Something New Along the Road Show to LBI Region WeddingsEvent Arranged by Southern Ocean County Chamber for April 23
More and more brides looking for the picture-perfect beach wedding are starting with the LBI Wedding Road Show, which this year is the ninth annual to be presented by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. The date is April 23.
The beach faithfully provides the “something blue.” This year, the news is “something new.” Exciting features have been added to the format of this day devoted to planning nuptials in the Long Beach Island and nearby mainland shore region.
What’s new starts with a pre-event bridal breakfast at the Tuckerton Seaport, highlighted by an Engagement Ring Selfie Station. And the 2017 road show finishes big with the first-ever Fashion Show and Made & Matrimony handmade bridal boutique. In between the tours of venues and chances to talk with specialists are the fun, do-it-yourself workshops at places as varied as a brewery and a historical museum.
The LBI Wedding Road Show is self-guided, with a tour map available at registration sites.
The map points out where to sample specialties, greet local wedding professionals in beautiful venues, and participate in the hands-on DIY workshops.
Registration for brides and their entourages is complimentary, and all may pre-register on the chamber website visitLBIregion.com.
The pre-event breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton, which is also one of the locations of tour registration.
Tour registration is at 9:30 a.m., and the other registration locations are the Holiday Inn, Route 72 in Manahawkin, and the Southern Ocean Chamber Visitors Center, located at 265 West Ninth St., Ship Bottom, on the incoming Causeway road.
That done, it’s on with the show. The choice of where to hold the wedding reception is one of the bigger decisions to be made, and this event shows brides some of the area’s popular venues and more.
The tour destinations include Brant Beach Yacht Club, The Gables, Parker’s Garage (on the site of the former Boathouse Restaurant, the restaurant moniker hearkens back to the original name of the business onsite,) The Sea Shell Beach Resort, The Stateroom and Surf City Yacht Club.
DIY seminars are scheduled throughout the day at such sites as the Long Beach Island Historical Association Museum in Beach Haven; Daymark restaurant in Barnegat Light, a new venue on the road show tour; and the Ship Bottom Brewery in Beach Haven, an out-of-the-box option.
The tour ends at 3:30 p.m., immediately followed by the After Party Fashion Show and Make Shift Union’s Made & Matrimony boutique, to bring attendees together at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences for the perfect end to the day.
Adding to the excitement, newly engaged B98.5 FM radio host Sara Cucci is thrilled to join her fellow brides at this year’s Wedding Road Show.
Also a Match Made
For the Local Economy
As great as the Wedding Road Show is for brides, it’s a good match for the shore economy as well.
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce brought a wedding festival concept to the region almost a decade ago during the launch of its Destination Marketing Organization, said Lori Pepenella, CEO of the chamber and its DMO.
“The event has impacted almost a decade of brides, and helped wedding demand increase on LBI and in the region by over 60 percent since we began,” Pepenella told The SandPaper. “The Wedding Road Show has introduced brides to traditional and non-traditional options that span all budgets and have allowed them to look at our location in a different light.
“The goal was to establish the Long Beach Island Region as the go-to location for brides in and out of the state,” she said.
“Since its inception, the demands for weddings throughout the year have continued to increase, providing local venues and wedding professionals the opportunity to expand their services,” Pepenella added. ‘The Wedding Road Show does not only impact wedding professionals, but has been a platform for many other businesses to capture new customers.”
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce 2017 LBI Wedding Road Show Media sponsors include Volatile Media Management, Bay Magazine, NJ Wedding.com, Celebrations Guide, Rock the Aisle Bridal and the N.J. Division of Travel and Tourism.
To find out more, go to the website visitLBIregion.com or contact the chamber by stopping in to its visitor center in Ship Bottom or by calling 609-494-7211 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Follow the official LBI Wedding Road Show on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.
— Maria Scandale