CASTING CALL for NJ and NY Brides!

February 23, 2013

Casting now for a couple getting married in the NY / NJ area in  JULY or AUGUST 2013

Casting Call for NJ / NY Brides!

Casting Call for NJ / NY Brides!

Max budget must be 10k or under (ideally under) – must be a major budget wedding (but they are ok with that – in fact they embrace it!).

Ideally would be a BACKYARD WEDDING or a wedding at very basic function hall or church hall etc.

OR – maybe they are getting married at home and don’t have a reception planned at all (because its just not in their budget) except for something very simple.

This is a VERY positive look at budget weddings and the couples who embrace that!

**Also a great way for wedding planners who specialize in helping budget brides make the most of their budget weddings – to get exposure on national TV!

The couples chosen for this will get $$ towards the cost of their wedding for their participation!


Dina Manzo & Designer Affair hosts 2nd annual Wedding Event & Design Showcase at The Brownstone

February 4, 2013
Come see Dina Manzo and her "Designer Affair" team at their Wedding & Event Showcase at The Brownstone on Monday, February 11t

Come see Dina Manzo and her “Designer Affair” team at their Wedding Event & Design Showcase at The Brownstone on Monday, February 11th

Dina Manzo and Designer Affair cordially invite you to their 2nd annual Wedding Event and Design Showcase on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 6pm-10pm at The Brownstone in Paterson, New Jersey.

Designer Affair, New Jersey’s premier event planning company is teaming up with New Jersey Bride magazine, the leading bridal resource, to host an exhibitor showcase that invites businesses in the area to display their wedding, specialty event and interior design talents.  The showcase will target brides, event planners, event bloggers, interior designers and party-goers alike.

Featured exhibitors include Carlo’s Bakery (of TLC’s Cake Boss), RSVP to Me, Creatively Engaged, Custom FX, Touchstone Crystal, Nettie Laurita, Culinary Brides, The Top Layer, Skin Bar and Paint, Morris Photographers, MTC Photography, Bryan Madrid Photography, SCE Event Group, Cloth Connection, Posh Pretty Things, Taylor Rental, I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique, NJ Bride Magazine,, Ten31 Productions, Honeymoon Expo Center, House of Tiaras, Colette Portraits, The Jet Set Gal, Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream, Slumber Parties, Peony Events, Stuffed Cupcake, Priscilla Make-Up Artist, Capitol Lighting, Amira Mor International Entertainment, Stella and Dot, IT Works!, Royal Brat, Nancy “Sweizy” Flowers and Events, Buttercream Blue, Sweet Chic Jewelry Co. fibi & clo, Danson Jewelers and more! Guests can experience an informal fashion show by I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique, living art presented by Ten 31 Productions and an elegant display by Designer Affair.

Dina Manzo, founder of Designer Affair Events and star of the HGTV series, Dina’s Party, reveals: “We’re excited to be joining forces with the area’s top event visionaries to bring a one-of-a-kind showcase to New Jersey, where event and interior design thrive.”

Tickets for the Wedding Event and Design Showcase are available for $20 for guests who register online at and $25 at the door.  Interested exhibitors can contact Elle at The Brownstone is located at 351 W. Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522.

Dina Manzo, owner of "Designer Affair" and star of HGTV's "Dina's Party"

Dina Manzo, owner of “Designer Affair” and star of HGTV’s “Dina’s Party”

About Designer Affair

Designer Affair is a boutique event planning company owned by designer Dina Manzo. Dina and her team of coordinators design artistic creativity and stylish taste with precision planning and skillful event management to design an atmosphere that is captivating for your guests and reflects their clients’ uniqueness. Designer Affair serves the New Jersey and New York areas as well as destination events.  Dina and her design team can be seen on the HGTV series, Dina’s Party. is happy to be participating in this special event! Join us there and enter to win one of two door prizes — tickets to the popular NYC show, The Awesome 80’s Prom, and VIP tickets to be an audience member at The Chew TV show on ABC. PLUS, you’ll be entered into our grand prize giveaway of a Romantic Getaway to Long Beach Island, NJ, including an overnight stay at Daddy O Boutique Hotel!

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.

Spring Bridal Extravaganza in Freehold, NJ featuring Jerseylicious!

March 17, 2011

American Hotel (18 East Main Street in Freehold) hosts a bridal show on March 22nd which includes hair and makeup workshops with cast members from Style Network TV show, Jerseylicious

The Spring Bridal Showcase featuring "Jerseylicious" is produced by Cathy Padilla and sponsored by

The Spring Bridal Showcase featuring "Jerseylicious" is produced by Cathy Padilla and sponsored by

Cast members of TV’s Jerseylicious will be on-hand at the SPRING BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA at American Hotel in Freehold on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 to offer a unique bridal experience!

The event is FREE and runs from 6 to 10 PM, offering all the helpful treats of a typical bridal expo: dozens of great vendors, a DJ and live entertainment showcase, amazing door prizes! But this show is an event – and offers much more!

Former White House Executive Chef Brian Kiddie will be serving samples of his most sought after wedding cuisine while the crew of The Gatsby Salon offer workshops on the perfect hair and make-up for the much-anticipated event!

There will be 3 workshops in all, including a 45-minute session on getting fit for your wedding day. Registration for the event is FREE! Workshops will cost $20 each or all three for $45 with 100% going to Dina Manzo’s Project Ladybug for children with cancer.

For more information and to register for this bridal show, or if you are a wedding vendor interested in getting involved, call Cathy Padilla at (732) 272-5044 or visit

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