was extremely important to me. We felt very comfortable asking them questions as their responses were always friendly and professional. Our wedding was everything we hoped for and more and it is because of all of the sweet, caring people who work at this venue.

    — Jennifer, December 2016
  • There aren’t enough wonderful words to say about how perfect our wedding day was on 7/17/16. Sydney and Lauren were beyond amazing throughout the entire wedding planning process. They were there to answer all of our questions with certainty, clarity, and speed! Sue was so helpful giving her opinion when I asked and giving me honest answers. On the wedding day, we were blown away with how beautifully the room was set up. It was truly more gorgeous than we had envisioned and it was because of the amazing ladies who helped bring my ideas to fruition! The overall experience was just perfect, and we are so sad that the day is over, but we will always cherish the memories from our picture perfect wedding. We HIGHLY recommend selecting the Crystal Ballroom for your wedding day.

    — Amy + David, July 2016 Wedding
  • My husband and I were so happy with the Crystal Ballroom! Not only is the venue gorgeous, but the service is over the top!!! They go above and beyond for you to make your wedding experience as stress-free as possible! I highly recommend them! Sydney and Lauren were awesome to work with. They made everything so much fun!

    — Heather, Freehold, July 2016 Wedding
  • Sydney, Melissa, and Ashley from the catering office were also outstanding! Every detail was perfect and our guests are still raving about the venue – how beautiful everything was, how well timed and organized the entire event was from beginning to end, the amazing food, and beautiful ceremony set up. Sue, our maitre’d was AMAZING. Every single detail, every decoration, every menu item was PERFECT. I cannot even state in words how thankful I am to the staff of this venue.

    — Kim, March 2016
  • I was very much impressed, as were my guests due to the countless amounts of compliments I received. Not only was the venue beautiful, but the staff made the event flow seamlessly. The event could not have taken place without the immense help and dedication from the catering staff. Any questions I had, they were always quick to answer, any doubts or nervousness I felt, they squashed it right away, and I felt calm and confident going into the day of. I cannot thank them enough for helping make my day as wonderful and special as it was. I truly felt like a princess and would not change anything about that day!

    — Andrea + Kevin, August 2015
  • Every time I saw them they just wanted to make sure I was happy. All I had to think about on my wedding day was that my dress was on, hair and makeup were done. Everything else from rounding up my bridal party, flowers, centerpieces, rings, seating chart, additional guests, EVERYTHING was taken care of by their staff.

    — Bride + Groom, June 2015
  • Everything was elegant and above our standards. The royalty service that we received allowed us to see why The Knot considered this venue the best for weddings. I attended my friend’s reception here a few years ago and was impressed, but being on the other side as the bride, I was taken away. Having the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one location was convenient for our out of town travelers. Our guests kept saying that they never have attended a wedding like ours!

    — Nadirah, July 2015
  • The entire staff were just amazing to work with, they made the whole experience very personal! They are there with you every step of the way through your ceremony, and it’s so important that you trust the people you are working with when planning a wedding, and I had no doubt the Catering crew had our best interest in mind at all times! We trusted them completely throughout the whole process!

    — Casey, May 2015
  • These three women, Andrea, Sydney, and Judy, will treat the bride like one of their best pals and make sure she has everything she could dream of. They went out of their way to make special time to meet with me. They honored their word at every turn, and they were selflessly available whenever I needed them.

    — Stephanie, March 2015
  • They made wedding planning a pleasure, and I wish I hadn’t worried so much because they took care of everything! I truly enjoyed working with each and every one of them and now that the wedding is over I will miss them terribly as I consider them to be my friends! They made our wedding even more memorable!

    — Gina, December 2014
  • I am so happy we decided to have our wedding at the Radisson of Freehold in the Crystal Ballroom. Tara, Sydney, & Andrea (the girls who helped me organize my wedding) were extraordinary. They never left me hanging with a email or phone call. They cut the stress of planning a wedding in half.

    — Laura Rose, October 2014
  • What an unbelievable time!! My wedding was beyond my wildest dreams. The staff Andrea, Tara, and Sydney were great to work with and made the planning easy. Thanks girls!!

    — Lauren, October 2014
  • The team at the Radisson Hotel are top notch! All the girls in the catering office were extremely helpful the whole way through, and it was amazingly easy to plan this wedding with their help.

    This was a great venue. Everyone had SO much fun, the food was actually great, and it was overall a perfect experience.

    — Michelle, August 2014
  • Hands down the best decision I made for the wedding was choosing the Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel in Freehold, NJ! All of the staff is absolutely amazing, they make you feel so comfortable and worry free and accommodated me every way possible.

    — Mr. + Mrs. McGotty, August 2014
  • They took their time with every detail and never made us feel foolish for any questions (which we had a lot) we had to ask them. They were extremely flexible to our needs. They always made us feel special and were excited to see us! The day of the wedding, everyone raved how beautiful the room was and that the food was delicious!

    — Christina, May 2014
  • Our experience at the Radisson was truly incredible. As a mother of the groom who was very involved in the planning of my son and daughter-in-law’s April 2014 wedding in the Crystal Ballroom, I was very impressed by the level of service that was provided to us from beginning to end.

    — Amy, April 2014
  • The absolute second my husband and I walked into the Crystal Ballroom, we knew that it was where we wanted to spend our wedding day. Everything about the ballroom was absolutely breathtaking. The chandeliers were gorgeous and the location was perfect.

    — Kristina, April 2014
  • The cocktail hour was extravagant. People could not stop talking about how much and how good the food was. The night of the wedding the staff is so attentive to the bride and groom, you won’t have to worry about anything! The venue is beautiful and well kept and your guests will think you paid a fortune.

    — Leslie, April 2014, Jackson, NJ
  • I say this in all honesty, my husband and I had absolutely no worries that everything was going to be great considering our experience prior to the event. Attention to detail was outstanding! I would recommend the Crystal Ballroom to anyone and everyone who wanted a high quality and classy event without breaking the budget. We got more than what we paid for in service for sure.

    — Cathy, December 2013
  • Perfect place for a wedding! Amazing food – best food I have ever had for a wedding. Thanks for Tara and Andrea. It was a pleasure working with them. Our party was amazing on our very special day.

    — December 2013
  • I cannot thank the ballroom enough for their fantastic service – we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day!

    — February 2013
  • I worked with them for over a year and I can honestly say that I will miss them. For the past year, I felt like I was their only bride and I know that is definitely not true! They are so attentive and by the day of my wedding, I almost felt like I was home which made me realize that I definitely made the right choice.

    — Christine, February 2013, Freehold, NJ
  • The venue itself is absolutely beautiful– modern and elegant. The pictures online do not due the space justice.  It is beautiful.

    — Heather, September 2012
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