5 Ways To…Plan Your Wedding in Bergen County

February is National Wedding Month! Get to planning your nuptials before the month is up with these local spots that have your big day covered.
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Even though the summer months are the most popular time to get married, February is National Wedding Month. That’s because it’s when many newly engaged couples finally begin planning their big days after the holiday season and beginning-of-year craziness dies down. So with just a few days left in the shortest month of the year, there’s no better time to get crackin’! Whether you’re just starting your wedding-planning journey or are not-quite-yet engaged (it’s never too early to plan!), these local places will help you cross some of the bigger to-do’s off your list:

  • Find a dress

Why take the trek to Kleinfeld’s when we have some fantastic bridal boutiques close to home? Two of Bergen brides’ favorite spots to find their gowns locally are Bijou Bridal in Paramus, which has a variety of styles in different price points from designers such as Maggie Sottero and Nicole Miller. Jaehee Bridal Atelier in Englewood also has a large selection, with dresses from both European and American designers in every style, from ballgowns to sheaths.

  • Suit up the groom

Don’t forget the man of the hour! The groom can suit up in style with a tux from Biltmore Tuxedos in Ridgewood, where he’ll get individualized attention as he tries on a designer tuxedo that he can either purchase or rent. Or, if he wants a custom and/or exquisitely tailored garment instead of an off-the-rack suit or tux, his best bet is at family-owned men’s store Sal Lauretta for Men in Midland Park.

  • Gift your ’maids

You could gift your bridal party kitschy stuff from Etsy, but it’s way more fun and personal to pick out their presents in person. Small business gift shops like Ginger N’ Cream in Westwood, BB Clover in Ho-Ho-Kus and Pazzazed, with locations in both Ridgewood and Franklin Lakes, stock tons of cute items like jewelry, home décor and accessories your bridesmaids will love.

  • Choose a cake

Whether your preference is fondant or buttercream, traditional or over-the-top, chocolate or vanilla, a wedding cake should be representative of the Mr. and Mrs. Many local bakeries like A Little Cake in Park Ridge and Palermo’s Bakery in Ridgefield Park work with engaged couples to personalize their cakes down to the very last detail—and ensure that the cakes are both photogenic and delicious.

  • Visit an expo

If you’re still unsure of what vendors you want to use for your wedding—we’re talking the biggies like the florist, caterer, photographer, band and even venue—a local wedding expo will present your options to you and help you narrow things down. A few upcoming expos in the area include the Bridal Showcase at Palisadium U.S.A. in Cliffside Park (Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m.) and the Paramus Wedding Show at Biagio’s in Paramus (Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m.). Best yet, these two events are free—attendees just need to pre-register online beforehand.

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