Brides Against Breast Cancer to host Run & Renew 5K and 1-Mile Survivor Tribute Walk in Wildwood, NJ

September 21, 2014

Married couples can renew their vows after crossing finish line. All proceeds to benefit those impacted by cancer

BABC Run and Renew - Couple Renewing Vows at Finish LineWildwood, NJ — The nonprofit Brides Against Breast Cancer is hosting a one-of-a-kind Run and Renew 5K and One Mile Survivor Tribute Walk on October 4, 2014 from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm with Memorey’s at Morey’s Beachfront Waterparks. Run and Renew 5K is a unique race where walkers and runners from all levels of experience are welcome to participate, and married couples can renew their vows right after crossing the finish line together. There will be an awards ceremony, food, beverages and a post-race party after everyone finishes. All proceeds will benefit those impacted by cancer.

Tickets for the 5K are $35. To purchase tickets, click here.

Brides Against Breast Cancer Run and Renew 5K in Wildwood, NJ
About Brides Against Breast Cancer

Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Their outreach and educational efforts during their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” bridal shows around the country help ensure that people impacted by cancer have the resources and information they need in their battle with cancer. For more information and to view upcoming events, visit, follow on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at @runandrenew.

Enter The American Dream Military Wedding Giveaway, sponsored by the Bernardsville Chamber Of Commerce

September 16, 2014

American Dream Wedding GiveawayMilitary Couples wanted for a chance to win an All-Inclusive Wedding of their dreams

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – The small town of Bernardsville, NJ and its business community recognizes the large sacrifice made by American men and women serving in the Armed Forces. To show their appreciation, businesses are banding together to sponsor the American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway, an all-inclusive, all-expense paid wedding of a lifetime. Contestants are being recruited to enter the wedding giveaway by the September 26 deadline.One lucky serviceman or woman from New Jersey–active duty or retired—will win an all-inclusive free wedding valued at approximately $50,000 that includes engagement and wedding rings, catered reception with entertainment and flowers, rehearsal and engagement parties, wedding gown, invitations, photography and video, portraiture and more—all donated by local businesses.“We’re proud and excited to be sponsoring this dream wedding giveaway for a military couple and are actively seeking contestants,” said Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce Vice President and Contest Coordinator, Eileen Loughnane, who is also a military mom. “The outpouring of generous support from our local businesses has been tremendous.”

The lucky winning couple will receive rings donated by Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers, wedding reception hosted by The Bernards Inn, engagement party hosted by Dolce, rehearsal dinner hosted by The Olde Mill Inn, a commissioned painted portrait from JM Stringer Gallery, and so much more.  Additionally, the band Chicago is dedicating their new song, “America,” as the theme song for the wedding giveaway. The song is written by founding band member, Lee Loughnane.

How To Enter

To enter the American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway, contestants must share their love stories in a simple written 500-word essay and / or 1-3 minute videotaped submission explaining why they wish to participate in the contest at: Entries will be judged based on need, originality, creativity and overall composition. Deadline is September 26. 2014.

Additionally, up to ten lucky couples will be selected and invited to compete in a scavenger hunt through the towns of Bernardsville and Basking Ridge on Thursday, October 2 for a chance to win more prizes. The grand prize winners of the dream wedding giveaway will be introduced to the public at a formal presentation at the “Taste of Bernardsville and Beyond” event on Monday, October 6.

For complete contest rules and more information, visit or call Eileen Loughnane at 908-642-8369. View video on contest below, or visit:

Major Sponsors:

Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers — Engagement and Wedding Rings
Dolce—Engagement Party
JM Stringer Gallery of Art—Portrait of Couple
Olde Mill Inn—Rehearsal Dinner
The Bernards Inn—Wedding Reception

Additional Sponsors:

Bernardsville Print Center–Invitations
Carla Fabrizi Cosmetics—Bridal Make up
Elizabeth Johns—Wedding Gown
Generic Brand Human–Videography
Laura Clare Floral Design and Event Décor–Flowers
Stephen Taylor Photography–Photography ###

Contact:  Kelly G. Vanasse or Eileen Loughnane
Kelly Communications Vice President, Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 732-469-4518 or
Phone:  908-642-8369 or

FREE Bridal Showcase at The Bethwood in Totowa, NJ on April 23rd

April 21, 2014
Bethwood Bridal Showcase, Tototwa, NJ

Don’t miss one of the biggest bridal shows in NJ at The Bethwood on April 23, 2014

Bridal Showcase La Donna Productions is having their free admittance, semi-annual MEGA Bridal Showcase on Wednesday, April 23rd at The Bethwood in Totowa, NJ from 6-10pm.  This wedding planning event has been taking place for the past 18 years and is always entertaining and full of surprises!

