How to look and feel your best on your wedding day

Planning a wedding is hard, time-consuming and at times (many times) stressful, all while trying to physically look your best and mentally be ready for the wedding day.
For this week’s blog, we would like to share with you some simple ways to look and feel great by suggesting some “easier” ways to manage your diet without big changes or compromises to your daily food consumption.
The way you look and feel is heavily impacted by the kinds of food you eat.  When you feel heavy, tired or sluggish, you should try to recall what you have eaten in the last few days.  Often times, the food you consume will cause bloating, which in turn, makes you feel uncomfortable.
Here is a list of food that causes bloating and our recommended options.
If you can switch to these options, you should notice your body and mental state changes in a positive direction.  You will look and feel great on your big day.

  • INSTEAD of Raw cruciferous vegetables. GO FOR Steam veggies, which are easier to digest.
  • INSTEAD of Carbonate drinks. GO FOR Green juices or smoothies.
  • INSTEAD of Onions. GO FOR Onion-infused olive oil.
  • INSTEAD of Apples. GO FOR Berries, melons, grapes or bananas.
  • INSTEAD of Process Sugar. GO FOR 100% pure maple syrup.
  • INSTEAD of Garlic. GO FOR Chives.
  • INSTEAD of Grains. GO FOR Soaked quinoa.
  • INSTEAD of Mushrooms. GO FOR Sautéed zucchini or seaweed.
  • INSTEAD of Dairy products. GO FOR Nut milk or coconut milk

In addition to providing a list of food options, we also recommend checking out Park Chateau Estates and Gardens in East Brunswick, NJ  Nestled midway between Manhattan and Philadelphia on 15-rolling acres, the Park Château is a beautiful wedding venue and event hall that embraces the classic French Novel architectural design.
To say the least, the Grand Ballroom is where the silver place settings gleam and the champagne glasses sparkle as you and your guests toast to a new beginning. Magnificent crystal chandeliers glisten throughout the stunning ballroom, serving as shimmering beacons towards the new lives you and your spouse will create together. As you begin your beautification, allow their grandiose Bridal Suite to give you and your bridal party all you need to relax, prepare, and entertain during your time at Park Chateau.

Park Chateau Estate and Gardens Bridal Lounge, Wedding venue virtual tour by

Your wedding day will be perfect.  You have service your body and mind well.  Just relax and enjoy the moment.  Be happy and be married.
Hope this helps.  Happy planning!

Wedding Etiquette

Now that you are engaged, there’s lots to plan.  Your mind must be all over the map. Here are some etiquette tips to help guide you through the process.

  • Arrange to have the in-laws meet before the rehearsal dinner and most importantly before the wedding. This will help ease any tension and awkwardness, which also will give you peace of mind knowing that they will be able to take care of themselves without your presences.
  • Anyone who is invited to the shower, bachelor or bachelorette party, should be invited to the wedding.
  • A THANK YOU NOTE is a must, absolutely not via text or social media. No exceptions.  Granted, we live in a world of technology and social media, but thank you notes need to be personal.
  • Request that cell phones be silenced at the ceremony. This is for both the bride and groom, family and guests.
  • Back in the days, the bride and groom would take off after they say their vows. But, it is always better for the bride and groom to send off their guests with heartfelt thank-you and goodbyes.

This is your wedding, your day.  It is as important to remember all the details, but knowing that you are doing the right thing by approaching the planning with love, compassion, consideration, and integrity for both you and your guests is equally important.
To help ease some of the stress of planning, why not work with a good venue and vendor?  Allow the venues or vendors to help take some load off and provide recommendations.  Delegate some responsibilities to ensure you and your guests are well-taken care.
Park Savoy
The Park Savoy located in NJ will help you plan facilitate the perfect day.  Their managers and maitre’d are available to consult and guide you on your event, floor plans and other details that you may need.  They are familiar with customs and traditions across a wide range of cultures.
Hopes this helps.  Happy planning!

Music to My Heart: DJ or Band?

You can choose various types of entertainment for your wedding. When it comes to music, the first thing you have to decide is DJ or Live Band. What do you want your first dance to sound like?

