2014 Red Bank Wedding Walk Returns This Sunday!

March 26, 2014

Escape to Red Bank for A Cool Little Wedding as Red Bank RiverCenter hosts their annual Wedding Walk on March 30, 2014

Make plans to attend the annual Red Bank Wedding Walk on Sunday, March 30th!

Make plans to attend the annual Red Bank Wedding Walk on Sunday, March 30th!

RED BANK, NJ Red Bank RiverCenter is pleased to announce that this year’s Red Bank Wedding Walk will take place on Sunday, March 30, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.   Inspired by the continued popularity and success of our 4 previous Red Bank Wedding Walks, Red Bank, RiverCenter, and Red Bank’s wedding-related businesses are excited to once again present this unique event.  The 2014 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, partners, their families and friends to come to historic downtown Red Bank to plan their weddings.  With outstanding riverfront venues, world-class shopping, gourmet restaurants and a fun and funky vibe, Red Bank is THE place for a dream wedding celebration for all couples! With recent changes in New Jersey we are encouraging same sex couples to join us this year and explore all that Red Bank has to offer for the perfect wedding.

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 formalwear to favors, every aspect of the wedding day can be expertly planned with the help of Red Bank’s resident florists, gown and accessories retailers, bridesmaid and guest attire boutiques, photographers, wedding planners and designers, jewelers, salons and banquet facilities.  Most participating locations will be offering promotions, light refreshments and special amenities.

The day begins at 10:00 AM with Registration/Check In and Continental Breakfast at the Oyster Point Hotel, a beautiful, waterfront, wedding venue at 146 Bodman Place followed by a self-guided tour of the town’s participating businesses, registration is open until 1PM.  All registrants will receive a Wedding Walk map/passport and each registered couple will receive one complimentary tote bag to hold all the giveaways and information.

Free shuttle, limo and trolley service will also be available with stops at each of the downtown’s shopping areas. This service is graciously provided by Arrow Limousine and Great American Trolley, with Barbizon models stationed along the route to help you find your way. Guests must visit at least 14 businesses (including one from each zone) to be eligible for the prize drawings at the end of the day. Prizes include a honeymoon stay in Aruba from Aruba Tourism and Brickell Bay Resort, a romantic package at the Molly Pitcher/Oyster Point, a wedding dress from Sassy Chic Boutique, a full DJ entertainment package including lighting and a photobooth from Sounds To Go DJs, and many more wonderful prizes.

The day concludes with a fabulous champagne reception including hors d’oeuvres at the historic Molly Pitcher Inn at 88 Riverside Drive spotlighting their beautiful promenade.  The prize raffle will be held at 4:15 PM where brides and grooms can enter to win prizes with their validated passport including the fabulous grand prizes!  Guests can enter to win door prizes. The Wedding Walk will conclude at 5:00 PM. 

The event is presented by The Molly Pitcher Inn and The Oyster Point Hotel and sponsors for this year’s event include a range of generous businesses. Thanks to Carlo’s Bakery, Char Steakhouse, Jersey Shore Mortgage, Craig Kiley & Darryn Murphy Designs, John Arcara Photography, The Knot, NJWedding.com, Sperry Tents and The Two River Times.

Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-register at www.ACoolLittleWedding.com 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 30th! Escape to Red Bank for your cool little wedding!

Red Bank Wedding Walk Flyer

NJWedding.com is a proud media sponsor of this annual event! Please visit our display table during registration at the Oyster Point Hotel between 10am – 1pm to say hello and enter to win prizes in our monthly contest!

Treat Your Sweetheart To Valentine’s Day Sweets at Carlo’s Bakery Retail Locations

February 10, 2014

Red Heart Fondant Cake from Carlo's Bakery for Valentine's DayHOBOKEN, NJ / February 10, 2014 – Carlo’s Bakery, the setting of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, has released a special Valentine’s Day menu with festive sweets available in-store at NJ retail locations in Hoboken, Ridgewood, Westfield and Red Bank for seven days only (from February 10th to February 16th) with prices starting at only $3.00.

“Valentine’s Day is about celebrating with someone special, be it your wife or girlfriend or your family,” said Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery, also known as the ‘Cake Boss.’ We want to help make the day even more fun and special with our Valentine’s Day desserts.”

A variety of cakes, pastries, cupcakes, mousse, chocolate covered strawberries and more at Carlo's BakeryThe holiday menu will include classics like assorted chocolate mousse cakes and heart-shaped red velvet cake to specialties including hand-made chocolate boxes filled with assorted chocolate-covered strawberries.

