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 www.visitLBIregion.com.

“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, NJWedding.com

NJWedding.com 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 NJWedding.com. 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: www.visitLBIregion.com


Cape May Bridal Fair to take place at Convention Hall on October 13th

October 10, 2013

CAPE MAY, NJ – Planning your wedding in the Cape May / Jersey Shore region? It’s that time of year again for engaged couples from Southern NJ, Philadelphia and beyond to come out and experience Cape May County’s premier wedding showcase, hosted by the Cape May Star & Wave.

This free bi-annual “Brides 2013” Bridal Fair will be held in the beautiful new Cape May Convention Hall (overlooking the beach and boardwalk!), 714 Beach Avenue in Cape May, NJ on Sunday, October 13th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Vendors will be in attendance to offer future newlyweds all the best products and services to make their weddings picture perfect. Come and enjoy the bridal fashion show featuring all of the season’s latest styles as well refreshments, a bar, and plenty of door prizes.

Companies specializing in services such as catering, banquet facilities, travel, photography, baked goods, invitations, music, hair and makeup, jewelry, flowers and apparel will all be on display. Attendees can receive their free ticket at the door on the day of the event. For reservations, call (609) 399-1220 or pre-register at www.njwedding.com/brides2013.

Join us for a Bridal Fair at Cape May Convention Hall on Sunday, October 13th!

Join us for a Bridal Fair at Cape May Convention Hall on Sunday, October 13th!


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 www.bridaltradeshows.com 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…

NJWedding.com 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 www.glitznj.eventbrite.com 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

 


Event planning: Where creativity, ingenuity and hard work meet

April 30, 2013
Erik Kent of NJWedding.com - New Jersey's Wedding Planning Resource

Erik Kent, Co-Publisher of NJWedding.com (Photo by Bryan Madrid Photography)

Erik and Beth Kent were practically newlyweds when on Valentine’s Day, 1997, they launched www.njwedding.com, one of the longest-running wedding planning sites in New Jersey.

Married at Rutgers University’s Kirkpatrick Chapel in 1994, they planned their entire wedding the old-fashioned way: thumbing through the Yellow Pages, asking lots of questions and writing lots of lists. The next year, while visiting friends at MIT and watching as they researched things on the Internet, the Kents had an “a-ha!” moment.

It was a like a light bulb went on: “We realized that pretty soon, when the Internet was more public, people would be using it to search for local services and products,” Mr. Kent says.

And so was born the idea for one centralized resource. At njwedding.com, brides and grooms search for bakeries and bridal gowns, bands and florists, photographers and videographers, ministers and civil officiates, multi-cultural wedding planners, reception halls and destinations, and much more.

To say the site has come a long way from its early days is like saying everyone focuses on the bride on the big day: an understatement of epic proportions.

“We wrote to about 50 people we knew connected to the wedding business – most were people we’d worked with for our own wedding – and explained what we were doing, and the only person who saw the potential was the minister who married us,” Mr. Kent says. “He became our first advertiser.”

PM Fine Living Magazine (May 2013 issue), featuring "Celebrations" like Weddings, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Catering and more...

PM Fine Living Magazine (May 2013 issue), featuring “Celebrations” like Weddings, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Catering and more…

The first site was HTML – “just links on a page,” as Mr. Kent says – with new information uploaded as it became available. When the Kents found someone who could do computer programming, they automated their systems.

Today, the site gets about 500,000 hits per month, compared to about 25,000 per month in the early years.

There might be larger companies in the region, but none are as thorough, or as focused on relationship building, Mr. Kent says.

“Anyone can easily create a site that can be shared online,” Mr. Kent says. “We’ve made connections, built relationships. That’s what we’ve done so well over the years. We have a presence in major search engines, at bridal shows throughout the Garden State, in local newspapers and magazines, and in local wedding groups and associations.”

Mr. Kent, who lives and works in Montgomery Township with his wife, enjoys meeting with brides and grooms at bridal shows to get “an understanding of what they’re looking for when it comes to their wedding plans.” And, as a spokesman for his company, he can also steer couples toward particular members and services.

