Red Bank RiverCenter presents 2013 Wedding Walk on Sunday March 24th

March 19, 2013
Red Bank Wedding Walk 2013

Red Bank, NJ becomes a destination for wedding shopping at the annual Red Bank Wedding Walk on 3/24

RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank RiverCenter is pleased to announce that this year’s Red Bank Wedding Walk will take place on Sunday, March 24, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.   Inspired by the continued popularity and success of previous Red Bank Wedding Walks, RiverCenter and Red Bank’s wedding-related businesses are excited to once again present this unique event.  The 2013 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, their families and friends to come to picturesque, downtown Red Bank to plan their weddings.  With fabulous riverfront venues, world-class shopping, gourmet restaurants and a fun and funky vibe, Red Bank is THE place for a dream wedding celebration!

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 formal wear to favors, every aspect of the wedding day can be expertly planned with the help of Red Bank’s resident florists, gown and tuxedo retailers, photographers, jewelers, salons and banquet facilities.  Wedding Walk guests can learn to dance, plan their rehearsal dinner, have their wedding memories custom framed, order invitations or purchase gifts for their wedding party!  Most participating locations will be offering promotions, light refreshments, and libations and live music will be performed all day at locations throughout town.

Brides! Bring your bridesmaids to help you shop for local products and services at the Red Bank Wedding Walk

Brides! Bring your bridesmaids to help you shop for local products and services at the Red Bank Wedding Walk

Brides will register at The Oyster Point Hotel beginning at 10:00am for check-in and registration. All brides will receive a Wedding Walk Map and Tote Bag. Participants will be directed to walk to the businesses or enjoy the transportation of choice including limousine, wedding trolley, or shuttle to convenient central locations downtown so they may visit as many registered businesses as they can.

Visit a minimum of 12 businesses in order to be entered to win a Grand Prize Raffle along with other valuable prizes donated by the participants and sponsors.

Prize drawings will take place at a reception at the Molly Pitcher Inn starting at 4:00pm. All entry forms must be in by 4:15 pm and entrants must be present to win.

Doors of downtown businesses are open for brides, grooms, their bridal parties and families to explore Red Bank for all their wedding needs!

Doors of downtown businesses are open for brides, grooms, their bridal parties and families to explore Red Bank for all their wedding needs!

The Wedding Walk will conclude by 5:00 pm. There will be music, fun, food and lots of surprises!

Sponsors of this event include The Knot, McKay Imaging Photography, Molly Pitcher Inn, The Oyster Point Hotel, Great American Trolley Co., inc.,, Craig Kiely & Darryn Murphy Floral & Event Design, John Arcara Photography, Arrow Limousine, Count Basie Theatre, New Jersey Bride magazine, Red Bank RiverCenter, The Two River Times, Costa Honeymoons, The Sassy Chic Boutique, A.H. Fisher Diamonds, Spitball, Sounds To Go Entertainment and Barbizon Modeling.

Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the Red Bank Wedding Walk web site, 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 24th! Your dream wedding awaits!

For more information and a list of participating businesses, go to or call Red Bank RiverCenter at (732) 842-4244.  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.

Enjoy a fabulous day of wedding planning and fun at the 2012 Red Bank Wedding Walk!

Enjoy a fabulous day of wedding planning and fun at the 2013 Red Bank Wedding Walk!

Brides & Grooms: Attend the Meadowlands Bridal Expo on Sunday, March 17th

March 7, 2013

New Jersey / New York City Brides and Grooms: On Sunday, March 17th, bring your family and friends to attend the Meadowlands Bridal Expo!

Clarion Hotel Empire Meadowlands Hotel, a Secaucus, NJ hotel near MetLife Stadium

Empire Meadowlands Hotel, host venue for the Meadowlands Bridal Expo

One of the most popular Wedding Planning Events in the Northern New Jersey/Metro NY area, this Bridal Expo takes place at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel (formerly the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center) from 12:30-4:30pm.

Over 50 wedding services will be participating… including Sandals Honeymoon Resorts, 3 Photo Booth companies and Priceless Events, a full service Event Coordinator. Delicious food samples will be offered from various bakeries and caterers, such as Dave’s Famous BBQ, and Portuguese cuisine, too. These top notch vendors will showcase all they have to offer to help you plan your special day!

Macy’s Bridal Salon by Demetrios in Willowbrook Mall and Biltmore Tuxedos in Bergen County will feature formal wear for the Bride & Groom, as well as the Bridal Party during the exciting fashion show!

To really get the crowd going, there will be 4 LIVE Entertainment segments, including both Bands & DJs!

Visit to purchase your Red Carpet VIP Admission Tickets with reserved seating for only $5! Doors open at 12:30pm for VIP advanced purchase ticket holders. General Admission is $10 at the door beginning at 1:00pm (with seating only if still available).

Attending this Meadowlands Bridal Expo is like attending 3 Shows at one time…and with everything you need all in one place! See you there… is a media sponsor for this event and will be there participating, too! Visit our display at the show and enter for a chance to win our door prizes and more!

Bridal Expo, Bridal Fashion Show

Come to the Bridal Expo, featuring the latest in Bride’s Fashions and Men’s Formalwear

Central NJ Wedding and Event Deals from Hotels Unlimited

March 6, 2013

Hotel Unlimited properties offer One Day Wedding Sale Pricing for the First 40 Bookings in March!

Hotels Unlimited Wedding and Banquet Facilities, NJ Weddings

Don’t miss this “Early Bird Special Pricing” at these Hotel Unlimited wedding and banquet facilities!

