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BRIDES New Jersey: Unique Treats to Serve at Your NJ Wedding

 Cakes, Favors & Gifts, Local, New Jersey, NY, NJ and CT, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Favors  Comments Off on BRIDES New Jersey: Unique Treats to Serve at Your NJ Wedding
Nov 122016
NJ Sweets

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Sure, the Garden State is known for producing some of the freshest fruits and veggies on the east coast — but it can sure hold it's own when it comes to sweets, too. Delectable cupcakes, candy, popcorn, doughnuts — you name it — we've got it. So, if you're looking for some uniquely New Jersey items to be a part of your big day, look no further than our favorite NJ sweet treats.

Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes (Above)
With three locations in NJ and one in NY, Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes evolved from what first began as a café, to now expanding into four cupcake bakeries. Combining a love for dessert with a unique twist, their decision to "stuff" cupcakes has (of course) begun to take NJ by storm. With favors including the Bada Bing (chocolate cupcake stuffed with mascarpone, espresso custard and topped with amaretto whipped cream and a cherry) and the Conor's Dream (vanilla M&M cupcake stuffed with M&M caramel custard topped with chocolate whipped cream and sprinkles) Jaret's combines traditional dessert and candy flavors in an untraditional way — because the only thing better than a cupcake, is a stuffed one! Read real brides' reviews here!

Rainbow Cookie Donuts
You may have seen these making their way around the Internet after going viral for their new Rainbow Cookie doughnut (for obvious reason.) Glaze Donuts in New Milford, NJ specializes in artisan doughnuts, created and made fresh each day. Never cooking with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring, the Rainbow Cookie doughnut is inspired by the traditional 7-layer cookie that hails from Italian bakeries, but in doughnut form, smothered in a chocolate glaze, with chocolate sprinkles. You're wedding guests are sure to flip over these doughnuts.

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Saltwater Taffy
Nothing is more Jersey than saltwater taffy from the Jersey Shore. First becoming poplar on the Atlantic City boardwalk, this candy is created with a mixture of water, butter, salt, sugar, cornstarch, and corn syrup and coloring that results in chewy, sweet goodness. To add a touch of the Jersey Shore to your wedding, you can choose colors and flavors to compliment your color palate, gift boxed taffy as favors, or even include it in guest welcome bags. For the original, you can order from Fralinger's, though many New Jersey candy shops sell their versions, too.

Johnson's Popcorn
Another coastal favorite, Johnson's Caramel Popcorn is a staple of boardwalk grub that your wedding guests are sure to love. Since 1940, Johnson's has been hand-mixing popcorn right off the sand, filling the Ocean City boardwalks with the sweet smells of sugary goodness. If you can't make it to Ocean City to stock up for your big day, their online ordering system couldn't be easier. (Be sure to order some extra to enjoy for yourselves!) Read real brides' reviews here!

Want more goodies to help cherish memories of your big day? Browse for ideas on our New Jersey local favors page.

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BRIDES New Jersey: The Most Scenic Places to Propose in NJ

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Oct 272016
Places to Propose in New Jersey

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Chances are you (and your partner) have spent countless hours brainstorming the perfect place and way to propose. For our New Jersey couples, the good ol' Garden State has a bunch of stunning, scenic places where you can ask, "Will you marry me?" amongst a storybook backdrop. We've compiled a list of our five favorite scenic spots in NJ that are sure to take your breath away.

Waterfront Parks in Hoboken & Jersey City
Just across the river from Manhattan on the Jersey side is an abundance of parks and piers that provide the most beautiful scenery for popping the question. In Hoboken and Jersey City specifically, we recommends Pier C (conveniently located near the Hoboken PATH station) for the most amazing skyline views or Liberty State Park, which is nestled opposite of Liberty and Ellis Island for even more incredible sights to set your about-to-be-engaged eyes on.

The Great Falls
Just 12 miles west of New York City is this 77-foot waterfall located in Paterson. As one of the United States' largest waterfalls, this beautiful spot also boasts a rich history being a driving force behind the Industrial Revolution. This breathtaking scene provides its visitors an opportunity to experience a natural wonder nestled within within an industrial, urban setting. It's uniqueness and "hidden gem" qualities make it an ideal spot to make your love official.

Spirit of NJ Dinner Cruise
Dine, dance, drink and get engaged aboard the Spirit of New Jersey Dinner Cruise. Departing from Weehawken's Lincoln Harbor, this cruise is a special date night where you can board the ship as a couple and leave as fiancés! The sparkling New York City skyline will take your breath away as it floats by your dinner table — while you and your love share a meal, tear up the dance floor to music provided by the onboard DJ, and begin a new chapter in your lives together. Read real brides' reviews here!

