Destination Wedding Showcase: Princeton, NJ

March 29, 2011

Well-known Princeton estate Jasna Polana open its doors for weddings and launches a luxury bridal event on Sunday, April 3rd through Deborah Lynch’s MattisonNetwork, featuring top wedding trendsetters, high fashion and many local wedding services

Princeton's newest wedding venue, Jasna Polana, hosts a luxury wedding showcase on Sunday, April 3rd

Princeton's newest wedding venue, Jasna Polana, hosts a luxury wedding showcase on Sunday, April 3rd

PRINCETON, NJ – Engaged couples are invited to the Country Club Bride and Groom Wedding Showcase in Princeton at one of New Jersey’s finest and most elegant estates, Jasna Polana, a mansion owne d by John Seward Johnson of the Johnson & Johnson family.

This is the first time Jasna Polana has opened its doors for weddings and special events to non-members through the MattisonNetwork, founded by Deborah Lynch.

This special bridal event and trunk show will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Each of the exquisitely appointed rooms in the mansion of Jasna Polana have been designed and decorated in colors and themes to inspire all the elements of your wedding planning.

View top NJ and NY fashion designers and wedding trendsetters! Explore bridal fashions and talk with designer Jean-Ralph Thurin of Thurin Atelier!

Mens Fashions of Malan Bret on HOMME will speak to the sophisticated taste of the modern groom with his exciting mens collection.

Enjoy the luxury of Ferrari, Maserati and Rolls Royce in the courtyard of this elegant Princeton estate, and view the finest brands in bridal jewelry, wedding gifts and registry items from Hamilton Jewelers. Check out the exquisite designs of well-known wedding cake designer Silvia Weinstock. Also, brides will receive a fabulous gift bag included in the registration!

Visit for complete details and to register today!

Participating Media Sponsor

Participating Media Sponsor is proud to be a participating Media Sponsor at this special wedding showcase, and will be giving away two door prizes at the event: a $100 dining gift card to the Terra Momo Restaurant Group (Mediterra & Teresa Caffe in Princeton, Eno Terra in Kingston), and an autographed copy of “One Dress, One Woman, One World,” a coffee-table style book of photos by Jeff and Jennifer Salvage.

Thanks to for publishing this article in their popular newsletter and web site! Also thanks to, and for helping to spread the word online, too.

Would YOU Wear Your Wedding Dress Again…And Again…And Again?

March 23, 2011

Recent book features the story of a wedding dress and how it took this New Jersey couple around the world

View photos from Jeff Salvage of this exciting journey of a wedding dress and how it took he and his wife Jennifer all over the world

Photos from Jennifer and Jeff Salvage of an exciting journey of a wedding dress and how it took them all over the world

How many brides wear their wedding dress once and then slip it into the attic never to see it again? Not Jennifer Salvage. Since her wedding in March 2008, she’s worn her wedding dress close to 100 times and it has traveled over 100,000 miles in a project with her husband Jeff called “One Dress, One Woman, One World.” Avid travelers, the couple got married on Easter Island and have been on a honeymoon ever since. Whether near or far, if an opportunity to don her dress for an glamorous, iconic, or funny photograph arises they pull their Maggie Sottero Destinations gown out of their backpack and go to work.

You can join them on their journey around the world and experience the world through the eyes of a bride. Their book “One Dress, One Woman, One World” chronicles the loving couple’s travel with their unbelievably versatile wedding dress on one trip of a lifetime after another. The book covers Jennifer’s unprecedented escapades over 85 locations across 6 continents over their first two and a half years of marriage. Read her firsthand account while looking through her husband’s lens and witness the fun, hardship and splendor colorfully displayed through these inspirational photographs.

A hardback dust jacketed coffee table style book is the perfect gift for a bride to be, photographer, travel enthusiast or anyone with a hunger for adventure, beauty or an appreciation of the arts.

You can see many of their wonderful photographs included in their book at Their adventure is far from over, so check back to their site for new photographs as their journey continues. In addition, you can order a signed and discounted copy of their book from their site or order it from

Experience the world through the eyes of a bride in this YouTube video: will be giving away a free, autographed copy of this special book on Sunday, April 3rd at the Country Club Bride and Groom Wedding Showcase at Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ, presented by Deborah Lynch of the MattisonNetwork. You’ll have to see this book to enjoy all the beautiful photos – come see us and enter for your chance to win it!

Spring Bridal Extravaganza in Freehold, NJ featuring Jerseylicious!

