Treat Your Sweetheart To Valentine’s Day Sweets at Carlo’s Bakery Retail Locations

February 10, 2014

Red Heart Fondant Cake from Carlo's Bakery for Valentine's DayHOBOKEN, NJ / February 10, 2014 – Carlo’s Bakery, the setting of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, has released a special Valentine’s Day menu with festive sweets available in-store at NJ retail locations in Hoboken, Ridgewood, Westfield and Red Bank for seven days only (from February 10th to February 16th) with prices starting at only $3.00.

“Valentine’s Day is about celebrating with someone special, be it your wife or girlfriend or your family,” said Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery, also known as the ‘Cake Boss.’ We want to help make the day even more fun and special with our Valentine’s Day desserts.”

A variety of cakes, pastries, cupcakes, mousse, chocolate covered strawberries and more at Carlo's BakeryThe holiday menu will include classics like assorted chocolate mousse cakes and heart-shaped red velvet cake to specialties including hand-made chocolate boxes filled with assorted chocolate-covered strawberries.

About Carlo’s Bakery

Opened in 1910, Carlo’s Bakery is renowned for its delicious creations, hardworking staff, and family atmosphere. Carlo’s has spearheaded the recent custom cake craze and has garnered attention from a variety of media outlets including Brides, Rachael Ray Show, Huffington Post and Good Morning America. Most recently, Carlo’s has been showcased as the setting for TLC’s hit shows Cake Boss and Next Great Baker.

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.

NJ’s Royal Wedding Watchers

April 28, 2011

During the past few weeks, the topic of “The Royal Wedding” has been buzzing around the weddings community here in New Jersey, with articles coming out on the “Jersey” angle to the event, Royal Wedding viewing parties being arranged, and even real weddings taking place alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Here are some links below for you to view some of the fun as New Jersey (and the world) prepares for this historic event:

Join TLC for a Royal Wedding celebration!

Join TLC at 5am for a Royal Wedding celebration in NYC!

TLC Royal Wedding Times Square Viewing Party – had a unique opportunity to offer VIP tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event through Semisweet Productions (casting agency for TLC’s “Four Weddings” among other shows), and I’m happy to see that many members of the NJ wedding community, (specifically the Northern New Jersey Wedding and Event Professionals (NNJWEP) group) took the time to request them and then received tickets! We’re proud that NJ Minister Mitchell Maged will be performing the ceremonies for the three couples getting married in Times Square (and one of the couples – Marie Singgo and Jesse Chao – is from Clifton, NJ!). Check out the coverage on TLC starting at 4:45 am. Also check out the Times Square EarthCam now for all the action as it happens leading up to the event, and follow #RoyalWeddingTLC on Twitter for up to the minute tweets. (view this recap posted on Friday night, April 29th by the Daily Mail Reporter/UK, entitled “It’s our big day too! Three couples tie the knot in Times Square after royal wedding.

How about a Royal Wedding in New Jersey?

How about a Royal Wedding in New Jersey?

Royal Wedding – Jersey Style – This article from Hilary Morris of, asked the question: What If The Royal Wedding Were Held In New Jersey? She received LOTS of feedback from various NJ wedding professionals, including couture bridal gown designer Ralph Thurin, Kim Gabale of Diane & Co. (from the TV show “Jersey Couture”), Laura Clare floral designer, makeup artist Alexa Prisco (“The Glam Fairy” on “Jerseylicious”), Braunschweiger Jewelers, Anne Heap of Pink Cake Box, and Molly Tully from New Jersey Bride magazine.

You Too Can Be A Princess Bride — For A Day – Jamie Saxon from US1 Newspaper in the Princeton region, had an idea to ask 3 of the area’s wedding planners, Mary Harris, Kristin Rockhill and Marie Danielle Vil Young, to offer their expertise on creating their own kind of  “Royal Wedding” if budget weren’t a concern, and share what “21st Century Brides” are doing these days.

Prince William & Kate Middleton's official engagement photo

Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot on Friday, April 29th

So where can you catch the Royal Wedding (besides in your own living room on every major TV and Cable Network)? Here are a few more links:

Broadcast of the Royal Wedding at the Princeton Public Library (tea and crumpets will be served)

LIVE CHAT with Jeff Edelstein of The Trentonian (follow the live chat on Twitter – #RoyalMeh)

Other Twitter hashtags to follow: #RoyalWedding #RoyalWeddingMania #RW2011

Will and Kate’s royal nuptials reason to party | Gloucester County Times – For some ideas on celebrating the Royal Wedding in the Southern NJ & Philadelphia area)

Alicia Vitarelli (former anchor of News 12 New Jersey) teamed with NJ wedding planner Tina LaMorte from Oh So Fabulous Weddings & Events for a recent news segment on ABC Channel 6/Action News (Philadelphia/South Jersey) on “How to give your wedding a Royal Flair” in this fun report.

Just saw this post “NJ Couple Throws Royal Wedding Open House” on NBC Philadelphia about an English couple from Cape May County opening up their home for some Royal wedding fun.

News 12 New Jersey reporter Alice Gainer did a special segment exploring ideas on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress in an interview with couture bridal gown designer Ralph Thurin of Thurin Atelier in Princeton, NJ. View the report on our “Mercer County, NJ Weddings” facebook page.

I also saw a report on News 12 New Jersey recently about the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Paterson, NJ hosting a Royal Wedding celebration at The Bonfire in Paterson on Sunday, May 1st. Here’s the link to their facebook page invite

Are there some other Royal Wedding / New Jersey news items to share, or viewing parties or celebrations you’ll be attending? Let us know about them by posting a comment below…thanks!