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New Jersey Beaches
Even though it's commonly known as the Garden State, New Jersey boasts a plethora of beaches to boot. With 130 miles of sandy shores from central to southern New Jersey, you won't have to look too far to find a remote spot to pop the question. Our recommendations? Take a sunset walk on the beach somewhere with a favorite restaurant or bar nearby. That way, you can take a moment to celebrate together before you start spreading the happy news.

The State Line Lookout
This overlook is located at the highest point of the Palisades Cliffs, which you can find approximately a half mile south of the state line separating New Jersey and New York. This location offers free parking, and is open every day throughout the daylight hours. Complete with a refreshment stand and gift shop, this scenic spot offers views of the Hudson River, perfect for hiking, bird watching, and of course — proposing!

To see more New Jersey locales to pop the question (or say your "I dos!"), head to our Local Venues page!

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The Fall Colors at This Couple’s New Jersey Wedding Will Take Your Breath Away

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Oct 222016

Looking for some major inspiration for your wedding ceremony and reception? Then be sure to check out our real weddings video channel, packed with tons of beautiful celebrations and countless ideas to steal for your own big day. Each week we take a deeper look at one of our favorite new love stories, and today we're taking you inside Emily and Todd's charming fall wedding in Princeton, New Jersey.

With Saltwater Studios on hand to document every moment of their autumnal wedding, Emily and Todd invited friends and family to join them for a beautiful day in Princeton, New Jersey. Jasna Polana, a private golf club, served as the romantic backdrop for their incredible day. You can see, without a doubt, that this couple embraced the changing season while planning their celebration. Just take a look at the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets, which were loaded with burgundy and orange blooms.

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With a fall wedding date, it should come as no surprise that this pair spent plenty of time outside, soaking up every moment of their near-perfect fall weather. And even though they headed inside after photos for an indoor reception, they still made sure to bring in hints of the season. Their floral ceremony structure was decked out with even more seasonally colored blooms.

As for their reception, it was as cozy as can be. They packed the space with light-wrapped trees and lots of low flower arrangements. But what we loved even more about this party isn't the décor — it's the guest list! How adorable were all the young children that packed the dance floor and partied with the bride and groom?

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BRIDES New Jersey: Vineyard Wedding Venues for the Wine-Loving Couple

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Oct 212016
Tomasello Winery

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If you're a vino-loving bride, what better way to express your fondness for the good stuff than hosting your wedding at a winery or vineyard? Rows of vines can serve as a backdrop for your first look and your guests can tote home some local bubbly as a favor, all while you mark the occasion at a locale steeped in history. If you're on the hunt for a New Jersey venue where you can uncork some good times, then take a cue from Plautus, who said it best: "Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words."

Tomasello Winery (Above)

If you want to get hitched at a winery but don't want to abandon your dreams of having a true ballroom reception, no need to fret. Tomasello checks both of those boxes. Couples can exchange vows outdoors under a flower-covered archway with rows of vines in the background and then roam the grounds where topiaries and well-maintained greenery can serve as a setting for bridal party photos. Later, head indoors for a reception in an opulent hall with luxurious drapery and over-the-top chandeliers where a caring and detailed staff will wait on you hand and foot. Read real brides' reviews here!

Renault Winery

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Renault Winery Resort and Golf

One of the oldest operating wineries in the U.S., Renault has helped to earn Egg Harbor the nickname "Wine City." The venue has a number of outdoor ceremony options for brides searching for a classic winery feel. Its expansive property is dotted with barrels and Mediterranean touches like vines, grapes and corks serve as décor at Renault's restaurants and four private party locations. Looking to give your guests something to do at the venue in between your ceremony and reception? Invite them to tour Renault's priceless wine glass collection—some of the vessels date back to the 1200s! Read real brides' reviews here!

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Laurita Winery

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Laurita Winery

Laurita is known for its picturesque premises, and even a quick visit will clue guests in to why. The grounds are immaculately maintained and provide breathtaking views, especially for summer and fall weddings. Rustic touches like wooden posts, fences and barrels give a farmland vibe to photos and excellent catering staff make sure that guests leave happy and well-fed. You'll definitely have a fully stocked bar at Laurita—the venue will work with you to provide the best wines available that time of year and directly connect you with a vendor that can provide other liquor and spirits at your fete. Read real brides' reviews here!

