As we enter the holiday season, decorations are being hung, gifts are being wrapped, and amongst the mingling of family and friends are warm cookies and cups of hot cocoa.
As wedding planners, we value the smallest details and strive to see each event move forward perfectly from beginning to end. This includes helping our clients find the best gifts for their bridal parties and family members! We are always in search of some of the most unique gift ideas that are also both personal and practical.
When Taffeta’s owner Alex reached out to us to contribute to such a perfect article for this time of year, the Bel Momento team untangled our tinsel and collected a list of some of our favorite Southern NJ small businesses that offer flawless gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season.
This year, the events industry in general has undoubtedly suffered, so we love the idea of finding any way possible to support the talented wedding vendors in our area. While there are an unlimited amount, here are just a few that come to mind while we head out for our own holiday shopping!
Happy Holidays from Bel Momento Weddings!
Their NEW STORE is bursting with blooms, home decor, candles, which plants for an unforgettable experience! Visit their website to view their calendar of in-store events, or if you feel more comfortable to shop from your couch, do not fret! Shop A Garden Party’s online store featuring local artisan products and American-made gifts. For the flower lover – gift a centerpiece workshop.
Exploring this 6000sq ft barn of pretty junk, vintage finds, and furnishings is always a treat! Look out for their holiday open house hours on Instagram where you can dive into some magical finds!
Rachel takes stunning wedding photos, and in addition to those wedding portraits, her portfolio has expanded to a collection of images from her travels over the years. From Paris to Cuba and NYC…these portraits are all for sale on her website. Take a peek now, because all photos are 40% off until December 1st!
Our very own coordinator Heather and her friend, Tara, teamed up to create made-with-love ornaments, gift tags, and stationery items. Their mini ornaments are the perfect addition to any tree, gift wrapping, or just a little extra something special and unique!
Instagram – kateciprianifineartOur wedding planner, Meredith, gifted her parents a beautiful commissioned sketch of their family home drawn by Katie Mockus Cipriani. She specializes in drawing detailed portraits and homes, right out of Medford. Take a glimpse at Katie’s work on Instagram. You can also email her at email@example.com with any inquiries for a truly unique gift!
Who couldn’t use some relaxation right about now?
Located in Medford, Maple Shade and Online, SHINE Power Yoga is a group of compassionate people who are dedicated to serving by offering Community classes for those who need financial help. They are also committed to local community projects and fundraising to extend beyond their local community.
All are welcome to get on their mat for a good workout with options such as upbeat power vinyasa and restorative classes like yin, yoga Nidra, gentle vinyasa & deep stretch classes.
Whatever your vision may be for self-care, they have something for you!
Our wedding planner, Meredith, highly recommends their online relaxation class!
Since we are based at the Jersey Shore, we shorely know everyone loves a trip to the Boardwalk! Take a walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk to explore the iconic getaway. In addition, grab a mix of sand buckets filled with amusement tickets from Playland or Wonderland Pier, passes for Mini Golf, mini tubs of Johnson’s Popcorn and boardwalk treats! Don’t forget the fudge and saltwater taffy! These gifts are always a good idea for any time of the year.
Gillians Wonderland Pier – http://www.gillians.com/
Playland’s Cataway Cove – https://oceancityfun.com/
Johnson’s Popcorn – https://johnsonspopcorn.com/
Shriver’s – https://shrivers.com/
MudGirls Studios offers an opportunity to empower disadvantaged women through the making of functional ceramic art. Through training and employment, supplemental income is gained to support everyday lives. Purchase a handmade ceramic piece today and support women transitioning onto their very own paths into self-sufficiency and out of poverty.
Some of our favorite pieces are their cheese plates, serving platters and bowls! Each piece has their own little special touch to them!
Send family and friends their favorite choice of wine, beer or whiskey! With two in-store locations and a website to order directly from, you can’t go wrong with a good bottle or gift card. Passion Vines specializes in some of the most unique bottles from throughout the world that you may not find at any other local stores. Don’t see something you’re looking for? They can special order!
Plus, you can’t forget to add the cheeses, chocolate and snacks! They can even create a gift basket for you with their gifting services.
If a gift card is more your style, it can be applied to bottles, snacks, and even in-person and virtual tasting classes. Take a look on their website for more information!
Gift your bff a blowout or your favorite bride-to-be a gift card to use for her own hair and makeup services, or a beautiful hair accessory for her big day!
This is a guest article from our very great friends in the wedding planning business, Bel Momento Weddings & Special Events
Kristin Barse, Owner & Professional Bridal Consultant