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!


Your Engagement: The Mini-Marriage

February 12, 2014

mileswagman_justmarriedThe question has been popped, the ring is on your finger, and now you’re engaged. Congratulations! You just made the most important decision of your relationship. However, the initial joy and excitement about the engagement will soon fade (though not vanish) and the practicalities of a planning a wedding will take over. During the course of your engagement you’ll have to find new ways to communicate, compromise about family differences, follow a budget, and make dozens of decisions about things big and small. In other words, being engaged is just like being married. I like to think of it as a mini-marriage.

If anyone tells you that planning a wedding is easy, they’re pulling your leg. A day that is so loaded with emotions, traditions, and personalities is bound to present some drama. Just take a look at reality TV–“Bridezilla,” and “Say Yes to the Dress” document the ups and downs (and craziness) of all that’s involved weddings. Besides all the vendors–venue, caterer, band, florist, photographer, videographer, hair and make-up artists–there are all your friends and family that are involved. You might find yourself wondering how a day that is supposed to be just about you and your future spouse has turned into such a production. When you dreamed about your wedding did you ever think that so many people would have an opinion? Are there ways to avoid having family conflicts turn into relationship problems?

The saying goes that the only way to make sure your wedding truly feel like your day is to elope. That may be true in a purely technical sense, but it’s not a hard and fast rule. Being engaged can very rewarding–a time to really think about and nurture your relationship. And at the end of it is a wonderful day and then your life together. Yes, there are a million logistics and the thoughts and feelings of your spouse and both of your families. But once you accept those things as necessary, your engagement can be a very satisfying experience. Here are five suggestions to help guide you and your fiancé through the process as you develop a foundation that will help your marriage remain strong through the years.

It is no longer “me” but “we”.
Becoming engaged solidifies your commitment to your partner and that means looking out not only for the needs of you and your spouse, but also the needs of your relationship. The decisions in your life now directly impact another person and their input needs to be part of your thinking. Think of your relationship as a three-legged stool. Two of the three legs are represented by the two individuals in the relationship and the third leg is the relationship itself. The stool cannot sustain any significant weight if either of the legs is weak or shaky. Both you and your partner generate the energy and passion to keep the relationship fresh and vibrant while also providing rules and expectations for how the relationship is to function.

Discuss your expectations of the engagement and the marriage.
Unrealistic and unmet expectations often lead to resentment and conflict in a marriage. The engagement is a good time to communicate to each other your expectations of how the relationship should work. Take responsibility for the roles and responsibilities you commit to in the relationship. It’s important, though, to be willing to compromise and be flexible.

Learn how to communicate effectively and resolve conflict.
Not being able to communicate effectively is a primary factor in marriages failing. Your partner and the relationship should always be protected when you are communicating your feelings about an issue. When you disagree, look for solutions that resolve the problem while still maintaining your integrity as well as that of the relationship. Of course, it never hurts to apologize if you are wrong.

Talk about money.
Money is the number one issue that causes conflict in most relationships. Planning a wedding is the first major joint financial decision in your relationship, so it is important to discuss how you will deal with the challenges of planning what is usually a very expensive day. Develop a budget early on to ensure so that both of you have clear ideas of what is possible for the actual wedding.

Attend a premarital preparation class.
Couples who participate in premarital preparation classes experience a 30% increase in marital satisfaction than couples with no education. These couples are able to communicate more effectively, have stronger conflict management skills, enjoy a more intimate Miles Wagman, MSW, LCSW, LMFT Director, The Relationship Center in Red Bank, NJrelationship, and improve their ability to have a stable and satisfying marriage.

Is your engagement causing stress between you and your fiancé? Contact Miles Wagman, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, Director of The Relationship Center in Red Bank, NJ at (732) 345-1399 or email him at mwagman@relationshipsfirst.com to learn strategies to resolve conflicts and build a strong foundation for your marriage.


New Jersey Couple Gets Married At The Grammys

February 5, 2014
Daniel Pepper and Melody Kulesza-Pepper, of Clinton, New Jersey, joined 33 other couples, both gay and straight, to exchange vows during a momentous marriage ceremony at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

Daniel Pepper and Melody Kulesza-Pepper, of Clinton, New Jersey were married at The Grammys

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 05, 2014 — Daniel Pepper and Melody Kulesza-Pepper of Clinton, New Jersey, joined 33 other couples, both gay and straight, to exchange vows during a momentous marriage ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah, and with music performed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Madonna at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

“Not only was it unbelievably moving to openly commit to the love of my life before millions of people on national television,” says Mrs. Pepper, “but being able to celebrate marriage equality and help promote the legalization of same-sex marriage created the perfect magic moment. The challenging part was for two busy professionals to make it all look effortless with only 5 weeks’ notice while having to keep it secret under a confidentiality agreement. And of course we wanted to actually enjoy our wedding!”
Mrs. Pepper, a former model and fashion photographer with significant experience preparing for photo shoots and events, is the principal of Pepper Tree Entertainment, a fashion and entertainment industry advisory firm, and artistic production company consultant.
“When the great news came that we were selected to be part of the Grammy wedding, suddenly, even though I’m no stranger to red carpet events, I had to convert myself into a Hollywood bride while helping my future husband prepare on short notice – with both of us working full-time managing Pepper Tree Entertainment and Pepper Law Group. That meant getting into fighting shape with glowing skin, having to find and book a photographer, make-up artist, hair professional, a clothing and accessory stylist, celebrity jeweler, stylish shoes, shape-wear & hosiery, and a designer gown – all for an event 3,000 miles away.
Daniel Pepper and Melody Kulesza-Pepper, of Clinton, New Jersey Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1720675#ixzz2sUAg3jz5“Fortunately, I had clients and colleagues, past and present, who were able to save the day for me. The success of bringing the various fashion gurus together for my Grammy wedding sparked the idea of creating a standing beauty ‘swat team’ to help other brides and grooms, brides and brides, and/or grooms and grooms to create the wedding look of their dreams.”
Drawing upon her elite fashion industry network, Melody Kulesza-Pepper is expanding her company to include a bride/groom image consulting and preparation service which will provide couples seeking a truly special wedding experience with their own dream team, including photographers who shoot for the top fashion magazines, master make-up artists, stylists, couture gown designers, high-end jewelry providers, wedding paparazzi, and other unique services worthy of a Hollywood celebrity wedding.

