4 Gorgeous Renovated Wedding Venues in New Jersey

One of the best things about New Jersey weddings is the wide variety of locations you can choose to host them. Some couples love the "old world" charm of a historical or rustic building for their wedding. Others prefer a more sleek, elegant look with updated decor and a modern feel.

If you're in the latter camp, you might consider looking at recently renovated NJ wedding venues for your reception. Older banquet halls and event spaces will often to renovate their interiors (and exteriors) after decades of use, giving couples the opportunity to host their wedding in a brand-new space.

Consider one of these beautiful New Jersey venues that have been updated and refreshed in the last few years.

Renovated NJ wedding venues for your big day

Battello (Jersey City)

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While Battello isn't an "old" venue (it first opened in 2014), it recently underwent an emergency renovation to repair a structural issue with the pier beneath it. This popular Jersey City restaurant and wedding venue abruptly shut its doors in September 2017, and finally reopened its doors in February 2019.

According to Jersey Digs, Battello created a revamped menu and cocktail list to celebrate its grand re-opening. Couples who host their wedding here can have the restaurant closed to the public during their event, creating a private, intimate atmosphere for their waterfront celebration.

Crystal Point Yacht Club (Point Pleasant)

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Crystal Point Yacht Club is one of our favorite Jersey Shore wedding venues, and we love it even more with its new look. Over the last couple of years, this banquet hall has updated both its event space and its overnight accommodations at the Crystal Point Inn. Couples who have recently held their wedding at Crystal Point rave about the beautiful renovations and new event menu.

Updates include a new cocktail hour room and a remodeled ballroom with new bar and dance floor with new speakers and customizable LED lighting.

Icona Golden Inn (Avalon)

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For more than 50 years, Avalon's Golden Inn stood as a landmark in this seaside borough. In 2015, luxury hotel management company Icona Resorts purchased the hotel and funded a $15 million renovation project, rebranding this historic space as Icona Golden Inn.

Since it reopened in 2016, Icona has been a popular spot for South Jersey couples who want a beachfront wedding. The Inn's new 4,000 square-foot event space, the Seaglass Ballroom, features wooden floors, custom lighting, and floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light. After your elegant reception, guests can head right to their renovated hotel rooms and wake up with a gorgeous ocean view.

The Mill Lakeside Manor (Spring Lake)

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In 2017, The Mill at Spring Lake Heights restaurant closed down. A year and a half later, it reopened as The Mill Lakeside Manor, a gorgeous new venue that hosts one wedding at a time.

The new owners spared no expense in making The Mill into a sought-after wedding destination. The former public restaurant area has been converted into a pre- and post-event space for private parties and weddings. As part of its interior and exterior renovations, the Mill now features a full first-floor cocktail hour space and a brand-new, second-floor ballroom with coffered ceilings, custom mood lighting, crystal chandeliers and an updated speaker system.

Already booked your New Jersey wedding? Hurricane Productions' offers a variety of all-inclusive media and entertainment packages for your big day. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Why We Love Living and Working in Monmouth County

If you're not familiar with Hurricane Productions, the first thing you should know is that we're proud to serve couples in our home state of New Jersey. Most of our full-time staff and contractors live in Central and South Jersey, and both of our offices are located in Monmouth County. It should come as no surprise, then, that we absolutely love working Monmouth County weddings.

If you're getting married in Monmouth County and want a super-local media and entertainment provider, we'd be honored to help you celebrate your big day. Here are just a few of the reasons why we're always happy to work close to home.

1. We have long-standing relationships with many popular Monmouth County wedding venues.

Clarks Landing Waterfront Wedding

Our founders, Vincent and Strato, grew up in Monmouth County. They started Hurricane Productions as a DJ/MC team in 2003 and primarily worked at local event venues.

As the business grew, we continued to build a reputation among popular Monmouth County wedding venues like Molly Pitcher Inn, Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, and Clarks Landing. Our familiarity with the layout and staff at many in-county event venues means we know exactly where to go and who to talk to when we set up for your big day.

2. We've mastered the art of beach weddings.

Jersey Shore Wedding Photography

Beach weddings are a dream come true for many coastal couples, especially for those of us who live so close to the Jersey Shore. While they may be beautiful and romantic, planning a beach wedding also comes with a lot of logistical challenges.

Fortunately, Hurricane Productions staff members are well-prepared to deal with waterfront weddings, from capturing the perfect lighting and angles, to working with the ocean breeze. We can even provide a fully-wireless sound system for your beach ceremony to ensure your loved ones can hear your vows over the crashing waves.

3. We know the best local spots for photo shoots.

Whether you're looking for the perfect engagement shoot location or want to have a special photo shoot near your Monmouth County venue, we know the top local spots to get gorgeous photos and video. For instance, if you're getting married in a shore town, we can help you find the perfect secluded section of beach or boardwalk to take pictures. Or, if your venue is close to Middletown, we might suggest planning an off-site shoot at the gorgeous Deep Cut Gardens.