Here are a few factors to consider:

COST: Bands cost approximately 3x more than a DJ. DJ prices can range from $1,500-$2500.
VERSATILITY: Band plays around 20-30 songs a night vs. a DJ is continuous music all night. Remember bands take breaks throughout the night.
GUESTS: Band may be the preferred choice for older mature guests while DJ is for younger guests. With a DJ, you and your guest can dance the night away.
SPACE: Band setups take up more real estate; DJs require limited space.
MEMORABLE: Band may provide a more memorable moment with their presence and performance; a DJ is more for dancing.
ACOUSTIC: Band volume may be on the loud side.
MC: Having a great Master of Ceremony is key. He/She will conduct and work the room based on the mood of your guests.
DO YOU LIKE THEM: Whoever your pick, trust your gut when you meet them. Are they easy to work with? Are they accommodating? Do they have presences? Are they professional? Do you like them?
Regardless of whether your choice is a DJ or band, Nanina’s in the Park can create the perfect space. Their ballroom was renovated in 2018, and was designed to enhance every moment of your special occasion. With stunning lighting and chandeliers, a large dance floor, and a special spot for the main couple’s table, the Tuscan Villa inspired architecture is a fabulous backdrop for your special day.
Nanina's in the Park
Your wedding will be perfect no matter what form of entertainment you choose.  The sound of music will come from the love in your heart.  You’ve got your life partner, you’ve got your family and friends to help you celebrate!  No matter how it is delivered, sweet music is all around you.
Hope this helps.  Happy planning!

How to Financially Plan for Your Wedding – 9 Tips

A few of the biggest basic expense that we incur as an adult are the purchase of a home, a car, and the cost of a wedding.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.  “An average wedding cost in the United States for 2017 was $25,764. [In big cities, the cost is as high as $30,000-$40,000].  Couples, on average, spend between $19,323 and $32,205 but, 50% of couples spend less than $15,000.”
Despite the statistics, it is possible to have the wedding of your dreams – within reason!
Check out The Estate at Florentine Gardens.  Let them work with you to help plan your dream wedding.  The Estate is in a Georgian-style mansion in suburban River Vale, New Jersey.  The Grand Ballroom accommodates 360 guests.  The Ballroom has 25’ high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a breathtaking 10-foot crystal chandelier, and a magnificent Juliet balcony.  The outdoor space includes an impressive four acres of meticulously manicured grounds, an outdoor veranda, and beautiful gardens, making it the perfect setting for your perfect day!

Florentine Gardens

Everything costs money, but some areas can make a difference.

  1. Limit the number of guests. You may consider a smaller celebratory gathering for those who were not part of the original invite.
  2. The timing of your wedding makes a difference in cost. Book a venue outside the peak season, which runs from late spring through early fall or book on a day other than a Saturday, when prices are at their highest.
  3. Focus on the most impactful details – things that catch your eye and make an immediate impression.
  4. Find a lovely venue that will require less decoration.
  5. Find vendors that are accommodating and willing to work with you.
  6. Start saving. Like all big purchases in life, you have to start somewhere.  A long engagement may not be a bad idea.  Good things come to those who wait.  Just think of how ideal the wedding will be when “The Day” arrives.
  7. You may consider skipping a registry. It is ok to leave it out and cash will be the implied gift.
  8. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. You don’t ask, you don’t get.
  9. Although it is the America way to have debt, whatever you do, we do not recommend you take a loan to pay for a wedding. You do not want to start a life together in debt.

Your wedding will be perfect whatever the cost.  Just remember the most important thing: you’ve got your life partner, you’ve got your friends and relatives to help you celebrate!  Happiness is priceless.
Hope this helps.  Happy planning!

Thinking about an Outdoor Wedding?

Numerous decisions go into the BEFORE “I Do” and even more decisions AFTER the “I Do!” Of all the decisions associated with the perfect wedding, choosing a venue is one of the most important ones.

The Estate

Outdoor weddings in a naturally beautiful setting often have a more relaxed feel that is quite appealing to both wedding party and guests. Outdoor weddings can vary from a park in the country, where you will need to supply everything including the porta potties to more inclusive options like the Estate at Farrington Lakes, where you’ve got acres of beautifully landscaped grounds plus gorgeous indoor facilities
Here are a few pros and cons to consider when deciding upon indoors or outdoors.


  • More relaxed environment. You decide how formal or informal you want your wedding to be.
  • Less decoration necessary. What is more natural and breathtaking than having mother nature as your backdrop? Take advantage of the effort, detail, and allow the venue’s landscaping to shine through.  It’s one of the reasons you selected that venue.  Show it off.
  • Kids have more space to enjoy themselves, which in turn allows the adults to have more fun.
  • Natural lighting for the photos is wonderful! Midday sun can be tricky, so late afternoon and sunset usually make for better photos.