Unionville Vineyards

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Unionville Vineyards

For couples searching for an intimate setting with a bit of a country vibe, Unionville is the perfect pick. The venue's tasting room or winery building are a gorgeous setting for smaller affairs—100 guests or less—and its string lights and farm equipment lend a bucolic flair to the place. No need to worry if you're looking for a bigger bash—Unionville does after all have a nearly 90-acre farm, with plenty of space for a tented reception right after a ceremony behind the property's mansion. (Yes, mansion!) Read real brides' reviews here!

Valenzano Winery

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Valenzano Family Winery

The award-winning winery boasts a laid back and friendly approach to learning about wine that extends to its way of handling weddings. The welcoming feel of the Napa Valley inspired locale strikes the delicate balance of being relaxed enough to make guests feel comfortable, but special enough to host a monumental occasion like your wedding. Couples who get married at Valenzano work with one of a half-dozen approved caterers for a menu that fits your budget and taste. Brides will have a hard time deciding between the venue's tasting room where wine racks line the walls and the on site converted farmhouse with exposed brick and a fireplace that creates a charming and intimate space for smaller parties. Read real brides' reviews here!

Can't decide between red or white for your wedding? Read up on how to pick the perfect wine for your big day!

Looking for a different type of venue? Check out other NJ locales and find your perfect fit on our New Jersey Venues page!

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BRIDES New Jersey: Highest Rated Wedding DJs For Your Big Day

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Oct 152016

Selecting the musical entertainment for your big day can be a bit overwhelming. After all, everyone knows a DJ can make or break your party with their energy and musical selections. While many brides rely on word of mouth or hire DJs they've experienced as wedding guests themselves, others find comfort in selecting wedding DJs and MCs with rave and plentiful reviews. To help you out, we've compiled a list of the highest-rated wedding DJs in the Garden State.

Elite Sound Entertainment (5 stars, 1008 reviews)

This full-service DJ company aims to provide the ultimate experience for all New Jersey couples. Guaranteeing a unique musical variety that each and every wedding guest will enjoy, Elite Sound Entertainment customizes their approach for each couple and works closely with the bride and groom in preparation for the big event. Also offering an assortment of "extras" from decor to plasma displays and confetti, Elite Sound Entertainment has won numerous awards for excellence. Averaging 400 weddings per year and with over 14 years in the business, this company employs over a dozen emcees and DJs with an average of 8-10 years of experience. Read real brides' reviews here!

SCE Event Group (5 stars, 1106 reviews)
Standing for "Super Cool Events," SCE Event Group guarantees to pack dance floors while raising the bar when it comes to weddings. They use a boutique-style approach to entertainment and service, and offers a variety of packages and options to customize your experience, ensuring attention to detail and excellence. All SCE DJs have made full-time careers out of helping celebrate life's milestones and are ready to add unique flare to your event with party enhancement services including projected monograms, lighting, and musicians. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Elite Entertainment (5 stars, 1183 Reviews)
Having curated the jams for "tens of thousands of weddings," Elite Entertainment believes that charisma, passion, and training are all equal parts of a perfect party. With over 20 entertainers exclusively employed by the company and ready to make their mark on your celebration, their award winning DJs, emcees and singers promise to help you throw a wedding to remember from your first entrance as Mr. & Mrs., to your last dance. Elite Entertainment also offers photography, videography, photo booths, and lighting, too. Read real brides' reviews here!

Dash of Class Entertainment (5 stars, 541 reviews)

Providing DJ services in Staten Island, New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Long Island, Dash of Class Entertainment boasts over 25 years of experience in the music industry. With a hands-on approach that includes consultations and guidance throughout the entire planning process, this DJ company promises to bring the party and entertainment whether you're throwing the party of the year, or a classic affair. Believing that every event, couple, and venue are different, the DJ company builds custom packages for each couple, with the shared idea that one-size-fits-all preset packages are a thing of the past. Each of their 11 emcees brings their unique personality and energy to your event, ensuring a memorable and fun time is had by all. Read real brides' reviews here!

NJs Best DJs (5 stars, 306 reviews)
Owners Dave Nase and Joe Marino have partnered together to bring their experience and professionalism to their passion — weddings. With a shared belief that your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, they promise to help plan, organize, and perform your version of the perfect wedding — regardless of what that might be. Combining their musical knowledge and experience with high energy and magnetism, this company also offers additional services spanning up lighting, photo booths, band/DJ combinations, and more. Read real brides' reviews here!

