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 www.visitLBIregion.com.

“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, NJWedding.com

NJWedding.com 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 NJWedding.com. 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: www.visitLBIregion.com


5th Annual Wedding Road Show draws brides nationwide to LBI with plans for an event of a lifetime

April 22, 2013

Record breaking attendance Wedding Road Show introduces future brides and visitors to Long Beach Island and surrounding areas to look and book with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members

Wedding Road Show on LBI

Lori Pepenella, Destination Marketing Director of the Southern Ocean County Chamber with Ashley Taluba and Pete Gallagher, winners of NJWedding.com’s VIP Contest at the Wedding Road Show on LBI 2013

April 22, 2013, LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ – Overnight stays, wedding banquets, after parties and all the services needed to help a happy couple obtain wedded bliss were presented during a progressive self guided tour of the wedding venues of the Long Beach Island Region. For its fifth year, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce along with its tourism branch the LBI Region Destination Marketing Organization collaborated with Wedding Industry leaders and almost 60 of their members to create a progressive party atmosphere that sells the region year round as a wedding destination. Entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, photography, video, concierge services, floral and table displays, invitations, ceremony ideas, cake sampling, accommodations, even Stand Up Paddle Board lessons for bridal parties were all options to soak in as wedding plans turned into reality from 9:30am to 4pm on a sunny Sunday.

With brides traveling distances as far as Burien in Washington State, Norfolk Virginia, Wilmington Delaware, White Plains, NY, and across Pennsylvania including Philadelphia and Yardley. New Jersey brides were also well represented coming from Princeton, Hoboken and Highland Lakes, as well as from local areas throughout the LBI region. The participating businesses played party host while booking dates, services and introducing new customers to all the area has to offer. The event was captured by E Video Productions, who for the past four years has been making a documentary video to focus not only on the location, but to showcase the wedding professionals and future LBI brides and grooms. This year, over 150 registered brides and their entourages consisting of brides, grooms, wedding parties and family members filtered through the show directly to members who were displaying throughout 11 locations.

“This event generates revenue, contracts are signed and deposits are made not only the day of the Wedding Road Show, but throughout the following year for our local businesses,” states Lori Pepenella, Destination Marketing Director of the Southern Ocean County Chamber. “This allows brides and their families to explore our area and see first hand the possibilities of a one of a kind wedding, vacation or even a weekend getaway.” The Southern Ocean County Chamber LBI Region Wedding Road Show is sponsored by Demetrios Bridal, Dante Zeller at Uniformity, New Jersey Bride, The Knot, NJWedding.com, Celebrations Magazine, Jersey Shore Wedding Association, Magic 100.1FM, For The Bride Magazine, Ocean Tent, Trolley Tours and the NJ Division of Travel and Tourism.

Ashley Taluba from Roselle Park and her finance Peter Gallagher from Millville were the winners of NJWedding.com’s VIP Contest Experience, and received prizes donated by The Gables Historic Inn & Restaurant, Camllle’s Floral Design, A Sweet Memory and A Shining Star Limousine Service.

For more information about the Long Beach Island region, visit the Southern Ocean County Visitor Center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, NJ, online at www.visitLBIregion.com or call (609) 494 7211. Also follow updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and follow the social media hashtag #LBIRegion.


Fourth Annual VIP Winners Putting Finishing Touches on LBI Dream Wedding

April 18, 2012

NJWedding.com and Southern Ocean County Chamber announces winner of Wedding Road Show VIP Experience Contest

Long Beach Island, NJ – With over 1,200 brides-to-be entering online and at statewide bridal shows, it was the luck of the draw as Erik Kent, Co-Publisher of NJWedding.com chose the winning Wedding Road Show VIP Bride and Groom, to claim their wonderful LBI prize package on April 21st.

NJWedding.com's Wedding Road Show "VIP Experience" Contest Winners, Stephanie Scarpa and Richard Lechner

NJWedding.com's Wedding Road Show "VIP Experience" Contest Winners, Stephanie Scarpa and Richard Lechner

Stephanie Scarpa, from Cherry Hill, is a Math Teacher at a regional High School in Mullica Hill, NJ and her fiance, Richard Lechner, is a funeral director in his family business, Lechner Funeral Home in Medford, NJ. Their wedding ceremony will be taking place in Tabernacle, NJ on June 22, 2013 and their wedding reception is planned at long-time Wedding Road Show partner, The Stateroom on Long Beach Island.

