A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and with it comes a MOTHER IN LAW monster lurking in the shadows…. Ok, although the reality is not all mothers- in- law and mothers- of brides are terrors. Some moms are quite nothing short of angelic guardians who guide us all through the process of life through their infinite wisdom and unrequited love. (I love you mom!)
As we all know in New Jersey weddings, family is family and no one should be disrespectin’ nobody’s mom and brides are no exception. (So put down the claws Bridezilla). After all, part of the whole marriage process is a joining of two families and our central New Jersey wedding venues celebrate this unity of family by treating our brides as family of our own.
After seeing an article posted by OneWed featuring the What Not to Wear for MOBs and MOGs, Hotels Unlimited decided to take a crack at this (with of course a bit of sensible tongue in cheek and a drawing ability of a fifth grader, since that is how we roll here in Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean County, NJ)
How does the bride then ask the mother in law about her attire for the big day?
After deciding on a color palette and a theme, it is time to do some dress shopping. Why not make a day of it and enjoy it? Take the mom(s) out to lunch, order a few drinks, and have a fun day of shopping together. Get to know the woman you are intending to dress and imagine what her wedding dress was once like, because she too was once in your shoes.
Some tactful ways to approach this can be covered in conversation and in the right questions:what style of dress mom wore to her wedding?, what were her wedding colors?, who was her favorite fashionista-type celebrities? Somewhere behind that mother -in-law -death- glare- of- love is a woman.
WHAT IF MY MOM…. Says she likes 80s grunge and would like to be dressed out of a combination of a dumpster and Lady Gaga? (and please, no meat dress at my wedding!!)
Although that is a tough combo to salvage, even Lady Gaga has had her classy moments that could make any woman beautiful. Show mom the Lady Gaga-esque styles that you would like and see what she thinks. Fortunately, there are enough styles and variety that it can loosely tie into the bridal theme without making the mother-monster miserable. (yes, pun was intended.)
When all else fails, at least the bride can say she tried. Although a NJ wedding is one of the biggest milestones, one has to ask the important questions of what truly matters: family. After all, remember that the family will still exist long after the wedding is over so it is best not to burn any bridges since you will be with them until death do you part.
Did you ever think about getting married? Of course, we all have! But now imagine that you are standing at the altar completely 100% naked! This is something not many people envision on their wedding day. Although there were nine couples who decided to do just that in Jamaica on Valentine’s Day. According to an article in USA Today, these couples got married under the hot Jamaica sun in their birthday suits.
Welcome to the Atlantis Ballroom of the Holiday Inn of Toms River. This Central NJ wedding destination is an ideal location that is ten minutes to the beach but without the banquet catering prices found with venues on the water.
This behind the scenes wedding video shows the Atlantis Ballroom features including:
Veranda cocktail hour space
Ice Sculptures included in our packages
Wedding Food Displays
The Ceremony Space
The Dance Floor/ Reception Space/ Sweet Heart Table
Be sure to leave us a comment. Thanks for watching.
Hotels Unlimited is proud to showcase Nicole and Adam’s central NJ wedding at the Radisson in Freehold’s Crystal Ballroom. This gorgeous wedding is sure to inspire along with the wonderful photography courtesy of Creative Unlimited. This wedding features a Jewish wedding ceremony and reception with traditional chair dance leaving us only to say Mazel Tov!
Today Hotels Unlimited is happy to introduce Lauren and Matt who were married on September 17th. Lauren and Matt like some of our Toms River couples held their Jersey Shore wedding ceremony on the nearby beaches and took pictures there. Then when it came time to celebrate the reception, they brought elements of the beach back with them to the Versailles Ballroom inside the Ramada Toms River. This is a great way to bring the beach into your special day without paying through the nose for a venue on the water. This locally inspired wedding features photographs from Georgian Court University, Ocean County Beaches and of course the Versailles Ballroom.
According to a recent article found on Business Insurance, event planners are showing a trend of NOT insuring their events. According to research, the article suggests that many of the 50,000 event planners across the country are independently operated and will only get insurance for an event at the client’s request.
Photos of some of our outdoor ceremonies & nearby beach weddings
But like anyone else, we are only human and cannot control everything. For example in last August, Hurricane Irene had ruined more than 6,000 weddings across the east coast according to a report from CNN Money. The average cost of a wedding is about $30,000 and about a whopping $70,000 in New York City.. ouch!
So would you consider insuring your wedding or large gala event? As we all have learned throughout life, poop happens and so does the weather. Although we always can hope for the best for anyone’s big day, we can only do just that. Hope.
After introducing the National Conference Center in the blog earlier this week, (see our last post) Hotels Unlimited formally invites our blog readers, neighbors, friends and colleagues to our Pool Side Networking Party. This free NJ networking event is open to the public as we reach out to create more community connections. Those who register in advanced will receive a chance to win in our prize drawings.
You are cordially invited to attend a night of social business transactions, free food and drinks, and a chance to win our prize drawings.
Although it is currently above 90 degrees outside, New Jersey has some fun places to cool down. Put on your sunglasses and sunscreen because NJ Monthly magazine has issued the “Best of NJ 2011” voted best places to go for the summer traveler in NJ. Although Hotels Unlimited is not listed specifically, we can offer the weary traveler a quiet place to rest their head and a cool place to chill. Even though we should be listed..
Below is a brief list of what attractions in NJ were listed or mentioned in the article and their proximity to our relevant locations.
Ho!Ho!Ho! Merry Christmas in July. Although there may have been a recent Santa sighting at the beach today, he wanted to let you in on a little secret. In honor of our Central NJ style American patriotism for the Fourth of July weekend, Hotels Unlimited is offering 15% off any holiday party when you book your party from now through August 15, 2011. Choose one of five award-winning banquet facilities in East Windsor, Toms River (2 locations available), Freehold, and Tinton Falls. See our flyer for complete details. Please remember, try not to eat too many hot dogs and enjoy the fireworks! Happy Fourth of July!