About Carlo’s Bakery

Opened in 1910, Carlo’s Bakery is renowned for its delicious creations, hardworking staff, and family atmosphere. Carlo’s has spearheaded the recent custom cake craze and has garnered attention from a variety of media outlets including Brides, Rachael Ray Show, Huffington Post and Good Morning America. Most recently, Carlo’s has been showcased as the setting for TLC’s hit shows Cake Boss and Next Great Baker.

Dina Manzo & Designer Affair hosts 2nd annual Wedding Event & Design Showcase at The Brownstone

February 4, 2013
Come see Dina Manzo and her "Designer Affair" team at their Wedding & Event Showcase at The Brownstone on Monday, February 11t

Come see Dina Manzo and her “Designer Affair” team at their Wedding Event & Design Showcase at The Brownstone on Monday, February 11th

Dina Manzo and Designer Affair cordially invite you to their 2nd annual Wedding Event and Design Showcase on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 6pm-10pm at The Brownstone in Paterson, New Jersey.

Designer Affair, New Jersey’s premier event planning company is teaming up with New Jersey Bride magazine, the leading bridal resource, to host an exhibitor showcase that invites businesses in the area to display their wedding, specialty event and interior design talents.  The showcase will target brides, event planners, event bloggers, interior designers and party-goers alike.

Featured exhibitors include Carlo’s Bakery (of TLC’s Cake Boss), RSVP to Me, Creatively Engaged, Custom FX, Touchstone Crystal, Nettie Laurita, Culinary Brides, The Top Layer, Skin Bar and Paint, Morris Photographers, MTC Photography, Bryan Madrid Photography, SCE Event Group, Cloth Connection, Posh Pretty Things, Taylor Rental, I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique, NJ Bride Magazine, NJWedding.com, Ten31 Productions, Honeymoon Expo Center, House of Tiaras, Colette Portraits, The Jet Set Gal, Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream, Slumber Parties, Peony Events, Stuffed Cupcake, Priscilla Make-Up Artist, Capitol Lighting, Amira Mor International Entertainment, Stella and Dot, IT Works!, Royal Brat, Nancy “Sweizy” Flowers and Events, Buttercream Blue, Sweet Chic Jewelry Co. fibi & clo, Danson Jewelers and more! Guests can experience an informal fashion show by I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique, living art presented by Ten 31 Productions and an elegant display by Designer Affair.

Dina Manzo, founder of Designer Affair Events and star of the HGTV series, Dina’s Party, reveals: “We’re excited to be joining forces with the area’s top event visionaries to bring a one-of-a-kind showcase to New Jersey, where event and interior design thrive.”

Tickets for the Wedding Event and Design Showcase are available for $20 for guests who register online at www.designeraffair.com and $25 at the door.  Interested exhibitors can contact Elle at elle@designeraffair.com. The Brownstone is located at 351 W. Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522.

Dina Manzo, owner of "Designer Affair" and star of HGTV's "Dina's Party"

Dina Manzo, owner of “Designer Affair” and star of HGTV’s “Dina’s Party”

About Designer Affair

Designer Affair is a boutique event planning company owned by designer Dina Manzo. Dina and her team of coordinators design artistic creativity and stylish taste with precision planning and skillful event management to design an atmosphere that is captivating for your guests and reflects their clients’ uniqueness. Designer Affair serves the New Jersey and New York areas as well as destination events.  Dina and her design team can be seen on the HGTV series, Dina’s Party.

NJWedding.com is happy to be participating in this special event! Join us there and enter to win one of two door prizes — tickets to the popular NYC show, The Awesome 80’s Prom, and VIP tickets to be an audience member at The Chew TV show on ABC. PLUS, you’ll be entered into our grand prize giveaway of a Romantic Getaway to Long Beach Island, NJ, including an overnight stay at Daddy O Boutique Hotel!

Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath on the New Jersey weddings community

November 6, 2012
Gloria Dimartini and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael McParland at their November 4th wedding at Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran, hosted by NJ Nonprofit "Weddings For Heroes"

Gloria Dimartini and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael McParland at their November 4th wedding at Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran, hosted by NJ Nonprofit “Weddings For Heroes”

What effect did the storm have on NJ brides, grooms, their families, wedding locations and other businesses? From weddings that had to be relocated at the last minute with the help of experienced planners, to a marriage ceremony and wedding celebration hosted by NJ nonprofit “Weddings For Heroes” and more, we’ve compiled some stories below, along a list of the media coverage of Hurricane Sandy weddings:

For better or worse: Hurricane Sandy can’t stop these brides (Star Ledger)

Whirlwind romance waits for calm day (Courier Post)

For Richer, for Poorer, in Hurricanes and in Calm (New York Times) – In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, couples improve the big day

