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BRIDES New York: 4 Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas for Foodie Brides in NYC

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Nov 142016
Foodie Bachelorette Party Ideas

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What better way to absorb all that New York City has to offer than explore some of the Big Apple's most delicious local hotspots? From private cooking parties to local walking tours, it's no doubt that any bachelorette party will be well-fed and happy. Here are four bachelorette party ideas for foodie brides.

My Cooking Party
This fun, and interactive, take on the traditional cooking class allows guests to indulge in both food and friendly competition. After preparing a menu of hors d'oeuvres and desserts, guests are treated to a 3-course meal with complimentary wine parings and an assortment of take-home kitchen techniques. The "Stirring the Pot before Tying the Knot" bachelorette party package allows brides-to-be and their doting bridal squad a chance to create culinary dishes while competing in cooking competitions with the opposing team of their choice.

Taste Buds Kitchen
Dedicated to providing unique and creative cooking classes to some of New York's finest, this custom-designed kitchen event studio continues to serve up one-of-a-kind experiences to kids, families, and adults. With a range of BYOB bachelorette private parties, it's no surprise that the culinary options are endless when it comes to the limitless assortment of handmade pasta courses and sushi and dumplings class offerings.

See More: These New York City Wedding Caterers Would Please Any Foodie

Foods of New York Tours
Emphasizing culture and history through the bountiful culinary streets of New York, this legendary "non-touristy" experience is perfect for a large group of gals. Food tastings from specialty shops, local hotspots, and ethnic eateries provide a glimpse into the culinary findings of some of New York's most historic neighborhoods. This renowned walking experience covers all areas of the Big Apple including Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Chinatown, Nolita, and Brooklyn.

City Food Tours
Founded by seasoned food industry expert, Joyce Weinberg, back in 2003, this one-of-a-kind Manhattan tour service has been helping locals, and tourists, find some of New York's best-hidden gems in the world of quality cuisine. Perhaps one of the most stand-out tours from the extensive list of epic eateries is presented through the "Dessert Tours of NYC" which includes stops at some of New York's newest and most critically-acclaimed chocolatiers, and wine shops.

For more New York City hotspots to host your pre-wedding parties (or even your big day!), browse our Local Venues page!

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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 York: 5 Romantic Vineyard Wedding Venues

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Nov 022016
Martha Clara Vineyards Wedding

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From rolling vineyards to crafting some of the world's finest wines, this list of New York vineyards holds the title for some of the East Coast's most stunning outdoor wedding sites. Here are our favorite romantic vineyard wedding venues near New York City.

Martha Clara Vineyards (Above)
What was once a flourishing potato farm (bought by the Entenmann Family back in 1978) has steadily turned into one of New York's most sought-after wedding venues. Growing from 18 acres to over 100 acres of vinifera grapes, owner Robert Entenmann has turned the rustic charm of North Fork into a vineyard getaway for his extensive list of clients (and up-to 200 of their closest friends and family). Located in a Long Island region — home to some of the best grape growing conditions in the world, this high-quality atmosphere utilizes its one-of-a-kind conditions to cultivate some of the best wines in the world. Read real brides' reviews here!

Brooklyn Bachelorette Party Ideas

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Brooklyn Winery
Best known as one of two full-service winemaking facilities in New York City, this robust Brooklyn vineyard offers couples an extensive list of house-made wines to accompany some of New York's lavishly hosted events. A unique vineyard backdrop offering accents of reclaimed wood and custom vintage décor fill the atmosphere of this sophisticated and urban chic Brooklyn winery. A meticulously calculated and designed interior space full of warm and romantic elements compliments the outdoor Atrium — which flaunts a glass roof and botanical hanging wall garden. Read real brides' reviews here!

Wolffer Estate Vineyard Hamptons Wedding Venues

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Wolffer Estate Vineyards
With its creation tackled over the span of three decades, Wolffer Estate Vineyards' owner Christian Wolffer dedicated meticulous time and creative vision into transforming this former potato farm into one of New York's most celebrated outdoor settings. Continuously adding more acres, paddocks, and stables, this 55-acre vineyard quickly became partners to a 175-acre estate and boarding stables. With a seamless combination of rustic vineyard vibes and elegance, this open-air getaway is the perfect destination for every nature-seeking New York couple.

See More: Pair Your Wedding Wine with Delicious Dishes From These Local Wedding Caterers

Bedell Cellars Vineyard Wedding

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Bedell Cellars
Pioneering the art of wine making in the New York region of Long Island, it's no surprise that this family-owned vineyard has continued to balance creativity with quality dedication when it comes to crafting some of New York's finest wines. For 35-years, this Long Island legend has transformed the art of wine making with the use of artistically blended grapes grown in unique maritime terroir. With an experienced onsite team set to create an event of a lifetime, weddings held at this renowned vineyard incorporate the elegant backdrop of the land's rolling vineyards and a unique open venue layout. Read real brides' reviews here!

Channing Daughters Vineyard Wedding Venue

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Channing Daughters Winery
Grown in a climate adaptable to creating a wide variety of eccentric grape varieties, this Bridgehampton winery continues to be the only winery on the East End that grows and produces wines from many of their 28-acres of vines. Sourcing about fifty percent of grapes from North Fork locals, Channing Daughters' commitment to producing quality wines stems from their passion to create wine from their own New York region. An added sculpture garden and tasting room enhances the surrounding features of this unique wedding hotspot.

Browse even more New York "I do" locales on our Local Venues 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!

See More: Now That You've Got the Ring, Start Looking for the Dress at These New Jersey Bridal Boutiques

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

 Food & Drink, Local, New York, New York City, NY, NJ and CT, Wedding Catering  Comments Off on BRIDES New York: Best NYC Food Trucks For Your Wedding Reception
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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