4. It's easy and convenient to schedule in-person meetings at one of our Monmouth County offices.

We always love meeting our couples in-person, especially for the final consultation in the weeks before your wedding. We currently operate two Monmouth County offices in Red Bank and Manalapan Township, so our full-time staff members are happy to meet with you at whichever location is most convenient.

5. Monmouth County weddings are always breathtakingly beautiful.

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There are countless wedding spots throughout the state of New Jersey that offer gorgeous natural backdrops and stunning scenery, like mountains and the city skylines of New York and Philly. Truthfully, no matter where in Jersey you get married, you're sure to have a beautiful wedding. However, as Monmouth County residents, we'll always be partial to the beauty that's right in our own backyard.

Need a vendor for your Monmouth County wedding? Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive packages for photography, videography, entertainment, photo booths, and more. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

Danielle and Anthony - The Estate at Farrington Lake

Danielle and Anthony's Estate at Farrington Lake Wedding

The Estate at Farrington Lake sits on 22 gorgeous acres grounds in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Couples who host a Farrington Lake wedding enjoy a magical setting that seems like something out of a fairytale.

This breaktaking venue boasts lakefront gardens, a modern ballroom with marble dance floor and panoramic views of the grounds, a charming outdoor patio and a pergola. The Estate's beautiful scenery was the perfect backdrop for Danielle and Anthony's wedding day.

The couple booked videography services with Hurricane Productions to capture their wedding day. Danielle and Anthony chose our Full Feature Package, which includes coverage of their first look, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

One of Hurricane's first videographers, Dave “DC” Costantini, spent the day with Danielle and Anthony to capture all their special moments. After the big day, DC's footage was edited into a 60 to 90-minute feature-length wedding film, as well as a three to five-minute cinematic highlight video for the couple to share.

Danielle and Anthony also received all the raw footage from their day, delivered via a secure cloud download link.

Looking for entertainment and media services for your New Jersey wedding? Check out our pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote for more details.

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Sarah and Matt - Lakewood Country Club

Sarah and Matt's Lakewood Country Club Wedding

Eleven years ago, when the Hurricane Productions founders Strato Doumanis and Vincent Velasquez were our main DJ and MC team, Vincent MCed Sarah Ramos's Quinceañera. Imagine Sarah's surprise when she and her new husband Matt walked in to their Lakewood Country Club wedding and realized Vincent was back on the mic doing their introductions!

Sarah and Matt hired Hurricane to provide multiple services for their big day. As part of our Turntable Entertainment Package, the couple received DJ entertainment for their reception by Alvin Gay, who took over MC duties after Vincent's introductions.

As an upgrade to their entertainment package, we designed and set up a custom Name in Lights display at the couple's venue. Sarah and Matt also rented our attended Photo Booth for their guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

Main videographer Corynn Egreczky and assistant Brendan spent the day with Sarah and Matt, capturing all of their special moments on video. The couple chose our Full-Day Videography Package to ensure that their entire day was documented, from bride and groom preparations to the final dance of the evening.

Corynn and Brendan's footage was edited into a feature-length (60-90 minute) cinematic wedding film, as well as a three to five minute highlight video for Sarah and Matt to share with their loved ones.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of wedding day services to tri-state area couples. Visit our pricing page to learn about our entertainment and media packages, or request a quote for your big day.

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How Much Do New Jersey Weddings Really Cost?

Depending on who you ask, the exact number for the average NJ wedding cost can vary greatly. But make no mistake: New Jersey weddings are among the most expensive in the nation.

According to The Knot, the average United States wedding cost nearly $34,000 in 2018. New Jersey averages are considerably higher, ranging from a conservative $38,049 (USA Today) to a whopping $62,074 or more in Northern and Central New Jersey (The Knot).

So, is it possible to get married in New Jersey for less than the cost of a luxury vehicle or a home down payment? It depends on what you and your fiance envision for your wedding day.

What does the average NJ wedding cost, really?

To get a better sense of what New Jersey couples are paying for their wedding in 2020, we independently surveyed* more than 800 brides on Facebook. The vast majority said their total wedding bill was above and beyond the national average, with 77% spending more than $30,000 for their big day. Many poll respondents followed up to share their actual wedding total, which was on par with the ~$62,000 New Jersey average.

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Where is all that money going? The biggest line item for most couples is the venue, which typically encompasses food and beverage costs. The Knot's survey broke down the average cost for "high spenders" versus the national average and found that among those who spent above $60,000 on their wedding, the venue alone cost more than $42,000 (the national average was just $15,163).

Other major wedding expenses and their average cost, according to The Knot, include:

  • Flowers and decor ($2,379 national / $6,050 high spender)
  • Photographer ($2,630 / $5,130)
  • Ceremony site ($2,311 / $2,966)
  • Wedding planner ($1,988 / $3,775)
  • Videographer ($1,912 / $3,214)
  • Wedding dress ($1,509 / $3,158)
  • DJ ($1,231 / $2,300)

How to reduce your wedding cost

The average NJ wedding cost might make your head spin, but don't be intimidated: There are countless ways to throw an incredible wedding on a budget and save money on certain elements. Here are a few easy ways to trim down the cost of your wedding.