Love finds a way, despite the storm (Philadelphia Inquirier)

Helping Brides In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy (The Knot / Facebook)

Planning A Wedding In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy? What You Need To Know (The Knot)

Post-Sandy wedding day: Defrosting chicken, playing video games (NBC News / TODAY Weddings)

Wedding follows a labor of love for Bronx couple (PhillyBurbs.com) – this article expands on our previous blog post, NJ Nonprofit “Weddings For Heroes” hosts Military wedding at Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran on 11/4, to profile the couple married with the help and efforts of many in the NJ wedding community, supporting the charity Weddings For Heroes

Couple vows to say “I do” despite Sandy (CBS News)

Love prevails after Sandy ruins NJ wedding venue (ABC / 6 Action News)

Wedding Planning Post Hurricane Sandy! (Ocean City Patch)

Surprising Ways Hurricane Sandy Can Still Affect Your Wedding (Merital Bliss)

Stuff Newlyweds Say and Do – Post Hurricane Sandy (Cake It Up Blog)

Natural Disasters & Wedding Contracts: What You Need To Know (With This Kiss I Thee Wed Blog)

The Importance of Backup…What If??? (SCE Event Group Blog)

Project Rebuild and Recover is a grassroots movement in Red Bank, NJ set up to relieve Hurricane Sandy victims and coastal towns in need. Visit http://RebuildRecover.org for updates and to see how you can help!

Project Rebuild and Recover is a grassroots movement in Red Bank, NJ set up to relieve Hurricane Sandy victims and coastal towns in need. Visit http://RebuildRecover.org for updates and to see how you can help!

Grassroots efforts by members of the wedding community to help residents in need:

Project Rebuild and Recover: Assist In Hurricane Sandy Relief by Sounds To Go DJs, Red Bank, NJ

Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit, (Wed., Nov. 7th, 7pm) at Amici III Ristorante, Linden, NJ

FemCity Hoboken’s Donation Drive after Hurricane Sandy – drop off through Saturday, November 10th in Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Lyndhurst and Hoboken, NJ

AART Event Planning Donation Drive (Sat., Nov. 10th) at The Elan, Lodi, NJ

Disaster Relief Donation Drive by DulhanExpo (Sun., Nov. 11th), Iselin, NJ

Hurricane Sandy Assistance (through Sunday, November 11th) at Atlantic Club Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

Jersey Bands UNITE 2 REVIVE (Sun., Nov. 18th, 12pm), Jersey’s, Neptune City

Branches Caterers Donation Drop-Off Site, West Long Branch, NJ

Matawan bridal shop helps Sandy victims with their ‘I Do’s’ (News 12 New Jersey TV report on available wedding dress donations)

Wilshire Grand Hotel A Respite For Local Families (West Orange Patch)

Donations for Project Sandy at the Sassy Shop Girl , Caldwell, NJ

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – How We Can Help (Royal PhotoBooth blog)

Post-Sandy…Who Needs Help With Their Wedding? (Molly Tully’s Blog | New Jersey Bride magazine)

Planners Gather To Discuss Industry Response To Hurricane Sandy (Biz Bash News)

Hurricane Sandy – Restore our Shore / Asbury Aid (Essential Sounds Entertainment Blog)

Screen Shot of Google+ Hangout with Julie Albaugh of Wedding Market News

Screen Shot of Google+ Hangout with Julie Albaugh of Wedding Market News

A special LIVE Google+ Hangout on Hurricane Sandy and the Wedding Industry took place on Wednesday, November 7th from 2:00-2:30pm with myself (Erik Kent, Co-Publisher of NJWedding.com), Anja Winikka, Site Director, TheKnot.com, Mauro Castano from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ and Penny Port Glazier, Director of Communications & Partner, The Glazier Group to discuss the ramifications of the storm, response from wedding professionals, and helping brides and grooms that were affected.

Important web sites for those directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy:

State of New Jersey: Hurricane Sandy Information Center

Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund

American Red Cross

Need Help? Want to Help? These NJ resources make a difference

Hurricane Sandy Help Center for NJ Workers & Businesses

Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort – Family – To – Family

Wish Upon A Hero Foundation – Hurricane Hero

Save Our Shore

NJ Sandy Recovery Resources (from News 12 New Jersey)

Restore Our Shore

Asbury Aid

Hurricane Sandy resources: How you can volunteer and donate (NJ.com)

If you are planning a wedding and your reception site has been directly impacted by the Hurricane (and needs time to rebuild and recover), there are many banquet facilities around New Jersey available to discuss options for wedding dates in November and December. Some have reported openings through posts on facebook, so please view their pages for up-to-date information. For a list of banquet facilities/reception sites on NJWedding.com that you can consider, click here.

