FREE Bridal Showcase at The Bethwood in Totowa, NJ on April 23rd

April 21, 2014
Bethwood Bridal Showcase, Tototwa, NJ

Don’t miss one of the biggest bridal shows in NJ at The Bethwood on April 23, 2014

Bridal Showcase La Donna Productions is having their free admittance, semi-annual MEGA Bridal Showcase on Wednesday, April 23rd at The Bethwood in Totowa, NJ from 6-10pm.  This wedding planning event has been taking place for the past 18 years and is always entertaining and full of surprises!

While not only being popular for its large and unique exhibitor collection over three floors of ballrooms throughout The Bethwood, they have been known to have notable guest appearances.  In the past they have had the famous Anthony Roberts Salon and the Gatsby Salon from Style Network’s television show Jerseylicious as well as a guest appearance made by dancer Tony Dovolani from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

The event will include their infamous “yellow brick road” styled walk through of all their vendors, a high energy bridal fashion show, DJ performances, complimentary champagne, hot and cold food stations, cake and coffee, free bridal magazines, and grand prize giveaways!

Valuable gifts, door prizes and special discounts will be given away throughout the evening, and one lucky couple will have a chance to win a Super Grand Prize Giveaway of 3 Nights / 4 Days in tropical Tobago at an Oceanfront Resort!

For more information and to register, visit has been a long-time media sponsor for this popular wedding planning event, and will be giving away door prizes, so come by and visit our display to enter!

Calling All “Destination Wedding” Brides-To-Be!

April 1, 2014
Sixth Annual Wedding Road Show To Be Held in Long Beach Island, New Jersey on Sunday, April 27th
NJ Bride and Groom at water's edge in Long Beach Island (LBI)

LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J.Ocean views, rolling dunes and pristine white beaches coupled with picture-perfect wedding venues are all part of the spectacle at the Sixth Annual “Award-winning” Wedding Road Show in Long Beach Island (LBI), New Jersey on April 27th, 2014. Sponsored by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, the complimentary road show welcomes future brides and their entourage to view a multitude of venues and explore the 18-mile long island for a destination wedding.  Space is limited therefore participants are encouraged to register online at

“What makes our tour special is the fact that it’s self guided; there’s no timed schedule or person pushing you along,” said Lori Pepenella, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Destination Marketing Director “Essentially, future brides and their friends, family or grooms-to-be are provided a map and encouraged to visit and linger at whatever venue they desire and explore areas of the island that’s appealing to them.”

The free tour offers detailed viewing of venues, dozens of professional wedding services, refreshments, multiple prizes and other amenities throughout the day.  New to this year’s show is a Saturday night “Fabulous Brides Night Out” at the Long Beach Island Foundation featuring a fashion show, samples and mocktails.

VIP Experience Contest Winner, Wedding Road Show on LBI, contest winners Heather Kushnir and Adam Thomas will enjoy a VIP Experience at the 2014 Wedding Road Show on LBI!

In addition, the show featured a contest for one lucky couple to win a “Wedding VIP Experience” from This VIP add-on includes an overnight stay at Daddy O Boutique Hotel the night prior and extra special pampering the day of the event, including a white stretch limousine ride from A Shining Star Limousine Service, a wedding invitation package from Stephanie Somodi, a custom welcome basket from Camille’s Floral Design and an LBI-themed cookie basket from A Sweet Memory. This year’s VIP WINNER is Heather Kushnir and Adam Thomas from Newton, NJ! They were engaged in Beach Haven in September 2013 on the 11th Street Beach, and are planning a fall 2014 wedding in the LBI region.

Choosing a location is one of the first major decisions happy couples will make and close to one third of all weddings are now destination weddings – with beaches topping the list.  Hundreds of brides from around the country have selected LBI as their wedding destination choice!

For more information or to register for the event please call (609) 494-7211 or go online:

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,, Sperry Tents and The Two River Times.

Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-register at 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 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! 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. 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 “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, visit, call Erik and Beth Kent at (908) 874-0417 or email them at

Register for the “Glitz & Glamoré” Bridal Experience in Central NJ on Sunday, September 15th

September 9, 2013

Divine Elegance by Deirdre LLC will present a one-day only gathering of the area’s most experienced wedding and event planning vendors on Sunday, September 15th starting at 12 noon. The “Glitz & Glamoré” Bridal Experience will have all the elegance, sparkle and excitement that surround one of the most important days in the life of every girl: her wedding. From gorgeous tablescapes, cupcake towers and pedestals of cascading flowers to crystal-encrusted shoes, those planning a wedding can’t miss one of the region’s most elite gatherings of top wedding exhibitors. The showcase event brings to life every aspect of planning a wedding from more intimate occasions to the grandest spectacles.

