• Jennifer Tolento

How to have a Jersey Shore Wedding


You've always dreamed of a beach wedding but thought you needed to travel to the Caribbean for it...well think again! Many local New Jersey couples as well as New York stay put for the same dreamy beach wedding experience. There are many beautiful ocean front wedding venues to choose from, not to mention how great of a theme it is!

The Jersey Shore is made up of small beach towns each with their own charms and distinctions. Maybe you love the idea of the boardwalk and want to serve the local foods you would traditionally see at the shore. Why not have a cotton candy machine, funnel cakes and fried Oreo stations for your dessert tables? or give out locally purchased salt water taffy as a favor. Guests will love the nostalgic feeling of treats from the boardwalk. You can also serve late nights treats by hiring an ice cream truck for the end of the reception when guests leave. The historic Asbury Park Convention Hall is a great location for a Jersey Shore wedding filled with endless creative possibilities since you bring everything in yourself!

The food is not the only fun element to a Jersey shore themed wedding-if u have guests staying for the weekend, grab some tokens from the local boardwalk like Jenkinson's in Point Pleasant, or a daily beach pass to put in a welcome bag at the hotel for your guests to enjoy the whole weekend. Consider hiring a caricature artist for the reception instead of a photo booth to keep within the nostalgic theme of good times at the shore. Try grabbing some fun photo ops with your bridal party playing games or on a ride! These can be difficult to get during peak hours, so consider doing them in the morning when the boardwalk first opens.

If you are looking for a low key beach wedding away from the boardwalk and rides, there are several towns that are quaint and cozy and more private. For a more intimate setting take a look at the Sandy Hook Chapel, its rustic charm and peaceful setting right in the beach of Sandy Hook NJ makes for a beautiful backdrop. Couples can host their ceremony in the gorgeous chapel then continue to their reception under a tent while enjoying the view all night long.

Since the Jersey Shore is a seasonal location, take into consideration that summer is peak traffic months and work that into your schedule of when you and your guests will arrive. Provide hotel blocks and have guests check in the day before or make them aware of the traffic issue in order to leave them enough time to travel. For more tips or planning ideas for your Jersey Shore Wedding contact Jennifer Tolento Events.

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