BRIDES New Jersey: Destress from Wedding Planning at These Spas Just Outside NYC

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Aug 212016
couple getting massage

Photo: Courtesy of Hoboken Wellness Spa

Pulling out your hair due to your budget? Seating chart giving you hives? Mother-in-law driving you cuckoo with her guest list adds? Then, girl, you've earned yourself a spa day. (Even if the only thing stressing you out is trying to organize your many, many Pinterest boards, then you still deserve one. It's a bridal right.) Check out these northern New Jersey locales that provide the absolute best in pre-wedding relaxation — only a hop, skip, and a jump from NYC.

Massage Envy

With locales all throughout the state and appointments until late in the evening, Massage Envy has the convenient relaxation thing down pat. Though not necessarily conducive to an all day spa day, Massage Envy provides massages, reflexology and trigger point therapy at prices so affordable you can work them into your monthly routine. Relax and grab some water and a snack in any of the locales' waiting areas to start your decompression early. Massage Envy's quiet music and attentive staff will make sure that by the time you leave your spa session, you'll hardly remember that you have 200 favor boxes to put together.

Hoboken Wellness Spa
For ladies looking for a more spiritual recovery, Hoboken Wellness Spa is the place for you. The salon, which offers traditional services like massages and facials, also provides Reiki sessions that are meant to rebalance energy. With minimal décor in a pleasing pastel color scheme and a focus on Ayurvedic philosophies, Hoboken Wellness Spa will ensure that mind, body and spirit are in tune before you walk out the door.

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The beauty giant has been so successful for a reason: it knows what it's doing. The company's locations seem like the fun younger sister of stodgy, older spas — with a fun vibe that is still quiet enough to not be disruptive. Book an appointment to sit alongside your bestie for a mani-pedi before you go your separate ways for a massage or body treatment chosen off the company's expansive services menu. (Seriously, there are dozens of options available!) Make sure to stop by Bliss' massive store before check out to stock up on its proprietary line of beauty and personal care products so you can recreate the experience at home!

The Fountain Spa
The day spa is all about luxury — the company has boasted of providing a "resort spa experience close to home" for more than 20 years. The brides special day package includes some alone time in a private whirlpool bath before throwing on your complimentary slippers and robe and heading to a body scrub, a relaxing massage and a stress relieving pedicure. Wrap the day up with a bite at the spa's Tranquility Room where you can nosh on complimentary cookies and snacks. (Want to share some relaxation time with your fiancé? The Fountain also offers couples packages that include a whirlpool bath for two and side by side massages.) The no-cell phones policy, quiet atmosphere and ubiquitous fountains all contribute to the feeling that you're a million miles away. Read real brides' reviews here!

Cortiva Institute
Need someone to work out the knots in your shoulders but don't want to break the bank? If you're just looking for a basic service without too much emphasis on ambiance, consider heading over to Cortiva's massage therapy center in Hoboken, New Jersey. At the location, therapy students get the opportunity to work on clients at prices way below those of other spas. All the students have completed a good chunk of instruction already, and work under the supervision of a licensed massage practitioner, so you're in good hands at nearly half the rate of a traditional health club.

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BRIDES New Jersey: How to Keep Your Out-of-Town Guests Entertained Before Your Wedding

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Aug 172016
carlos bakery

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Fortunately, all your fave people have decided to travel in for your wedding — that deserves a major 'YAY'! But yikes, how are you going to keep everyone occupied in the days leading up to your wedding? Have no fear, we have the comprehensive guide for keeping your friends and fam busy while you put the finishing touches on those pending last-minute details. (Ahem, we know you have 150 favors to put ribbons on over the next 48 hours.)

Visit Buddy Valastro's bakery
Send guests to Carlo's Bakery, seen on the show "Cake Boss," for some rainbow cookies, cannolis, and cupcakes. Visitors can take photos in front of the television-featured bakery and get their sugar fill all while potentially spotting some cake-world celebs. The line is often long, so make sure to tell your guests to wear comfy shoes!

Take a stroll along the Hoboken waterfront
The view of the Manhattan skyline is world famous for a reason. If the weather is cooperating, encourage your friends and family to take a walk along Frank Sinatra Drive where they can take gorgeous photos with the Freedom Tower in the background and marvel at one of the most iconic views in the world.

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Explore some family history
Have guests that are interested in learning more about their family background? Give them information for ferries to Ellis Island, where not only can they see the Statue of Liberty, but they may be able to find the original passenger records for family members of theirs that entered the U.S. through the famed port.