March 17, 2011

American Hotel (18 East Main Street in Freehold) hosts a bridal show on March 22nd which includes hair and makeup workshops with cast members from Style Network TV show, Jerseylicious

The Spring Bridal Showcase featuring "Jerseylicious" is produced by Cathy Padilla and sponsored by

The Spring Bridal Showcase featuring "Jerseylicious" is produced by Cathy Padilla and sponsored by

Cast members of TV’s Jerseylicious will be on-hand at the SPRING BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA at American Hotel in Freehold on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 to offer a unique bridal experience!

The event is FREE and runs from 6 to 10 PM, offering all the helpful treats of a typical bridal expo: dozens of great vendors, a DJ and live entertainment showcase, amazing door prizes! But this show is an event – and offers much more!

Former White House Executive Chef Brian Kiddie will be serving samples of his most sought after wedding cuisine while the crew of The Gatsby Salon offer workshops on the perfect hair and make-up for the much-anticipated event!

There will be 3 workshops in all, including a 45-minute session on getting fit for your wedding day. Registration for the event is FREE! Workshops will cost $20 each or all three for $45 with 100% going to Dina Manzo’s Project Ladybug for children with cancer.

For more information and to register for this bridal show, or if you are a wedding vendor interested in getting involved, call Cathy Padilla at (732) 272-5044 or visit

RU Rah Rah! WeddingSetGo Bridal Show at Rutgers University on Sunday

March 14, 2011
The Rutgers University Bridal Show is hosted by WeddingSetGo and sponsored By New Jersey 101.5FM and

The Rutgers University Bridal Show is hosted by WeddingSetGo and sponsored by New Jersey 101.5FM and

Recently engaged and planning a wedding in New Jersey? Come to the College Avenue Gymnasium at the Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus on Sunday, October 23rd for a wedding planning event to help you with ideas and find local services for your celebration!

New Jersey brides & grooms-to-be, bridal parties and families are cordially invited to come out & meet over 75 wedding exhibitors under one roof and have the chance to win excellent wedding prizes, including a free honeymoon! This Bridal Show is hosted by and will be taking place on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the College Avenue Gymnasium at Rutgers University from 12-4pm in New Brunswick, NJ.

Speak to representatives of many of the finest banquet halls in NJ. Get everything you need for the wedding of your dreams in one afternoon, from limos to flowers to all your bridal fashions & accessories while winning excellent prizes! Hear performances from hi-energy wedding band Sideways and watch exciting DJ performances by the Weddingsetgo DJ’s and Sound Connection Entertainment. Check out the latest bridal fashions with a runway fashion show by David’s Bridal.

Many door prizes will be awarded to our lucky guests and there will be a chance to win one of TWO Grand Prize Honeymoons provided by TravelSmiths of Point Pleasant! Come out and join us for an exciting afternoon of bridal planning in a party atmosphere, right here in Central New Jersey!

Join incredible wedding reception locations & caterers from around New Jersey and meet over 75 Top Wedding Professionals! Don’t miss this chance to win excellent prizes, sample signature dishes, meet local wedding professionals and receive special discounts on your wedding!  Click here to register for this event today!

Special Door Prize from
supporting the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund

NJ engaged couples: BEWARE of wedding scams!

March 10, 2011

The State of NJ Division of Consumer Affairs reminds future brides and grooms offers free brochure with tips to avoid scams during the wedding planning process

The State of New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs wants to help NJ couples avoid any potential problems during wedding planning

The State of New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs wants to help NJ couples avoid any potential problems during wedding planning

NEWARK, NJ – Planning a wedding can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a monumental task. Hiring a photographer, booking a reception hall, arranging for entertainment, making hotel arrangements for overnight guests – these may all be elements in making the day a success.

With wedding season fast approaching, the State Division of Consumer Affairs recently announced it has launched a two-page Consumer Brief brochure, “Planning Your Wedding: Tips to Avoid Scams,” available at . The announcement is made as part of National Consumer Protection Week.

“At the Division of Consumer Affairs, our top priority is to empower New Jersey consumers. Couples put enormous amounts of time and effort into planning the perfect wedding. Consumer Affairs is reminding them to take precautions to help ensure they create a day they’ll remember as one of the best in their lives – a memory that will not be marred by shoddy services or outright fraud,” said Thomas R. Calcagni, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs.

Important tips found in the new Consumer Brief include:

  • Contact the Division of Consumer Affairs to find out whether any potential vendor – such as a photographer, videographer, DH, band or caterer – has a history of consumer complaints, or has been cited for violating any consumer protection laws.
  • Take the time to carefully review every contract before signing. Note the terms of cancellation.
  • Remember that paying by credit card, as opposed to cash or other means, can generally help you resolve any future disputes.
  • Beware of wedding scams, such as phony exhibitions. Before paying to attend a bridal show, try to verify that the event is real by checking the organizer’s credentials or checking with the owners of the venue.
  • Before buying engagement or wedding rings, conduct your own research to learn about precious gem quality and ring settings. This will help you find the best deal to match your budget and your style.
  • Before buying a wedding gown, learn whether the seller is following Federal Trade Commission requirements on providing information about the garment’s fiber content and country of origin.

