Cape May is one of the top wedding destinations in the country and Congress Hall is its undisputed shining jewel. Congress Hall is a iconic ocean front resort that has hosted unforgettable weddings for more than 100 years. This beloved resort combines sweeping views of the beach and ocean with more than 100 guest rooms, an expansive grand lawn for outdoor ceremonies and an exquisite ballroom that can host up to 200 guests. Your guests will love the Victorian charm of the resort and Cape May as well as Congress Hall’s sea inspired day spa, restaurants, lounges and night club. With its elegant ballroom and beautiful grand lawn, Congress Hall has magical venues for either your ceremony or reception.
In addition to being one of the most exclusive and beautiful wedding venues in New Jersey, couples love Congress Hall because it can truly offer a complete wedding experience, complete with relaxed rehearsal dinners by the pool, unforgettable wedding ceremonies on the Grand Lawn and exquisite receptions in the Grand Ballroom.
While the venues themselves are stunning, our team of wedding specialists and all our staff are adept at ensuring that your big day is both perfect and hassle free. Congress Hall has hosted a thousand weddings of all sizes and there’s almost nothing we do better, so you’ll rest easy knowing that you and your guests are always in good hands.
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We’re so grateful to all of our wedding couples, and their families and friends, for honoring us with their votes at The Knot’s ‘Best of Weddings’ Awards! It means the world to us that you recognize how much our wedding team puts into each and every one of your events, how much our pros care about your wishes and dreams, and how much we all love Congress Hall for its beauty, its history, and all it has to offer for the time of your life.

heather & john

May 11th

My husband and I can't put into words how wonderful our wedding at Congress Hall was. From the planning phases to the Big Day, Krista, Daniella, Krystina and the Congress Hall team were extremely professional and helpful. They continuously showed invested interest in what we wanted and executed our goals to the best of their abilities. Our phone calls and emails were answered as soon as possible, and they guided us through each step with care and understanding.
Our wedding day was magical. From the entrees to the cake to the lighting to the rooms, everything was perfection. Our guests continually told us we had the best wedding ever! We even recieved thank you cards from a few of our guests, thanking us for being invited! When does that happen?! We would recommend Congress Hall to anyone looking for a wedding venue; the team worked with us to make our day memorable and amazing. They kept in mind our budget and our specific needs. We cannot wait to celebrate our anniversaries at Congress Hall!

Mark & Gina

November 17th

Our experience with Congress Hall was great from the get-go! The staff was extremely professional and responsive every step of the way. We enjoyed working with Daniella, and Krystina and they were always quick to get back to us. When the day finally arrived Krystina took care of every last detail with such ease, which allowed us to enjoy our special day! To this day our guests tell us how amazing the food was, from the scallops wrapped in bacon at cocktail hour, to the delicious Filet Mignon served at dinner! We will always remember how fabulous Congress Hall made our wedding day!

Samantha & John

August 4th

Thank you so much for making our wedding day perfect. I had nothing to worry. Everything went smoothly and on schedule. My guests were pleased and are still talking about how amazing Congress Hall, and their food and cake are! We had the most magical day. Thank you Congress Hall! I knew the moment when I first came in and met you all that this is what we wanted! Thank you!

Kristin & Jeremy

February 9th

I got married at Congress Hall in February and it was beautiful and so much fun. I think a lot of people want to get married at Congress Hall in the warmer months since its right across the street from the beach and you can have the ceremony and cocktail hour outside, but Congress Hall is a great venue any time of year. Not to mention much more affordable in the colder months! The staff was very helpful and always on top of things, making for a stress-free wedding day. I'd always hoped I'd get married there, and it didn't disappoint.

Lou & Lindsey

October 7th

Our wedding day, although rainy and cold, was the most perfect day. The staff at Congress Hall went above and beyond to adjust to the weather while maintaining our vision. Weddings and receptions can be really busy for the bride and groom, but the staff made sure we experienced every appetizer, always had a drink in hand, and kept our dinners warm while we danced the night away or getting pictures with the beautiful Congress Hall as our back drop. Family and friends are still talking about the great memories made at Congress Hall.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tour the property?

We recommend reaching out to one of our Wedding consultants in advance of your visit to arrange a proper tour of the property along with all of the information regarding our Wedding packages and rates. If you did not make an appointment in advance, you could ask our Concierge team to connect you with someone to give you a more informal tour of the hotel.

How many weddings do you hold per day at Congress Hall?

Your big day is so important to us. We only host one wedding per day at this property to ensure that our full attention is on you and your guests.

How far in advance should I book my wedding?

Typically, wedding packages are offered approximately 12-18 months prior to wedding dates. At that time, dates become available, and we generally recommend booking within this timeline to be sure that you can secure your perfect date.

Can we visit the property and watch while another wedding is taking place?

If a ceremony or cocktail hour is taking place outdoors in one of our public spaces such as the Grand Lawn, you are welcome to observe provided that respect for the service or event is not compromised. However, due to the level of attention and service we offer each couple, it is a priority that Congress Hall commits to maintaining the privacy and intimacy of each event. Therefore, we do not allow people that are not invited wedding guests to view our Ballroom during a private reception.

Am I able to hold my ceremony onsite at Congress Hall?

Of course. Your ceremony can be hosted on our Grand Lawn surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. The three story pillars of Congress Hall are the perfect backdrop. We can also arrange your ceremony directly across the street from the hotel on the beach; additional fees and requirements do apply for this option, so please ask the Wedding Sales Team for more information.

Where would my ceremony be if it were to rain?

In the event of inclement weather, Congress Hall does offer indoor ceremony options, which differ based on the final guest count. Ceremony location decisions are not required until noon the day of the wedding.

Where are receptions held at Congress Hall?

Wedding receptions are held in our Grand Ballroom

Are house rentals available close to Congress Hall?

If you are seeking extra space for your family and/or bridal party, Cape Resorts offers several historic cottages along Jackson Street, a short walk from Congress Hall. We also offer beautiful cottages at Beach Plum Farm, a short drive from Congress Hall where the scenery is perfect for getting ready on your big day.

Can Congress Hall accommodate a breakfast the day after the wedding?

After your wedding there is no better way to send your guests off than with a post-wedding breakfast, and Congress Hall can accommodate smaller, intimate group of family and friends or the entire wedding for a brunch the next morning.

How do I secure a date for my wedding?

Congress Hall requires the standard site fee for any date in order to confirm your wedding. For more information about site fees, please refer to the last page of our detailed Wedding Packages (available upon request from the Wedding Sales Manager). Dates can only be held and confirmed with a paid site fee.

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(609) 884-8421

it’s easy to find us

Cape May is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The hotel is located in the heart of the Historic District, right across the street from the beach and the Washington Street Mall.

Valet Parking is provided. Please pull up in front of the hotel and an attendant will assist you with your luggage and car.

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From The Garden State Parkway | From The Cape May Lewes Ferry | From New York | From Washington/Baltimore | From Philadelphia