1. Think beyond the Saturday evening wedding.

Weddings are traditionally held on Saturday evenings -- and venues price accordingly. Most banquet halls and restaurants charge less to host an event on a Friday or Sunday evening or weekend afternoons, either by reducing the cost per head or lowering the minimum guest count. Daytime receptions are becoming more popular as we head into 2020 wedding season, so going this route means you'll be on-trend and saving money for your big day.

2. Plan an off-season wedding.

Venue prices also tend to vary depending on the time of year you book. Peak wedding season is historically late spring through early fall (April through September), which means you'll pay top dollar for those dates. If you're flexible on your wedding date and don't mind the cold, you might be able to slash the price of your New Jersey wedding by getting married in the late fall, winter, or early spring. Other wedding vendors may also offer discounts during these "slower" times of the year.

3. Pare down your guest list.

Since your venue is generally the largest portion of your wedding budget, cutting down your guest list can help you save a considerable amount of money. This can be a difficult process, especially if your parents are helping you finance your wedding and want to invite their friends to celebrate your big day. If you're having trouble, Brides.com recommends eliminating friends and relatives you haven't spoken to in years, coworkers, plus-ones you've never met, and other "fringe" people who aren't prominent in your life.

4. Ask your married friends for vendor referrals.

Many wedding vendors (including us!) love to thank loyal clients by offering a referral incentive when they bring in new business. You can often receive a discount or price-match from a vendor, just by name-dropping your recently-married friend who used their services. For example, Hurricane offers referral clients a generous discount on their wedding day package, as well as a $25 gift card to the client who referred them.

Bundle services and save money with Hurricane Productions

When you book multiple services with Hurricane Productions, we are able to offer a bundled discount on our individual package prices. For a limited time, we're even offering an All-Inclusive Wedding Package, which includes four of our most popular services for just $4,995. You'll save over 10% and receive the following for your wedding day:

Our 2020 wedding dates are booking up fast, so request a quote to confirm our availability for your big day!

*Survey methodology: A Hurricane Productions representative created and posted a poll in a private Facebook group for engaged and recently married New Jersey brides. The poll was posted in November 2019 and received 826 responses total.

 

Outdated Wedding Traditions You Don't Have to Follow

Years ago, you could pretty much count on every wedding featuring Richard Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" (a.k.a. "Here Comes the Bride") during the ceremony and a big, flashy bouquet and garter toss at the reception. These days, certain wedding traditions are considered outdated or in need of an upgrade.

When couples are planning their wedding with Hurricane Productions, they often wonder if people are still doing these classic" wedding customs and whether they're expected to uphold them on their own big day.

At the end of the day, your celebration is yours -- all that matters is what makes you and your fiance happy. However, if you’re still interested in what a “typical” wedding entails today, we've noticed that some New Jersey couples are changing, upgrading, or skipping certain outdated wedding traditions.

Outdated wedding traditions you can skip

The following traditions aren’t as popular as they once were (but it doesn’t mean you can’t/shouldn’t include them in your ceremony!):

Using traditional ceremony music

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Some religious institutions have guidelines about what music couples are allowed to use during their wedding ceremony. However, for couples who aren't tying the knot in a house of worship, the sky is the limit for planning their ceremony music. Instead of the traditional "Wedding March" or "Bridal Chorus," couples are going with more modern or meaningful songs for these important ceremony moments:

  • Prelude -- the 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony, when guests are gathering
  • Processional -- the beginning of the ceremony, when loved ones (like grandparents and parents of the bride/groom) and the wedding party walk down the aisle
  • Bride's Entrance -- the most anticipated part of the ceremony, when the bride walks down the aisle
  • Interludes/Special Ceremony Events -- any breaks or special traditions you might include in your ceremony
  • Recessional -- the end of the ceremony, post-kiss, when the bride and groom and the rest of the wedding party exit
  • Postlude -- the moments following the ceremony, when guests are mingling/making their way to cocktail hour

Not sure which songs you want to choose for your ceremony? If Hurricane is providing your ceremony sound, we can help you out if you're stuck!

Garter/bouquet toss

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While the garter and bouquet tosses used to be a fun way to get the party going for single wedding guests, some couples feel it’s a bit outdated. If you’re not interested in this tradition, there are many other ways to include your single friends, like a fun competition on the dance floor.

Elaborate cake cutting ceremonies

In years past, cutting the cake was one of the highlights of a wedding reception. All guests gathered around the dance floor as the couple fed each other a slice of wedding cake (or smashed frosting in each other's faces) to a specially chosen song. While some couples still do this, others are embracing more "low-key" cake cutting ceremonies. In fact, some even forgo cake altogether, opting for other desserts like cupcakes, pie, donuts, or more savory treats like a stack of cheese wheels. Choose whatever food makes you happiest and most fulfilled. Because, let’s face it: aside from celebrating the couple, the food is the best part of a wedding!

Wedding traditions most couples still do (but it's OK if you don't)

These traditions are still going strong! If you want a more modern wedding, consider including the following:

First Look

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Many of today's couples plan a private moment before the ceremony to see each other in their wedding best for the first time (usually with a photographer and videographer to capture the magic). This intimate “first look” allows you and your fiance to have a few minutes alone before tying the knot in front of family and loved ones, and to really take in each others’ wedding-day glow.

