Jersey Shore Wedding Association holds contest to assist engaged couples affected by Superstorm Sandy

December 18, 2012
Were your wedding plans affected by SuperStorm Sandy? Enter the Jersey Strong Wedding Contest by 12/24, hosted by the JSWA

Were your wedding plans affected by SuperStorm Sandy? Enter the Jersey Strong Wedding Contest by 12/24, hosted by the JSWA

If you are a bride or groom-to-be from New Jersey, NY or PA, and your plans for your Jersey shore wedding were impacted by Sandy, then the JSWA is here to help you!

Members of the Jersey Shore Wedding Association ( were right in the path of SuperStorm Sandy, and have experienced the impact first hand. “Despite the destruction and devastation of SS Sandy, there has been much reconstruction and renewal – and an overwhelming sense of gratitude, kindness, cooperation and strength.” says Arlene Schmid, a Jersey Shore Wedding Planner and Director of JSWA. It is in this spirit that JSWA organized the Jersey Shore Strong Wedding Contest to help couples whose wedding plans were directly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Some couples have lost their homes or possessions; some lost their venue or vendors; while some first responders were busy helping others their own belongings were damaged; many couples had to reschedule or relocate due to time or financial burdens caused by Sandy. However couples were affected, the Jersey Shore Wedding Association wants to help. Couples can go to the association’s website – – and submit their stories in 500 words or less to by Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, 2012). From Jan. 1st thru the 10th, the public will vote on the most compelling story on Facebook and by E-mail survey. The winning couple will be announced at the Jersey Shore Wedding Association’s Winter Bridal Show on January 13th at the Captain’s Inn, Forked River.

Weddings along the New Jersey shoreline are memorable and unique. Tell the JSWA your story to enter to win a dream wedding at the shore!

Weddings along the New Jersey shoreline are memorable and unique. Tell the JSWA your story to enter to win a dream wedding at the shore!

New Jersey wedding businesses have reached out to other businesses and to couples to help however and wherever they can. “It is overwhelming how the wedding community has rallied to offer their help and services, we currently have over $11,000 donated to the contest in products and services and it is growing daily,” says Tracy D’Amico Co-Director of JSWA and owner of Rose Garden Florist. We have had donations from both members and non-members such as: Captain’s Inn, Golden Wedding Planners, James Photography, Over the Top DJ, Rose Garden Florist, Always in Motion Videography, Surf City Hotel, Busy Bride Helpers, Paper Pastiche, Bridal Music by Flora Duo, Celebration Creations, A Sweet Memory and In His Hands Ministries, and donations are still being accepted. If a wedding vendor would like to contribute to the contest they can contact JSWA at

All are welcome to join the Jersey Shore Wedding Association when the contest winner is announced at the Captain’s Inn, 304 East Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 2:00-6:00pm. For more information about the Jersey Shore Wedding Association, the Jersey Shore Strong Wedding Contest or the JSWA Winter Bridal Show please email

About the Jersey Shore Wedding Association (JSWA)

The Jersey Shore Wedding Association is an organization of wedding professionals servicing the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Their website offers helpful tips, suggestions and a wealth of resources of Jersey Shore wedding vendors.

Vegas NJ hosts New Jersey Wedding Vendor Network Educational Seminar and B2B Mixer on Jan. 9th

December 4, 2012
Vegas NJ, Randolph, NJ

Join other wedding professionals at Vegas NJ on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 for a facility tour, educational seminar and networking event!

The NJ wedding business community comes together for an educational seminar and networking event on January 9th to help industry members connect and increase marketing efforts

In it’s 5th year, various New Jersey wedding companies have collaborated again to produce an educational and networking opportunity and support a new wedding facility. This NJ Wedding Vendor Network event will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 (snow date – January 10th) at a brand new wedding and special events location called “Vegas NJ” at 1380 Sussex Turnpike in Randolph, NJ (Morris County), from 3-9pm.

Past networking events at various locations around the Garden State have attracted from 200-300 wedding businesses and entrepreneurs, and are always open to wedding planners, all types of vendors, suppliers, retailers and any other business that offers wedding related services to the bridal consumer, such as limousines, photography, videography, travel and honeymoons, bridal fashions, formal wear, entertainment, invitations, favors, wedding cakes, media or print and actively market to engaged couples in the Tri-State area…

Media sponsors of this event include: WedAlert (Dave Ciccolella), Wedding Zone (Joe Tortorello), Local Traffic Builder (Brian Lawrence), Contemporary Bride (Gary Paris / Matt Victoria), (Erik Kent), AFWPI (Richard Markel) and SMI Bridal Expo (Bill Lippolis).

Sam Pelligrino, owner of Vegas NJ, with marketing guru Kenny Baroff

Sam Pellegrino, owner of Vegas NJ, with marketing guru Kenny Baroff

The Educational Seminar (from 3:30-5:30pm) includes sage advice on marketing your business with a KEYNOTE TOPIC entitled, “Meeting Today’s Challenges with New Innovations” and “ReBranding: Re-Invent Yourself” presented by Kenny Baroff, owner of Marketing Plus One, Event Magazine Publisher and Party Showcase Producer. Mr. Baroff has been a leader in the field of marketing strategies, developed many business ventures and assisted hundreds of clients throughout his career. As a former owner of a retail chain and mail order business Mr. Baroff is familiar with the tactical approach to helping a business thrive economically and successfully. His background in finance and marketing has also helped troubled businesses to get back on track. He has led seminars and written articles pertaining to marketing, search engine optimization, and business tactics. Mr. Baroff’s innovative and visionary trends have allowed him to be a leader in small business development.

During the Educational Seminar, there will also be a PANEL DISCUSSION on “Boosting Your Wedding Business” hosted by Brian Lawrence, with local Wedding Industry leaders, featuring an open mic Q&A session. Topics include social media, networking, marketing (print/internet/bridal shows), latest trends and more!

Following the seminar, attendees are invited into the Networking / B2B Mixer (from 6:00-9:00pm) where you can view various displays from sponsors and other members of the wedding business community. This event is your chance to mingle, eat, drink, discuss trends and make your business a success in 2013, 2014 and beyond. Please bring an ample supply of business cards for networking.

Participating vendors include all media sponsors above, plus various professionals and services like Ash Fine Cigars, Audience Pleasers, My Daughter’s Cakes, Waiters To Go, Bryan Madrid Photography, Cupa Cabana Coffee and Espresso Service, K & M Event Planning, RDR PR, Hallak Cleaners, Travel Limousine, Badge Tec, Celebrations Guide and MyBridesAPP.

Also, witness a special performance from Michael Jackson impersonator, MJXpressions, an award-winning MJ Tribute company based in Matawan, NJ. They have been seen on TLC’s Four Weddings, Bravo Tv’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, VH1’s Love and Hip Hop and MTV’s IGGY Awards, and will now make an appearance at the Vegas NJ Networking Event! View their promotional video below:

Admission is only $15.00 per person at the door (online pre-registration has ended), and you can attend BOTH the Educational Seminar and Networking / B2B Mixer! We look forward to seeing you there! For those who have PRE-REGISTERED, your name tags will be waiting for you upon arrival on the VIP Line (tickets will still be available at the door)!

Are you on facebook? Check out the facebook invite and let us know you’re coming by writing on the “wall!” Using Twitter? TWEET with the hashtag #NJWVN to share your tweets with everyone! View photos and videos from past events, and for directions to Vegas NJ in Randolph, click here.

New Jersey Wedding Vendor Network

Looking forward to seeing you at this New Jersey Wedding Vendor Network event!

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