Still haven't found the perfect way to get your guests on the dance floor? We have even more awesome DJs on our Local Vendors page!

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BRIDES New Jersey: The Best Mother-of-the-Bride Dress Boutiques

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Oct 082016
Mother-of-the-Bride Dress Boutiques in NJ

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Most brides have been dreaming of their wedding day their entire life, but they're not alone. One very special person has done the same and is important to recognize — your mother. She's been by your side through every important milestone, and now at your most important one, she deserves to shine like the star she is. Be sure to visit these top New Jersey mother-of-the-bride boutiques together to ensure your mom looks (and feels) her best on your big day.

Castle Couture
Enter through Castle Couture's doors to a bridal wonderland, featuring everything a mother of the bride could dream of needing for their daughter's wedding day. Exquisite evening wear, dazzling accessories and in-house seamstresses make castle Couture a one-stop-shop for mothers of the brides. Their extensive Evening Wear department showcases stunning gowns and cocktail dresses that will suit any style wedding by designers including ALYCE Paris, Pronovias, Tarik Ediz, and Jovani Evenings, among many, many more. Read real brides' reviews here!

Dressed to the Nines
This full-service bridal boutique — located in Morristown — acknowledges the important (and glamorous) role of being the mother of the bride (and groom). Updated-yet-classic looks are what Dressed to the Nines specializes in, and the store will leave you feeling just that — dressed to the nines! With an extensive selection of designers including Rena Di Montella, Junnie Leigh and Paula Varsalona, this boutique is a go-to for the MOB/MOG looking for a glamorous look for their child's big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Gisele's Unique Shop
Located in Warren, shop owner Pat O'Brien and her staff have been dressing women for momentous occasions in their lives since 1996. Aiming to have each client look and feel their most beautiful, this boutique focuses on the total experience — rather than "just" the dress. Carrying designers that include Gail Garrision and Flores and Flores, as well as impressive jewelry and accessories to complete your look, Gisele's Unique Shop promises an unparalleled and personalized shopping experience while completing the most beautiful ensemble.

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Jan's Boutique
About 70 miles outside of NYC, Jan's is certainly worth the trip. First established in 1974, Jan's has since expanded to a 50-dressing room storefront providing over 100 name brand designers, a shoe and accessory department, and an alterations department that guarantees your dress will fit like a glove. With the focal point of the business being on the mother of the bride and groom, Jan's is certain to have what you're looking for — and for those uncertain of what that is, their professional and courteous sales consultants will help each customer realize their perfect look for such a special occasion. Browse through over 10,000 dresses in stock from sizes 000-32, and your mama will be rocking a fabulous gown without question. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bernstein's Fashions
For over 60 years Bernstein's Fashions have been providing elegant, ready-to-wear and custom-made formal evening gowns for mothers throughout New Jersey. Located in Edison, this evening wear boutique carries sizes 4-16 and showcases some of the most talented designers from both the US and Europe — including Jovani, Ideas by Barbara, Lourdes Chaves, and more. Hosting seasonal trunk shows and offering in-house expert alterations, Bernstein's has everything a mother of the bride needs for looking stunning on her little girl's big day.

Browse even more local bridal boutiques for your mom's gorgeous gown — or even your own! — here

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BRIDES New Jersey: Where to Perfectly Preserve Your Wedding Dress

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Sep 302016
New Jersey Wedding Dress Preservation

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Once the last toast is made, the last song is played, and the after party has come to a close, your wedding day is over. Luckily, the memories are for a lifetime. While not many pieces of your wedding day can be physically preserved, it's important to hold on to what can — and in the highest quality way possible. We've rounded up our favorite New Jersey spots to professionally clean and preserve your one-of-a-kind wedding gown, to ensure its safekeeping for whatever may come its way in the future.

Hallak Cleaners (Hackensack)
This NJ location of "The Couture Cleaner" intends to help you keep your wedding gown forever. For over 50 years, this business has specialized in cleaning and preserving both couture and wedding gowns, with a special focus on cleaning the gown prior to preservation — which essentially means proper storage. Using acid free tissue paper and preservation boxes fit for the finest museums, at the culmination of the process you will be comforted with a lifetime guarantee from both the cleaner and the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. How's that for peace of mind when it comes to possibly the most expensive garment you'll ever buy? Read real brides' reviews here!

