Robert Roscigno Photography & Films

Are you planning a wedding in Point Pleasant, NJ? Here are some tips to assure that you and your guests have a great day.

1. Consider the time of year.

Point Pleasant is one of the premier vacation towns on the Jersey Shore. Anyone that has been there during the prime months knows that it can get very crowded. With the crowds also come higher hotel and vendor rates, limited availability for lodging and dining and let's not forget the traffic. If your heart is set on getting married in Point Pleasant, consider having your wedding outside of the peak tourist season. While peak season rates can be high, off-season prices are much more affordable and the availability is greater. With Fall weddings becoming more and more popular, this is just an added bonus to a Point Pleasant wedding. The traffic and crowds are only a fraction of the size during the Fall months (end of September, October and November) and the weather is a bit more consistent.

2. Start planning early.

Just as it's important to consider the time of the year for price, traffic and crowds, it's important to start planning early because venues and vendors book up pretty fast. Most of your most important vendors (venue, photography and videography) will book anywhere from 12 to 18 months in advance for prime dates in the busy season.

3. Agree upon your priorities

What part of your wedding is the most important to you? Maybe you're a foodie and spending a little extra on your caterer is important to you. Do your guests like to party and dance the night away? If so, do you prefer a band or a DJ? This might be where you spend a little extra. A recent poll conducted by New York Magazine found that 21% of the 500 brides polled wished they had spent more on photography and videography. After the food has been eaten and the band or DJ has packed up and gone home, the only thing that you have (other than your memories) are the photos and/or videos.

4. Lists, lists and even more lists!

There will be a whole team of vendors to work with, each with different payment due dates, it’s next to impossible to keep track of everything by yourself. Sit down with your fiancé, make a budget (use a spreadsheet if you want to be super organized) of estimated costs and actual costs and payment due dates. This will help to keep you free from receiving an unexpected bill. Develop a list of to-do items for yourself, your fiancé, Maid of Honor, Best Man, etc. We love using an app called Wunderlist to keep organized. It allows you to create lists that you can share on your phone, tablet or computer. The best part is that when an item is complete, everyone with access to the list sees that it's complete.

5. Remember what the day is all about.

It sounds simple enough but all too often brides (and grooms) get so wrapped up in the details of making the day picture perfect that they forget what the day is all about. This is the start of your new life together. I know it's easy to say but, it doesn't matter if the bakery forgot to put flowers on your cake or the DJ forgot to play a specific song. This shouldn't be what the day is about. Take some time (on the wedding day and before) to really enjoy this special time in your life.