Grand entrance/introduction

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Once the ceremony and cocktail hour are over and you're ready to party, it’s time to formally kick off the reception. To mark this shift, most weddings include reception introductions, where the DJ announces each member of the wedding party as they walk into the ballroom

There’s typically a specific song playing during the introductions, with the music changing as the newlyweds make their grand entrance at the end. Some pairs even plan a specific dance or walk get the crowd going.

First dance

Perhaps the most anticipated part of the reception is when the happy couple shares their first dance as newlyweds. This is definitely still a popular tradition today, and sharing that special moment in front of loved ones is unlike any other feeling.

Parent dances

Whether it’s father-daughter/mother-son, or another combo of your choosing, parent dances are still just as special as they once were. An ode to those who raised you, this tradition is a beautiful way to say “thank you,” and express the everlasting love and appreciation you have for your lifelong guardian.

What traditions should I observe at my wedding?

Don't feel pressured to observe any outdated wedding "traditions" (or modern ones) that you don't care about, just because your parents or siblings or friends did it. Planning a wedding is stressful enough, and you don't need to add to your stress by forcing any customs that don't feel true to you.

When it comes down to it, a wedding only requires you, your fiance, and your officiant/witnesses. Everything else is your call.

No matter what your wedding plans entail, Hurricane Productions can help you host the celebration of your dreams. Check out our pricing page to view our all-inclusive media and entertainment packages, or request a quote for your big day.

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Red Bank, New Jersey Annual Wedding Walk

Red Bank, New Jersey's annual Wedding Walk is the place to be for engaged couples in the Monmouth County area. This all-day event highlights the best local wedding vendors, including venues, bridal wear, florists, salons, photographers, DJs and more, and ends with a champagne reception at the famous Molly Pitcher Inn.

As a media and entertainment company located right in the heart of Red Bank, Hurricane Productions is always thrilled to participate in the Wedding Walk. We love meeting and talking to couples, and giving them a taste of what they can expect when they hire us for their big day.

Hurricane Productions is already gearing up for the 2020 Wedding Walk, which is taking place on Sunday, March 22. Here are five great reasons to stop by and visit us as you peruse Red Bank's wedding vendors.

1. Meet Our Wedding Entertainment Team

The quality of your wedding entertainment can make or break your reception. One of the most important considerations when choosing your DJ is how comfortable you feel with them. The way they interact with you during the planning process is a good indicator of how they'll engage you and your guests on your wedding day.

When you visit Hurricane Productions during the Red Bank Wedding Walk, you'll able to meet our lead wedding entertainment team, DJ Alvin Gay and MC Rob Padovano (check Rob out in action during the 2018 Wedding Walk). You can chat with them and learn more about their styles, and also get a sense of what they'd bring to your reception. 

You'll also meet our general manager, Chelsea Rutkowski, who serves as the point of contact for all Hurricane Productions event clients. She'll be there for you through every step of the process, from answering your questions and helping you navigate our easy-to-use online planning and payment portal. You'll also be able to meet with co-founders of Hurricane - Strato Doumanis (DJ) and Vincent Velasquez (MC).  

2. Enjoy Snack and Drinks

The Wedding Walk's must-see vendors are spread throughout Red Bank, so you'll probably work up an appetite traveling from place to place. Luckily, Hurricane Productions has a spread of snacks available for couples who stop in for a visit.

Want to pre-game the champagne reception? We've got you covered there, too – enjoy a glass of wine or beer on tap from the office kegerator while you're meeting the team.

3. Learn More About Our All-Inclusive Wedding Packages

When you hire Hurricane Productions, you get more than just a service provider – you get a true partner in your wedding planning process. We get to know each and every one of our clients to understand what they're looking for, so we can help them have the wedding day of their dreams.

During your Wedding Walk visit, you can learn more about each of our core wedding services – DJ entertainment, photography, and videography – and the all-inclusive packages and add-ons we offer. Each package is customizable to your needs, so you'll get exactly what you want from our team.

Hurricane Productions is very transparent with its pricing, but if you bundle services, we're able to work with you on an even better deal. The more services you book with us, the more you'll save.

4. Explore the Surrounding Shops and Vendors in Red Bank

Downtown Red Bank has so much to offer. In addition to checking out the other participating Wedding Walk vendors, you can visit some of our neighbors and do a little shopping while you're here. From fashion boutiques and home goods stores, to bakeries and gourmet specialty shops, you're sure to find something you love. RedBank.org offers a full directory of shops, restaurants and services.

5. Have a Great Time

The Hurricane Productions team works hard, but we play hard, too. We're all about getting couples in on the fun, and when you stop by our office, that's exactly what you get while you learn about our staff and services.But why wait until Red Bank Wedding Walk? Contact us today or visit our pricing page to learn more about how Hurricane Productions can make your wedding day unforgettable.

