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Spotlight: Elegant Bridal Productions – Bridal Show Events Producer in New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania.

Elegant Bridal Productions – Bridal Show Events Producer in New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania.

For over 25 years, Elegant Bridal Productions has been staging beautiful, upscale bridal shows in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania area. The two ladies behind these shows, Brenda Ferrarini and Betty Kessler, understand that brides-to-be aren’t just planning an event, but planning a day that they have dreamed about for their entire lives. Brenda and Betty work tirelessly to make every Elegant Bridal Productions show an inspiring and fun affair for brides.

“We do the most beautiful and upscale bridal shows,” says Betty. “We pick the venues based on their presentation and beauty.”  It’s that kind of attention to detail that has made Elegant Bridal Productions the longest running bridal show producer in the tri-state area. And it’s that kind of commitment to helping brides plan a story-book wedding that has caught the attention of many nationally syndicated wedding television programs and publications.

Like most bridal shows, vendors and wedding professionals from every planning category are in attendance. But Elegant Bridal Productions features the best of local wedding professionals. Because Brenda and Betty have a long history in the business, they know vendors by reputation and past interactions. When you meet a DJ at an Elegant Bridal Productions show, you know he’s one of the best in the area. When you meet a florist, you show she’s one of the best in the area. Every vendor comes with a stamp of approval based on Elegant Bridal’s history, experience, and knowledge.

Each Elegant Bridal Productions show offers, of course, the opportunity to meet vendors, ask questions, see samples, and book services. But Brenda and Betty strive to make each show a social event for a bride and her guests. In addition to the professionally produced bridal fashion show, hot and cold hors d’oeuvre are served and brides are encouraged to be social with one another. “We want brides to sit and talk to one another,” says Betty. “They learn from each other as well as talking to vendors, and leave with information and ideas.”

And about that fashion show? The Elegant Bridal Productions fashion show is the centerpiece of each event. Sure to inspire every bride in attendance, the fashion show features the latest trends in in all special occasion, brides, mother-of-the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girl dresses and gowns. And Elegant Bridal Productions doesn’t forget the grooms, either. The fashion show also features a men’s formalwear selection. A professional emcee brings high energy to the show, and brides get to see what’s hot and what’s next in bridal wear. “The show is about the latest trends,” says Brenda. “Brides see what’s on-trend for next year or the next two years.”

While elegance, beauty, and quality is the overriding principle at Elegant Bridal Productions, both Brenda and Betty emphasize that there’s something for every wedding budget at their shows. By bringing so many vendors together in one spot, the shows cover not only every category, but a wide range of budgets. “No matter what’s happening in the world, wedding are still going on.” Brenda says. “No matter what, girls are still dreaming about their weddings and we help them plan that dream wedding, no matter what their budget is.”

Brenda and Betty advise brides attending an Elegant Bridal Production to come prepared. You should bring self addressed labels to quickly add yourself to vendor mailing lists and bring along your wedding planning binder to track what you’re looking for, what you still need to find, and what you like. But if you become a little overwhelmed, or forget which photographer you liked the most, don’t fret. Brenda, Betty, and Elegant Bridal Productions can help after the show too. “If brides have questions after the show, we can help,” says Brenda. “We can help them find that specific vendor they saw, or help with recommendations.”

Above all, the bridal shows staged by Elegant Bridal Productions are fun. Wedding planning should be fun and exciting, and Brenda and Betty work hard to make sure that each show is a beautifuly produced and fun night out for brides-to-be and their parties. Bring your mother, your mother-in-law, your maid of honor – even bring the groom! – and be prepared for an informative and elegant evening. While you’re there be sure to take advantage of Elegant Bridal Productions quality vendors, door prizes, and contests. You can even win a free honeymoon at one of the shows!

For more information about Elegant Bridal Productions and to see a schedule of the upcoming bridal shows in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, visit To see videos of the amazing bridal shows produced by Elegant Bridal Productions, visit the blog here.


The Versailles Ballroom, an Ocean County, NJ Wedding Venue credit to The Markows

The Versailles Ballroom, an Ocean County, NJ Wedding Venue

The stage is set, bride-to-be, so strike a pose in the Versailles Ballroom picture-perfect outdoor garden and gazebo area, steal the spotlight in the actual ballroom – boasting high ceilings, huge dance floor, and stunning crystal chandeliers, and then mix and mingle by the brick fireplace and through the French doors of the revamped veranda!

Your supporting cast at Versailles Ballroom awaits… Relax! They note that its their job to make yourjob easier and have plenty of ways to help you skip ahead to the fun parts, and ensure that you get hitched without a hitch. Professional wedding coordinators will be at your side every step of the way; their 24-hour Responsiveness Pledge guarantees it!