Dress 2 Impress (Linwood)
Offering a selection of high quality gowns and formalwear, this Linwood, New Jersey boutique offers preservation services through their partnership wiht the Wedding Gown Preservation Company, known throughout the US as a quality provider of gown care and safeguarding. Since 1913, this third-generation family-owned business has been using their own original formula with cleaning methods acknowledged by the International Fabric Institute as the "best" in the industry. Dress 2 Impress can easily be your one-stop-shop for gown shopping AND saving as you preserve your cherished memory for years to come. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Moline Kronberg Dry Cleaners (Montclair)
Proud member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, Moline Kronberg Dry Cleaners takes great care in preparing and preserving your beloved bridal attire. As part of the initial process, all gowns receive a full analysis and all stains are removed, with all finishing completed by hand. The gown is then preserved using world-renowned restoration and cleansing methods to ensure your it is in perfect condition. Read real brides' reviews here!

Susanna's Bridal and Evening Boutique (Hoboken)
The hands-on owner of this hidden gem is actually a master designer from Europe who has over 40 years of experience under her (perfectly tailored) belt. Specializing in bridal alterations, tailoring, and gown cleaning/preservation, Susanna personally oversees the cleaning and preservation of your most cherished wedding day item. (Other than your husband, of course!) When you first bring your gown to Susanna you'll undergo a brief consultation, and then your dress will be sent out to be professionally cleaned. Once it returns to her store, you will have the opportunity to inspect the cleaning work before it is sent off for preservation for decades to come.

Still searching for that perfect dress? Check out these New Jersey wedding dress boutiques!

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BRIDES New Jersey: The Best Live Bands for Jersey Weddings

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Sep 232016

When it comes to wedding day music, couples are often torn between deciding on a DJ or a live band. The one thing everyone can agree on? Music can make (or break) a party. To make the decision process a bit easier, we've compiled a list of our four favorite New Jersey wedding bands, sure to get your guests on the dance floor "All Night Long" (...see what we did there?).

Brian Kirk & The Jirks
This 9-12 piece band with Jersey Shore origins has been bringing the music to weddings for the past 10 years, and averages over 60 weddings a year. With an unbelievable horn section, talented vocalists, and dynamic party-presence, Brian Kirk and The Jirks are certain to blow you away with their energy. For your big day, they provide a full production of sound and lighting. With a unique "interactive band" mentality, BK&J offer personalized, one-on one attention and communication with all of their couples to ensure they provide them with the music vibes of their wedding dreams. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Nerds
Behind the thick-rimmed glasses and plaid shirts, this New Jersey-born band specializes in soul and classic rock. For over 25 years, The Nerds have brought music, dancing, and fun to weddings and events throughout the state and country. Loosely based on an SNL skit, The Nerds are exclusively booked through S.T.A.R.S. Productions and call themselves "America's Rock and Roll Fun-Omenon." Their celebratory and sometimes silly vibes combined with their musical flair makes the band the perfect wedding entertainment for the couple looking to celebrate, laugh, and dance the whole night through. Read real brides' reviews here!

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The Benjamins
This popular NJ band performs at over 200 live events per year, making them a powerful force in the music industry. The Benjamins combine oldies, classics, pop, rock, swing, and more to bring the party to your party. With a high energy yet sophisticated style, this band brings a one-of-a-kind experience with them as they aim to keep your guests dancing and partying all night long. With mesmerizing stage presence and an impressive vocal range and repertoire, The Benjamins have also won WeddingWire's Couple's Choice Awards for the past three years, and it's no surprise why. Read real brides' reviews here!

Platinum Band Music
With 10 musicians playing together to bring high-energy dance music to your celebration, Platinum Band consists of experienced and skilled musicians ready to share their talents with you and your wedding guests. With performance options spanning across Top 40, Classic 80s, Motown Hits, Standards, and everything in-between, this band is sure to rock your party, in whichever way your hearts desire. Whether you want to rock out all night to hits inspired by Bon Jovi and Springsteen or prefer the likes of Pitbull and Calvin Harris, Platinum Band Music has got you covered. Read real brides' reviews here!

These bands not quite striking a cord with you? We have more to choose from on our Local Vendors page!

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BRIDES New Jersey: Fun Winery Tour Ideas For Your Bachelorette Party

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Sep 152016
red grape winery

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Can't decide what to do for your bachelorette party but want to stay local? Why don't you "wine" about it? No, really — unbeknownst to many, New Jersey is home to dozens of beautiful wineries (they don't call it the Garden State just for fun!). What better way to celebrate your fling before the ring than by sampling some of the finest wines the state has to offer. Grab your best girls (and your best wine-tour outfit, of course) and let these New Jersey tour companies take care of the rest.

