Chen & Ning’s
Princeton Love Story 6.24.17

As the saying goes, “what’s meant to be will always find its way.” Ning & Chen, our featured Nassau Bride & Nassau Groom, show us the beauty of believing in the destiny of true love. Most importantly, they teach a valuable lesson that couples who are “meant to be” make continued efforts in love and gain strength through difficulties.

“Our story began when we were both attending the University of Hong Kong in 2008,” says our bride, Ning. “We knew each other through mutual friends, but the first time we really spoke was when Chen asked me to be his partner for the University’s Christmas party.  After the party, we were often together in the university’s library, as Chen became my personal math and statistics tutor.  As so often happens in romantic places like libraries, we gradually became closer over time.”

“After graduation in 2012, Chen pursued his PhD study at Princeton University,” she continues. “After that, we experienced a long distance relationship for five years, and it wasn’t always easy. But we always believed that there is no doubt that our destiny is one destiny, and our futures are in fact, one future.”

“I tried my best to visit Princeton at least twice a year, and all my favorite memories with Chen in those five years happened in Princeton,” says Ning. “We love to canoe in Carnegie Lake in Spring. We love to have gelato from the Bent Spoon in Summer. We love to hike near Princeton in autumn. And I love the winter in Princeton since it’s rare for it to snow in Hong Kong as it’s a subtropical country.”

Lake Carnegie Surprise Proposal: “Chen pretended he was still in London due to a late visa delivery. But he traveled back overnight and planned a secret proposal by Carnegie Lake on June 15. I couldn’t stop crying after his first sentence.”

“I decided to get married in Princeton when I first visited the campus,” says Ning. “I was impressed by its grandeur. I also wanted to get married at a place where both of us share beautiful memories.”

“Ning and Chen are hopeful, romantic, and inspirational sweethearts. I’m delighted to have worked with them, and anyone who meets Ning and Chen can see that there is truly a genuine love for each other,” says Melissa Dill, Catering Sales Manager.

Thank you for the beautiful photos, Resonance Vision!

A Winter Wonderland Wedding

Wintertime is filled with festivities from seeing magical lights, ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, kissing under the mistletoe, and snuggling to keep warm by the fireplace. Winter is simply a romantic time of the year, a time when you can feel love in the air, and some say, the most magical time to get married.

“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud, and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I’ll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.”
– Minna Thomas Antrim, “A Book of Toasts” (1902)

If you’re wondering where to get started, we have created a seasonal timeline to help you plan a winter wonderland wedding!

Summer“Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, this it overflows upon the outward world.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Let the bright sunshine of summer inspire you to reinforce your love with activities like going to the beach, dreaming together, and taking summer engagement photos. Summer is a special time of starting anew and turning wedding dreams into plans, so compile a list of priorities with venue booking at the top of your list.

Autumn

Autumn will kindle a stronger flame in your love with its beautiful caramel leaves, festive plump pumpkins all around, and Thanksgiving – a time of thankfulness with family and friends. This is the perfect time to prepare gifts and favors for your guests to show your appreciation of having them in your lives (gift inspiration will follow at the end of this post)! Enjoy the rest of the season, take lots of pictures together, and look forward to the next chapter of your lives!

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Winter is the only time of the year when pictures look truly magical, from romantic sunset photos in the daytime, to night pictures surrounded by dazzling lights (and if you’re lucky, snow!). Winter weddings are often unforgettable. The indoor venue will radiate warmth and coziness on the chilliest of winter days, making your wedding have a more intimate feeling of togetherness.

Brielle Easton, our beautiful #NassauBride, shares her magical winter wedding experience here:

“We chose a winter wedding in Princeton because we were looking for a classic, timeless and utterly romantic atmosphere that could be captured forever in our photos. The bright holiday lights in Palmer Square and the rich history of the town both played a role in our decision to choose the Nassau Inn for our wedding. We wanted a wedding that was picturesque, with hopefully a chance of snow, and ended up having such a magical and beautiful day.” 

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Once you’ve had an unforgettable wedding filled with food, warmth, and laughter… enjoy the best of both worlds with a honey moon in summer paradise. The warmth of your vacation spot will be so sentimental and remind you of when you started planning in summer and how your love blossomed since!

Memories are meant to be cherished, and a little bit of thoughtfulness goes a long way. If you’re looking for wedding favors for your guests, here are gift ideas sure to warm their hearts and uplift their spirits throughout the cold season.

