Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath on the New Jersey weddings community

Gloria Dimartini and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael McParland at their November 4th wedding at Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran, hosted by NJ Nonprofit "Weddings For Heroes"

Gloria Dimartini and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael McParland at their November 4th wedding at Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran, hosted by NJ Nonprofit “Weddings For Heroes”

What effect did the storm have on NJ brides, grooms, their families, wedding locations and other businesses? From weddings that had to be relocated at the last minute with the help of experienced planners, to a marriage ceremony and wedding celebration hosted by NJ nonprofit “Weddings For Heroes” and more, we’ve compiled some stories below, along a list of the media coverage of Hurricane Sandy weddings:

For better or worse: Hurricane Sandy can’t stop these brides (Star Ledger)

Whirlwind romance waits for calm day (Courier Post)

For Richer, for Poorer, in Hurricanes and in Calm (New York Times) – In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, couples improve the big day

Love finds a way, despite the storm (Philadelphia Inquirier)

Helping Brides In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy (The Knot / Facebook)

Planning A Wedding In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy? What You Need To Know (The Knot)

Post-Sandy wedding day: Defrosting chicken, playing video games (NBC News / TODAY Weddings)

Wedding follows a labor of love for Bronx couple (PhillyBurbs.com) – this article expands on our previous blog post, NJ Nonprofit “Weddings For Heroes” hosts Military wedding at Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran on 11/4, to profile the couple married with the help and efforts of many in the NJ wedding community, supporting the charity Weddings For Heroes

Couple vows to say “I do” despite Sandy (CBS News)

Love prevails after Sandy ruins NJ wedding venue (ABC / 6 Action News)

Wedding Planning Post Hurricane Sandy! (Ocean City Patch)

Surprising Ways Hurricane Sandy Can Still Affect Your Wedding (Merital Bliss)

Stuff Newlyweds Say and Do – Post Hurricane Sandy (Cake It Up Blog)

Natural Disasters & Wedding Contracts: What You Need To Know (With This Kiss I Thee Wed Blog)

The Importance of Backup…What If??? (SCE Event Group Blog)

Project Rebuild and Recover is a grassroots movement in Red Bank, NJ set up to relieve Hurricane Sandy victims and coastal towns in need. Visit http://RebuildRecover.org for updates and to see how you can help!

Project Rebuild and Recover is a grassroots movement in Red Bank, NJ set up to relieve Hurricane Sandy victims and coastal towns in need. Visit http://RebuildRecover.org for updates and to see how you can help!

Grassroots efforts by members of the wedding community to help residents in need:

Project Rebuild and Recover: Assist In Hurricane Sandy Relief by Sounds To Go DJs, Red Bank, NJ

Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit, (Wed., Nov. 7th, 7pm) at Amici III Ristorante, Linden, NJ

FemCity Hoboken’s Donation Drive after Hurricane Sandy – drop off through Saturday, November 10th in Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Lyndhurst and Hoboken, NJ

AART Event Planning Donation Drive (Sat., Nov. 10th) at The Elan, Lodi, NJ

Disaster Relief Donation Drive by DulhanExpo (Sun., Nov. 11th), Iselin, NJ

Hurricane Sandy Assistance (through Sunday, November 11th) at Atlantic Club Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

Jersey Bands UNITE 2 REVIVE (Sun., Nov. 18th, 12pm), Jersey’s, Neptune City

Branches Caterers Donation Drop-Off Site, West Long Branch, NJ

Matawan bridal shop helps Sandy victims with their ‘I Do’s’ (News 12 New Jersey TV report on available wedding dress donations)

Wilshire Grand Hotel A Respite For Local Families (West Orange Patch)

Donations for Project Sandy at the Sassy Shop Girl , Caldwell, NJ

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – How We Can Help (Royal PhotoBooth blog)

Post-Sandy…Who Needs Help With Their Wedding? (Molly Tully’s Blog | New Jersey Bride magazine)

Planners Gather To Discuss Industry Response To Hurricane Sandy (Biz Bash News)

Hurricane Sandy – Restore our Shore / Asbury Aid (Essential Sounds Entertainment Blog)

Screen Shot of Google+ Hangout with Julie Albaugh of Wedding Market News

Screen Shot of Google+ Hangout with Julie Albaugh of Wedding Market News

A special LIVE Google+ Hangout on Hurricane Sandy and the Wedding Industry took place on Wednesday, November 7th from 2:00-2:30pm with myself (Erik Kent, Co-Publisher of NJWedding.com), Anja Winikka, Site Director, TheKnot.com, Mauro Castano from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ and Penny Port Glazier, Director of Communications & Partner, The Glazier Group to discuss the ramifications of the storm, response from wedding professionals, and helping brides and grooms that were affected.

Important web sites for those directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy:

State of New Jersey: Hurricane Sandy Information Center

Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund

American Red Cross

Need Help? Want to Help? These NJ resources make a difference

Hurricane Sandy Help Center for NJ Workers & Businesses

Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort – Family – To – Family

Wish Upon A Hero Foundation – Hurricane Hero

Save Our Shore

NJ Sandy Recovery Resources (from News 12 New Jersey)

Restore Our Shore

Asbury Aid

Hurricane Sandy resources: How you can volunteer and donate (NJ.com)

If you are planning a wedding and your reception site has been directly impacted by the Hurricane (and needs time to rebuild and recover), there are many banquet facilities around New Jersey available to discuss options for wedding dates in November and December. Some have reported openings through posts on facebook, so please view their pages for up-to-date information. For a list of banquet facilities/reception sites on NJWedding.com that you can consider, click here.

As we continue to receive more reports of power being restored in various areas of New Jersey and New York continue, wedding locations and businesses will recover from the affects of the storm.  For engaged couples in the midst of the planning process, please contact your vendors to find out how they are doing, and if you need assistance in finding additional or other services, the wedding community is here to help you!  For wedding businesses that have been affected by the storm and its aftermath, specifically those along the Jersey shore, it will be a process to rebuild and recover. Stay Jersey Strong!

We have also updated our NJ Wedding Industry Events Calendar and NJ Bridal Shows & Events Calendar to keep you informed on what’s going on within the NJ weddings community!

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