BRIDES New York: Best NYC Food Trucks For Your Wedding Reception

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Oct 232016
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

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Nowadays, finding some of New York's most delicious and one-of-a-kind dishes is often found on the rolling wheels of a Manhattan food truck. Whether you're sticking to strictly desserts or looking for a gourmet alternative for NYC catering, these unique food trucks will add a fun way to enjoy some food during your wedding reception.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (Above)
Recognized by its buttery yellow exterior, this artisanal ice cream truck has set out to restore the classic American tradition of ice cream making using only all natural ingredients. Using a handful of elements, the creators behind this sustainable ice cream company credit each flavor as a celebration to some of the worlds best artisan farmers. With over 8 years of experience and 100 vegan and classic flavors, this scooped sensation is the perfect substitute to the classic wedding sweet treat.

Food Truck Catering
This online resource for all things food trucks is the perfect place to compare cuisines, convenience, and variety through the endless selection of some of New York's most popular food truck caterers. Made-to-order dishes created fresh from local ingredients provide the foundation for this extensive selection of unforgettable food experiences. Whether you're looking to satisfy your Asian fusion, fish and chips, falafel, or pie cravings, this mecca of food truck varieties is the perfect one-stop-shop for all of your gourmet needs.

Flavor Please
From Kimchi Taco to Melt Bakery, this extensive variety of one-of-a-kind food trucks is the perfect location to find your next catering venture. Whether your taste buds find interest in Italian cuisine, Mexican delicacies, or authentic desserts, there's no limit to the creativity used to make some of New York's most delectable dishes. The ability to book online makes finding a food truck ensured with a triple threat of quality ingredients, excellent service, and bold flavor accessible to any Manhattan bride.

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Wafels & Dinges
What started as homage to a Brussels tradition of selling waffles from a horse-drawn carriage has quickly turned into one of New York City's most popular food truck attractions. After being crowned ZAGAT's "Best Food Truck" in NYC, it was no surprise that Manhattan locals started transitioning this kitchen on wheels into a full-blown catering service. Offering guests an immense choice list of delectable toppings such as fresh blueberries, walnut crumble, and Belgian chocolate fudge, it's no doubt that your guests will have a limitless number of creations to enjoy.

Carpe Donut
Credited for making some of the Big Apple's best hot and fresh made-to-order doughnuts, this high quality, organic food truck staple uses only locally-sourced ingredients to produce their sweet treats. Whether it's one of their famous fall "Apple Cider" doughnuts or their latest summer creation, the "FroDo," there's always a uniquely delicious flavor catered for any taste buds.

Looking for a different type of caterer? Find the right bites for your wedding on our New York City catering page!

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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 York City: Best Flower Delivery Services in NYC

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Oct 042016
flower delivery service new york city

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While florals are a huge party of your wedding day, they can also come in handy for the moments leading up to it. Whether you're looking for a sentimental gift for your maid of honor or mother-in-law to thank them for a beautiful shower or want to add a few day-of fresh touches to your ceremony space, this list of luxury flower services is the perfect addition to any bride's emergency contact list. Clustered roses, jewel-toned daises, and striking peonies are all available, and completed curated, delivery options for flowers in New York City.

Currently serving as one of New York City's premiere luxury flower delivery service, it's no surprise that this sophisticated twist on simplicity is feverishly working to expand to cities all across the country. Focused on providing large, stunning bouquets full of an array of hued roses, this bouquet lifesaver, is as gorgeous as it's Parisian style packaging. ($139)

Bloom Nation

Blending quality blooms with local vendors is the seamless foundation behind this nationwide phenomenon. Hand-delivered to each receiving client, this trusted source of all things fresh, floral, and fun has been the go-to option for brides all over the country since it's establishment in 2011. Whether you're looking for an elegant arrangement of roses or searching for a unique array of local blooms, this delivery service is sure to put some spring in your step. ($50 - $185)

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Ode a la Rose
With a focus in selling seasonally foliaged rose bouquets, this Parisian inspired day-of delivery service continues to supply New Yorkers with handpicked roses in chic and modern gift packaging. Made in house, by a variety of specialty trained florists, the elimination of a storefront allows this online purveyor of freshness to provide customers with elegant arrangements at half of the cost. A delivery window of less than three hours is also available for those pesky floral emergencies. ($49.99 - $189.99) Read real brides' reviews here!