Stephanie and Richard have been dating for 4 1/2 years and have spent a lot of time together with friends and family on Long Beach Island over the years. They were engaged in Philadelphia in January 2012, and Stephanie always pictured a “beach wedding” complete with wedding photos taken on the beach. Kent, who contacted Stephanie directly, said “They are thrilled to have won the ‘VIP Experience’ at the Wedding Road Show, which includes an overnight stay at Daddy O Boutique Hotel on Saturday night, along with a custom welcome gift basket by Camille’s Floral Design, an LBI-themed cookie basket from A Sweet Memory, and they will chauffeured around the region in a white stretch limousine to make their stops during the Wedding Road Show by Lacey Limousines. “In addition to the package NJWedding.com is also providing a dining gift card to Daddy O Restaurant for the winning couple.”

The Wedding Road Show on LBI is taking place Sunday, April 22nd from 10am – 4pm. For more information go to http://www.visitLBIregion.com 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, as well as various media partners, including Magic 100.1, the knot, Wed Alert, Celebrations Guide, New Jersey Bride and NJWedding.com.


Long Beach Island, NJ’s Wedding Road Show Set For Sunday, April 22

December 7, 2011

Celebrating its fourth year of putting the “Destination” in Destination Wedding, the Southern Ocean County Chamber/LBI Region DMO welcomes engaged couples to the 2012 premiere wedding planning event taking place on the Jersey Shore, including VIP Experience Contest Winners from NJWedding.com

Long Beach Island is a growing destination for weddings in New Jersey, and couples are invited to this Jersey shore location for the 3rd annual Wedding Road Show on April 22, 2012

Long Beach Island is a growing destination for weddings in New Jersey, and couples are invited to this Jersey shore location for the 3rd annual Wedding Road Show on April 22, 2012

Wedding planning with a creative spin that introduces new visitors to the LBI Region, the Wedding Road Show proved it had what it takes to win recognition from across the state during the 2010 NJ Governor Tourism Awards. Changing the way weddings are marketed throughout  New Jersey, the Wedding Road Show has put Long Beach Island on the maps as more than just a beach wedding, it is an experience that can only be provided by the local wedding venues and services that capture that LBI feel.

This year’s Wedding Road Show is April 22, 2012 beginning at one of three registration sites including Tuckerton Seaport, Holiday Inn Manahawkin or Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce office in Ship Bottom. These locations will all be ready to welcome brides and their entourages at 9:30 am. The brides will receive detailed maps and programs that will allow them to create their own touring schedule until 4 pm. Brides have an opportunity to take a self guided tour through the area’s finest venues, meeting, greeting and eating their way through wedding locations and services. Every registered stop the bride visits she will acquire a signature from the vendors located there, the more signatures she receives the entries she will have for the grand prize.

This year’s prize is all about the fashion with the bride having the opportunity to win her choice of wedding gown from Demetrios Bridal “Destination Romance” Collection, choice of five tuxedos from the Premiere Line at Dante Zeller Tuxedo at Uniformity in Manahawkin,  Wedding Bands by Novella Jewelry Design and Engagement Photo Shoot by Creatively Yours Dayna.  Media Sponsors include New Jersey Bride Magazine, NJWedding.com, WedAlert.com, and Demetrios Bridal.  Presenting sponsors are the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism and The LBI Region DMO/ Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Also new this year, is development for the LBI Wedding Road Show “Mobile APP” which will help brides during the event and throughout their wedding planning process.

In addition to the grand prize package, NJWedding.com ran a contest for a VIP Experience at the Wedding Road Show, including an overnight stay at Daddy O Boutique Hotel & Restaurant, gift baskets from Camille’s Floral Design and A Sweet Memory, and a white stretch limousine ride during Sunday’s event from Lacey Limousines. Over 1,200 entries came in and a winner was chosen…click here for more details!