Embrace the fear

New Jersey is well known for its many spooky sites, and if your nearest and dearest like to be freaked out, you may want to give them directions to the Devil's Tree in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Legend has it that the tree is cursed, with numerous creepy things happening nearby — even in the coldest winter, snow doesn't fall around it! Make sure your guests have a strong tolerance for weirdness and tell them to keep someone updated of their whereabouts if they do decide to go!

Give your regards to Broadway
If your friends and family have never been to a Broadway musical or play in New York City, hook them up with some tickets to one of your favorites. The Lion King and Aladdin are family friendly, while The Book of Mormon will have adults with a raunchier sense of humor laughing for days to come. (Hit up TKTS ticket booths for discount seats to your fave shows!)

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BRIDES New Jersey: The Garden State’s Newest Wedding Venues

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Aug 142016
The Grove Wedding Venue

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The venue hunt can be equal parts exciting and exhausting. Have you been to your fair share of NJ weddings, but no venue has really caught your eye as being "the one" for your own big day? Do you believe in "the newer, the better?" With visions of weddings past swirling around in your head, maybe you need to set your sights on something new. Check out New Jersey's three newest wedding venues.

The Grove (Cedar Grove) Above
As one of New Jersey's newest venues, The Grove embodies classical elegance with modern accents — culminating in a glamorous and lavish venue that can accommodate up to 700 guests. Offering a variety of packages on their historic grounds (which consists of a charming brownstone home from the late 1700s) that have been restored and preserved to enchant wedding guests throughout all celebrations that call this venue home. Nestled amongst awe-inspiring gardens and patios, you can say, "I do" in an outdoor ceremony or indoors, too. When it's time to party, the ballroom shines courtesy of the plethora of crystal chandeliers, palladium windows, a dramatic staircase — all surrounding a wooden dance floor. With luxuriously appointed dressing suites, you will be sure to have a day to remember from start to finish at this northern NJ venue. Read real brides' reviews here!

Park Chateau Wedding Venue

Photo: Courtesy of The Park Chateau Estate & Gardens via Facebook

The Park Chateau Estate & Garden (East Brunswick)
Now booking for 2017 affairs, The Park Chateau will be one of New Jersey's most elegant venues. As guests arrive to your event, they will travel through a beautifully landscaped path, leading to a courtyard and greeted with champagne from white-gloved servers. The sophistication only begins there. With indoor and outdoor space, guests will enjoy views of the glistening pond in the Versailles Garden, take in French antiques decorating the interior space, and design meant to reflect a French countryside ambiance. The Grand Ballroom features silver place settings, crystal chandeliers, ornate moldings, and breathtaking high ceilings — serving as the perfect backdrop to your party. Designed by the partners who also currently own both gorgeous venues Nanina's In The Park and The Park Savoy, it's evident this venue will be the talk of the town.

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The Marigold Wedding Venue

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The Marigold (Somerset)
Whether you're looking to book a traditional, kosher, or Indian celebration, The Marigold can provide a brand new, exceptional venue to meet your every need. Amongst meticulously landscaped lawns scattered with gazebos, florals and spectacular views, the external beauty of this venue pales in comparison to the interior. With attention to detail evident at every turn, the inside space boasts sparkling chandeliers, marble floors, grandiose staircases and classic décor, with the expansive, grandiose ballroom as the cherry on top. With world-class chefs able to provide catering for cultural receptions as well as traditional, The Marigold offers over 17,000 square feet of space for your celebration, including separate outdoor photo area, and private, elegant bridal suites for day-of pampering.

Want to check out some other stunning big day locales? Head to our New Jersey Venues page to see more!

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BRIDES New Jersey: 5 Boutiques to Find Adorable Flower Girl Dresses

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Aug 072016
NJ Flower Girl Dresses

Photo: Kristyn Hogan

While all eyes are certain to be on you as you make your way down the aisle on your big dal, the special little girl in your life has big shoes to fill, too. She will also never forget having a part in your big day, and it's important to make her feel as special and beautiful as you hope she does. Finding the right dress for your little love can be one of the most fun tasks of wedding planning, so grab her little hand and shop until you both drop at our favorite NJ children's boutiques for flower girl dresses.