  1. Flannel Pajamas
  2. Fleece Throw Blankets
  3. Coffee Mugs
  4. Candles
    DIY Pinecone Scented Soy Candles
  5. Gloves/Mittens
  6. Spiked Hot Chocolate in a Mason JarDIY recipe here
  7. Tiffany Blue Macarons
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    Get the recipe here!
  8. Soap or Olive Oil from Carter & Cavero
  9. Chocolates from Thomas Sweets
  10. Cheese from Olsson’s Fine Foods and personalized wine glasses

Make sure to wrap these with lots of love! Paper Source on Nassau Street has all the wedding stationaries and gift wrapping items you’ll need to add a memorable touch to each favor!

As always, wishing you love, prosperity, and a happily ever after!

If you need more planning tips, visit NassauInn.com/Weddings, call and email us.

Photo & Video Recap of the
2017 Wedding Showcase

On March 19th, we welcomed spring with our second annual Princeton Wedding Showcase. It was a unique and interactive experience for all, with an attendance of over 30 vendors and 200+ guests. A special thank you goes out to Kyo Morishima Photography for providing awesome engagement photos to our couples at the show, and sharing wedding inspiration in their Unique and Simple Wedding Ideas post!

We’re already looking forward to next year’s show. But before we start planning for 2018, let’s take a moment to enjoy a photo and video recap of the 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase!

Getting Ready – Featuring our Special Edition Snapchat GeoFilter

Cosmo Bleu Salon’s Complimentary Hair & Makeup Trials

Live Model Fashion Show featuring Bridal Suite Boutique and Brooks Brothers

Cocktail hour with a touch of sentiment from Don’s Piano

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Listen to the music!

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Franklin & Alison Music give us their Uptown Funk!

Menu Tastings

PU Tigerlilies guest star in two acapella performances for the ultimate Princetonian experience

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Listen to their acapella performance!

Brillman’s Rental Barn

Viburnum Designs

NEW Nassau Inn wedding linen & china on display with gorgeous Floral & Designs by Petal Pushers.

A taste of  Chez Alice, our local Palmer Square partner!

Thomas Sweets Truffle Bar

Some eat, some dance, and some take over Ambient DJ’s Photo Booth!

Be inspired by Grit + Polish, an innovative nail salon in downtown Princeton!

Grab a treat! More cake and tastings from Caketeria

The 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase was filled with a ton of complimentary fun, and there was something for everyone to take home. Those who completed the scavenger hunt to door prizes won from giveaways such as Nassau Inn’s Princeton Get-Away, honeymoon airfare for two, $500 shopping spree from Hamilton Jewelers, and more. This was our best (and sweetest) event yet, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to our staff, sponsors, vendors and participants for making the event a success! Wishing all engaged couples a happy and prosperous life!

Nassau Inn Invites Couples to Fall in Love with Princeton!

On March 19th, the Nassau Inn and the Princeton community bring to town a wedding showcase event unlike any other where guests can truly experience everything for themselves and see why Princeton is THE WEDDING DESTINATION!

A PRINCETON WEDDING SHOWCASE, MARCH 19th, 12-4pm at Nassau Inn, open house style.

Couples who picture a magical winter wedding, cocktail hour by lantern light, a light and breezy outdoor ceremony or a dramatic ballroom event, will be inspired by tangible exhibits and planning tips on bringing those visions to life. This year’s second annual event will tap into the creative minds of design and floral experts such as Petal Pushers, Viburnum Designs & Brillman’s Rental Barn and bring guests fully designed rooms they can walk through, feel and picture themselves in.

Pre-registered guests will have the opportunity to work with one of Nassau Inn’s preferred photographers Kyo Morishima and have their engagement photo taken in an iconic setting. Digital copies will be provided to the guests for their personal use.

The timeless debate of live music, DJ or both will be easy to answer after guests experience performances by Franklin and Alison Orchestra, Sound Choice DJ and Ambient DJ. Dancing shoes are a must because the Inn’s preferred musicians will keep the party going all day! Couples looking to add a little flair to their event should be sure to catch Don’s Piano who will be playing cocktail music in the timeless second floor lobby and Princeton’s very own Tiger Lilies acapella group will make a special appearance and perform a few of their hits!  

Brides fall in love with gorgeous gowns from The Bridal Suite and Boutique of Hamilton. The live model fashion show format will allow fluid conversation with the models. Those important questions such as fit and comfort level will all be answered! Once they know what they want to wear for the big day, a trip to see the beauty consultants from Cosmo Bleu Salon will get brides a mini makeover and up-do trial.

Grooms will not be forgotten at the wedding show. New this year, Brooks Brothers will join in the live model fashion show. From Tuxedos to custom tailored suits, you’re sure to find the right style and budget for your groom and groomsmen. The show is the perfect opportunity to cross off everything on “his” to do list in one day. A1 Limousine will be here with demo vehicles and Nassau Inn staff is on hand to answer all of his rehearsal dinner questions.