For more information, view the full Consumer Brief at

The Great Seal of the State of New Jersey

The Great Seal of the State of New Jersey

NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK (NCPW) is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. NCPW 2011 takes place March 6 through 12, 2011.

More information designed to help consumers protect themselves is offered free of charge at the State Division of Consumer Affairs NCPW website at Information is also available at the official National Consumer Awareness Week website,

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website,, or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

Downtown Red Bank Welcomes Brides and Grooms For Annual “Wedding Walk” Event

March 6, 2011

RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank RiverCenter is proud to announce the annual Red Bank Wedding Walk taking place on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The success of the previous Red Bank Wedding Walks has prompted Red Bank retailers, RiverCenter and other wedding-related businesses to continue this unique event by popular demand of brides, grooms and their families. The 2011 Red Bank Wedding Walk promises, once again, to be one of the most fun and creative events throughout New Jersey.

The annual Red Bank Wedding Walk will take place in downtown Red Bank on Saturday, March 12, 2011, starting at 9am

The annual Red Bank Wedding Walk will take place in downtown Red Bank on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 9am

This one day event is designed for prospective brides, grooms, families and wedding attendants to come to beautiful, downtown Red Bank to plan their wedding. Red Bank is a centrally-located destination in New Jersey where brides and grooms can plan the wedding of their dreams, find their perfect gown, tuxedos, photographers, choose their wedding rings or bands, find custom designed jewelry, accessories as well as rare, artistic gifts and favors – all found within walking distance. In addition, couples can hold their rehearsal dinner, pre-wedding parties, and have a waterside gala reception on the Navesink River – all in one destination – Red Bank!

The Red Bank Wedding Walk offers a chance to see it all on a self-guided tour of over 40 wedding-related businesses culminating with a free champagne reception at The Oyster Point Hotel (146 Bodman Place, Red Bank) where guests can enter to win fabulous prizes such as: a beautiful wedding ring, a designer bridal headpiece, a free tuxedo, an elegant and complimentary bridal shower for 25 guests, professional photographic engagement sessions among other highly-prized gifts. The events features experts to advise you on the many different aspects of your wedding at a variety of wedding-related businesses including: Florists/Design, Formalwear, Hotels/Banquet Halls, Jewelers, Photographers, Parties/Catering, Dancing Lessons, Salons/Spas, Shoes/Accessories, Transportation and other select wedding-related businesses, such as Lingerie, and Custom Framers. In addition, as you consult with the experts, most participating stores will be providing fun, foods, and libations to sustain and entertain with DJ or live music for your enjoyment.

This annual event is made possible by the Red Bank RiverCenter, Molly Pitcher Inn, Oyster Point Hotel and several sponsors and participants

This annual event is made possible by the Red Bank RiverCenter, Molly Pitcher Inn, Oyster Point Hotel and several sponsors and participants

Brides-to-be, mark your calendars making Red Bank the place to be on SATURDAY, MARCH 12th! Check-in and registration BEGINS at 9 AM at the The Molly Pitcher Inn (88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank). Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-register at Upon registration, participants will then begin to visit the many registered businesses in the Red Bank district either by walking, free shuttle or trolley service. The transportation is being provided to assist patrons in seeing at least 16 businesses to be eligible for the prize entries. All registrants will receive a Wedding Walk map, and bride-to-be’s will receive a complimentary tote bag, the perfect accessory to hold all the giveaways and information.

Participants can begin returning to the reception at The Oyster Point Hotel after 3 PM to enjoy the continuing festivities and the announcement of the lucky prize winners. Event will conclude at 4 PM. For on-site information and registration, go to or call Red Bank RiverCenter at (732) 842-4244 for further details.

The Red Bank Wedding Walk is sponsored by the Red Bank RiverCenter, Molly Pitcher Inn, Oyster Point Hotel, Count Basie Theatre, The Two River Times, RedBank Red Hot magazine, Great American Trolley Co., Inc., Arrow Limousine, McKay Imaging Photography, Craig Kiely & Darryn Murphy Designs Floral & Event Planning, The Knot, New Jersey Bride and

Red Bank RiverCenter is a not-for-profit alliance of businesses, property owners, and residents working toward the economic vitality of the Red Bank Business District. Please visit for additional information.

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