Hovering above the Asbury Park boardwalk, beach and Atlantic Ocean, Watermark is the ideal setting for those looking for a beachfront wedding in an upscale, unique and contemporary environment and atmosphere.
Opened in 2008 as a premier social club on the Jersey Shore, Watermark quickly established itself as a top-rated mixology bar known for its innovative and fresh cocktail approach. Since then, we’ve also become a leading venue for the 'never-ending cocktail party' wedding reception.
Our unique appeal lies in our non-traditional ‘de-constructed’ approach. Food is primarily passed - avoiding the formal seated dinner and buffet line – allowing guests to continually mingle, drink, eat, dance and keep the celebration going. Our elegant, modern and well-designed environment often inspire couples to let go of elements such as flowers and decorations as well as traditional dances, speeches and rituals.
We routinely host semi-private parties such as birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, showers, reunions and holiday celebrations - but wedding receptions are always completely ‘closed-to-the-public’ private affairs.
Watermark hosts weddings from 50 to 250 guests.
Weddings are considered from late summer (after Labor Day) into spring (before Memorial Day) on Saturday afternoon or anytime Sunday. We do not consider bookings from Memorial Day to Labor Day or on Friday or Saturday evenings due to our established year-round restaurant business and heavy summer beach traffic. Weekday receptions are considered year round.
Receptions last 4 hours with Saturday receptions needing to be completed by 5pm. Sunday receptions come with no timing restrictions -your reception can start at anytime. Couples wanting to include a ceremony, an additional hour is added to the beginning of the reception.
There is a 75-person minimum in September, October and May - and a 50-person minimum in November through April.
Watermark has two distinct settings: daytime and nighttime.
1) Daytime receptions can take full advantage of our expansive, dramatic ocean views – ideal for a sophisticated beach chic approach.
2) Receptions at night capture Watermark’s candlelit nightclub feel - perfect for those looking for a sexier, higher-energy experience with a DJ and a dance floor.
Watermark has 3 distinct rooms with 5,000 Sq. ft. of interior space and 3,000 Sq. ft. of exterior ‘open-air’ space. The venue is equipped with an elevator for handicapped guests, caterers and deliveries.
Watermark is made up of soft seating: Leather loveseats flank the cozy fireplace; large banquettes wrap around the main room; comfortable armchairs create intimate conversation areas and deep sectional couches offer framed views of the ocean through the main windows.
The space accommodates multiple configurations to allow for ceremonies, DJ's, dance floor, live bands/ performers, digital photo booths and other entertainment and services as required. Additional fees may be required for set up/ break down of live bands (Sundays only)
Watermark welcomes you to hold your vows in the space additional flat fee of $750. Complementary champagne is offered to your guests upon arrival. 24 folding chairs are available for a rental for $200.00.
Watermark does not provide any assistance or set up or breakdown of beach ceremonies. Beach ceremonies require a permit from the City of Asbury Park and a separate vendor is required for all set up and break down of any chairs or equipment needed.
We offer a full service, 3.5 hour open bar includes house champagne, selected beers, house wines, mixed drinks and a selection of Watermark’s award-winning specialty cocktails. Please note that we only carry premium sprit brands, infuse many of our own sprits in-house, squeeze all of our juices fresh and make all of our mixes from scratch.
(Catered by Watermark)
For receptions with up to 150 guests, Watermark has the capacity to function as a full service facility providing both full food and bar service. The package includes venue rental, open bar, 3-course meal and sushi station and coffee bar. Client is responsible for providing dessert, but the venue takes care of setting up and breaking down of dessert bar.
Off –Premise Catering
For receptions with over 150 guests, or those clients desiring an off-premise caterer, Watermark provides the venue rental and ‘wedding open bar’ service only - and clients are required to contract with an outside caterer of choice for all food service. Any off-premise food provider must be a licensed, insured and reputable company. Caterers must provide all food, servers and equipment needed for food service – and agree to certain menu requirements.
A list of currently approved catering partners can be provided.
Buffet: Pick-up items are on a central buffet station and are continuously replenished during the first two hours of the party.
Appetizers: Hearty offerings passed during cocktail Hour (First 90 Minutes)
Mini Meals: Gourmet entrees passed in martini glasses (Served in Hour 3)
Sushi: Sushi Chef rolling a wide variety and special orders (3 Hour Service)
We recommend a small, ceremonial cake for cutting and pictures along with a variety of different flavored cupcakes to keep the cocktail theme and party going. Other great pick up options are: gourmet donuts, petit fours, truffles, cake-pops, macaroons, chocolate-dipped strawberries, brownies, cannoli, cookies and candy.
Full-service approach (venue, bar and 3 course food service) is $125pp for Saturday and $140pp for Sunday (Catering for to 125 guests)
Sushi Chef and Station is $12pp extra (Catering for up to 150 guests)
Underage guests eating and not drinking are charged 50%. For kids, we offer plain individual pizzas at $10 a piece.