Morgan and Benjamin - SkyView Golf Club

Morgan and Benjamin's SkyView Golf Club Wedding

It's less than a month before your wedding. You've just decided that you want videography services to document your big day. That's when you call Hurricane Productions.

Morgan and Benjamin reached out to us just two weeks before their SkyView Golf Club wedding in Sparta, New Jersey. It can be challenging to find a videographer on such short notice, but thanks to our robust team of video talent, we're well-equipped to handle last-minute bookings for just about any of our wedding services.

The couple opted for our Full Day Videography package, which included 12 hours of coverage for their preparations, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Main videographer Corynn Egreczky and second videographer Markus Robinson worked together to capture every moment of Morgan and Benjamin's day. Their footage was then edited into a 60 to 90-minute feature-length edit and a three to five-minute highlight video set to a special song chosen by the couple.

After their SkyView Golf Club wedding, Morgan and Benjamin were kind enough to leave Hurricane Productions a 5-star review on WeddingWire:

"We booked our videographer 2 weeks before the wedding. Chelsea was quick to [respond] and very helpful the day [of]. We had Corynn and Markus, who blended so well and helped us get some great footage!"

We were so thrilled to be a part of the happy couple's big day!

Need last-minute wedding day services? We've got you covered. Visit our pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages and wedding upgrades. Then, fill out our quote request form to confirm our availability for your date.

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Allison and Steven - WoodsEdge Farm

Allison and Steven's WoodsEdge Farm Wedding

Couples who host a WoodsEdge Farm wedding will get anything but a cookie-cutter experience.

This serene Stockton, New Jersey venue is only open for events from May through October. If your celebration is one of the select few that take place during the season, you and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of the working family farm.

It's easy to see why Allison and Steven chose WoodsEdge for their beautiful, rustic wedding. The couple hired Hurricane Productions to provide full-day videography services and capture every special moment of their day.

Main videographer Phil Shvartzman and second videographer Tyler Ajamian documented Allison and Steven's pre-ceremony preparations, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. With 90 gorgeous acres of land on the farm, there were ample opportunities for our video team to film the newlyweds enjoying their venue's natural beauty.

After their big day, the new Mr. and Mrs. received a formal, feature-length edit of their wedding events (60-90 minutes) along with a three to five-minute cinematic highlight video to share with family and friends.

Need entertainment, photography, or videography services for your wedding day? Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of all-inclusive media and entertainment packages. Check out our pricing page for more details, or request a custom quote.

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Nicole and Sean - McLoone's Pier House

Nicole and Sean's McLoone's Pier House Wedding

Paint a picture of your perfect Autumn beach day -- a slight breeze wisps in a chill, warmed by bright sunlight and good company. 

That’s the kind of weather that visited Nicole and Sean on their wedding day in Long Branch, NJ in early November.

Nicole and Sean exchanged vows at The Bungalow Hotel followed by a brunch reception at McLoone’s Pier House. Hurricane Productions provided full-day photography and videography coverage. 

Photographer Corynn Egreczky guided the couple through their prep, first look, ceremony and reception.

Videographer Markus Robinson and Sean will share a bond forever -- Markus split his pants while on the gig and had to borrow a pair from Sean to get through the day. Sean has since gotten his pants back. But LOL. 

As an add-on, the newlyweds also rented our attended Photo Booth for their McLoone's Pier House wedding. The booth includes a prop box, unlimited prints, a USB drive and download link of all photos, and a keepsake scrapbook for the couple.

When Nicole and Sean flip through their photos, watch their video, and read this blog, we hope they smile with happiness from their wedding day because of the memories they created with family and friends (and the help of our talented staff).

But the pair are an integral part of creating memories for other couples, too.

Lightning Media Partners -- a company co-owned by the couple -- helps Hurricane create content for all our wedding and private event clients. You can read their work on this blog and on our advice page.

And no, we didn’t ask them to write a blog for their own wedding. 

- Vincent Velasquez

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Danielle and Michael - Tim McLoone's Supper Club

Danielle and Michael's Tim McLoone's Supper Club Wedding

A Tim McLoone's Supper Club wedding offers couples and their guests the very best of the Jersey Shore.

Located in the heart of downtown Asbury Park, this elegant restaurant and event venue is perfect for a romantic, intimate wedding. With its gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Asbury Park boardwalk, there's no shortage of photo and video opportunities here.

Danielle and Michael celebrated their big day at McLoone's and hired Hurricane Productions to capture their most special moments. The couple opted for our Short Movie Package, which included coverage of their first look, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Our talented videographer Markus Robinson was behind the camera for Danielle and Michael's wedding. Afterwards, the couple received a three to five-minute cinematic highlight video set to the music of their choice, plus all the raw footage from their day.

As an add-on to their videography package, Danielle and Michael booked our attended Photo Booth for their guests to enjoy. Each rental includes unlimited double prints, a prop box, a cloud download link, and a keepsake scrapbook to preserve your memories.

By booking the photo booth as an upgrade, the newlyweds received a substantial discount on the regular rental price.

Getting married in the tri-state area? Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page to view our packages, or contact us for a custom quote.

