How Much Does a Grounds for Sculpture Wedding Cost?

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The Grounds for Sculpture is located in Hamilton, New Jersey – a 35-acre park with beautiful landscape grounds serving as a backdrop.  Throughout the property, this garden has over 270 sculptures that can be admired.

Rat’s Restaurant. Hamilton, New Jersey by Bogdan Migulski, on Flickr
Rat’s Restaurant. Hamilton, New Jersey” (CC BY 2.0) by  Bogdan Migulski

How much does it cost to have a wedding at Grounds for Sculpture?

The cost of having a wedding at the Grounds for Sculpture, like any venue, will depend on the time of year, availability, which location you want and the number of guests you plan on having.

If it is a small wedding with a maximum of 40 guests, the Grounds for Sculpture has the West Lounge available, which costs around $1,400 to $2,200 to reserve.  This pricing all depends on the date of the reservation and a few other factors.

On the other hand, the Seward Johnson Center, which can accommodate up to 150 guests, can cost $2,300 to as much as $6,000 to rent.

Lastly, the outdoor area, which can seat up to 200 guests, will cost about $1,500 to rent.

As for the price per person, the rate estimates we had found online ranged anywhere from $75 to $175+ a head.

According to New Jersey Bride, the main reception at the Steward Johnson Center for the Arts and Grounds for Sculpture costs around $75 to $150 for every guest.

On this forum thread at, a bride said she was quoted $175 a head, plus 22 percent gratuity and a tenting fee for a Saturday evening in November.

Wedding at the Grounds for Sculpture overview

Most wedding ceremonies will take place in the Nine Muses, which is the most popular location in the park, and the reception will be held at the Steward Johnson Center for the Arts.  All of the private rooms offer high ceilings, neutral-colored walls and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the outdoor sculptures.

The Grounds for Sculpture provides the catering services if preferred, but if not, it also allows you to select from a few of their approved outside caterers.

The prices include the dance floor rental and a one-year membership to the Grounds.

The venue has a liquor license so that you can serve your choice of drinks at the wedding.

Handicap access is available in all areas of the Grounds for Sculpture and the Steward Johnson Center for the Arts.

A sound system will be available both inside and outside.

There is food available at the Zagat-rated Rat’s Restaurant, which mostly serves country French cuisine.  This restaurant is, by the way, considered to be one of the most romantic places to dine in the region.

Tips to know

Do not hire a wedding caterer just yet because the Grounds for Sculpture has its own list of approved caterers.  If your chosen service provider is not on that list, then you might have a bit of a problem.

Guests are encouraged to visit the grounds ahead of time for free.  The park is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See what other brides and grooms had to say about the venue with these reviews on

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