Petal by Pedal
Offering a delivery service as unique as the name, this locally grown bouquet mecca uses bicycles as their main form of transportation in an effort to simplify the transaction between the customer and the arrangement. Ranging from floral sizes small to x-large, the creativity process is endless when choosing between the same-day delivery packages of this timesaving lifesaver! Numerous editorial features such as mentions in Vogue and Elle make this stunning service a fashionable favorite among locals. ($65 - $155)

H. Bloom
Matching style to space, the exquisite designs offered from this interior design company make any room or occasion a blank canvas of inspiration. Offering a range of high quality arrangements and floral installations, this custom subscription service is perfect for any bride looking to freshen up both her ceremony and personal space. Individual design consultants are available to help each client personalize their floral service based on her schedule. ($75+) Read real brides' reviews here!

Need more help finding the perfect wedding day flowers? We have plenty of florists for you to choose from on our Local Vendors page!

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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.

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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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BRIDES New York: Brooklyn’s Best Bachelorette Party Spots

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Sep 052016
Brooklyn Bachelorette Party Ideas

Photo: Courtesy of Brooklyn Winery

For NYC ladies planning a bachelorette for your best girl, ask yourself the question, "Where Brooklyn at?" (Sorry, we had to.) While Manhattan has tons of options where you can party til the wee hours of the morning, we can guarantee you won't be disappointed if you and your bridal crew venture out to any of these Brooklyn hotspots for a bachelorette bash.

Brooklyn Winery (Above)
In true Brooklyn fashion, this urban, trendy winery is nestled in the center of Williamsburg and embraces the local culture. Educational tours are available — guests can learn about the creation process of the wines and then experience it for themselves. Cozy up to the beautifully rustic, 1,200-square-foot wine bar designed from reclaimed wood and historic materials light with vintage lighting while sipping some Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. With a tantalizing food menu that's easy for pairing with (lots of) wine, Brooklyn Winery is a picture-perfect venue for a wine-loving bachelorette posse. Read real brides' reviews here!

Beauty Bar
What's better than cocktails and manicures? Pretty much nothing. Beauty Bar, which opened in March 2012 in Park Slope, is a one-of-a-kind venue that pairs beauty with beers within its unique, salon-themed vintage setting. Aside from their $10 special that includes a martini and a manicure, their drink menu also features craft cocktails with fun, beauty-related names. With locations throughout the country, and in Manhattan as well, Beauty Bar is a glittery, girly pub — ideal for your big night on the town.

The Clover Club
If you're looking for delectable bites, cocktails and a relaxing, low-key vibe for your bachelorette, The Clover Club is essential. Established in 2008, this Cobble Hill locale serves up craft libations with classy and elegant vibes. Gather 'round with your girls and lounge on their tufted leather benches, surrounded by exposed brick within the dimly (but gorgeously) lit space. Often featuring live jazz, "The Parlor" room is also available for gatherings of up to 45 people.

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The Royal Palms
Shuffleboard, anyone? While shuffleboard may not be synonymous with "bachelorette" — it is a guaranteed good time, especially for the bridal party that is super competitive. This Brooklyn hotspot allows you to reserve courts for a variety of bar packages and includes a cabana for some R&R between play. With special events including DJs and food trucks, the Royal Palms is a captivating bachelorette spot combining drinks, fun, and some friendly competition.

The Artful Bachelorette
Drinking, drawing, and dudes? Nope — not a strip club. The Artful Bachelorette is a unique way to incorporate a bit of art (and eye candy) into your bachelorette shenanigans. With packages that include all materials, instruction, champagne and finger foods, this is a fantastic option for the out-of-the-box bride and crew. Read real brides' reviews here!

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