Dress 2 Impress (Linwood)
Whether you're looking for a mini-ball gown or a sleek and refined silhouette for your flower girl, Dress to Impress boasts a slew of styles — perfect for the cutest little member of your bridal party. Designer Jessica Lynn has over 150 styles of dresses to choose from to ensure your flower girl and/or junior bridesmaids look and feel like the little princesses they are. Read real brides' reviews here!

Ragamuffins (Cherry Hill)
Ragamuffin's children's boutique has been helping families dress their kids for all of life's special occasions for over 25 years. With an impressive collection of Joan Calabrese flower girl dresses available, whether you're looking for lace, embellishments, a hint of color or a traditional gown you'll be able to dress your mini-me in the perfect dress for her while creating meaningful memories together that will last a lifetime.

Nene's Lullaby Boutique (Turnersville)
Looking to knock off two to-do list tasks — finding the oufits for both your flower girl AND ring bearer? You can do so at the adorable Nene's Lullaby Boutique in Turnersville, New Jersey. With a broad selection of boys formalwear and suits and flower girl dresses by designers including Christie Helene, Sweetie Collection, and Macis Designs, Nene's specializes in upscale children's apparel. Dressing little ones for their special occasions for 20 years, Nene's offers heirloom quality items to be cherished long after the big day.

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Jefre Bridals (Greenbrook)
Aside from being a one-stop shop for brides-to-be and their own ensembles for the big day, Jefre Bridals also offers an extensive selection of flower girl ensembles. Whether you're looking for traditional, modern, or trendy styles the consultants at Jefre can help you find the dress you dream of in the fabric, texture, and color you're looking for. With designers including Rosebud and US Angels, this boutique can also get any dress you desire, from any manufacturer — just ask! Read real brides' reviews here!

Angel's Gowns (Red Bank)
Flower girl dresses, handbags, baskets and headwear are all available at Angel's Gowns in Red Bank. Specialty children's clothing items is Angel's specialty, and this boutique can outfit the tiniest of toddlers through older children's sizing as well. With designers including Joan Calabrese and Sweetie Pie, you can be sure to find a flower girl dress to please any vision you may have had for the littlest bridal party member on your big day.

Dress the rest of your bridal party in fabulous frocks from these other New Jersey bridal boutiques!

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BRIDES New York: The NYC-Based Wedding Photographers You Should Be Following on Instagram

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Aug 012016
NYC Wedding Photographers on Instagram

Photo: Jason Walker of Ira Lippke Studios

If you're a Big Apple bride looking for a photographer with the ability to capture you and your other half's personal love story, you're as close as a scroll through your Instagram feed! Look no further than this breathtaking list of some of Instagram's most talented New York photographers.

Ira Lippke Studios (Above)
A collective of talented photographers are behind the vivid collection of images documented on this photography studio's bold Instagram feed. With an eye for detail and a background in journalism, Ira Lippke himself expertly captures his couples pre- and post-ceremony — resulting in full-circle documentation and behind-the-scenes elements that capture the true character of the day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Brian Dorsey Studios
Credited for making brides more comfortable to showcase their true emotions on the biggest day of their life, Brian Dorsey channels this positive energy to radiate through the crisp, high-quality, and personal photography shown on this legendary New York native's Instagram feed. Read real brides' reviews here!

Brklyn View
Colorful and graceful images, focusing on the natural and botanic features of a couple's big day, help rank this Brooklyn photographer among an exclusive list of New York finest wedding shutterbugs. Soft natural light and elements of Hollywood glamour help emphasize the elegance of the images on this photography studio's stunning feed. Read real brides' reviews here!

Fred Marcus Studio
Capturing the most important day of some of New York's most prominent couples since 1941 has secured this legendary photography studio a spot amongst the best of the best. An Instagram catalogue of personal moments focused on the a bride and her stunning gown, is the specialty behind this magnet of candid excellence. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Lindsay Madden Photography
Beautiful light and the natural elements of some of New York's most legendary outdoor venues help set the atmosphere for this photo maven's keen eye for ethereal photography. An Instagram feed dedicated to intimate moments highlighted by crisp elements and outdoor features make this photographer a perfect match for any open-air seeking bride. Read real brides' reviews here!

Jessica Haley
A couple's custom wedding features always shine through the elite collection of elegant images on this photographer's romantic feed. Photos taken with an emphasis on the bride's natural beauty helps transcend Jessica Haley's photography style into a range of pure authenticity and grace. Read real brides' reviews here!

