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!


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 www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 609-465-7181.

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

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, WeddingChannel.com, TheKnot.com, Alliance Video, Dress To Impress, NJWedding.com, Memoreys, Celebrations Magazine, Atlantic City Weekly and the Cape May County Herald.


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.

NJWedding.com Home Page


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.


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.


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)


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