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Tracy and Michael - South Gate Manor

Tracy and Michael's South Gate Manor Wedding

Tracy and Michael's South Gate Manor wedding was truly a special celebration for Hurricane Productions. Not only was the bride a former Sweet 16 client, but our co-founder, Vincent Velasquez, got back on the mic to reprise his role as MC for Tracy's wedding day.

As part of their Spotlight Entertainment Package, Tracy and Michael got a three-person team for their reception. While Vincent MCed, Alvin Gay worked the DJ booth and kept guests dancing throughout the night. Nick Nittoli also set up custom intelligent spotlighting on the dance floor.

As an add-on to their bundled services, Tracy and Michael rented our attended photo booth, which comes with a prop box, unlimited photo strip prints, a keepsake scrapbook, and a download link to all photos taken at the booth.

To capture the couple's special day, Hurricane Productions provided full-day photography and videography services. Corynn Egreczky and Ashley Szymczyk snapped detail shots, portraits, and candids during all of Tracy and Michael's wedding events. The couple also stopped at Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown, NJ for a wedding photo shoot.

Main videographer Phil Shvartsman and assistant Tyler Ajamian filmed every important moment throughout the day, including their preparations, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Tracy and Michael received a feature-length formal edit of their wedding events (60 to 90 minutes), as well as a short, cinematic highlight video.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Check out our pricing page for package details or reach out for a custom quote.

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Giana's Sweet 16 - Cedar Gardens Banquet

Giana's Cedar Gardens Banquet Sweet 16

Cedar Gardens Banquet (Cedar 33) is a grand and elegant event venue that's perfect for celebrating any special occasion. With a capacity of up to 1,000 guests, this Hamilton, New Jersey facility allows you to take full advantage of its 25,000 square feet of space. That's exactly what Giana did for her Cedar Gardens Banquet Sweet 16.

One of the venue's three spacious ballrooms was decked out in red, gold, and black for Giana's event. Red and gold balloons adorned each table, which featured red napkins and gold chair ties. The birthday girl's sophisticated red ballgown and gold tiara perfectly complemented her color scheme.

To help bring Giana's special day to life, her family hired Hurricane Productions. They booked our Sweet 16 Lighting Package, which includes DJ/MC entertainment and custom venue lighting design with spotlighting, dance lighting, and full ballroom uplighting in red. Robbie Padovano served as the evening's DC and MC, and kept the dance floor packed throughout Giana's celebration.

Giana's family opted to upgrade their package with some of our additional media services. We designed a custom Snapchat geofilter so Giana's guests could show off their Snaps from the evening. We also set up LED TV screens on the dance floor that displayed a custom graphic matching Giana's colors.

Finally, Hurricane provided videography services to document Giana's celebration. Videographer Markus Robinson captured every special moment from the Sweet 16, from Giana's grand entrance to the final dance of the night.

After the event, Markus's footage was edited into a three to five-minute highlight video so Giana and her friends could relive the fun and excitement of her Sweet 16 over and over again.

Hurricane Productions provides media and entertainment services for all special occasions, including Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras. Check out our pricing page to view our all-inclusive packages, or fill out this form to request a custom quote for your event.

Maura and Evan - Spring Lake Golf Club

Maura and Evan's Spring Lake Golf Club Wedding

When planning a wedding, every couple has last-minute details and planning to take care of. For Maura and Evan, one of those last-minute details was video: Two weeks before their Spring Lake Golf Club wedding, Maura reached out to Hurricane Productions looking for video services. 

We pride ourselves on the robust event team we've built, with nearly a dozen photo and video professionals on our roster. Because of our extensive network of talent, we were able to offer Maura and Evan our Short Movie Package for their big day.

Our videographer, Tyler Ajamian, captured the essence of love and joy throughout Maura and Evan's day at Spring Lake Golf Club. This elegant and prestigious venue in Spring Lake, New Jersey boasts gorgeous landscaping and an elegant ambiance, so the location made the perfect backdrop for the newlyweds' wedding footage.

After the big day, Tyler's clips of the couple's first look, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were edited into a three to five-minute highlight video, set to a special song chosen by Maura and Evan. 

Looking for entertainment and media services for your tri-state area wedding? Check out our pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote for more details.

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Danielle and Joseph - Tim McLoone's Supper Club

Danielle and Joseph: Tim McLoone's Supper Club Wedding

For many New Jersey couples, a romantic ceremony on a Jersey Shore beach is the ultimate wedding dream. Before their Tim McLoone's Supper Club wedding reception, Danielle and Joseph lived out this dream when they tied the knot on the beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

To ensure everyone could hear Danielle and Joseph exchange their vows, Hurricane Productions set up a wireless sound system for their ceremony, complete with battery-operated speakers, microphone and mic stand.

After the ceremony, we provided entertainment for the couple's reception. As part of our Spotlight Entertainment package, DJ Nate Hawley and MC Robbie Padovano kept Danielle and Joseph's guests on the dance floor at McLoone's Supper Club throughout the night. Brett Byles set up custom intelligent spotlighting at the reception venue, which is perfect for introductions, toasts, and dance floor lighting.