If you're still searching for a NYC shutterbug for your own big day, check out our New York Photography page

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BRIDES New Jersey: Where to Shop for Your Beautiful Bridal Accessories

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Jul 042016

Once you've said yes to the dress, it's time to finish your ensemble. Whether you're looking for jewelry, veils, headpieces or more, it's easy to get overwhelmed while deciding upon your bridal look. Jersey girls, you're in luck. The Garden State boasts an abundance of boutiques for bridal accessories not far from New York City. Check out a few of our favorites.

Castle Couture (Manalapan)
As you enter through the grandiose entrance of Castle Couture, you'll find nearly an entire first floor dedicated to all things accessories. Dazzling within their elaborate displays, there's an endless supply of designer pieces including Justin Alexander belts, Eve of Milady veils, Bel Aire tiaras and Bloom Bazaar headpieces. Whether you're looking for a few finishing touches to "jack up" your look or one simple piece to tie your big day look together, Castle Couture has an incredible selection of anything a bride might need to feel completely glam. Read real brides' reviews here!

I Do... I Do (Morristown)
With an extensive accessories department that spans from handbags, shoes wraps, designer jewelry and more, I Do... I Do is a charming bridal boutique located in the heart of Morristown. On top of their gorgeous selection of bridal gowns, their accessories section is sure to have the perfect piece you need to complete your bridal vision. If by chance you don't see what you have in mind, the shop can also customize a piece for you, as well as update a treasured family heirloom to incorporate into your big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Exquisite Bride (Princeton)
This Princeton shop curates a slew of elegant wedding gowns within their dynamic accessory department, where they believe "attention to detail is never overlooked." Helping brides complete their looks, Exquisite Bride has an array of accessories ranging from modern and chic to elegant and sophisticated. On top of their offerings, they also have seamstresses available who can help adjust your dress to perfection — with added straps, shoulder coverings, or incorporating heirlooms and sentimental items if you desire. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Dressed To The Nines (Morristown)
The bridal fashion professionals at Dressed to the Nines help customers meet every bridal need with their assortment of bridal bling, handbags, headwear, and undergarments. This modern bridal salon has talented in-house seamstresses that can create custom headpieces, veils, and jewelry. Haven't been able to spot that veil to match the lace or beading in your gown — dont fret — Dressed to the Nines can customize any piece to your dress aesthetic. Read real brides' reviews here!

Click here to see even more bridal jewelry boutiques and local accessory shops to get you wedding day ready!

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BRIDES New York: 4 Anti-Aging Treatments for Flawless Wedding Skin

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Jul 032016
NYC Anti-Aging Treatments

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All brides strive to be the best versions of themselves on their wedding day, and a huge part of that (which is often overlooked) is proper skincare. On top of incorporating fitness and nutrition into your wedding-ready regimen, it's equally important focus on skincare and treatments, too.

For the bride-to-be looking for a youthful and fresh wedding day glow (who isn't?) anti-aging beauty treatments are essential. Visit these New York City spots for non-invasive (seriously, NO invasive treatments prior to your big day!) anti-aging treatments that will enable you to put your best face forward (literally) for your big day and beyond.

Shellie Goldstein Associates
This cosmetic acupuncture and wellness center offers treatments and services that not only improve appearance, but overall well being, too. A leader in cosmetic acupuncture, Goldstein is the creator of the AcuFacial Facelift, a nonsurgical approach to facelift results that reduces lines, lifts face muscles, and brings new life to skin. Performed using acupuncture alone or in conjunction with light or sound therapies, visible results can be noticed after one treatment, with long lasting results occurring after a series. Goldstein is also the creator of the Touch + Glow self-accupressure wand, which enables brides-to-be to not only perform "treatments" on themselves, but also provide some much needed stress relief during wedding planning! Wands are available for purchase online at

Dr. Thomas W. Loeb
Dr. Thomas W. Loeb offers the Fractora treatment, which is a skin resurfacing system aimed at improving and stimulating collagen, and improving skin's appearance. Best suited for clients looking to target fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and more, the Fractora system is performed with a small device using radio-frequency heat and tiny pins that allow the heat to penetrate the skin. Considered less invasive than microdermabrasion and harsh peels, this procedure does require a tiny bit of downtime (just about a day of no makeup or sun — use tons of sunscreen) and has both immediate and extended results and benefits.

