Walk with me, talk with me…
On March 24, 2011, I took a trip down to Red Bank, New Jersey, which is one of my favorite places to visit. They hosted an event called “Wedding Walk” where vendors from the area displayed their talents and were available to talk to throughout the day. At the end of the walk there was a bash at The Oyster Point (http://www.theoysterpointhotel.com/) to mingle and have a drawing for various prizes. It was basically a wedding expo where brides and grooms could see the vendors at their places of business instead of in front of a table. All of the businesses were located either in Red Bank or nearby Shrewsbury and if I was a bride with nothing planned, my entire wedding would’ve been planned in one day.
First stop was the check-in point at The Molly Pitcher Inn (http://www.themollypitcher.com/) where I was greeted by Eric Kent of NJ Wedding (http://www.njwedding.com/). Couples, friends and the like got to sign in and receive a map of the area where they would be able to meet with vendors and get their “passport” stamped. A gorgeous buffet breakfast was set out in one of the ballrooms and once you were finished, it was off to the walk!
Guests had a few options available to them: walk, take a trolley or take the shuttle. It was such a beautiful day out, that I walked most of the way. When I didn’t, I took the shuttle which was provided by Arrow Limos (http://www.arrowlimo.com/) and it stopped at various places along the route, always bringing you back to The Molly Pitcher.
You might wonder why I went to this event. I’m not a bride (already married, thank you) and I’m a wedding planner that doesn’t have a storefront in Red Bank. Well, while many of our brides are local to Bergen County, more and more brides want to get married “down the shore” in Jersey. Our next wedding (April 13th) is taking place at The Oyster Point, and what a better time to visit the venue and get to know some of the local vendors. With more and more brides contacting us about getting married in this area, we thought it would best to introduce ourselves to the local businesses.
My first stop was CLB Photography (http://www.clbphoto.com/) where I met Suzanne Lo Bue, a talented photographer with an amazing portfolio. Suzanne and her husband Chris have been in business for quite awhile, and they boast “Romantic 2 Ridiculous” weddings. Suzanne told me that the bride that books with them is typically looking for something different and not the typical portraits that are being taken. Many of our brides are looking for just that, so we look forward to recommending their services very soon!
Next up in the same building was “Sounds to Go” a DJ Entertainment group that kept the room filled with fun music. They were a great crew and we urge you to check out their website (http://www.soundstogodjs.com/) for all of your musical needs. We work with some stellar DJs, and we’re picky about vendors we choose to partner with, but we look forward to working with them on future weddings. If you’re looking for the fun element at your wedding, along with a DJ that provides lighting, then check this company out and let them know we sent you!
The walk continues in our next blog where we visit an amazing dress shop, smell some beautiful flowers and even get our hair did! Stay tuned….