17th Year Anniversary For NJWedding.com Means Changes, New Web Site Features

February 14, 2014

NJWedding.com logo roseSince its launch on Valentine’s Day 1997, NJWedding.com has made it simple for engaged couples to find services such as local banquet facilities, bands, disc jockeys, photographers, videographers, clergy and wedding officiants, floral designers, 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 17th year serving the wedding community on February 14, 2014, announced co-publishers Erik and Beth Kent.

The site currently features a directory listing for each wedding venue or service providers, containing an image, description and contact information so couples can get in touch directly.  The Kents are in the process of redeveloping the web site to allow each company to provide more detailed information, create photo albums (to show more about their services or products), include video links, create blog posts with interesting articles, show upcoming events and more! Users of the new site will also be able to post reviews / testimonials for these wedding professionals, allowing more information to be included on each listing, providing couples with a fuller site experience to gather more information on their search for regional wedding services.

NJWedding.com 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 about wedding dress designers, 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 Same-Sex Weddings (celebrating the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey on October 21, 2013) 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, NJWedding.com 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 Sunday, April 27, 2014) through a special contest.

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 NJWedding.com 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.

NJWedding.com 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 NJWedding.com directly at http://www.njwedding.com 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 info@njwedding.com.

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Wedding Report: Engagements During The Holiday Season

November 27, 2013

While the holiday season is known for shopping, giving and receiving gifts, and spending quality time with family and friends, it’s also a popular time for couples to become engaged. According to research by Shane McMurray, founder of The Wedding Report, December and February are the months couples get engaged most often, with Christmas (eve and day) and Valentine’s Day being the most popular days. 40% of engagements happen between November and February.

The table below provides engagements by month over the years:

Engagements by Month

How is your wedding business preparing for the number of engagements in the months ahead, and how do you plan to reach these newly engaged couples? Contact Erik Kent, Co-Publisher of NJWedding.com at (908) 874-0417 to discuss this topic and how it relates to future New Jersey weddings.

For more wedding industry research and statistics, visit The Wedding Report at www.theweddingreport.com.


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


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