The inclusive Versailles Ballroom wedding packages save you time and money with the must-haves covered, such as: dramatic centerpieces, linens, a custom wedding cake, five-hour premium open bar, and bridal suite.

Everything you need is under one roof! Transition seamlessly from ceremony to party to after-party…they can even host your rehearsal dinner and post-nuptial breakfast bash – easy breezy!

Services included in the Versailles Ballroom top-tier Diamond Wedding Package are personal wedding coordinators, maitre d’ dedicated to your event, seasonal attended coat room, and valet parking! Stay in the beautifully appointed Bridal Suite on your wedding night, enjoy hotel accommodations offered at a special rate for wedding guests, a private room for the bridal party during cocktail hour, and breakfast for you and your groom the following morning!

Call Versailles Ballroom at: 732-719-1206 to book your personal tour and meet the team!

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Certified Wedding Gown Specialists

Make your wedding day last forever by giving your wedding gown the award-winning care it deserves with Certified Wedding Gown Specialists! You will find wedding gown care labels with their information in many wedding gowns, more than seventy designers recommend them, and their wedding gown preservations and restorations have been tested and endorsed by the Association of Bridal Consultants.

Each member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists honors the written international guarantee of every other Certified Wedding Gown Specialists, which means you can return your dress to any one of their locations in more than 500 cities around the world and your gown will be inspected and pressed at no charge!

Wedding Dress Restoration Preservation

Whether they prepare your wedding gown for your wedding day or for shipping to your destination wedding, your dress will be stuffed with a bodice form as well as tissue to keep it wrinkle-free. Many of their members offer free pressing for your wedding day as well as free pick-up and delivery! Post-wedding, Certified Wedding Gown Specialists will clean your wedding gown according to standard museum-quality practices and will happily allow you to arrange to personally inspect your wedding gown before it is carefully layered with acid-free tissue and folded into an acid-free, archival-quality wedding gown chest.

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As the first in the industry to offer truly green wedding gown restorations, Certified Wedding Gown Specialists acknowledges that every cleaning process, no matter what solvent is used, generates carbon emissions, and works to offset the carbon emissions that result from the process of cleaning and preserving your wedding gown by donating to Carbonfund!

Exactly like their work in reducing their carbon footprint, Certified Wedding Gown Specialists notes that if you are thinking of donating your wedding gown after your ceremony, to consider Brides Against Breast Cancer, Brides Across America for military brides, or The Bridal Garden for the education for disadvantaged children.




Ambrosia Ensembles – Live Classical Wedding Music for Ceremony, Cocktails and Receptions

If you want the  exquisite sounds of strings, flute, harp for your Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail hour, or reception, Ambrosia Ensembles will provide the ambiance you desire, with music tailored to your needs and performed by top-quality, professional musicians.

Performing beautiful music for over 20 years for weddings and special events in Northern and Central NJ, Northeastern PA, and New York City areas,  Ambrosia Ensembles classical wedding musicians are  skilled professionals with extensive experience in the music industry playing regularly with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and musical theater.

When you call Ambrosia Ensembles you will speak with Jennifer Gravenstine,  the Artistic Director, and also a Cellist, and she will help you select the best classical wedding ensemble for your wedding. You can select from one of the below combinations, and   Piano, Voice, Trumpet and Other Instruments and Combinations also available.

quartet Quartet 2 Violins, Viola & Cello ~ Flute, Violin, Viola & Cello
trio Trio* 2 Violins & Cello ~ Flute, Violin & Cello
Flute, Viola & Cello ~ Flute, Harp & Cello
Violin, Viola & Cello ~ Violin, Harp & Cello

*Their most popular combinations
duo Duo Violin & Cello ~ Flute & Cello
Flute & Guitar ~ Flute & Harp
solo Solo Violin ~ Flute ~ Cello ~ Guitar ~ Harp

According to a recent groom Patrick, their attention to detail and top-notch client service has made working with them such a pleasure. You can read more of their testimonials here.

But have a listen yourself and see why you should choose Ambrosia Ensembles for your NJ/NY/PA  wedding or special event. You deserve the best, and nothing adds that extra memorable touch like beautiful live music.

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A Villa Louisa – A Connecticut Wedding Venue

Specializing in events since 1890, A Villa Louisa is the perfect setting for all occasions! Available 7 days a week, they’ll customize any package to your taste and budget! Planning events can be simple and enjoyable with their in-house consultant to assist you with décor, ordering invitations, menu planning, seating arrangements, and more.