  • You want your wedding to be wonderful regardless of mother nature.  Plan for the worst.  FIX: Make bad weather solutions a part of your initial discussions and plans.
  • Additional cost. Think cost for the tents, lighting, and does the site have electricity? FIX: Include all costs in the initial plans and on the contract.
  • Natural light can be a problem in the wrong hands. You want your wedding pictures to be perfect!  But natural light can be tricky, photographers need to be careful of exposure on sunny days.  FIX: Take a look at the photographer’s outdoor wedding portfolio before making a decision.
  • Uninvited guests. Bug and creepy crawlers can disrupt the fun.  FIX: Make sure you or the venue has a plan for citronella or torches to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

One thing to remember about your big day, no matter what happens, the day will be Perfect! How do we know?  Because you’ve got your dream, you’ve got your life partner, you’ve got your friends and relatives to celebrate your best day ever!  Life is good – no matter the pros and cons on any list.
Hope this helps.  Happy planning!

My wedding day

Of course, the wedding is always about the bride and groom, but the happy couple wants to be sure their wedding guests enjoy their best day ever too. That’s why the wedding reception is about so much more than exceptional cuisine and impressive decor and ambiance. It’s about the presentation and delivery of service, from entry level positions to management. More importantly than the flatware, place settings, stemware, and table linens, are the engagement and interaction with your wedding guests which can have a lasting impression. The entire staff of the venue can assure the wedding guests that their experience is of the utmost importance to them through their sincere interest in wanting to provide the very best the venue has to offer.


It’s about more than a smile and friendly exchange. It’s essential that everyone on the staff, from the valet to the servers to the chef to the event coordinator, be on the same menu, or rather the same page.  Their mission to provide above and beyond service to every guest at the venue must be communicated in the execution of all services from the moment the guests walk onto the property to the moment they leave. An attentive and accommodating staff will be more likely to assure the couple and their guests that they are committed to making sure that everything is taken care of and every detail will be addressed.  From formal attire to refined etiquette to impeccable service, a staff that is dedicated to surpassing expectations in providing a most memorable experience at the venue is one to be revisited time and time again. Visit the many wedding venues at where you can see for yourself the many venues with staff experienced in providing exceptional services!  “Visit 20 venues in 20 minutes” is the Place to Be to See NJ & NY Wedding Venues

Wasting your precious time searching for a wedding venue?

Where can you go to check out wedding venues without having to drive to every one of them?  Who wants to be wasting time going to so many venues with so many other things to plan for your best day ever! Just go to a bridal show or wedding expo exclusively featuring, the virtual tour company that brings the venues to the brides and grooms. How awesome is that! These 360 virtual tours give brides and grooms unlimited and free access to virtually tour so many NY and NJ venues!  Finally, couples can see for themselves right then and there what it’s like to be at these wedding venues.  

Virtual tours of Wedding Venues in NJ
Waterside’s virtual tour

These tours take you right through the wedding ceremony and wedding reception on a couple’s best day ever. How cool is it that you can see and walk through the venue right before the wedding ceremony and wedding reception were about to happen! It’s like you’re really there!

Magazine and website pictures don’t tell enough of the story…

Just go to and be taken to these venues so you can see them for yourself. These wedding venue virtual tours are like tickets or invitations to venues without having to get to all of them. It’s like a VIP pass but better because brides and grooms have free access to these wedding venue virtual tours 24/7. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want to find your perfect wedding venue.  Why flip through the pages of those wedding magazines with pretty pictures when you can virtually walk through these 360 virtual tours to see for yourself what every one of them has to offer!
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The Estate at Florentine Gardens Hires to Produce a Virtual Tour of their North Jersey Wedding Venue

The powers that be at the ever elegant and beautiful Estate at Florentine Gardens (full disclosure, author’s brother had his wedding there a bunch of years ago :-)) just knew that there was a better way to showcase their venue than just using two dimensional pictures and text.
Says Maria Daidone, venue owner and Marketing Manager, “Most venues, including our Estate, are in no shortage of photographs of their facility. We are all inundated with images on a regular basis – from photographers and guests alike – that show the venue in both large scale and the tiny detail shots. And, while many of these pictures are beautiful, none of them are tied together; none of them really give the viewer a perspective relative to other shots. The Virtual Tour that we got from and the stunning panoramic shots they took give the viewer that immersive, personal perspective we were looking for.”
After receiving a postcard in the mail and checking out the many other wedding venues the website boasts, Maria decided to give a call.
They were not disappointed. The virtual tour looked beautiful, covered all of the important aspects of their northern New Jersey wedding venue, and most importantly gives brides the best view of the venue possible.
The virtual tour can be viewed here –
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A video of the Virtual Tour can be viewed here –