Of course no showcase would be complete without menu sampling. This year guests should come hungry and ready to sample two different style menus. Guest can taste the classic braised beef short rib entree or sample selections from our new reception style menu “Midnight in Paris.” In addition to wedding entrees, try popular enhancements such as post wedding breakfasts, cocktail hour stations and “Say Good Night Gracie’s”. Couples may want to add a touch of local flair to complement their wedding packages. Tastings from Nassau Inn’s local partners will also be available. Visit Olsson’s Fine Foods, Chez Alice, Cartero & Cavero, Thomas Sweets’ and the Caketeria at the showcase.

Vendors and sponsors have added great door prizes and giveaways to this year’s event. Hamilton Jewelers has provided a chance to win a $500 gift card. Allegiant Air has provided honeymoon airfare for two. All preregistered brides will receive a swag bag sponsored by Palmer Square with exclusive offers and gifts from participating vendors and partners and many more door prizes will be announced.

Nassau Inn is offering exclusive discounts to those who come prepared to book their wedding the day of the show, guests can receive 17% off their package (exclusions apply).  

Fall in Love with Princeton and discover your wedding destination!

To register for this event please visit www.princetonweddingshow.com.

More information including a complete participating vendor list, schedule of events and door prizes please visit the website www.princetonweddingshow.com.

For press inquiries please contact Jamie Volkert, Nassau Inn Marketing Manager at 609-688-2624 or jamievolkert@nassauinn.com

The Best of Wedding Music

Having trouble deciding what music is right for your wedding? Stop by the Princeton Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 19th and hear the best of musical offerings!

“The Battle of the Band”… or DJ

  • Live bands get the crowd excited, add a touch of sophistication and are attuned to playing music according to the “feel” of the room. Plus, having a live band cover your song during the first dance is very intimate and romantic. Franklin & Alison Music plays a variety of musical genres ranging from Classical, Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, Caribbean and Latin. Their talented musicians can play anything and will be taking requests at the wedding show!
  • We love DJs because they can easily find your favorite songs AND they make awesome MC’s who can really set the mood and keep the party fun and energetic. Every couple is different, so you’ll want to find a DJ that fits your personality at the wedding show! Sound Choice DJ is our MC for the day, so be sure to hear them throughout the day as they keep the party going! Ambient DJ, one of our house favorites, brings a photo booth with him and covers more than just music. Scratch Weddings is a specialty turntable DJ – you won’t want to miss their set!

Add a Personalized Touch

  • Your heart and soul will fall in love with Don’s Piano, who will be playing various melodic Jazz pieces at the wedding show! Piano is great for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour because of its relaxing ambiance and touch of sentiment.
  • Looking for the ultimate Princetonian experience? Nothing says it quite like acapella music from Princeton’s very own Tiger Lilies, who will stop by the show on the 19th to serenade you!

Still deciding on your wedding music? Let us help you discover the best at the Princeton Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 19th!  Pre-register at PrincetonWeddingShow.com.


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Nassau Inn’s Year of New Traditions & New beginnings!

2016 was our year of new traditions and new beginnings! Here’s a glance at our year in review. We hope to be part of your 2017 traditions!

Royalty takes over our Ballroom! – March

Two hundred and twenty five princesses and queens dressed to the nines took over our ballroom as part of the WPST Princess Brunch. A fabulous time was had by all, complete with two famous princess meet & greets, games and entertainment, dessert tasting and princess hair styling. Save the date for the next princess brunch on March 5th – Tune into WPST for more details.

Guests Experience a Princeton Wedding at a Showcase unlike any other! – March

Nassau Inn and Hamilton Jewelers presented a truly interactive showcase unlike any other at the inaugural Princeton Wedding Showcase. The live model fashion show allowed brides to interact with the models and ask questions, dance lessons, food tastings, hair and makeup trials, floral displays and engagement photo shoots were just some of activities guests were encouraged to take part in. With over 30 vendors and 200+ guests, it was a great first annual showcase!
Save the Date for 2017! Sunday, March 19!

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room Gets a Face-Lift – April

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room received a face-lift. Enjoy all the historical features in our brightened atmosphere. Now taking reservations online!

Lori Rabon Named Vice President of Palmer Square Management – May

Nassau Inn’s General Manager of over 20 years Lori Rabon was named Vice President of Palmer Square Properties! Rabon still holds her position as General Manager of the Nassau Inn. She was honored at the Toast to Tourism awards ceremony this September when she received the Salute to Service Award from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, for all she has contributed to tourism in this region!