Miss New Jersey International 2013 Jenna Drew

Miss New Jersey International 2013 Jenna Drew

The bride and her entourage of family and friends will enjoy opportunities to meet personally with vendors of every imaginable service related to her special day including hand-pressed invitations, wedding bands, caterers, floral designers, musicians, lighting technicians, party favors, personal care, fitness and much more. “There is no better way to explore the bevy of options that are available to today’s bride than by attending this signature showcase,” says event producer and wedding planner Deirdre Luster.

Tickets for “Glitz & Glamoré” are complimentary for the bride and groom and are $10 for accompanying guests. Advance registration is required; please visit for more information and to register. The event will occur at The Hyatt Regency New Brunswick located at Two Albany Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey at 12 noon.

The afternoon will include a signature food tasting and breath-taking bridal runway fashion show. Castle Couture, a luxury designer bridal boutique conveniently located in Monmouth County, NJ, highlights the latest trends in bridal gowns. Brides may also bring their Grooms to experience our Exclusive Men-Only Mancave to be entered for a chance to win a $500 honeymoon voucher courtesy of MLT Vacations. Showcasing their renowned products are some of the Nation’s Finest Retailers: Lancôme, Godiva Chocolatier, Lenox, Bed Bath & Beyond.

“Miss New Jersey International 2013” Jenna Drew will be making a Special Appearance to include Autographs and the Grand Finale! Don’t Miss all of the surprise elements yet to be unveiled. This is NOT an Ordinary Bridal Show… It’s a Luxury Bridal Showcase! Register today and we’ll see you there…

"Glitz & Glamoré" Bridal Experience by Divine Elegance by Deirdre

“Glitz & Glamoré” Bridal Experience by Divine Elegance by Deirdre


Event planning: Where creativity, ingenuity and hard work meet

April 30, 2013
Erik Kent of - New Jersey's Wedding Planning Resource

Erik Kent, Co-Publisher of (Photo by Bryan Madrid Photography)

Erik and Beth Kent were practically newlyweds when on Valentine’s Day, 1997, they launched, 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, 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 was featured along with Mary Harris of Mary Harris Events). Photo of Erik Kent by Bryan Madrid Photography)

5th Annual VIP Contest Winners Put LBI In Center Of Wedding Plans

April 15, 2013 and the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce announce winner of Wedding Road Show on Long Beach Island 2013 VIP Contest! VIP Contest Winners, Ashley Taluba and Pete Gallagher’s Wedding Road Show VIP Contest Winners, Ashley Taluba and Pete Gallagher

Long Beach Island, NJ – After receiving almost 1,000 entries since November 1, 2012 for the VIP Contest, a winning couple was chosen on Friday, April 12th, announced Erik Kent, Co-Publisher of . Ashley Taluba of Roselle Park, NJ and Pete Gallagher of Millville, NJ were chosen randomly out of the entries of engaged couples and awarded with the “VIP Experience” during the upcoming Wedding Road Show on Long Beach Island 2013 event.

Ashley and Pete will receive an overnight stay in the “Honeymoon Suite” at The Gables Historic Inn & Restaurant in Beach Haven, NJ on Saturday, April 20th, including breakfast on Sunday morning. Then they will go to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce office in Ship Bottom to register for the Wedding Road Show, where they will receive a custom welcome gift basket by Camille’s Floral Design and an LBI-themed cookie bucket from A Sweet Memory. They will then enter their white stretch limousine, courtesy of A Shining Star Limousine Service, where they will tour the LBI region’s venues and view exhibits by wedding professionals featuring a variety of services and products.

When asked why Long Beach Island was a consideration for her wedding plans, Ashley replied that she’s an “LBI beach girl” and has spent time on the island, taking day trips to Loveladies and Beach Haven over the years. Also, with her being from Northern NJ and Pete being from Southern NJ, Long Beach Island provides a centralized location for them, their friends and family. She considers LBI to have a different feel than other New Jersey beaches, and enjoys taking relaxing drives throughout the island. Her ideal wedding would be on the beach, where she and Pete could take memorable pictures. She and Pete met and began dating while attending Stockton College and were engaged in June 2012. They have a tentative wedding date of Spring 2015.

After attending several bridal shows around New Jersey to get ideas and costs for various wedding services, Ashley and Pete are looking forward to attending the Wedding Road Show to further explore the Long Beach Island region!

The Wedding Road Show on LBI is taking place Sunday, April 21st from 10am – 4pm. For more information go to or call the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at (609) 494-7211. The event is sponsored by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

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