Danielle and Joseph chose to bundle their wedding services with us and book our Full-Day Videography package. Main videographer Phil Shvartzman and assistant Tyler Ajamian spent the entire day with the couple, filming their pre-ceremony preparations, beach ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

The newlyweds received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic edit of their wedding events, along with a three to five-minute highlight reel. Danielle and Joseph also received all of their raw footage from the day.

Looking for entertainment and media services for your Jersey Shore wedding? Check out our pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote for more details.

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Preferred Vendor Lists: Why We're Not on Many

If you're just beginning your wedding vendor search, you might think to start with your venue's preferred vendor list. This list appears to take all the guesswork out of wedding planning. You've been handed a collection of local service providers that frequently work weddings at your venue -- why not make it easy and choose them for your big day?

A company on a preferred vendor list may very well be a good fit for your wedding. But these lists are far from comprehensive or exhaustive; by only considering the preferred list from your venue, you're looking at a small fraction of your potential options.

For instance, most event venues only list four or five preferred vendors per category (DJ, florist, photographer, salon, bakery, etc.). A search on sites like The Knot or Wedding Wire for wedding photographers serving the Red Bank, New Jersey area yields upwards of 700 results -- and some of them don't appear on any preferred vendor lists at all.

If you look beyond the providers recommended by your venue, you just might find another company that better suits your needs and budget.

What is a preferred vendor list, anyway?

Most banquet halls have a small directory of vendors that are regularly hired by clients to work events there. But let's clear one thing up: Companies on a preferred vendor list are not necessarily preferred by couples. They're preferred by the venues because they have existing professional relationships. That's not to say these vendors aren't reputable or that they won't do a great job on your wedding. However, it's important to understand why venues have preferred vendor lists in the first place.

Generally, a venue's list of preferred vendors has to do with their own internal policies. For instance, some places impose strict quality control requirements on any third-party that works there. In this case, the vendor list helps couples choose a provider that meets those requirements. Other times, venues will recommend vendors as a mutually beneficial business arrangement. Preferred vendors may pay a fee to be listed by a venue, or give the venue commission when couples book them off the preferred list.

Depending on your venue's contract, you may have to use a certain vendor, such as a caterer or cake baker, if you wish to have your wedding there. If you are not required to use providers from that list, though, you can and should expand your search to include other vendors in your local area.

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How to vet a wedding vendor

Whether the vendor you're considering came from a preferred list or not, you should approach the process the same way. Check out their website and social media channels. Look up reviews and, if possible, talk to past clients about their experience. Most importantly, take time to interview each potential vendor and ask detailed questions about their work.

Some things you may want to ask include:

  • Have you worked weddings at our venue before? If they're not on the preferred list, they may not have worked your venue before. This isn't necessarily a deal breaker, but it's certainly an advantage if they're already familiar with your space.
  • How do you work with couples throughout the planning process? You want a vendor who will collaborate with you, listen to your needs, and tailor their services to your wedding day vision. Bonus points if they offer a convenient online planning tool!
  • Can you share examples of your work? For photographers, videographers, bakers, florists, stylists, and other people involved in "visual" aspects of your day, you should get a clear idea of their style and quality of work to ensure it matches your expectations.
  • Can any past clients provide a reference? Most vendors are happy to connect you with satisfied clients or a testimonials page so you can get a first-hand account of what it's like to work with them.
  • What are your contract terms and payment options? When you're trying to keep track of payments for multiple vendors, it's critical to understand what you owe and when. You'll want to ask about any fees, payment plan options, cancellation policies, and other important contract terms.

Why you won't find us on many 'preferred' lists

For more than 15 years, Hurricane Productions has been helping people in the tri-state area throw amazing parties and capture memories from their special occasions. We take pride in what we do and work with each client to ensure all their needs are met. Being "preferred" by a particular venue doesn't matter to us nearly as much as being preferred by our clients. We don't want to be someone's default choice because they found us on a venue's list. We'd rather someone contact us because we were recommended by a friend, or because they researched us and truly believed we were the best choice for their wedding day.

So, no, you won't find Hurricane on many preferred vendor lists. While we may end up on some in the future, our top priority will always be serving our clients.

Remember, your wedding is a big investment. You and your fiance owe it to yourselves to do your research and find the ideal vendors for your wedding day. Don't be afraid to look beyond a preferred vendor list and make an informed decision for the most important day of your life.

Looking for entertainment, photography, and videography services for your wedding? Hurricane Productions can help. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Amanda and Stephen - Woodloch Springs Resort

Amanda and Stephen's Woodloch Springs Resort Wedding

The Poconos Mountains are a popular destination for travelers who love the great outdoors. Because of all the natural beauty nestled within this Pennsylvania mountain range, it's also a popular place to tie the knot. Just ask couples who host a Woodloch Springs Resort wedding: This all-inclusive destination wedding spot allows you to begin your married life surrounded by beautiful mountain views, an expansive golf course, and a 150-acre lake.

Amanda and Stephen held their wedding at this gorgeous Hawley, PA resort. Hurricane Productions provided multiple services to help the couple celebrate their big day.