NFL football players make an appearance at JaZams Summer Block Party – June

Jason Garret, a Princeton University Alumni, accompanied by several Dallas Cowboy players and coaches, took the opportunity to meet local fans at the JaZams summer Block party. They were in town for his annual Starfish Charities PLAY IT SMART Football Camp and Leadership Forum held at Princeton University, Nassau Inn is a sponsor of the camp.

Nassau Inn’s #BestDayEver Wedding Packaged Introduced – July

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Kyo Morishima Photography

This all-inclusive package makes planning your dream wedding effortless, with customized floral centerpieces (from Kristin Rockhill), valet parking, upgraded rental linens and chairs, and many more offerings including preferred pricing with our favorite vendors (such as Kyo Morishima!), this package IS your dream wedding handed to you and all for under $200 per person.

Breakfast with Santa – December

You could hear the bells ringing as Santa made his way down the halls. He serenaded the crowd filled with children of all ages as he played the ukulele. From his grand entrance right up until his exit the children were mesmerized by our special guest. The day was magical for all who attended and guest not only got to meet with Santa but also received a special gift (donated by Hamilton Jewelers). Author Simone Mets, was on hand signing her book A Very Christmas that was given to each child. Both seatings were sold out so book early next year because Santa will be back!

It has been a great year at the Nassau Inn! We loved making new friends and sharing traditions with you! Happy New Year from our family to yours, we look forward to seeing you in 2017!  


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Kendra & John’s Wedding
August 2015

Kendra and John fell in love when their lives crossed paths. “We met through a mutual friend while both visiting NYC for the weekend,” Kendra says. “He was in Lambertville and I was up in Boston, but after 1 ½ years of long distance we moved to Princeton together! We were all over the map on where to get married and then realized that one of our favorite things to do on a Saturday or Sunday morning is to just to walk around town and see what’s going on. A lot of my friends and family have never been to Princeton so I figured this would be a perfect way for them to see the town that I’ve come to call my home. With all the activities going on in town; live music in Palmer Square, shopping and walking campus, no one needed to get in their car all weekend once they arrived, and that was very important to both of us. Plus, we just love being able to walk by the exact spot where we said ‘I do’ and reminisce about the best day of our lives.”

“They’re a Princeton classic. Very sweet and charming. When you look at them, you just know,” said Melissa Dill, Sales & Catering Manager at the Nassau Inn.

Here’s a glimpse at Kendra & John’s Best Day Ever!

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Photos by Couple of Dudes Photography


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Kyo Morishima Photography
at the Nassau Inn

Back in the lovely days of June, we asked Kyo Morishima Photography to help us with a photo shoot. Kyo is a photographer, and his wife Janna is a writer and designer. With their eclectic tastes, they captured an aesthetic “Madmen Wedding” Photo Shoot at our inn. Our team was complete when Kristin Rockhill joined. Kristin is an Event Designer and Florist.

Below are nostalgic 1960s styled photos from the shoot – followed by a write-up in the voice of Janna Morishima.

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The Nassau Inn is a historic hotel (founded in 1756!) with lots of character right in the center of downtown Princeton. When they approached us about partnering with stylist Kristin Rockhill to do a photo shoot showing off some of their wedding spaces, we were immediately on board. We met with Kristin and Jamie Volkert from the Nassau Inn to brainstorm ideas, and I mentioned that I’d always thought it would be fun to do a “MadMen” style shoot at the Nassau Inn, since it has such a charmingly retro vibe. Much to my delight, Kristin and Jamie loved the idea, and ran with it!

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As Jamie explained, “Our ultimate goal when planning this photo shoot was to bring to life all of the qualities the Inn has to offer and to show prospective couples that they really can have it all. The tree-adorned back patio adds just enough nature to your day while allowing you to still have the convenience of our elegant ballroom. The MadMen photo shoot brought to life the nostalgia of the property and showcased multiple venue spaces that the Nassau Inn has to offer.”

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Kristin pulled together a wonderful team for the photo shoot. She contracted Angela Nicole Designs to create an unusual wooden backdrop wall for the ceremony setting on the Nassau Inn’s back patio, and West Elm donated decor and furniture for the outdoor lounge area. The bride’s dresses — which were just stunning — were from BHLDN. And I adore the bride’s perfect Sixties-style bouffant updo by Letitia Kakas.

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One of the best parts about this photo shoot was the chemistry between the male and female models. They are a couple in real life… not engaged yet, but we were all nudging them to make it official soon. They sure seem like they are ready for it!

