Congratulations on your engagement, Jersey girl! Your wedding should embody the people, places, and things that brought you and your fiancé together, and make your relationship so special. If you’re livin’ la vida Jersey, then make sure your wedding reflects a little bit of home, and a lot of what makes starting your new life together in New Jersey so important. Here are eight things every Jersey girl should do while planning her wedding.
What could possibly be more quintessential New Jersey than a day at The Shore? Whether you make it formal by enlisting the services of a photographer from nearby Long Beach, Middletown, or Red Bank, or just take selfies with your iPhone, make sure that before you start your lives together, that you have captured a memory of time spent along our beautiful coastline.
Choose favors that exemplify whatever Jersey means to you.
Many of your guests may be visiting New Jersey for the first time. Make sure that they leave with a parting gift that will make them want to come back. Consider a bottle of wine from Valenzano Family Winery in Shamong, Biscotti from Maria’s Mom’s Italian Cookie Cupboard in Marlton, or ground coffee from Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery. Whatever New Jersey means to you, be sure to share it with your friends and family.
Host a Victorian themed day trip for your bridesmaids at Cape May.
What better way to say thank you to your ladies in waiting than with a day trip to gorgeous Cape May? Or better yet, go ahead and splurge on a full weekend! Indulge in mimosas and pedicures and the bond you have that makes your bridal party your must-have accessory for your wedding day.
Pick a venue that fits your personality.
Whether you choose a romantic garden setting, like the one at The Manor in West Orange, or a woodland setting, like the one at the Pleasantdale Chateau, whatever aesthetic reflects your ideal wedding theme is the one that is right for you.
Allow your guests to be tourists
For those guests traveling in from out of town, help them see just what it is you and your fiancé love about your life in New Jersey. Leave the latest copy of (201) Magazine in their room so that they can learn all about the best of Bergen County, along with water, light snacks, a local map, public transit schedule, and a list of you and your fiancé’s favorite restaurants, cafe’s, coffee shops, and breakfast spots.
Take your flower girl and ring bearer to Storybook Land for the day.
Your littlest wedding party members should know just how special they are, and how much you appreciate them. Say thank you with a day trip to Egg Harbor Township and one of New Jersey’s most endearing childhood traditions – Storybook Land.
Take a chance at Atlantic City.
What bride and groom couldn’t benefit from some additional honeymoon
Plan a rehearsal dinner to remember.
The night before your wedding may be your last day as a single lady, but it is also a night to celebrate with your loved ones you impending couplehood. Choose a relaxed, yet refined venue, such as Lakeside Bar and Grille at the Ramsey Golf & Country Club in Ramsey, or Cara Mia in Millburn.
Your wedding should reflect the love you and your fiancé share, and the life that brought you two together. Make your engagement and you wedding special, but making it Jersey!