According to mycentraljersey.com, New Jersey legislation has passed a bill allowing for couples to marry without a three day waiting period. Legislators say that this will allow for couples vacationing in Atlantic City to experience the same kind of convenience as those who travel to Las Vegas. New Jersey is the only state in the Northeast region to offer an immediate marriage as PA, NY, DE, and MD all have a waiting period. Otherwise couples will have to travel to Connecticut and Rhode Island for a same day marriage license.
So what does this mean for New Jersey couples? Couples looking to be married will now be paying a higher license fee at $60 instead of $28. Also, traveling couples do not need to make advanced travel plans to apply for the license. Legislators are hoping that the bill will attract more couples into the state as well as attract further revenue for towns and municipalities. Legislation has also instated a 30 day annulment period after the ceremony should anyone decide to pull a Britney Spears Vegas wedding…. hopefully this is not a frequent occurrence.
Did you ever wonder what goes into a Central NJ wedding reception? The decor, the lighting, the cocktail reception, all of these details and more are revealed in our behind the scenes series of wedding videos that will be showcased at each of the Hotels Unlimited properties. Today’s post features the Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada of Toms River, NJ. Located in the prime location of Ocean County the Versailles Ballroom is close to both Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights and allows for great photo opportunities in the Jersey Shore local area.
Happy Halloweeneveryone! As a reminder, today is the last day to book for our Halloween 2011 wedding deal, our Treat or Treat wedding special. In the spirit of Halloween, we are offering some fun tips of how to make a Halloween wedding timeless and classy without looking cheesy with plastic bats and ghosts hanging everywhere.
Halloween has one of the most brilliant color contrasts of any holiday in the calendar year. Purple and orange are a very bold color contrast (as they are both located at opposite ends of the color spectrum). If one would like to include a tertiary color to soften the palette a light green is usually used to calm this color palette down. Of course white can also be used if a bride desires to have a white flower in the bouquet.
There are all kinds of fun classic themes that Central NJ brides can choose from when trying to include Halloween into their wedding. Here are a few fun ideas.
Phantom of the Opera- This 1988 classic Broadway musical featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, features the love story that still continues to run on Broadway today. Featuring aged parchment scrolls of sheet music and red roses, this theme is sure to leave guests bringing down the house, but hopefully without the chandelier.
Victorian Masquerade Ball- If a bride plans to have her wedding on Halloween, one might as well embrace the concept of masks. The masquerade ball can bring a dress-up element of fun for your guests, as well as a fun favor for them to take home. If younger children are involved or invited to the wedding, you can also have a craft table where your younger guests can design their own masks.
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.
It’s time to reveal this month’s NJ Wedding Deal in October! Book your new wedding before October 31st, 2011 and receive 5%- 20% off your wedding package. We will also include a special treat that goes toward your package. This offer is an exclusive Central NJ wedding deal available at the Atlantis Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Toms River, The Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Toms River, The Sterling Ballroom at the Doubletree Tinton Falls, The Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson in Freehold and the Windsor Ballroom at the Holiday Inn in East Windsor.
It’s no surprise how quickly technology emerges and integrates into our daily lives. Although it has its advantages and disadvantages, today we ask the question of the role of technology in the wedding industry.
Is it improper to send out wedding invitations via E-mail or through a digital medium versus a traditional paper invitation?
Although every wedding has its own circumstances and variations based on the couple, we decided to analyze the pros and cons of each side.
+1: No postage stamps required.
+1: Environmentally friendly. No paper required.
+1: Inexpensive. Many websites will let you customize your own for little to no cost.
-1: If you are looking to invite the grandparents, they are probably not tech savvy.
-1: Mass E-mail distribution sites can sometimes be marked as spam and can get lost in cyberspace.
-1: Depending on the style of the message, can set the tone in a cheap way. A traditional wedding with an e-vite? Not so much.
+1: are easily created and customizable to the couple’s theme/ personality. No template required.
+1: are portable for guests driving to your location for both the church and the reception.
+1: understandable by all ages and do not come with a computer incompatibility error.
-1: postage stamps, card paper, and any specialized calligraphy writing will add up $$$ very quickly.
-1: depending on if one makes the invites or buys them, one has to consider gas and labor.
-1: takes longer to deliver and receive RSVP. Bridal party will have to develop manual system of RSVP.
Ahh fall.. the temperature gets cooler, the leaves become crisp and change colors and the kids start returning to school. But as we begin to gear up for fall, the National Conference Center is offering a NJ corporate meeting deal to the public. NJ event planners can take advantage of our 15% off deals when booking their event in October OR patrons who book an event in October can then save 50% off their next event.
Ok ladies let us be real here. When it comes down to your NJ wedding just about every girl wants to walk down the aisle looking like a glamorous princess from the top of the sparkling veil that sits on bride’s head to the last inch of satin fabric covering the pinky toe. As we all know as females, beauty does not come without its price whether through monetary expense or physical pain. But how much pain should a bride endure on her special day to look like a princess?
Recently released by Parisian designer, Vouelle has showcased their bridal sneakers during Paris Fashion Week. Not to say that we are against being comfortable in all, but do it with some class. There are some more classic looking shoes available on the market that can do the job with flair.
One of the most interesting and fun ways to make your shoes unique is to consider color. If you are looking for that “something blue,” shoes could be the fun element to include with it. This is also an especially helpful option to consider if you have a dress that is off-white or ivory.
Of course everyone has their own personal tastes and makes their style unique. Here we have some photos of what some of our brides have worn on their feet while dancing the night away at our central NJ wedding reception halls.
Participants who book at any of the Hotels Unlimited facilities will receive a VIP card that will entitle them to exclusive deals and savings that cannot be provided anywhere else. Brides and other event planners can only get a Sound Connection VIP card by booking a Hotels Unlimited event, and can only get a Hotels Unlimited VIP card by booking a Sound Connection event. This card is designed to bring savings and is ready for use.
Did you know that it wasn’t until 1947 that diamonds became a standard for an engagement ring? It was not until a marketing campaign was released with the slogan ‘Diamonds are Forever’ that diamonds entered the wedding industry and are still prevalent today.
Engagement rings before 1947 usually had semi-precious gems or other accent stones. Today, one can find accent gems on dresses, pillows, garters, in floral arrangements, and just about any wedding accessory. When picking an accent stone one needs to consider the season, theme, and color scheme of the wedding.
For example during a Winter Wonderland themed Wedding, one might use shades of blue silver and white to accent their wedding with an ice theme. To compliment this hue of colors, one might select accent stones of sapphires, aquamarine, or crystals to accent this in their jewelry or floral spread.
Regardless of colors, neutral colored stones are always an easy bridal accessory. For example pearls, crystals, glass, and rhinestones are a neutral and less expensive alternative that one can use to accent their wedding. Be creative and explore the local craft and art supply store for beads to inspire an accent stone for a more personalized wedding.