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

“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, 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 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:

6th Annual Spring Bridal Fair Returns to the Wildwoods Convention Center

March 19, 2014

Free Bridal Event will feature vendors, menu samplings, a Bridal Fashion Show, fun contests and a FREE honeymoon giveaway

2014 Bridal Fair at the Wildwoods Convention Center, Wildwood, NJThe Wildwoods, NJ – If you’re getting ready to say “I Do,” head to the 6th Annual Wildwoods Spring Bridal Fair in the beautiful Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Sunday, March 23 from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

The Wildwoods Spring Bridal Fair, the largest Bridal Fair in Southern New Jersey, will feature a fashion show highlighting the latest bridal, bridesmaids’ and mother-of-the-bride gowns courtesy of Wedding Belles from 4:15 – 5pm..

A large selection of vendors will also be on hand at the Bridal Fair – including wedding venues, florists, bakeries, caterers, salons, spas, trolley companies, honeymoon destinations, DJs, wedding announcement printers, photographers, videographers and many more. In addition, the Bridal Fair will provide menu samplings as well as elegant wedding tabletop displays.

Brides-to-be can register to win a fabulous, FREE 5-day, 4-night dream honeymoon at Secrets St. James in Montego Bay, Jamaica, an adults-only, all-inclusive resort courtesy of Berman Travel and AM Resorts (airfare not included). FREE door prize drawings will also take place throughout the day.

Couples can participate in fun contests and win great prizes courtesy of Memoreys, “Creating timeless traditions and unforgettable occasions with Morey’s Piers.”

Admission to the Bridal Fair is FREE, and FREE registration gifts will be given to all registered brides.

To register or for additional information, visit or call 609-465-7181.

For questions about being a vendor at the show, please contact Brigitta Scott at 609-465-7181 or visit

The 6th Annual Spring Bridal Fair is presented by the Wildwoods Convention Center and the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors include Berman Travel,,, Alliance Video, Dress To Impress,, Memoreys, Celebrations Magazine, Atlantic City Weekly and the Cape May County Herald.

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

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! Celebrates 16th Year Serving Brides & Wedding Businesses

February 14, 2013 Home Page 2013 – “New Jersey’s Wedding Planning Resource” has been helping engaged couples find local services and products for weddings since Valentine’s Day 1997

Since its launch on Valentine’s Day 1997, has made it easier for engaged couples to find services such as banquet facilities, bands, disc jockeys, photographers, videographers, clergy and wedding officiants, florists, limousines, invitations, favors and much more through the Internet in the comfort of their home or office. This local wedding planning web site is now entering its 16th year of service to the wedding community on February 14, 2013, announced co-publishers Erik and Beth Kent. currently features around 500 listings for various types of wedding businesses that couples can choose from, as well as links to helpful articles and other wedding planning tips. Other special features include, information on wedding dresses and bridal registries, virtual tours of banquet facilities, video/music clips from local wedding bands, ceremony musicians, disc jockeys and videographers, a photo gallery showing the creativity of local wedding photographers and free relationship advice from a local marriage expert.

Throughout the years, there have been several additions to the site, including sections on South Asian/Indian Weddings and Civil Union Celebrations, a listing of upcoming bridal shows and wedding planning events throughout the Tri-state area, and sections focused on planning a beach wedding along the Jersey shore, including specific categories for Cape May and Long Beach Island weddings. Also, in association with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism, is giving away a VIP Experience to the Wedding Road Show on LBI (on April 21, 2013) through a special contest running through the end of March.

Sweet Sixteen Candles

It’s our “Sweet Sixteen!” Thank you for using and for your support!

For wedding professionals, the Kents developed a Business Resource Center, providing links to wedding statistics, trends, “green” and eco-friendly weddings, marriage research, podcasts, blogs, wedding and event industry associations and more. Wedding vendors and engaged couples can also find on social networking web sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, providing an even greater experience to learn about the world of weddings and connect with members of the New Jersey wedding community. In addition couples and wedding professionals can keep up with additional wedding news through our WordPress BLOG. is heavily involved in the NJ wedding industry and is a proud member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), Jersey Shore Wedding Association (JSWA) and Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce (SOCC), and happy to support altruistic initiatives to help couples in the weddings community with nonprofit organizations Wish Upon A Wedding and Weddings For Heroes.