At A Villa Louisa, they’ll surpass your expectations with their elegant architecture, landscaped grounds, exceptional service, and suburb menu selections! Elegant and spacious with high ceilings, chandeliers, and fireplaces, their Grand Ballroom is ready to accommodate your wedding for as many as 350 guests. A welcoming foyer, adjacent to the Grand Ballroom, is complete with a waterfall fountain and a wall of windows overlooking beautiful Birch Mountain.

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For smaller, intimate weddings, their Sunset Room has been renovated to suit all occasions and can accommodate from 25 to 90 guests; with large windows, a wrap around bar, and a flagstone porch, it overlooks breathtaking sunsets atop scenic Birch Mountain.

The professional wedding staff at A Villa Louisa knows your wedding day may be the most important day of your life, so they strive for perfection. An experienced wedding coordinator will assist in planning your wedding every step of the way. Review their menus and all-inclusive packages here!

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Wedding DJ Z-Bop of Bonita Springs, FL

The vast majority of Disc Jockeys nationwide offer their services in packages or ala carte with additional charges tacked on if time runs over, but Jaime from Z-Bop Unlimited sets himself apart by offering a one-time flat fee for unlimited time, unlimited music, and unlimited fun! I know, brides, I was skeptical too… Unlimited time? Really? So, I did my homework, talked with a few of Jaime’s brides, and to my surprise, they all said the same thing: Jaime was energetic, got the crowd moving, and was gracious with his time – never hesitating or batting an eye when their reception went over by fifteen minutes – or, in the case of one bride, two hours!

No hidden charges or fees, Jaime simply truly cares for his brides and sees every job as an honor to perform, and his passion for making your wedding an event to remember became all the more evident in 2010 when he received the Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Outstanding Disc Jockey!

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Working in Florida area as a DJ professionally for over fifteen years – with another decade of experience slipped in for the years he was performing for family and friends – you are Z-Bop’s only focus on your big day. Light shows, special effects, and a sound system for outdoor weddings, Jaime is prepared for anything that may be thrown his way. Looking for your wedding music to be played during your Rehearsal walk-through so bridesmaids and ring bearers know their entrance and exit cues? Z-Bop will be there for you, music crooning, at no extra cost.

Subscriptions to the major music update services keep Z-Bop’s music collection not only up-to-date, but ahead of the curve! These services provide DJ’s with new, radio-edited music, often before it is even playing on the radio, and with 20,000+ songs already in his library, Jaime dares his wedding crowds to request a song that he doesn’t have. With cocktail and dinner music included, wireless mics for toasts and speeches, open communication with other wedding professionals at your event, and back-up equipment at the ready, Jaime works hard to prove that there’s no better for your event than Z-Bop Unlimited!

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For brides and grooms planning a New England Wedding,  you should definitely attend an event produced by New England Wedding Association.
New England Wedding Association creates showcase events  that include New England Bridal Shows, Shopping Expos, Girls Nights Out and Woman Expos.
Their mission is to allow brides to personally meet local wedding professionals, see their services, all while having lots of fun!


New England Bridal Shows

Their events are held throughout New England including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and other locations. Here are some upcoming events:

Women’s Expo Portland
Season Events Center
May 10, 2014

Womens Expo
Doubletree hotel
Burlington, Vermont
May 17, 2014
10:00- 2:00

Girls night out show
Great Escape Lodge
Queensbury NY
Friday evening. April 4

Bridal Show
Newbury NH
Mt. Sunapee Resort
Sunday October 19, 2014

Bridal Show
Burlington Vermont
Sheraton Inn
Sunday October 26, 2014

Bridal Show
Portland Maine
3 Seasons Event & Conf. Center
Sunday November 2, 2014

Bridal Show
Claremont NH
Claremont Senior Center
Sunday January 25, 2015

With over 25 years of experience in producing these events, New England Wedding Association has the expertise to ensure that you will have a wonderful experience at their bridal shows.

Contact New England Wedding Association



Vendor Spotlight: The Bethwood – A premiere New Jersey wedding reception venue

Are you looking for a New Jersey wedding reception venue? Then look no further than Frank Pombo’s Bethwood located in Totowa, NJ.

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Since they first opened their doors 45 years ago, The Bethwood name has become synonymous with an unforgettable experience. They have built a reputation for uncommon quality and exemplary service. Every aspect of your affair is important, and their staff is committed to making each moment extraordinary for your guests.


When you are planning your dream romantic wedding,  you can be certain that your affair will be perfect down to the very last detail.