Joanna Vargas Skincare
Celebrity skincare facialist Joanna Vargas combines non-invasive techniques with organic/natural ingredients to help clients achieve their best complexion. Additionally, she combines light therapy with these methods to repair damaged skin, and reverse signs of aging. With noticeable results and changes best achieved in 8-10 treatments, light therapy facials performed at Joanna Vargas Skincare are safe, non-damaging procedures that are non-invasive and painless. Acting much like photosynthesis does for plants, facial light therapy can bring healing energy to treated, targeted areas.

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Skin Spa New York
With seven locations throughout NYC, Skin Spa New York offers a myriad of skincare services that can help your skin be bridal-ready in no time. A popular service, the SkinFit Microcurrent Facial, is the perfect treatment for soon-to-be Mrs. looking for a fresh and renewed complexion. Known as "Fitness for Your Face" this NuFace method helps clients achieve noticeable results by infusing anti-aging serums with micro current technology that aims to improve your face's contour and tone, while also bringing energy and youthfulness to eye and lip areas as well (AKA those tiny little lines that seem to appear in a da.) Skin Spa also offers a Photolight / Limelight facial that uses their Intense Pulsed Light treatment to target sun damage and hyperpigmentation, to ensure you'll have that extra-special glow on your wedding day.

Your pampering doesn't end here! Find dozens of other local bridal beauty experts on our New York City Beauty page!

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BRIDES New Jersey: The Best Spots for Dance Lessons Outside of NYC

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Jun 092016

If the thought of dancing with your new husband in the center of a crowded room makes your heart race and palms sweat — you're not alone. But, fear not! New Jersey has great options when it comes to wedding day dance lessons that will not only help you nail the first dance, but also have fun through the process. Check out our list of the best NJ dance studios for wedding dance lessons.

Continental Dance Club (Bloomfield)
Located in Bloomfield, the Continental Dance Club will provide you with custom wedding choreography for your first dance on your big day. In business for over 55 years this dance studio has helped thousands of couples create, rehearse, and polish their wedding day routines before their big day — and is a preferred studio of many celebrities, event planners and TV producers. While their work can be seen on TLC, News 12, Univision and the Style Network, they are open 7 days a week and are even willing to accommodate couple's schedules as they to turn couples into dancing stars, one "step" at a time (pun intended). Read real brides' reviews!

Starry Night Dance Studio (Garwood)
Understanding the special, magic moments that surround the traditional first wedding dance, Starry Night Dance Studio strives to provide couples with a solid foundation in technique and fundamentals to instill confidence AND fun in your big-day dances. Offering a special bridal package that includes 5 one-hour private lessons with an instructor, and custom choreography you can also opt to add elements of modern, freestyle, or hip-hop instruction to your package for some added flair and fun.

Anchor Dance Studio (Oradell)
Whether it be for your first dance, parent dances, or both, Anchor Dance studio in Oradell is dedicated to helping you create a memorable performance and experience. Dancing their way into couples hearts since 1978, this studio features two ballrooms for dance practice and instruction and employs professional dancers with extensive teaching experiences. Procrastinate much? No worries — Anchor Dance Studio also provides wedding dance "crash courses" that last minute couples can attend 2-3 times a week to prepare quickly and efficiently. Read real brides' reviews!

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Grand Ballroom Dance Studio (Midland Park)
Whether you dream of an over the top choreographed performance while the spotlight shines on you as newlyweds, or are just looking for some simple tips to have a better, more polished first dance Grand Ballroom Dance Studio has got you covered. (Maybe your soon-to-be spouse has two left feet?) Offering 45 minute lessons and wedding dance packages, this studio will have you feeling more confident in your dancing abilities quicker than you can say 5-6-7-8. (Bonus: for the stressed out brides — they also offer emergency wedding services close to your wedding day to give you a bit of reassurance and poise.)

Dance A Lot Ballroom Studio (Fair Lawn)
Founded by Two-time National Dance Champions Adriana Bezmenova & Georgi Kanev, Dance A Lot Ballroom Studio offers a wide variety of dance lessons and experiences including unique wedding dance instruction as they personalize your experience to your level of dance experience, budget, and personal style as a couple. Working closely with you both, this studio will carefully plan and create each dance related detail from the initial consultation process (choosing a song, designing a plan) through your wedding day performance. Read real brides' reviews!

For more ways to get prepared for the big day, be sure to check out all the local wedding experts on our New Jersey Wedding Vendors page

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BRIDES New Jersey: Your Go-To Guide to Changing Your Name in the Garden State

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Jun 062016

While you may still be basking in that newlywed glow, be warned — your job is not over. From thank-you cards and wedding announcements to photo album creations and photo printing, there's even more left to do for those new brides looking to change their last name. To make it a bit easier, we've created a guide to changing your last name for New Jersey brides wanting to officially change their names, and become a legal Mrs.