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About the Author: Janna Morishima is one-half of the husband-and-wife team who run Kyo Morishima Photography, a relaxed, documentary-style wedding photography studio based in central New Jersey.

Making the Most of Your Wedding Room Block

We interviewed Jaime Wolf, catering sales manager at the Nassau Inn, who has been with us for 10 years! This is her version of Wedding Room Block Planning 101 for you.

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  1. Tell your guests to save the wedding date and start reserving their overnight rooms before wedding invites are sent out. This way you won’t run into trouble if rooms are not available later on.
  2. If you are wondering what to pack for gift bags, some essentials include: water, Advil/Tylenol, a snack, and an itinerary (timeline for the weekend, breakfast arrangements, rehearsal dinner, transportation plans, etc.).
  3. Frequently Asked Question: “Can guests check in early?”
    Answer: It depends – but it’s safer to assume you can’t. Weekends, especially in towns like Princeton, can be busy and time may be needed for previous guests to check out and rooms to be cleaned.
  4. If you have a large room block, it is considered thoughtful to have a breakfast the next morning to say thank you to all of your guests! We have great breakfast packages and offer discounts for all in house weddings! Be sure to ask your Catering Manager for details.
  5. Encourage your guests to make time to explore. Princeton is a great place to stay and this is the perfect opportunity for them to make it a mini vacation or getaway. Site seeing, downtown shopping, dining and bar hopping are just a few of the reasons you need more than a day to take it all in!

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About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Princeton Wedding Showcase

The NASSAU INN with Hamilton Jewelers present
The Princeton Wedding Showcase
Sunday, March 13, 2016
12 PM – 4 PM

nassauinnIf the question got popped and you said, “yes”, then the Princeton Wedding Show should be at the top of your list of must-attend events!

Held on Sunday, March 13th here at the Nassau Inn, this year’s wedding show promises to be more dynamic and magical than ever before.

You can truly EXPERIENCE everything and see for yourself what makes this town great!

 

Be inspired! Do you picture a magical winter wedding, cocktail hour by lantern light, a light and breezy outdoor ceremony or a dramatic ballroom event? This year’s event will allow you walk through fully staged areas of the hotel designed by Vinterest and other local florists. You can see first-hand what our preferred vendors do best… and that’s bring your visions to life.

Remember Your Happiness Today and Always!

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Pre-registered guests can sign up to have their engagement photos taken by one of our favorite photographers, Kyo Morishima. A digital copy will be sent to you for you to use in any way you would like!

Get Moving!

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Nervous about your first dance as man and wife? No need to worry. Fred Astaire of Princeton will be here to show you how to glide across the dance floor. Enjoy beautiful ballroom dancing demonstrations or get hands-on and participate in a lesson. And don’t miss the walking tour of Princeton! Join Princeton Tour Company as they navigate through town and show you all the hot photo op spots and ceremony sites around the square and on campus. Learn a little history along the way and Discover why Princeton is THE wedding weekend destination!

Embrace your inner fashionista!

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Our roaming live model fashion show hosted by Exquisite bride will not only allow you to see gorgeous gowns (for all seasons) but also speak to the models and ask about the fit and the comfort level. Once you know what you want to wear for you big day stop by to see Cosmo Blue and consult about hair and makeup, even test out a style or two.

Play like a Boy!

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Whoever said Bridal Shows aren’t fun for the Groom hasn’t come to our show. Drop him off at the Groom’s Corner where he will find everything from tastings to activities to groomsmen gift options, and wedding band inspiration by Hamilton Jewelers. He can also get fit for a custom tailored suit by Brooks Brothers, check out transportation services with A-1 Limousine, and even book the rehearsal dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to cross off everything on “his” to do list in one day.

Tantalize your taste buds!

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Sample all the foods you normally cannot try in advance. We will be sampling post wedding breakfast items, Say Goodnight Gracie’s, cocktail hour stations and sweet and savory wedding enhancements from our local partners, such as Olsson’s Fine Foods, Chez Alice and Cartero & Cavero, and the Caketeria.

Our Gift to you!

Thanks to our vendors and sponsors, we have great door prizes and giveaways this year. As an event sponsor Hamilton, Jewelers has provided a chance to win a honeymoon cruise and a $1000 Jewelry shopping spree to use toward your wedding bands. Exquisite bride has donated a chance to win $500 shopping spree to use towards your new wedding dress. All preregistered brides will receive a swag bag sponsored by Palmer Square with exclusive offers and gifts from our vendors and partners and many more door prizes will be announced shortly.

Come prepared to book your Nassau Inn 2016 wedding the day of the show and receive 16% off your package (exclusions apply).

Discover Princeton as the wedding destination! www.princetonweddingshow.com