Tastings & Tours - Cape May
Tastings & Tours offers hassle-free options for your vino-filled day. Allow them to do all the planning and scheduling while you 'sip' back and relax, literally. Select the Cape May package which includes transportation and lunch at an area restaurant as well as visits to three wineries: the Cape May Winery & Vineyard, Jessie Creek Winery, and Natali Vineyards. Bonus: their hassle free system allows each bridesmaid or guest to pay for their own seat, which eliminates any money collection hassles.

New Jersey Wine Tours

After picking from a selection of luxury vehicles, sedans, and limousines, you can relax and hit the road in style for about five hours as you visit 2-3 wineries across New Jersey's "Outer Coastal Plain." This plain consists of over 2-million acres — 20 of which are wineries and vineyards. Perfect for parties of 2-12 people, New Jersey Wine Tours is completely preplanned; enabling you and your party people to unwind and "un-cork" as you enjoy the best wines New Jersey has to offer.

See More: Make Travel Arrangements For All Of Your Wedding Parties With One Of Our Local Vendors

NJ Adventure Tours
The "Three Ways to Wine" package offered by NJ Adventure Tours includes round trip transportation, lunch for each guest, a visit to three wineries, tasting fees, and a souvenir wine glass per guest. With a recommended maximum group size of 10-13 guests for the ideal experience, spend approximately 7 hours in a wine-filled wonderland with upgrade options to include chocolate pairings and private tours. Want more? NJ Adventure tours also offers the "UnWined" Spa and Bliss package that includes round trip transportation, a visit to one winery, lunch, and a spa mani/pedi.

South Jersey Wine Tours
"You do the tasting, we do the rest," is the motto of this wine tour company, and don't mind if we do! Offering both memorable and educational private or public winery tours that range from basic tasting packages to dinner packages, South Jersey Wine Yours plans the day for your party while offering pick up and drop off in one of their luxury vehicles. They also offer bachelorette spa packages, painting, and exotic dancing classes before or after the tour for the *ultimate* bachelorette experience.

Need more winery options for your boozy bachelorette party? Check out our local vendors page!

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Sep 092016

Are you a proud NYC bride, but can't stop dreaming of beachfront nuptials for your big day? No worries — New Jersey is home to many beachfront venues not too far (about an hour and fifteen minutes, each) from good ole' Manhattan. For your wedding festivities, leave the skyscrapers, bright lights, and fast paced living behind (for a few days) and think sand, salt water, and ocean breezes as you peruse our favorite New Jersey beachfront venues closest to Manhattan.

The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel (Asbury Park)
An Asbury trademark for over 100 years, the newly renovated Berkeley Hotel combines classic beauty, modern luxuries, and Victorian architecture as both a wedding venue and hotel just steps from the boardwalk. Boasting 5 unique ballrooms with outdoor terraces, ocean views, and unique décor specific to each particular ballroom, The Berkeley is an ideal venue for the glamorous and beach-loving bride. Read real brides' reviews here!

McLoone's Pier House (Long Branch)

Offering awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic, McLoone's Pier House is an exceptional oceanfront venue that offers delicious cuisine and high-end service in addition to a variety of wedding packages. Begin your special day with a ceremony on the beach, and continue as your guests enjoy coastal vibes and modern décor as they indulge in a mouthwatering menu while taking in panoramic views of the ocean. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Windows on the Water (Sea Bright)
If neutral colors, sparkling views of both the ocean AND the river, and beachfront gazebos make you swoon, look no further than Windows on the Water. Surrounded by water on both sides (hence the name!), this 7,000-square-foot venue now is now able to enclose its outdoor decking for fall and winter weddings. Host your dream beachfront wedding amongst their picturesque setting, private entrances, separate cocktail hour space — with delectable bites prepared by Executive Chef Pete Cruz. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Crystal Point Yacht Club (Point Pleasant)

Nestled on the Manasquan River in the storybook beach town of Point Pleasant, the Crystal Point Yacht Club combines nautical charm with chic sophistication throughout both its cocktail rooms and ballrooms. With expansive grounds and lush gardens, options for indoor or outdoor ceremonies, and an extensive menu to choose from, your guests will enjoy waterfront elegance from your ceremony through the after party and then retire at the Crystal Point Inn (just steps away from the venue itself) — making this venue the perfect one-stop-shop for coastal brides looking to make a beach weekend of their big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Haven't quite found the perfect combination of city and sand? Head to our Local Vendors page for even more venue options!

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