While not only being popular for its large and unique exhibitor collection over three floors of ballrooms throughout The Bethwood, they have been known to have notable guest appearances.  In the past they have had the famous Anthony Roberts Salon and the Gatsby Salon from Style Network’s television show Jerseylicious as well as a guest appearance made by dancer Tony Dovolani from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

The event will include their infamous “yellow brick road” styled walk through of all their vendors, a high energy bridal fashion show, DJ performances, complimentary champagne, hot and cold food stations, cake and coffee, free bridal magazines, and grand prize giveaways!

Valuable gifts, door prizes and special discounts will be given away throughout the evening, and one lucky couple will have a chance to win a Super Grand Prize Giveaway of 3 Nights / 4 Days in tropical Tobago at an Oceanfront Resort!

For more information and to register, visit has been a long-time media sponsor for this popular wedding planning event, and will be giving away door prizes, so come by and visit our display to enter!

Calling All “Destination Wedding” Brides-To-Be!

April 1, 2014
Sixth Annual Wedding Road Show To Be Held in Long Beach Island, New Jersey on Sunday, April 27th
NJ Bride and Groom at water's edge in Long Beach Island (LBI)

LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J.Ocean views, rolling dunes and pristine white beaches coupled with picture-perfect wedding venues are all part of the spectacle at the Sixth Annual “Award-winning” Wedding Road Show in Long Beach Island (LBI), New Jersey on April 27th, 2014. Sponsored by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, the complimentary road show welcomes future brides and their entourage to view a multitude of venues and explore the 18-mile long island for a destination wedding.  Space is limited therefore participants are encouraged to register online at

“What makes our tour special is the fact that it’s self guided; there’s no timed schedule or person pushing you along,” said Lori Pepenella, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Destination Marketing Director “Essentially, future brides and their friends, family or grooms-to-be are provided a map and encouraged to visit and linger at whatever venue they desire and explore areas of the island that’s appealing to them.”

The free tour offers detailed viewing of venues, dozens of professional wedding services, refreshments, multiple prizes and other amenities throughout the day.  New to this year’s show is a Saturday night “Fabulous Brides Night Out” at the Long Beach Island Foundation featuring a fashion show, samples and mocktails.

VIP Experience Contest Winner, Wedding Road Show on LBI, contest winners Heather Kushnir and Adam Thomas will enjoy a VIP Experience at the 2014 Wedding Road Show on LBI!

In addition, the show featured a contest for one lucky couple to win a “Wedding VIP Experience” from This VIP add-on includes an overnight stay at Daddy O Boutique Hotel the night prior and extra special pampering the day of the event, including a white stretch limousine ride from A Shining Star Limousine Service, a wedding invitation package from Stephanie Somodi, a custom welcome basket from Camille’s Floral Design and an LBI-themed cookie basket from A Sweet Memory. This year’s VIP WINNER is Heather Kushnir and Adam Thomas from Newton, NJ! They were engaged in Beach Haven in September 2013 on the 11th Street Beach, and are planning a fall 2014 wedding in the LBI region.

Choosing a location is one of the first major decisions happy couples will make and close to one third of all weddings are now destination weddings – with beaches topping the list.  Hundreds of brides from around the country have selected LBI as their wedding destination choice!

For more information or to register for the event please call (609) 494-7211 or go online:

2014 Red Bank Wedding Walk Returns This Sunday!

March 26, 2014

Escape to Red Bank for A Cool Little Wedding as Red Bank RiverCenter hosts their annual Wedding Walk on March 30, 2014

Make plans to attend the annual Red Bank Wedding Walk on Sunday, March 30th!