Elegant or casual, wonderfully modern or time-honored conservative, your wedding at The Bethwood will have spectacular ambiance:


Five star cuisine:





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Polished service and stunning table design:
A  beautiful park-like setting, fanciful gazebos, sparking waterfalls and ponds, glass enclosed chapels
Their professional event consultants will help you to visualize and orchestrate the wedding of your dreams.  The Bethwood offers brides and grooms priceless one-on-one client relationships and professional event coordinators, which is why they are continually recognized as one of the premiere tri-state area’s New Jersey wedding reception venues.
At The Bethwood, their wealth of experience is a constant source of inspiration and promises a wedding which is flawless, exciting, and – above all – uniquely yours.


The Bethwood



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Vendor Spotlight: Charlotte Bridal Show and Expo

Charlotte brides, if you are planning a North Carolina wedding you must visit a Bridal Show hosted by Charlotte Bridal Show & Perfect Wedding Guide. Not only will you have fun at these shows, but you will also see the latest trends for Bridal Fashions, Photographers, Florists, Caterers, DJ’s, Wedding Planners, Bakeries, Gift Registry, Hotels, Linens, Rentals, Ceremony Locations, and Travel Agents.

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Brides love these shows because there are more experienced vendors to meet, more complimentary services, more quality prizes to win, and more bridal planning fun.

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When you visit a Charlotte Bridal Show you will experience

• Complimentary hors d’euvres, cake samples, chocolates, desserts and more
• Complimentary hair and makeup trials and other beauty services
• Complimentary photo booths, specialty services & more
• See the latest trends, greatest gifts and get ideas to make your wedding day perfect
• Marvel at the unique floral designs and tablescapes
• Enjoy a day of wedding planning fun with your family & friends

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You can register for one of these upcoming shows right here on WedAlert

March 2, 2014 from 1 pm-4 pm
Charlotte Bridal Show and Spring 2014 Expo
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J. M. Keynes Drive Charlotte, City Of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC 28262

June 22, 2104 from  1 pm-4 pm
Charlotte Bridal Show and Summer 2014 Expo
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J. M. Keynes Drive Charlotte, City Of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC 28262

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Vendor Spotlight: Zeris Inn, New Jersey’s Finest Banquet Hall

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When you book a wedding reception at Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, chances are you’re going to speak to one Zeris or another. Brothers Chris and Andy Zeris opened a family style restaurant in 1972 and expanded to the current banquet facility in 1973. Today, the Zeris Inn is not only a beautiful banquet facility, perfect for a wedding reception, it’s still very much a family business. Whether you work with Steve Zeris, his grandparents, his parents, or his children, you’re guaranteed a personal touch.

martin2Steve Zeris is a soft-spoken man and not one to toot his own horn. He lists the hospitality, good food, and affordability of Zeris Inn as the keys to his family’s success. Then he casually mentions that he sees a lot of repeat customers. “Last week we had a wedding party here. The mother of the bride was married here years ago, and her daughter was married here last week,” says Steve. “We do form lifetime relationships with our customers. They’re like family.”

Multi-generations of the same family hosting a wedding reception in the same facility? That speaks volumes about the quality of service and the personal attention to detail that lucky Zeris Inn brides receive. There can’t be a more sterling recommendation for a banquet facility than your own mother!


Zeris Inn is situated in five acres with one acre of beautiful park area and features a charming gazebo for outdoor weddings. Steve notes that, of course, Zeris Inn doesn’t charge for ceremonies and the gazebo is there for his brides to use. If you’re looking for an indoor ceremony, Zeris Inn can accommodate that too, with separate rooms for ceremonies, cocktail hours, and sit down dinners. There’s also a separate bridal room, so jittery brides have a quiet place to get ready with their friends. “We provide a champagne toast, of course,” says Steve.

During our discussion, Steve says “of course” a lot. He takes for granted that the sterling service provided by Zeris Inn is standard, but brides-to-be calling every banquet facility in town know that this is rarely the case. Silver candelabras, coordinated colored table linens, separate cocktail greenhouse, a five hour open bar (and lots more)… of course, these are all part of a standard wedding package, of course. But only at Zeris Inn. Those sorts of personal touches are typically available at banquet facilities, but at a price. “What can I say,” Steve says with a laugh. “You get more bang for your buck here.”


Truer words were never spoken. Just take a look at the Zeris Inn website to see all of the things a wedding package includes. Give the scrumptious continental menu a look. Then give Zeris Inn a call and be prepared to be utterly charmed by Steve Zeris and his family. And also be prepared to book not only your wedding, but your anniversary party, your first communion party, your mom’s birthday party, and every other family event you’ll need a banquet hall for.

Oh, and if all of that isn’t enough… to celebrate their 39th year at the current location, Zeris Inn is offering 10% off wedding reception packages booked for Fridays and Saturdays throughout 2012. Of course.


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