As we continue to receive more reports of power being restored in various areas of New Jersey and New York continue, wedding locations and businesses will recover from the affects of the storm.  For engaged couples in the midst of the planning process, please contact your vendors to find out how they are doing, and if you need assistance in finding additional or other services, the wedding community is here to help you!  For wedding businesses that have been affected by the storm and its aftermath, specifically those along the Jersey shore, it will be a process to rebuild and recover. Stay Jersey Strong!

We have also updated our NJ Wedding Industry Events Calendar and NJ Bridal Shows & Events Calendar to keep you informed on what’s going on within the NJ weddings community!

The Wedding Salon Reveals 2012 Trends From Leading Names In Bridal

November 17, 2011

All-White Weddings, Crystal and Silver Accents, Larger-than-Life Centerpieces & Vintage-Inspired Wedding Gowns will be amongst the hottest trends for 2012

New York, NY (November, 2011) – Brides’ fantasy weddings came to life at The Wedding Salon in New York unveiling the ultimate in weddings for 2012. The Wedding Salon showcased the trends that will take over weddings in the upcoming year including all-white weddings, crystal accents, vintage-inspired gowns and more.

Mauro from Carlo's Bakery, home of TLC's "Cake Boss"

Mauro from Carlo's Bakery, home of TLC's "Cake Boss" with a custom wedding cake on display

“We were thrilled to showcase some of the most over-the-top glamorous trends in weddings for 2012! The Wedding Salon came to life with fantasy reception tables, a couture fashion show and the top names in the industry including Colin Cowie, Carlo’s Bakery of Cake Boss, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and St. Regis” says Wedding Salon Founder and renowned Celebrity Event Planner, Tatiana Byron.

Table display for Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings, designed by David Tutera

Table display for Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings, designed by David Tutera

The Wedding Salon showed that “Glamour is back for 2012” with numerous event designers showcasing the all-white wedding with silver and crystal accents. David Tutera showcased this trend with an elaborate table designed for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. This sky-high centerpiece featured white orchids and white ostrich feathers dripping with crystals accented with touches of silver. Gabriela Wakeham stayed on point with her all-white wedding table with silver accents creating a chandelier-inspired table with orchid and crystal garlands floating from a chandelier structure over a base of white orchids and hydrangea accented by silver linens.

White wedding look by One Atlantic Events in Atlantic City, part of Caesar's Entertainment

White wedding look by One Atlantic Events in Atlantic City, part of Caesar's Entertainment

Honora Winery also sought inspiration from the all-white wedding creating a tree-like structure with crystals & branches stretching toward the ceiling, filled with all-white roses. One Atlantic Events in Atlantic City, NJ, looked to white roses for their white wedding look with tiers or white roses over silver goblets over a white-sand filled reception table. New Jersey based Palermo’s Bakery stayed with the all-white wedding theme with a wedding gown-inspired cake complete with a feathered ‘head-piece’ accent.

White wedding gown inspired cake display by Palermo's Bakery in Ridgefield Park, NJ

White wedding gown inspired cake display by Palermo's Bakery in Ridgefield Park, NJ

Victorian Elegance and Old-Hollywood Glamour were other trends seen at The Wedding Salon. Celebrity Event Planner, Shawn Rabideau looked to the Victorian Age as inspiration for his reception table. Rabideau used English Lace, Lily of the Valley and white roses with lavender accents for his English-Royalty-Inspired reception table. Thru the Looking Glass looked to Old Hollywood Glamour for their black-and-white table with white roses, silver and crystal accents.

Jenny Yoo wowed brides with a couture bridal fashion show showcasing their vintage-inspired form-fitting looks for the timeless bride. Jenny Yoo also unveiled a series of tea-length wedding gowns with lace detailing for the 2012 bride. The colors of the rainbow will be all the rage for bridesmaids in 2012 with Jenny Yoo highlighting ruby red, deep blues, silver and orange shades of bridesmaid gowns.

Showing that a beach honeymoon will never go out of style, The Wedding Salon featured the biggest names in Destination Weddings and Honeymoons including St. Regis Bora Bora, The St. Lucia Tourism Board, Guatemala and The Mexico Tourism Board highlighting Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende & Cancun as the ultimate go-to destinations in 2012.

Couture bridal fashion show by Jenny Yoo

Couture bridal fashion show by Jenny Yoo

Shawn Rabideau Victorian-Inspired Wedding Table Display

Shawn Rabideau Victorian-Inspired Wedding Table Display

Photos: Spelman Studios. Contact Grazia Mautner at (212) 631-7777 for information about future Wedding Salon luxury events.

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