Brides and Grooms: Attend the Meadowlands Bridal Expo on Sunday, September 22nd

September 17, 2013

New Jersey / New York City Brides and Grooms: On Sunday, September 22nd, 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 delicious food samples which will be offered from various bakeries and caterers. 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 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!

Bridal Expo, Bridal Fashion Show

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

Register for the “Glitz & Glamoré” Bridal Experience in Central NJ on Sunday, September 15th

September 9, 2013

Divine Elegance by Deirdre LLC will present a one-day only gathering of the area’s most experienced wedding and event planning vendors on Sunday, September 15th starting at 12 noon. The “Glitz & Glamoré” Bridal Experience will have all the elegance, sparkle and excitement that surround one of the most important days in the life of every girl: her wedding. From gorgeous tablescapes, cupcake towers and pedestals of cascading flowers to crystal-encrusted shoes, those planning a wedding can’t miss one of the region’s most elite gatherings of top wedding exhibitors. The showcase event brings to life every aspect of planning a wedding from more intimate occasions to the grandest spectacles.

Miss New Jersey International 2013 Jenna Drew

Miss New Jersey International 2013 Jenna Drew

The bride and her entourage of family and friends will enjoy opportunities to meet personally with vendors of every imaginable service related to her special day including hand-pressed invitations, wedding bands, caterers, floral designers, musicians, lighting technicians, party favors, personal care, fitness and much more. “There is no better way to explore the bevy of options that are available to today’s bride than by attending this signature showcase,” says event producer and wedding planner Deirdre Luster.

Tickets for “Glitz & Glamoré” are complimentary for the bride and groom and are $10 for accompanying guests. Advance registration is required; please visit for more information and to register. The event will occur at The Hyatt Regency New Brunswick located at Two Albany Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey at 12 noon.

The afternoon will include a signature food tasting and breath-taking bridal runway fashion show. Castle Couture, a luxury designer bridal boutique conveniently located in Monmouth County, NJ, highlights the latest trends in bridal gowns. Brides may also bring their Grooms to experience our Exclusive Men-Only Mancave to be entered for a chance to win a $500 honeymoon voucher courtesy of MLT Vacations. Showcasing their renowned products are some of the Nation’s Finest Retailers: Lancôme, Godiva Chocolatier, Lenox, Bed Bath & Beyond.

“Miss New Jersey International 2013” Jenna Drew will be making a Special Appearance to include Autographs and the Grand Finale! Don’t Miss all of the surprise elements yet to be unveiled. This is NOT an Ordinary Bridal Show… It’s a Luxury Bridal Showcase! Register today and we’ll see you there…

"Glitz & Glamoré" Bridal Experience by Divine Elegance by Deirdre

“Glitz & Glamoré” Bridal Experience by Divine Elegance by Deirdre


Number of New Jersey weddings to increase, and more NJ marriage stats

September 4, 2013

Did you know that, according to research from The Wedding Report, there will be an estimated 44,744 weddings in the Garden State in 2013, with an average cost of $36,114? The number of weddings in New Jersey over the next few years is projected to rise to 48,133 in 2018 (though the average spending remains around the same at $36,970). View the graph for more details or visit


We’ve also been in touch with the New Jersey Center for Health Statistics to confirm that in 2012, there were 44,058 marriages and 582 civil unions that took place in New Jersey. Want to know how that breaks down for each NJ county?  View the data below:

  • Atlantic – 1,842
  • Bergen – 4,305
  • Burlington – 1,962
  • Camden – 2,364
  • Cape May – 1,288
  • Cumberland – 788
  • Essex – 4,196
  • Gloucester – 1,176
  • Hudson – 3,705
  • Hunterdon – 633
  • Mercer – 1,502
  • Middlesex – 3,266
  • Monmouth – 3,535
  • Morris – 2,227
  • Ocean – 2,880
  • Passaic – 2,452
  • Salem – 339
  • Somerset – 1,654
  • Sussex – 800
  • Union – 2,783
  • Warren – 359
  • Military – 2 , New Jersey's Wedding Planning ResourceWhat do these numbers mean for your wedding business?  Do you understand the current wedding and marriage trends in New Jersey (and New York and Pennsylvania) and how it affects the wedding marketplace in the entire region? Have you read any of the reports about the “state of marriage” from the National Marriage Project? Are you aware of the opportunities to reach couples in various parts of the Garden State (as well as NY and PA)? We’d love to hear your feedback, and how your business is preparing for newly engaged couples in 2014, 2015 and beyond. Please leave a comment below, or email us directly at

– Erik and Beth Kent, Co-Publishers,

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