The New Jersey branch of the Association of Bridal Consultants (NJ-ABC) is comprised of members who are wedding consultants and vendors.  Members from all aspects of the wedding industry have come together to create a beautiful and memorable wedding for a bride who is Meet the Mastersfighting breast cancer.  Many wedding professionals graciously donated their time and services to make Tina and Paul’s wedding unforgettable.  This is the first of what is expected to be an annual NJ-ABC “give back” event for deserving couples.

Robert Allen is joined by Rhonda Bassat-Rivera, media chair of the NJ-ABC, Candice Benson, State Coordinator NJ-ABC, celebrant Julie Laudicina and photographers Tim Camuso and Glenn Maida to discuss the reasons they participated, their vision,  approach, and how it made them feel to make a couple’s wedding dream come true.  Candice said, “The NJ wedding community is excited to give back and help create wonderful memories for Tim and Paul and their families to cherish forever.”  More than $30,000 worth of goods, services and talent were contributed to make this wedding a reality.

The ABC has been the professional organization for the wedding industry since 1955, and has over 4,000 members in 26 countries on six continents.  The ABC is a membership service organization, designed to increase awareness of the wedding business and improve the professionalism of members.  

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New Jersey Association of Bridal Consultants

Association of Bridal Consultants 

Websites of Guests on today’s episode:


Bride Ideas

The Finishing Touch Wedding and Event Planning
Officiant Julie Laudicina 
Timothy Glenn Photographers


Participating Vendors (in alphabetical order):
All the Best Weddings and Celebrations,
Christine Hyder Events
Confectionary Designs of Bogota,
Craig Scott Entertainment of Rochelle Park
Dynamite FX
Elegant Ensembles of Closter,
Magda's Designs
Mariya Molduvanova of Lakewood
Multi-Vision
Ocean Tents & Party Rentals of Manahawkin,
Paper Works & Events of Engelwood,
Rohsler's Allendale Nursery & Florist

Select Event Rentals

Taylor Nicole Events

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Here Come the Moms with Katie Martin author The Everything Mother of the Bride Book

Katie Martin has owned and operated Elegance & Simplicity, Inc, a wedding consulting and floral design firm since 1998. She is one of the world’s leading eco-friendly wedding experts and is the Editor-in-Chief of Eco-Beautiful Weddings online magazine & blog.  Her book The Everything Mother of the Bride Book is an insightful and practical guide that will help you help your daughter have the wedding of her dreams.

The mother-daughter relationship is very important and filled with emotions.  Katie tells us what inspired the book and how she and her mom loved planning Katie’s wedding together.  We discuss how a mother’s role has transformed, traditional expenses and responsibilities, realistic expectations, and the importance of communication.  You will find out how to avoid the pushy MOB label and learn how to keep the peace with the mother of the groom and the stepmom.  You will hear the top ten things the MOB should be ready to say and what mom can do after the wedding is over.  Katie’s expert advice will guide you from the engagement to a wedding experience that you will thoroughly enjoy.

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Everything Mother of the Bride Book
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