Make plans to attend the annual Red Bank Wedding Walk on Sunday, March 30th!

RED BANK, NJ Red Bank RiverCenter is pleased to announce that this year’s Red Bank Wedding Walk will take place on Sunday, March 30, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.   Inspired by the continued popularity and success of our 4 previous Red Bank Wedding Walks, Red Bank, RiverCenter, and Red Bank’s wedding-related businesses are excited to once again present this unique event.  The 2014 Red Bank Wedding Walk promises to be one of the most fun, creative and well-attended bridal events in New Jersey.

This FREE one-day event is designed for prospective brides, grooms, partners, their families and friends to come to historic downtown Red Bank to plan their weddings.  With outstanding riverfront venues, world-class shopping, gourmet restaurants and a fun and funky vibe, Red Bank is THE place for a dream wedding celebration for all couples! With recent changes in New Jersey we are encouraging same sex couples to join us this year and explore all that Red Bank has to offer for the perfect wedding.

The Red Bank Wedding Walk is the perfect occasion to explore downtown Red Bank to see what over 40 wedding-related businesses have to offer! From formalwear to favors, every aspect of the wedding day can be expertly planned with the help of Red Bank’s resident florists, gown and accessories retailers, bridesmaid and guest attire boutiques, photographers, wedding planners and designers, jewelers, salons and banquet facilities.  Most participating locations will be offering promotions, light refreshments and special amenities.

The day begins at 10:00 AM with Registration/Check In and Continental Breakfast at the Oyster Point Hotel, a beautiful, waterfront, wedding venue at 146 Bodman Place followed by a self-guided tour of the town’s participating businesses, registration is open until 1PM.  All registrants will receive a Wedding Walk map/passport and each registered couple will receive one complimentary tote bag to hold all the giveaways and information.

Free shuttle, limo and trolley service will also be available with stops at each of the downtown’s shopping areas. This service is graciously provided by Arrow Limousine and Great American Trolley, with Barbizon models stationed along the route to help you find your way. Guests must visit at least 14 businesses (including one from each zone) to be eligible for the prize drawings at the end of the day. Prizes include a honeymoon stay in Aruba from Aruba Tourism and Brickell Bay Resort, a romantic package at the Molly Pitcher/Oyster Point, a wedding dress from Sassy Chic Boutique, a full DJ entertainment package including lighting and a photobooth from Sounds To Go DJs, and many more wonderful prizes.

The day concludes with a fabulous champagne reception including hors d’oeuvres at the historic Molly Pitcher Inn at 88 Riverside Drive spotlighting their beautiful promenade.  The prize raffle will be held at 4:15 PM where brides and grooms can enter to win prizes with their validated passport including the fabulous grand prizes!  Guests can enter to win door prizes. The Wedding Walk will conclude at 5:00 PM. 

The event is presented by The Molly Pitcher Inn and The Oyster Point Hotel and sponsors for this year’s event include a range of generous businesses. Thanks to Carlo’s Bakery, Char Steakhouse, Jersey Shore Mortgage, Craig Kiley & Darryn Murphy Designs, John Arcara Photography, The Knot,, Sperry Tents and The Two River Times.

Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-register at where they can browse the participating businesses and map out their itinerary to get the most out of their time.  Engaged couples, mark your calendars for the Red Bank Wedding Walk on Sunday, March 30th! Escape to Red Bank for your cool little wedding!

Red Bank Wedding Walk Flyer is a proud media sponsor of this annual event! Please visit our display table during registration at the Oyster Point Hotel between 10am – 1pm to say hello and enter to win prizes in our monthly contest!

6th Annual Spring Bridal Fair Returns to the Wildwoods Convention Center

March 19, 2014

Free Bridal Event will feature vendors, menu samplings, a Bridal Fashion Show, fun contests and a FREE honeymoon giveaway

2014 Bridal Fair at the Wildwoods Convention Center, Wildwood, NJThe Wildwoods, NJ – If you’re getting ready to say “I Do,” head to the 6th Annual Wildwoods Spring Bridal Fair in the beautiful Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Sunday, March 23 from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

The Wildwoods Spring Bridal Fair, the largest Bridal Fair in Southern New Jersey, will feature a fashion show highlighting the latest bridal, bridesmaids’ and mother-of-the-bride gowns courtesy of Wedding Belles from 4:15 – 5pm..