Visit directly at to search for local wedding services, view upcoming bridal shows, and much more, or inquire about advertising opportunities for wedding professionals. For more information, contact Erik and Beth Kent at (908) 874-0417 or e-mail them at

10 Reasons To Get Married In New Jersey

January 31, 2013

Long Beach Island is a growing destination for weddings along the Jersey shore. Photo: Ann Coen

What’s NOT to love about the idea of having your wedding in the Garden State? With a variety of locations for the event and some of the most creative and talented wedding professionals in the world, NJ has everything on a bride and groom’s must-have list. Here’s just a sampling of great reasons to get married in New Jersey:

1. Being located in a geographic region with four unique seasons, New Jersey offers couples the opportunity for winter weddings (sometimes even at a discount), wedding celebrations during the spring renewal, beach or garden weddings in the summertime and colorful fall foliage for memorable photos at one of the many golf resorts, wineries or country clubs.

2. Having your wedding closer to home is more green and eco-friendly than planning a destination wedding: you can reduce your carbon footprint by using less gas and tolls, using locally sourced foods, flowers and wedding service providers.

3. With 127 miles of shoreline, New Jersey offers some of the most beautiful beaches and shore towns around, so couples can have their wedding ceremony on the sand with a reception following on or near the beach.

4. Cape May, New Jersey (“Exit 0” on the Garden State Parkway) is known as the third most popular destination in the United States to get married, and you can have your wedding on the beach or in one of many Victorian locations from a bygone era.

5. The Long Beach Island region is one of the fastest growing wedding destinations in New Jersey, with over 40 venues and wedding services to serve couples that want to have their wedding weekend in this resort area.

6. You can have a New York style wedding at New Jersey prices (and without the traffic!) since sales tax in New York City is 8.375 percent compared with 7 percent in New Jersey. Still want that backdrop of New York City? Have your wedding at one of the many venues along the Hudson River or charter a boat and cruise past the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks.

Buddy Valastro, Carlo's Bakery, Cake Boss, NJ Cakes

Buddy Valastro and his team at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken have put NJ on the map, showcasing various styles of wedding and specialty cakes on TLC’s “Cake Boss.” (photo provided by Carlo’s Bakery)

7. Wedding TV reality shows love New Jersey, too! Some of the NJ’s top wedding locations and experts have been featured on the Style Network’s Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?, Jerseylicious, Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, TLC’s Masters of Reception, Say Yes To The Dress, Four Weddings and of course … we have the Cake Boss (and the Next Great Baker)! New York wedding planner David Tutera often showcases his New Jersey brides on WEtv’s My Fair Wedding.

8. New Jersey’s history is rich with numerous historic locations and landmarks, places where George Washington has lived or slept. More recent history is also represented in the many locations that have served as a backdrop for movies and television, like The Sopranos. One of the most popular places in the state to pose for an engagement or wedding picture is Woodrow Wilson Hall at Monmouth University, better known as Daddy Warbuck’s mansion in the movie Annie.

9. New Jersey is one of the most culturally diverse states in the nation, with large populations of Italians, Pan-Asians, Asian Indians and much more. You can have ANY type of catering you wish at your reception … just name it and you can find it in New Jersey … and it’s delicious!

10. Looking to attend a bridal show or expo? In New Jersey, you’ll be able to find a bridal event going on almost any day of the week. You will meet local wedding professionals who will give you advice and direction on your wedding plans, see the latest bridal fashions, and even maybe take home some fabulous door prizes or a free honeymoon.

BONUS REASON #1 -> New Jersey was hit with Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2012, which impacted several regions of the Garden State, especially the Jersey Shore. Many beachfront wedding facilities and businesses were affected, and and several are currently in the process of rebuilding. View our blog post entitled “Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath on the New Jersey weddings community,” with details on how NJ couples went ahead with their wedding plans, how wedding professionals teamed up to offer relief for NJ residents, and additional resources for helping those in need. New Jerseyans are “JERSEY STRONG” and we want you to know that the JERSEY SHORE IS OPEN, continues to rebuild and remains a popular destination for weddings, events and very special memories…

BONUS REASON #2 -> On Friday, September 27, 2013, a Mercer County Superior Court Judge ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, and same-sex marriages officially began on October 21, 2013! At, we are thrilled to feature our Same-Sex Weddings category, where couples can find banquet facilities / reception sites around New Jersey to celebrate, along with Clergy / Wedding Officiants, photographers, entertainment companies and much more!

