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


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)


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


Mansion On Main Street To Give Away Wedding At Premier Bridal Show 2/24

February 13, 2013
Mansion on Main Street Premier Bridal Show

Attend the Mansion on Main Street’s Premier Bridal Show on February 24, 2013 from 12-3 in Voorhees, NJ and enter to win a FREE wedding!

The planning and budgeting process for a “dream wedding” has become increasingly difficult in this slow and uncertain economy, forcing many couples to cut back on their wedding day. Now, thanks to Southern New Jersey’s premiere full service catering facility, one lucky couple will be able to experience their own dream wedding at the beautiful Mansion on Main Street for free!

The winning couple of The Mansion’s Wedding Giveaway will receive a lavish wedding for their first 75 guests that includes a sophisticated hors d’oeuvre reception, chef attended action station, delectable three course dinner and breathtaking wedding cake. The wedding has been valued at $10,000 and can be applied to an upgraded package. Prize cannot be applied to bar service, tax or gratuity.

To qualify for the Wedding Giveaway, a couple must reserve their wedding date between January 28, 2013 and May 28, 2013 at The Mansion on Main Street by February 24, 2013 and they will be automatically entered for a chance to win their dream wedding for free. The Mansion will reveal the lucky bride and groom at their Perfect Touch Event on February 24, 2013, where the winning couple must be in attendance to claim their prize.

The Mansion’s Premier Bridal Show event is a unique, semi-annual occasion designed to assist those holding an upcoming event at The Mansion in creating an affair to remember. As grand as the event is known to be, it’s merely a sampling of The Mansion’s ability to customize every detail to suit the host’s requests from menu design to table settings.

At the Premier Bridal Show, each of the Mansion’s guests will be welcomed to tour various food and beverage tasting stations that line their exquisite ballrooms. Each station will feature a different culinary dish created by The Mansion’s superb Culinary Team. Beyond the delectable taste of every dish, the presentation of the food will be equally phenomenal. The Perfect Touch Event allows each guest to see, smell and taste The Mansion Culinary Staff’s labor of love first hand. Tucked amid the flavorful stations will be a number of fantastic local vendors that provide unique services for various types of events. Furthermore, Mansion staff members will be on hand to answer any questions one might have as they explore their grounds and facilities.

Call (856) 751-1717 for more information or to reserve your wedding date at The Mansion on Main Street!

You can also listen to SoJO 104.9FM and enter to win through the SoJO 104.9 Dream Wedding Giveaway!


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 (JSWA.org) 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 – JSWA.org – and submit their stories in 500 words or less to JSWAWeddingContest@gmail.com 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 Info@JSWA.org.

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 Info@JSWA.org

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 JSWA.org offers helpful tips, suggestions and a wealth of resources of Jersey Shore wedding vendors.


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