Some trends Mr. Kent has noticed: a shift away from clubs and toward “fun” outings – golf, cooking classes, hot air balloon rides – for bachelor and bachelorette parties, uplighting at wedding receptions, dancing “in the clouds” a DJ puts on the floor, photo booths, and honey jars created by local beekeepers.

It’s been a nice way to make a living, Mr. Kent said, as it’s given both him and his wife the opportunity to work from home and watch over their three children, ages 13, 10 and 8.

(Reposted from the May 2013 edition of PM Fine Living Magazine / Packet Publications (see Pages 8 & 9 where NJWedding.com was featured along with Mary Harris of Mary Harris Events). Photo of Erik Kent by Bryan Madrid Photography)


5th Annual Wedding Road Show draws brides nationwide to LBI with plans for an event of a lifetime

April 22, 2013

Record breaking attendance Wedding Road Show introduces future brides and visitors to Long Beach Island and surrounding areas to look and book with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members

Wedding Road Show on LBI

Lori Pepenella, Destination Marketing Director of the Southern Ocean County Chamber with Ashley Taluba and Pete Gallagher, winners of NJWedding.com’s VIP Contest at the Wedding Road Show on LBI 2013

April 22, 2013, LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ – Overnight stays, wedding banquets, after parties and all the services needed to help a happy couple obtain wedded bliss were presented during a progressive self guided tour of the wedding venues of the Long Beach Island Region. For its fifth year, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce along with its tourism branch the LBI Region Destination Marketing Organization collaborated with Wedding Industry leaders and almost 60 of their members to create a progressive party atmosphere that sells the region year round as a wedding destination. Entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, photography, video, concierge services, floral and table displays, invitations, ceremony ideas, cake sampling, accommodations, even Stand Up Paddle Board lessons for bridal parties were all options to soak in as wedding plans turned into reality from 9:30am to 4pm on a sunny Sunday.

With brides traveling distances as far as Burien in Washington State, Norfolk Virginia, Wilmington Delaware, White Plains, NY, and across Pennsylvania including Philadelphia and Yardley. New Jersey brides were also well represented coming from Princeton, Hoboken and Highland Lakes, as well as from local areas throughout the LBI region. The participating businesses played party host while booking dates, services and introducing new customers to all the area has to offer. The event was captured by E Video Productions, who for the past four years has been making a documentary video to focus not only on the location, but to showcase the wedding professionals and future LBI brides and grooms. This year, over 150 registered brides and their entourages consisting of brides, grooms, wedding parties and family members filtered through the show directly to members who were displaying throughout 11 locations.

“This event generates revenue, contracts are signed and deposits are made not only the day of the Wedding Road Show, but throughout the following year for our local businesses,” states Lori Pepenella, Destination Marketing Director of the Southern Ocean County Chamber. “This allows brides and their families to explore our area and see first hand the possibilities of a one of a kind wedding, vacation or even a weekend getaway.” The Southern Ocean County Chamber LBI Region Wedding Road Show is sponsored by Demetrios Bridal, Dante Zeller at Uniformity, New Jersey Bride, The Knot, NJWedding.com, Celebrations Magazine, Jersey Shore Wedding Association, Magic 100.1FM, For The Bride Magazine, Ocean Tent, Trolley Tours and the NJ Division of Travel and Tourism.

Ashley Taluba from Roselle Park and her finance Peter Gallagher from Millville were the winners of NJWedding.com’s VIP Contest Experience, and received prizes donated by The Gables Historic Inn & Restaurant, Camllle’s Floral Design, A Sweet Memory and A Shining Star Limousine Service.

For more information about the Long Beach Island region, visit the Southern Ocean County Visitor Center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, NJ, online at www.visitLBIregion.com or call (609) 494 7211. Also follow updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and follow the social media hashtag #LBIRegion.


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 www.bridaltradeshows.com 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…

NJWedding.com 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


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