Shadowbrook - The Zweben Family in Shrewsbury, NJ is one of many beautiful locations for Same-Sex Weddings in New Jersey

Shadowbrook – The Zweben Family in Shrewsbury, NJ is one of many beautiful locations for Same-Sex Weddings in New Jersey

Erik Kent is the Co-Publisher of This article was previously featured on AOL’s Aisledash in August 2010.

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 ( – 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 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 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, Anja Winikka, Site Director,, 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 (

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 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!

Annual ABC New Jersey State Conference Set For August 22-24 in Atlantic City, NJ

August 5, 2012
Register TODAY for the ABC-NJ State Conference in Atlantic City, August 22-24, 2012

Register TODAY for the ABC-NJ State Conference in Atlantic City, August 22-24, 2012

As a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants for the past 15 years, I always look forward to the annual ABC NJ State Conference. In past years, this event has taken place in Stamford, Connecticut, New Brunswick, NJ and Princeton, NJ, and recently has settled in Atlantic City.  The conference draws wedding industry professionals from not only New Jersey and the Tri-state area, but also from other parts of the country and regions of the world. From educational seminars with expert speakers, to incredible networking opportunities with members of the weddings community, to a fun time enjoying what the Atlantic City region has to offer, this conference is a MUST-ATTEND for the 2012 summer season. is proud to be a media sponsor and will be participating in the conference as well. View the details below on what goes on each day, and we’ll see you there!

Wednesday, August 22nd:

Sandals Certification for ABC Members

Kick off our State Conference with an opportunity to obtain your Sandals Certification. For those who are ABC members you know that the “Sandals ABC Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Program” has been a great way to further the services you offer to your clients. Learn how to use the power of the Sandals branding to co-brand and cross-market with your company. Discover how to sell honeymoons to existing clients and receive Certified Sandals credentials to make customers aware of your enhanced services. Starting at 12:00 Noon (so feel free to bring lunch), the session will be offered free of charge to ABC members.

The night gets going with our Welcome Party hosted by ABC NJ at The Water Club, the fabulous new venue at The Borgata in Atlantic City. Check the ABC NJ web site for details

Thursday, August 23rd:

Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City, NJ

Thursday at the Atlantic Club Casino will be a full one including educational seminars, vendor showcase, round table & open discussions on how to build your bridal business.

Featured Speakers to include Alan Berg (“Bridal Black Belt – Fighting Your Way To The Top”), Julie Goldman (“Scale Your Business To Gain Employees, Clients & Profits”), Linnyette Richardson Hall (“Your Money MATTERS”) and Joseph Youngblood III (“Understanding Intellectual Property”).

Also participate in Round Table Discussions with Erik Kent (“The Ever Changing Wedding Marketplace”), Abbey Malcolm (“Tips from A Stationer”), Christine Figliuolo/Allison Kulesza (“The Value of Customer Service in A High Tech World“), Kathi Evans (“There’s No 2nd Chance to make a Good 1st Impression”) and Tina and Gene Durbano (“Tips for Special Effect Lighting“).

Patsy's Trattoria inside The Atlantic Club is hosting the Thursday night dinner

Patsy’s Trattoria inside The Atlantic Club is hosting the Thursday night dinner

To close out the day, we invite you to join us for dinner hosted by the ABC NJ at Patsy’s Trattoria inside the Atlantic Club Casino! Here you will have another opportunity to network with all the new connections you have made. View details!

Friday, August 24th:

Brunch will be offered at the gorgeous One Atlantic located at The Pier Shops at Caesars. This brunch menu will be sure to please so don’t miss out – more exciting details to come!

Amazing Lodging Details!

The Atlantic Club Casino has offered a rate of $79.00 per night for Wednesday and Thursday Evenings for those attending. To book your room, contact (800) 257-8677 or CLICK HERE and select Association of Bridal Consultants Room Block and use password JNJABC to reserve!

Please bring your significant others and your family and take advantage of all Atlantic City has to offer!


ABC Members ~ $350
Non-ABC Members ~ $375
(Ticket Price Includes Conference, All meals on Thursday, and Brunch) – REGISTER HERE!

Spouse/Guest Meal Ticket ~ $150
(Ticket Price includes Welcome Reception, Dinner on Thursday, Brunch) – REGISTER HERE!

Sponsorships & Vendor Tables are still available. Contact Kristin Polhemus –

Using Twitter? Share your “tweets” using the hashtag #ABCNJ2012 so everyone can view them!

On Facebook? Check out the facebook event page here and let us know you’re attending!

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