As part of our Turntable Entertainment package, Amanda and Stephen's guests enjoyed reception entertainment by DJ/MC Alvin Gay. As an add-on, the newlyweds also rented our attended photo booth, which includes a prop box, unlimited prints, a USB drive and download link of all photos, and a keepsake scrapbook for the couple.

Hurricane also captured Amanda and Stephen's Woodloch Springs Resort wedding with full-day photography and videography. Photographer Dave "DC" Costantini spent the entire day with the couple, documenting every special moment from their pre-ceremony preparations through the end of their reception.

Videographer Markus Robinson provided six hours of coverage for their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Amanda and Stephen chose our Full Feature videography package, which includes a 60 to 90-minute formal edit, a three to five-minute highlight video, and all raw footage from their wedding day.

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Michael and Raymond - The Grand at 1600

Michael and Raymond: The Grand at 1600 Wedding

Michael Kaplan and Raymond Pruss held their autumn wedding at The Grand at 1600.

Located in Lakewood, New Jersey, this event venue provides the perfect space for an elegant ceremony and reception. From its outdoor courtyard with waterfall and florals, to the crystal chandelier and draped ceilings in its Grand Ballroom, a Grand at 1600 wedding offers countless opportunities for gorgeous photos and videos.

The happy couple hired Hurricane Productions to provide bundled media and entertainment services for their big day. We set up our wireless sound system for Michael and Raymond's ceremony, then moved over to the DJ booth in the Grand Ballroom.

After the newlyweds made their grand entrance (complete with top hats and canes!), DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano kept the party going throughout the evening.

The couple's friends and family spent the night dancing beneath custom intelligent spotlighting, which Nick Nittoli set up as part of our Spotlight Entertainment Package. When they weren't on the dance floor, guests enjoyed using the attended photo booth that Michael and Raymond added to their package.

Capturing special memories from a special night

Hurricane Productions captured Michael and Raymond's wedding events in photos and video. Photographer Corynn Egreczky spent the entire day with the couple documenting every special moment, from their pre-ceremony preparations through their spectacular sparkler send-off.

As part of our Full-Feature Videography Package, videographer Markus Robinson provided eight hours of coverage for Michael and Raymond's day. After the wedding, the new Mr. and Mr. received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic edit of their wedding, along with a three to five-minute highlight video to share with family and friends.

Need media and entertainment services for your New Jersey wedding? Check out our pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages, or request a custom quote for your big day.

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Stephanie and Christopher - The Stone Terrace

Stephanie and Christopher's Stone Terrace Wedding

Many couples are on the fence about videography services for their wedding day. Some aren't sure that they want or need it, while others simply don't know if they have room in their budget. Fortunately, Stephanie and Christopher didn't have to make that choice: The groom's brother surprised them with videography for their Stone Terrace wedding in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Christopher's brother reached out to Hurricane Productions about videography services for the couple's big day. He booked our Short Movie Package for Stephanie and Christopher, which includes up to eight hours of coverage for the first look, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Two weeks prior to their wedding, Christopher's brother revealed his surprise. Stephanie and Christopher then coordinated their wedding day timeline details with us.

Our videographer Tyler Ajamian spent the day with the couple to document the events of their big day. Afterwards, the newlyweds received a three to five-minute edited highlight video set to the music of their choice, along with the raw footage from their day.

Thanks to a very thoughtful brother, Stephanie and Christopher now have all their special wedding memories preserved on video.

Need videography, photography, or entertainment for your wedding day? Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of all-inclusive service packages for tri-state area couples. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Kaitlyn and Sean - Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Couples who want an elegant wedding venue surrounded by the peace and quiet of the mountains don't need to look further than Stone House at Stirling Ridge. Located in Warren, New Jersey, this farm-to-table restaurant and event space is the perfect location for an unforgettable celebration.

Dianna and Ryan - Minerals Hotel

Dianna and Ryan tied the knot at Minerals Hotel surrounded by their family and friends. Hurricane Productions provided a sound system for their picturesque wedding ceremony. When guests headed over to the reception, DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano were there to provide entertainment throughout the evening.

Jessica and Keith - Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn

Jessica and Keith's Lambertville Station Wedding

Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn is an ideal wedding venue for couples who want rustic charm, history, and unforgettable scenery for their big day. The 19th-century building once served as a train station, until it was transformed into the elegant restaurant and hotel that stands today.

Located just an hour outside of both Philadelphia and New York City, Lambertville Station boasts more than a convenient location. The venue's grounds include rolling hills and stunning waterfront views of the Delaware River, which lend themselves to amazing photos and videos.

Jessica and Keith chose Lambertville Station as their wedding venue, and Hurricane Productions was there to capture all the magic. The couple chose our full-feature videography package, which includes six hours of coverage for the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Videographer Tyler Ajamian filmed Jessica and Keith's wedding. His footage was edited into a 60 to 90-minute feature-length wedding film, as well as a 3 to 5-minute highlight reel. All video was shot with professionally recorded audio and high-end stabilization equipment.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page to view our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote to learn more.

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