Spring is almost here, and the Hotels Unlimited Central New Jersey wedding venues  are ready to kick off the season with their most popular deal of the year! Beginning March 1, they are giving One Day Wedding Sale pricing to the first 40 new wedding or mitzvah bookings at their Hotels Unlimited banquet halls.

Come in for a tour to meet their devoted staff and explore their mouthwatering new Diamond and Platinum wedding packages. See for yourself why they’re proud winners of The Knot Best of Weddings, New Jersey Bride Love It Awards, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards… you get the idea!

Don’t wait too long to jump on this deal. Bookings will go fast, so contact these properties today to set up your personal tour.

This offer is available for select 2013 and 2014 event dates. Some restrictions apply. Click on the links below to contact your ballroom of choice for complete details:

Windsor Ballroom, East Windsor, NJPrices starting at $49

Atlantis Ballroom, Toms River, NJPrices starting at $45

Versailles Ballroom, Toms River, NJPrices starting at $55

Crystal Ballroom, Freehold, NJPrices starting at $59

Sterling Ballroom, Tinton Falls, NJPrices starting at $49

Renewing Your Wedding BUSINESS Vows

March 1, 2013
JSWA Vendor Blender at Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch

I had the pleasure of presenting the topic of “Renewing Your Wedding BUSINESS Vows” to the Jersey Shore Association (JSWA) on Tues., 2/26/13 at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, NJ

We all understand the idea of a couple renewing their marriage vows, usually after they’ve reached a certain milestone in their relationship, but as wedding professionals, how often have you said “I Do” (again) to your wedding business? What got you started in doing what you do in your career, and why do you go to work every day? What’s your company vision and mission? What’s the STORY of your business? Do you absolutely LOVE what you do? Well, then why not fall in love with it again (read this article by business expert Michael Gerber on this topic)?

After 15 years of publishing (and having just celebrated our 16th), this milestone makes me rethink the way we do things and find new, innovative ways to spend our time building our business and serving our clients and wedding community.

To RENEW is to “commit” again to your business, your systems, your vision and mission, and your outlook on what you can achieve (and make a plan for how to get there). Other “R” words also come to mind: Refresh, Reevaluate, Restore, Reorganize, Renovate, Revitalize, Retool, Renovate, Revitalize, Revive, Reestablish, Resume, Respect, Rejeuvinate, Restart, Retool, Review, Rebirth, Reinvent (we could do this for a while, but you get the idea…).

AT, the company listings for our advertisers are up for renewal each year, and usually during this time period, we’re reexamining their listing to see what changed, and in these days of new connections on social media, finding out if they’ve added accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and other marketing channels so we could connect and incorporate these new features into their advertising plan.  In our company, we also analyze our “business systems” to see what’s working, what’s not, and how to fix it, and we plan out objectives we want to reach in order to grow.

Say "I Do" To Your NJ Wedding Business

When was the last time you said “I Do” (Again) to your wedding business and set new goals for yourself, too?

As an exercise for YOUR business, let’s examine the importance of setting goals when it comes to reevaluating your plan from year to year. Often people will make “resolutions” at the start of the year, and ultimately, these resolutions last only a few months. Instead, having clearly defined, written goals is an important step in achieving continued success. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar says that only 3% of people write down their goals, and those that do, have a constant reminder of what their objective is and realize success — would that make sense to do so for you, too?

GOALS EXERCISE (take out an index card and write down the following, and then keep it with you throughout the year, often referring to it, and even revising if necessary)

  1. Sales / Month = Yearly Objective (How much $ do you want to bring in to the company?)
  2. Number of New Clients / Month = Total Number (This adds to business growth and gives you a good foundation for referrals, too)
  3. Big Project: What’s one MAJOR accomplishment you want this year that can really help your business achieve more growth or success? Don’t put it off!

Understanding New Media, Wedding Business Trends – Are you up on all the latest technology and tools that your customers are also using? Have you set up accounts on all the major social media platforms, started a blog, and update your facebook page on a regular basis? It’s important to remember that you need to be everywhere you can be so that your potential client can find and reach you, so keeping your web site current, making sure it’s available on mobile devices, and also understanding the latest wedding statistics and industry trends can contribute to your business in many ways.

Marketing – Who is the market for your products and services and has that changed? Do you know the latest statistics in the marketplace and have you adapted?

Advertising/PR – Is your strategy effective and do you have a well-balanced plan to reach your future clients? How often are you telling the “story” of your business to the media and submitting articles to newspapers, magazines, blogs and other online sources? Brides are constantly looking for new info and trends and will trust an expert in the field if they see them often enough.

Professional Development – Commit to, as author and speaker Tony Robbins says, “constant and never-ending improvement” by joining associations, and actively attending industry meetings. Review and renew your vision, mission and goals at least once a year and be open to change.

Jersey Shore Wedding Professionals, JSWA

Jersey Shore Wedding Professionals renewing their “Wedding Business Vows” at the JSWA Meeting

Declaration of Business Vows Renewal

(please stand, raise your right hand, and repeat after me…)

I _________ will commit to renewing my wedding BUSINESS vows on a regular basis, and continue to improve my knowledge and skills. I will keep up with promoting and growing my business so I can achieve the goals that I’ve written down. I will network with other wedding professionals, and join and be active in local associations. I will keep up with technology, social media, and blogging and make sure my web site and facebook page is up to date.

Jersey Shore Wedding Professionals, JSWA

Jersey Shore Wedding Professionals renewing their “Wedding Business Vows” at the JSWA Meeting

Jersey Shore Wedding Professionals, JSWA

Jersey Shore Wedding Professionals renewing their “Wedding Business Vows” at the JSWA Meeting

-Erik Kent, Co-Publisher,, (908) 874-0417

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