Wedding Planners East Brunswick NJ
Old Bridge, NJ
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Staten Island, NY
North Brunswick, NJ
It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding!
As wedding season approaches, I thought I would share some pearls of wisdom with bubbling brides-to-be; ) As some of you may or may not know, I was a wedding and event planner for many years. And as of a few months ago, I planned & put on my own wedding! I took what I learned over my years in the biz and put it all together with our limited budget to host the most eco-friendly and affordable weddings I had ever planned. If I do say so myself, it was quite beautiful and I missed none of the elements that come with a large and expensive event. So I figured I would share some insider tips and secrets with you in the case that you or someone you know is headed down the aisle and is frantic about finances and/or their carbon footprint ; )
If you haven’t noticed, summertime is wedding time. One of my many hats is that of a wedding planner so I definitely get my fill come fall be it from working them or going to them ; ) And it is very difficult to stay healthy at such events but have no fear as the healthy, voyaging, event planner is here to help ; )
The trip is exhausting enough as flights or road trips are an excuse to eat fast and convenient. Then you get to the hotel and eat a nice, expensive, in room meal that is most likely greasy and eaten at an ungodly hour. Fast forward to wedding day where you spent all morning getting ready so all you had was coffee and maybe a starchy bagel. You arrive at the glorious event famished so you gorge on hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages. You pick at your lame and tasteless chicken or fish or for us veggies, cold pasta, and you feel like a cow come the bouquet toss. Sound familiar?
Here are a few tips to keep your trip to, at and from the festivities enjoyable and guilt free:
NJ Wedding Laws
37:1-13 Authorization To Solemnize Marriages 37:1-13. Each Judge Of The United States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit, Each Judge Of A Federal District Court, United States Magistrate, Judge Of A Municipal Court, Judge Of The Superior Court, Judge Of A Tax Court, Retired Judge Of The Superior Court Or Tax Court, Or Judge Of The Superior Court Or Tax Court, The Former County Court, The Former County Juvenile And Domestic Relations Court, Or The Former County District Court Who Has Resigned In Good Standing, Surrogate Of Any County, County Clerk And Any Mayor Or The Deputy Mayor When Authorized By The Mayor, Or Chairman Of Any Township Committee Or Village President Of This State, And Every Minister Of Every Religion, Are Hereby Authorized To Solemnize Marriage Between Such Persons As May Lawfully Enter Into The Matrimonial Relation; And Every Religious Society, Institution Or Organization In This State May Join Together In Marriage Such Persons According To The Rules And Customs Of The Society, Institution Or Organization. New Jersey Marriage Laws Are Governed By New Jersey Permanent Statute 31. Many Of The Requirements Of New Jerseys Wedding Laws Are Similar To Other States. In Order To Obtain A Marriage License, You Must Have Appropriate Identification Such As Certified Copies Of Birth Certificates, Passports Or Drivers' Licenses. United States Citizens Will Also Need To Furnish Their Social Security Numbers. If You Are Under The Age Of Eighteen, You Must Have Your Parents Consent To The Marriage In Front Of Two Witnesses. If You Are Under The Age Of Sixteen, Judicial Consent Is Necessary. The Fee For A Marriage License Is $28. If You Have Been Previously Married, You Must Supply The County Clerk With A Copy Of Your Divorce Decree If It Has Been Finalized In The Last Thirty Days, Or A Copy Of The Death Certificate Of Your Former Spouse If Your Spouse Passed Away In The Last Thirty Days. The Wedding Officiant Will Be Required To Furnish His Or Her Ordination Papers To The County Clerk As Well As His Or Her Current Contact Information. Covenant Marriages And Proxy Marriages Are Not Permitted According To New Jersey Wedding Laws Though Marriages Between First Cousins Are Permitted. The Ulc Monastery Strongly Advises That Its Ministers Check With The Local County Clerk Where You Intend To Perform A Marriage Ceremony For Any County-Specific Requirements. There Is No Residency Requirement To Marry In New Jersey For The Bride, Groom Or An Online Ordained Minister; Ulc Monastery Ministers From Outside New Jersey Are Thus Free To Perform Ceremonies There. However, If Either The Bride Or Groom Are Residents Of New Jersey, The Couple Should Obtain A Marriage License In The County Where The Bride Lives. If The Bride Is Not A Resident, According To New Jersey Wedding Laws The Couple Must Apply For A Marriage License In The County Where The Groom Lives. If Neither Are Residents Of The State, Obtaining A Marriage License From The County Clerk Where The Ceremony Will Be Held Is Acceptable. Military Personnel Are Considered To Be Residents In The County Where They Are Posted. After The Wedding License Is Issued, There Is A Three Day Waiting Period. Re-Marriages Or Renewal Of Vows Are Exempt From The Three Day Waiting Period. New Jersey Permanent Statutes 37:1-13 Governs The Legal Authorization To Solemnize Marriages And Civil Unions. The Following Is An A Partial Rendition Of This Statute As It Pertains To Wedding Officiants: "Judges Of A Federal District Court, United States Magistrates, Judges Of A Municipal Court, Judges Of The Superior Court, Judges Of A Tax Court, Retired Judges Of The Superior Court, Judge Or The Superior Or Tax Court Who Has Resigned In Good Standing, Any Mayor/Deputy Mayor Or Chairman Of Any Township Committee, Village President Of New Jersey, County Clerks, And Every Minister Of Every Religion." Notice That Any Ordained Minister Of "Every" Religion May Officiate Weddings According To New Jersey Laws; The Universal Life Church Is Thus Shoe-Horned Into Being Legally Recognized In New Jersey As A Result. Wedding Officiants Must Send Marriage Certificates To The New Jersey Department For Public Health In Trenton, New Jersey Within Thirty Days Of The Ceremony. New Jersey Was One Of The First States To Legalize Gay Marriage In The Form Of Domestic Partnerships. Domestic Partnerships Give Same-Sex Couples Many Of The Same Rites As Heterosexual Couples. The Domestic Partnership Act Was Enacted In January Of 2004 By The New Jersey Legislature. It Provides Inheritance, Property Rites And Limited Healthcare Benefits Between Same-Sex Couples Or Couples Who Are Sixty-Two Years Old Or Older And Living Together As Domestic Partners. The Two Partners Must Document Shared Financial Obligations By Furnishing Proof Of A Joint Deed, Mortgage, Bank Account Or Life Insurance Policy To The County Clerk. Same Sex Wedding Law: Allows Gay Civil Unions ( View Ruling ) To Perform A Marriage In New Jersey You Need To Be Ordained And May Be Required To Provide Proof Of Ordination Such As An Ordination Credential , Wallet Credential , Or A Letter Of Good Standing From The Church.