Social Security
Changing your last name is, we admit it, a bit of a pain-in-the-you-know-what process. First things first, you must head over to your local Social Security office. Assuming you already have a social security card, you will be applying for a "corrected" card. For this, you will need proof of your identity (U.S. driver's license, state-issued non-driver identification card or U.S. passport), an original copy of your marriage license, and an application for a social security card (available at Bring these documents to the office, and they'll take care of the rest. But, you're not done!

After you receive your new Social Security Card in the mail (TIP: If you live in an apartment, be sure your mailbox is clearly labeled with your new last name to ensure delivery) you can now change your name at the Motor Vehicle Commission (previously known as the DMV). Make sure you have your documents for the 6 Point ID Verification (at least one primary ID, at least one secondary ID, social security number and proof of address) your current license with your maiden name, and your marriage certificate. Say cheese, flash that newlywed smile, and you'll have your new driver's license in no time.

Everyone Else
Once your name change is official on your new Social Security card and NJ Driver's License, it's legal and official! Now, you have to let everyone else know about your new name. We recommend making a list of everyone that needs to know (banks, your job, health insurance, credit cards, post office, car insurance, passport, doctor, etc.) and tackle these one at a time. While it may seem overwhelming, staying organized throughout this process is key. Before you know it, you'll be a Mrs. everywhere you go.

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If this all sounds like too much for you, there are new startups that have recently begun offering name-change services for busy new brides. Check out Miss Now Mrs., I'm A Mrs., HitchSwitch, or Name Change Express, just to name a few.

Find dozens of local wedding experts to take you from Miss to Mrs. on our New Jersey Wedding Vendors page!

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BRIDES New York: 5 Unique NYC Bridal Shops to Find Your One-of-a-Kind Dress

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Jun 042016
wedding atelier alternative bridal shops new york city

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When it comes to saying "Yes to the Dress," there is no limit to the creative options found within these alternative NYC bridal shops. Vintage boutiques and upscale thrift shops satisfy this list of NYC's most exclusive bridal shops to find your wedding dress.

Wedding Atelier
Luxury is no stranger to this dazzling Flatiron Atelier adorned with mirrored walls hand-selected gowns and couture bridal accents. In-house seamstresses and a full-service staff guarantee a seamless transition between a bride's initial appointment and the fulfilled celebration of her wedding-day vision.

Shareen Vintage
This extensive collection of preserved vintage bridal gowns is inspired by the glamorous bi-coastal women of Los Angeles and New York City. The salon exudes individuality and exclusivity — hosting a wide range of styles and designs. Covering decade styles of the 50s through the 70s, there is no limit to the vintage gems found in this Chelsea boutique. Read real brides' reviews here!

Allan & Suzi
Carrying a consignment-style mix of new and vintage designer clothing, this Manhattan legend in vintage apparel has been featured in exclusive publications such as Women's Wear Daily and Vogue as a top bridal pick. Since its opening 25 years ago, Allan and Suzi frequently obtain designer wedding gowns, so it's no secret that this Soho staple is one of New York's finest.

VeKa Bridal
Carrying no more than four designers at a time, this Brooklyn boutique ensures an intimate selection of avant-garde designs with an emphasis in romanticism and innovation. Fitting rooms that open into an adjacent garden are a definite perk — yet only one of the features that ensure any dress found here is as unique as the experience. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Lovely Bride
Romantic gowns paired with the individual flair of indie designers are housed in this West Village brownstone which doubles as a highly-coveted bridal shop. Designer labels range from Nicole Miller to Badgley Mischka are just a few of the noteworthy designers. Other more up-and-coming pieces include Project Runway contestant Carol Hannah Witfield's dresses and famed Etsy innovator Elizabeth Dye's bridal collection. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Bridal Garden
Donated designer bridal gowns certify this Flatiron boutique as the only not-for-profit shop in NYC, with all proceeds benefitting education programs for disadvantaged children. With a frequent selection turnover ensuring a constant change in styles and designers, this philanthropic and budget-friendly shop guarantees as much give as you get. Read real brides' reviews here!

Want to see more New York City bridal salons? Check out our New York City Dresses page to find your gorgeous gown!

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