Outside Catering (venue and bar only): $11,000 (Saturday) $12,500 (Sunday) for up to 150 guests with additional guests (up to 250) $60pp.
Extending receptions past the 4 hours is possible under certain or special circumstances. Base price for 1-hour extension is a $1000 flat fee.
Deposit / Payment
25% of your projected total is required as a deposit to hold the date. A 2nd deposit of an additional 25% may be required 30 days prior to the event. Final payment is due on the day of the reception. We accept checks, cash and all major credit cards.
Tax and Gratuity
All bookings are subject to 7% NJ State Tax and a 20% gratuity based on the final bill of all Watermark food and bar services. Gratuity must be received in cash.
Cancellation Policy and Refunds
A full refund will be given if your event is cancelled more than 90 days prior to the reserved date. A 50% refund will be given if the event is cancelled 45 – 90 days prior to the reserved date. Deposited money will NOT be refunded if your event is cancelled within 44 days of the event.
There are multiple parking lots as well as metered street parking within easy walking distance of the venue. Valet companies are also available for an additional fee.
Touring the Venue
Specific appointments are not necessary to view the venue. Self-guided tours are always available during regular business hours when the venue is open to the public. Appointments are also available.
Watermark Wedding Menu
Platters (All Offered)
Antipasto Platter Cured Sausages, Italian Meats, pickles, Olives, Assorted Mustards and Bread
Shrimp Cocktail Lemon-poached Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Cheese and Olive Platter Assorted Cheeses and Olives with Gourmet Crackers
Crudité and Hummus Platter Lemon Preserved Hummus, Fresh Vegetables, Naan Bread
Mozzarella Caprese Fresh Mozzarella, Plum Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Passed Hors d’oeuvres (Choose 2 from Each Category)
Yakitori Duck Breasts Soy, Ginger Marinade
Ginger Lamb Chops with Tamarind-Apricot Sauce
Kataifi Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp Tzatziki Sauce
Ahi Tuna Wontons Basil and Spicy Tamari
Veal Saltimbocca Sage Demi Glaze
Lobster Roll Sliders Tarragon Lemon Dressing, Brioche Roll
Roast Beef Crostini Salsa Verde and Garlic-Lemon Aioli
Saffron Chicken Skewers Herbed Buttermilk Dipping Sauce
Lion’s Head Pork Meatballs Chili Dipping Sauce
Rice-Crusted Tuna Bites with Remoulade Sauce
Shrimp Avocado in Tortilla Cups
Curried Beef Empanadas with Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Vegetable Hearts of Palm Spring Rolls Lime-Chili Dipping Sauce
Citrus Soy Skewers Seitan Style Vegan (Watermark House Specialty)
Wild Mushroom Risotto Cakes with Truffle Cream
Spinach Feta Phyllo Cups
Quinoa Cakes Ancho Chili Cream
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates Roast Pepper Balsamic Glaze
Mini Meals (Choose 2)
Rosemary Salmon over Black Rice with Wilted Spinach and Lemon Dijon Cream
Seared Swordfish over Cous Cous with Asparagus and Olive Butter
Pomegranate Duck Breast over Wild Rice, Green Beans
Chicken Breast Francaise Lemon Beurre Blanc, Quinoa, Snap Peas
Filet Mignon with Mushroom Demi Glace over Chive Mashed Potatoes
Stir Fry Vegetable Lo Mein Ginger/Soy Sauce in a Chinese ‘To Go’ Container
Sushi Station ($12pp Additional)
Fresh, Hand-rolled selection of Sushi and Sashimi Made On-Premise and To Order
Coffee Bar (Included)
A self-serve coffee station is set up on the end of the bar at the beginning of the 4th hour (dessert course) featuring white, to-go cups and lids for travel.
Wedding Specialty Cocktail Menu
We offer a personalized menu of our award-winning cocktails specifically designed for weddings. This diverse collection best represents our signature line of house-infused and handcrafted recipes as well as our biggest ‘crowd pleasers’. It includes a mimosa and a cocktail from each of the major spirit categories: Vodka, Rum, Bourbon and Tequila.
Wedding Cocktail Menu
Saturday March 24th 2018
Champange and Blood Orange Purée
Hangar One Vodka, Crème de Violette,
Fresh Lemon Sour
Pineapple Infused Dark Rum, Fresh Pineapple,
Red Wine, Grenadine and Champagne
Asbury Iced Tea
Lemongrass and Mint Tea Infused Bourbon,
100% Pure Cane Sugar Ginger Ale, Fresh Mint
The Watermark G&T
Bluecoat Gin, Organic Hand-made Tonic Syrup,
Topped with Club Soda
Spicy Strawberry Margarita
Jalapeno and Strawberry Tequila, Cointreau, Fresh Lime
Lemonada (Low Alcohol)
St-Germain, Fresh Grapefruit and Lemon,
Simple Syrup and Club Soda
Prohibition Punch (No Alcohol)
Apple Cider, Fresh Lemon, Cinnamon Syrup
Topped with Ginger Ale