For more information on the LBI Region Wedding Road Show call (609) 494-7211, find LBI Region on facebook or twitter or go to visitLBIregion.com.

View video of last year’s Wedding Road Show below, provided by E Video Productions:


NJ’s most unique bridal event showcases the LBI Region as a destination for weddings

January 26, 2011

Tastings, open houses and a Lighthouse Grand Giveaway makes wedding planning at the Jersey Shore an experience like none other happening on April 10, 2011

Long Beach Island is a growing destination for weddings in New Jersey & the Tri-State area (photo by Ann Coen).

Long Beach Island is a growing destination for weddings in New Jersey & the Tri-State area (photo by Ann Coen).

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ – Last year, brides from as far as North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York took this self guided tour that allows first hand access to wedding reception sites, wedding service professionals and the variety of options that are available for a LBI Destination Wedding. This free event will be held on Sunday April 10th beginning at 9:30 am and running until 4 pm. It is open to brides and their entourages so they may meet, greet and taste their way through 11 venues located in Stafford, LBI and Tuckerton earning prizes along the way. This year’s venues Holiday Inn Manahawkin (Registration Point), Mallard Island Yacht Club, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences (scheduled event), The Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club, The Stateroom, Surf City Yacht Club and the Tuckerton Seaport (Registration Point).

Brides can enter NJWedding.com's VIP Contest Experience to win an overnight stay at the Daddy O Boutique Hotel on April 9th

Brides can enter NJWedding.com's VIP Contest Experience to win an overnight stay at the Daddy O Boutique Hotel on April 9th

Pre-event festivities kick off on April 9th at the Mt. Burton Gallery in Surf City as they present “Top That,” an exhibit featuring contemporary wedding cake toppers. Brides can also enter a VIP Contest Experience on NJWedding.com to win an overnight stay at the Daddy O Boutique Hotel in Brant Beach, along with a welcome gift basket by Camille’s Floral Designs and an LBI-themed cookie basket by A Sweet Memory.

The Mallard Island Yacht Club, part of the "Weddings of Distinctions" properties, is one of the venues along the Wedding Road Show in LBI

The Mallard Island Yacht Club, part of the "Weddings of Distinction" properties, is one of the venues along the Wedding Road Show in LBI

The more stops the brides make, the more signatures they get on their entry form, the better the chance for Wedding Road Show prizes featuring a Lighthouse Wedding Grand Giveaway: includes: Wedding Ceremony/Reception site at the Tuckerton Lighthouse at the Tuckerton Seaport April or November 2012 , Wedding Buffet for 80 Catered by Scojo’s Catering, Wedding Invitations by Stephanie Somodi – Designing Your Most Inviting Day, Custom Wedding Cake for 80 by Tammy’s Cake Walk, Wedding Story Video and Edit Package by J & S Video, Custom Wedding Floral Package by Camille Floral Designs and Frank’s Flower and Gift Shoppe, favors by a Sweet Memory, photography by Portraits by the Bay and a Wedding Night Stay by JD Thompson Inn. In addition to the event prizes, each vendor will be offering discounts and contests of their own. Last year’s Wedding Road Show Grand Prize Winner was Michele Domalewski whose name was drawn from over 100 completed wedding forms. This lucky bride has been planning her wedding with the businesses who sponsored the LBI Dream Wedding Package and will celebrate their wedding this April.

The Wedding Road Show is presented by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism and is sponsored by wedding Industry powerhouses, The Knot, New Jersey Bride, Brides.com, NJWedding.com, and WedAlert.com. Radio Broadcast sponsor is Magic 100.1fm. The sponsors will be on hand at the welcome points offering prizes and samples.

To register, please go to visitLBIregion.com and click on “Wedding Road Show Flyer” or call the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at (609) 494-7211. Brides can pick up welcome bag, tour book and entry forms at one of three locations: Holiday Inn on Rt. 72 Manahawkin, Tuckerton Seaport on Rt. 9 in Tuckerton or the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom. There is no cost to enter contests or to attend the event.

View a video recap of last year’s Wedding Road Show by eVideo Productions:


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