A large selection of vendors will also be on hand at the Bridal Fair – including wedding venues, florists, bakeries, caterers, salons, spas, trolley companies, honeymoon destinations, DJs, wedding announcement printers, photographers, videographers and many more. In addition, the Bridal Fair will provide menu samplings as well as elegant wedding tabletop displays.

Brides-to-be can register to win a fabulous, FREE 5-day, 4-night dream honeymoon at Secrets St. James in Montego Bay, Jamaica, an adults-only, all-inclusive resort courtesy of Berman Travel and AM Resorts (airfare not included). FREE door prize drawings will also take place throughout the day.

Couples can participate in fun contests and win great prizes courtesy of Memoreys, “Creating timeless traditions and unforgettable occasions with Morey’s Piers.”

Admission to the Bridal Fair is FREE, and FREE registration gifts will be given to all registered brides.

To register or for additional information, visit or call 609-465-7181.

For questions about being a vendor at the show, please contact Brigitta Scott at 609-465-7181 or visit

The 6th Annual Spring Bridal Fair is presented by the Wildwoods Convention Center and the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors include Berman Travel,,, Alliance Video, Dress To Impress,, Memoreys, Celebrations Magazine, Atlantic City Weekly and the Cape May County Herald.

17th Year Anniversary For Means Changes, New Web Site Features

February 14, 2014 logo roseSince its launch on Valentine’s Day 1997, has made it simple for engaged couples to find services such as local banquet facilities, bands, disc jockeys, photographers, videographers, clergy and wedding officiants, floral designers, limousines, invitations, favors and much more through the Internet in the comfort of their home or office. This local wedding planning web site is now entering its 17th year serving the wedding community on February 14, 2014, announced co-publishers Erik and Beth Kent.

The site currently features a directory listing for each wedding venue or service providers, containing an image, description and contact information so couples can get in touch directly.  The Kents are in the process of redeveloping the web site to allow each company to provide more detailed information, create photo albums (to show more about their services or products), include video links, create blog posts with interesting articles, show upcoming events and more! Users of the new site will also be able to post reviews / testimonials for these wedding professionals, allowing more information to be included on each listing, providing couples with a fuller site experience to gather more information on their search for regional wedding services. currently features around 500 listings for various types of wedding businesses that couples can choose from, as well as links to helpful articles and other wedding planning tips. Other special features include information about wedding dress designers, virtual tours of banquet facilities, video/music clips from local wedding bands, ceremony musicians, disc jockeys and videographers, a photo gallery showing the creativity of local wedding photographers and free relationship advice from a local marriage expert.

Throughout the years, there have been several additions to the site, including sections on South Asian / Indian Weddings and Same-Sex Weddings (celebrating the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey on October 21, 2013) a listing of upcoming bridal shows and wedding planning events throughout the Tri-state area, and sections focused on planning a beach wedding along the Jersey shore, including specific categories for Cape May and Long Beach Island weddings. Also, in association with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism, is giving away a VIP Experience to the Wedding Road Show on LBI (on Sunday, April 27, 2014) through a special contest.

For wedding professionals, the Kents developed a Business Resource Center, providing links to wedding statistics, trends, “green” and eco-friendly weddings, marriage research, podcasts, blogs, wedding and event industry associations and more. Wedding vendors and engaged couples can also find on social networking web sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, providing an even greater experience to learn about the world of weddings and connect with members of the New Jersey wedding community. In addition couples and wedding professionals can keep up with additional wedding news through our WordPress BLOG. is heavily involved in the NJ wedding industry and is a proud member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), Jersey Shore Wedding Association (JSWA) and Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce (SOCC), and happy to support altruistic initiatives to help couples in the weddings community with nonprofit organizations Wish Upon A Wedding and Weddings For Heroes.

Visit directly at to search for local wedding services, view upcoming bridal shows, and much more, or inquire about advertising opportunities for wedding professionals. For more information, contact Erik and Beth Kent at (908) 874-0417 or e-mail them at Home Page

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