NJ Minister chosen to marry 3 couples during TLC’s Royal Wedding event

April 25, 2011
Mitchell Maged will officiate three weddings in Times Square, NYC on Friday, April 29th during TLC's Royal Wedding viewing event

Mitchell Maged will officiate three weddings in Times Square, NYC on Friday, April 29th during TLC's Royal Wedding viewing event (Photo by Veronica Yankowski, Chiarascuro Photography)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – On Friday April 29th, New Jersey’s Mitchell Maged, (also known as “Mitch The Minister”) will be the wedding officiant for three Tri-State area couples, who will marry during TLC’s Royal Wedding Viewing Party in Times Square, NYC.

“Mitch The Minister” will be marrying three couples from NJ, NY and CT in a split screen ceremony to be broadcast live on the JumboTron, with one half showing Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding in London, England, and the other showing the Times Square, New York weddings.

The thought of officiating a wedding in Times Square is not something new to “Mitch The Minister.” Having performed over 1,000 weddings in the past 12 years, Maged specializes in all faiths, all styles, and in all locations. From weddings in hot air balloons to Star Wars themed weddings, “Mitch The Minister” has done it all.

Join TLC for a Royal Wedding celebration!

Join TLC on 4/29 for a Royal Wedding celebration!

TLC’s Royal Wedding will be the second broadcast wedding “Mitch The Minister” has officiated. In 1996 he was asked to perform as the minister for the WPLJ radio contest, “2 Strangers and a Wedding.”

For additional information about Mitchell Maged, click here to view Mitch The Minister’s profile on, and to view more details on the TLC Royal Wedding Viewing Party from 5am-10am, view the facebook page here. And for more details on the TLC Royal Wedding event and to obtain tickets courtesy of Semisweet Productions and, click here.

IN THE NEWS! View recent coverage of the TLC Royal Wedding event and the live weddings taking place in Times Square, and additional media reports on how New Jerseyans are celebrating or coming up with their own ideas on the topic of the Royal Wedding:

Oakland minister is master of ceremonies on royal’s wedding day | Franklin Lakes – Oakland Suburban News

North Jersey couple getting married as part of televised Times Square royal wedding celebration | The Record

You Too Can Be A Princess Bride — For A Day | US1 Newspaper (Princeton area wedding professionals offer their thoughts and expertise on the Royal Wedding)

Royal Wedding — Jersey Style | & (NJ wedding professionals ponder the idea of the Royal Wedding being held as a “destination wedding” in New Jersey)

You’re Invited To TLC’s Royal Wedding Viewing Party in Times Square, NYC!

April 12, 2011

How would you like a VIP seat to The Royal Wedding during coverage by TLC in Times Square? Here’s your chance to join in the celebration!

3 lucky couples will be married in Times Square on 4/29, just in time for The Royal Wedding...

3 lucky couples will be married in Times Square on 4/29, just in time for The Royal Wedding...

TLC cordially invites you to attend the HISTORIC live viewing of The Royal Wedding on Friday, April 29, 2011. This is the biggest event to hit Times Square since New Years Eve!

Come be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience as TLC (for the first time) goes LIVE, broadcasting from the world famous TIMES SQUARE in New York City.

TLC is throwing a HUGE Royal Wedding celebration in Times Square, NYC! Are you coming?

TLC is throwing a HUGE Royal Wedding celebration in Times Square, NYC! Are you coming?

TLC will take over Duffy Square as:

  • Three lucky couples from the Tri-state area get married alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton
  • Grammy Award winner singer/songwriter COLBIE CAILLAT performs her hit song, “I Do” LIVE!
  • Viewers will enjoy a “SAY YES TO THE DRESS” fashion show, sponsored by the legendary KLEINFELD BRIDAL and featuring your favorite brides from past episodes
  • Entertainment reporter AMANDA BYRAM will join TLC’s own CLINTON KELLY, RANDY FENOLI and MONTE DURHAM as they broadcast on two of the most dynamic digital screens in Times Square!

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the biggest bash this side of the pond!!!

This event is NOT to miss for any TLC or Royal Family Fanatics or if you’re a fan of Wedding Reality TV Shows (it doesn’t get any more real than this!). For more information about the complete schedule for TLC viewers at home, click here.

BREAKING NEWS: SPECIAL VIP SEATING is available to guests of before anyone else! Attendees MUST be BIG Royal Wedding fans – and come dressed as if they were attending the Royal Wedding! For example, ladies can wear hats, formal day dresses, gloves, etc. and men can wear day suits with boutonnieres, and anything else that replicates what the attendees at the real royal wedding will be wearing!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED for our VIP Royal Wedding Guests, so get in touch with us RIGHT AWAY by emailing with your contact info and pictures.

Semisweet Productions is the casting agent for TLC's Royal Wedding live telecast

Semisweet Productions is the casting agent for TLC's Royal Wedding live telecast

SemiSweet Productions has also announced THREE special prizes will be awarded the day of the event: BEST DRESSED FEMALE, BEST DRESSED MALE and BEST DRESSED COUPLE!

Winners in each category will receive:
** Overnight for Two in Manhattan at Kimpton Hotel’s new “crown jewel” – 70ParkAve (
** Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker
** Pevonia Botanica Skin Care Package

Please Note: These prizes are being given by SEMISWEET PRODUCTIONS and the winners will be chosen completely at the discretion of the casting directors on the day of. These prizes are not awarded by TLC or Discovery Communications – and they are not responsible for choosing the winners or awarding the prizes for Best Dressed!

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