First Same-Sex Wedding Giveaway In New Jersey Announced January 9th

November 14, 2013
Celebrity Appearance at the cocktail party on Jan. 9th by Danielle Staub from the “Real Housewives of New Jersey!”

Celebrity Appearance at the cocktail party on Jan. 9th by Danielle Staub from the “Real Housewives of New Jersey!”

Rothweiler Event Design celebrates New Jersey legalizing gay marriage by giving away an all inclusive wedding package to one lucky same-sex couple! The winner will be announced at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ in their beautiful new “Loft” space on January 9, 2014 at 7pm, and the wedding will be held in the same space on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Multiple wedding professionals will be donating their time and services for this special event and the winning couple will receive complimentary services such as photography, music, design, make-up / hair styling, wedding stationery and more for their dream wedding day.

The contest has ended and all entries have been received and reviewed. The participating vendors will select the finalists to appear at a cocktail party on January 9th where they will each get a chance to tell their story. A musical performance from the hit Off-Broadway show “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” will be featured and the winning couple will also receive tickets to the show.

Tickets to this special event are complimentary and must be reserved here (SOLD OUT / WAIT LIST ONLY). We look forward to seeing you on January 9th!

About Rothweiler Event Design

Rothweiler Event Design is a full service wedding and event planning company based in Verona, New Jersey. Danielle Rothweiler is the founder of the company and her work has been featured both in print and on television. Rothweiler Event Design offers custom designed packages and is also available for “Day Of” Coordination Services.

For more information or press inquiries, contact Danielle Rothweiler directly at info@rothweilereventdesign.org. Also visit her web site at www.rothweilereventdesign.org, facebook page at www.facebook.com/rothweilereventdesign or the Rothweiler Event Design blog.

View blog post by Gregg Hollmann of Ambient DJ Service about the Same-Sex Wedding Giveaway, including an interview with Danielle Rothweiler!

Sponsors and Supporting Vendors

NJWedding.com is a proud media sponsor for this giveaway, and recently launched a Same-Sex Weddings section on the site to feature a variety of wedding venues and services that same-sex couples can view for their marriage ceremony and wedding celebration plans around the Garden State.

New Jersey wedding service providers for this giveaway include:

Rothweiler Event Design: wedding planning, design and decor
The Wilshire Grand: venue and catering
Mitch The Minister: wedding officiant
Elizabeth Massa: photography
Gregg Hollmann, Ambient DJ Service: disc jockey entertainment
Confectionary Designs, custom wedding cake
RSVP to me: wedding stationery
Deirdre Mahon, DeeVa Beauty: make up and hair styling
Dream Horse Carriage: horse-drawn carriage / transportation
Elizabeth Johns Bridal
Polka Dot Cupcakes
Hangers from The Hanger Store
Goodwin’s Good Time Photo Booth
Sweets Designed: candy buffet table
Robert’s Tuxedos: formalwear
Tickets to “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” in NYC!

NJWedding.com Launches Same-Sex Weddings Resource

October 21, 2013

Special category devoted to helping same-sex couples plan their marriage and wedding celebration in New Jersey

Same-Sex Weddings in New Jersey at NJWedding.comWith the ruling of State Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson on September 27th, same-sex couples in New Jersey received the news that they would be able to marry starting Monday, October 21st. NJWedding.com has been providing resources for wedding planning since 1997, and with this news, began work on putting together a Same-Sex Weddings section, which features wedding professionals serving couples in Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey who are searching for services for their marriage ceremony and wedding reception.

For couples searching for the correct NJ municipality in which to apply for a marriage license, view this list of NJ registrars (by county and city/town). Click here for more details on how to obtain a marriage license (along with a brochure on how, when and where to apply, who can perform the marriage ceremony, and license fee).

“The response from the New Jersey wedding community to the Same-Sex Weddings section has been tremendous, with wedding professionals such as clergy and officiants, photographers, wedding and event planners, entertainment companies, banquet facilities, florists and more, looking to help and connect with same-sex couples,” stated Erik & Beth Kent, Co-Publishers of NJWedding.com. “With the passing of the same-sex marriage law in New Jersey, gay and lesbian couples have reason to celebrate! We want to provide a valuable resource to help them find relevant information and services.”

For more information about the Same-Sex Weddings section on NJWedding.com, visit www.njwedding.com/samesexweddings, call Erik and Beth Kent at (908) 874-0417 or email them at info@njwedding.com.


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 www.theweddingreport.com.

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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

NJWedding.com , 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 info@njwedding.com.

– Erik and Beth Kent, Co-Publishers, NJWedding.com


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 NJWedding.com, 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 NJWedding.com. This article was previously featured on AOL’s Aisledash in August 2010.


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