Tuesday, April 27, 2010


So it's now just over a week since our very FIRST wedding reception, held at The National Hotel! We are just so thrilled at how smoothly everything went. Quite honestly, although as proprietors we are ever so proud to have been a part of this exciting day (& weekend), our efforts to make this run smoothly paled with the efforts of the bride and groom, and of their friends and family.

Truly it was the bride and groom's family and friends who made this wedding a total and utter success. We'd love to take credit for it...but it was a team effort. The bride was very organized and prepared, and her friends and family were not only supportive, but absolute "worker bees."

We had the pleasure of coordinating the BIG day's event, side-by-side with the bride's amazing friends, who instantly helped ratchet down the stress level and organize things, from the simplest little details, to the overall theme. Thank goodness for good friends!

And thank goodness for a family that is participatory and thrilled at being a part of such a wonderful occasion. Both sides of the family were welcoming, gracious, and truly good hosts. The rehearsal dinner the night before at our Restaurant went off without a hitch. Everyone enjoyed themselves, gave us wonderful feedback on the staff, the chef, the ambiance...everything. And then came the wedding day.

The simplicity of the floral arrangements added to a sense of elegance and freshness. The flowers came from our very own Frenchtown neighbor, Valley Florist, and they saw to it that everything was delivered on time, and set up beautifully. The National Hotel "smelled" like spring. It was just a beautiful transformation, from our normal Restaurant decor, to the bridal touches that completed the room's ambiance. The service was held in that room, giggles heard, tears wiped, and vows made. Everything came to a standstill during those precious minutes.

Our very private "Honeymoon Suite"

Congratulations to the bride and groom...you know who you are. Thank you for making our weekend so special, and for choosing The National Hotel as a wedding venue that will forever be etched in our minds as "The Place" where two families became one.

We are ever so pleased to have been a part of this momentous day, and hope to have many more opportunities to share special and exciting days with other couples. From our luxurious guest suites (a few with jacuzzi tubs!!), to our Restaurant and quality dining choices, to our unique and signature drinks at our Bar and Rathskeller Pub, The National Hotel is poised to cater to its guests' unique and individual needs. We are fortunate to have a staff that is keenly interested in being the very best, and in giving their focused attention to each guest's requirements.

If you haven't had a chance to visit our establishment, please take some time to do so. Give us a call at 908.996.3200, or email us at marie@thenationalhotelnj.com, and we'll give you a personal tour of the building and share some tidbits about its history. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to meet so many people who have been to the building before, or those who are new to the area, as well as those who have driven through the town but never entered this historic property. Make the time to come out, and we'll make the time to share some stories with you.

It's a gem of a town, Frenchtown. Now that the weather is better, be sure to come and see us, whether you're planning an event, birthday, wedding, girls' night out, or just taking a drive through our scenic country roads on a Sunday afternoon. We'll work with you side-by-side, to make your special day memorable. We hope to see you soon.


  1. Thanks for the comments! Traveling is definitely one of the best ways of enriching our lives. At The National Hotel, we've been fortunate to host many foreign travelers enjoying their time in Hunterdon County, NJ. If you've never been here, do make the time. It's an absolutely beautiful part of the United States of America.

  2. Fabulous place to book for parties and big days! Glad to share my experience at one of the graceful NYC wedding venues for my brother's engagement. Table décor was beyond expectations. Mexican and barbeque dishes were prepared according to taste of guests. Cup cakes and drinks were also ordered from reputed places.