Planning the wedding is more than enough work for a busy bride and her soon-to-be. You have tasks of every size and shape on your plates – not the least of which is helping your out-of-town guests find things to do and places to go while they’re waiting for the ceremony to start. After all, we’re sure you want them to love this place as much as you do. If the extra obligation seems like too much to handle, fear not. We’ve got you covered with a few ideas for loved ones new to New Jersey.

When the length of the New Jersey coast can be traveled in just over two hours, visitors have little excuse not to explore the state. First we’ll send them to Point Pleasant, where what began as a simple promenade in the 1800s has become the town’s favorite source of family amusement. Skeeball, deep fried boardwalk fare and rides can all be found at Jenkinson's Boardwalk, along with miniature golf, an aquarium, and a taste of Atlantic coast culture. Camden, right across the river from Philadelphia, is home to the New Jersey Adventure Aquarium, one of the state’s main attractions. Approximately 8,000 animals in various semi-aquatic, freshwater, and marine habitats call this education and entertainment center home. Next is Atlantic City for gaming, shopping, and general leisure. We bet they don’t know that the city was the inspiration for the original Monopoly board game. An hour south is Cape May, where tourists can find the Cape May County Zoo, some of the top birding sights in North America, and historic trolley tours.

More than two hundred years ago, New Jersey vintners were recognized for producing the first colonial bottles of quality wine by the London Royal Society of the Arts. Today, the Garden State Wine Growers Association includes over 40 wineries within the state. Tastings are available many of the wineries, pairing wines with the opportunity for wedding guests to enjoy local countryside and scenery.

P.S. Don’t forget to use the best planning tools around – our wedding websites are perfect for communicating with your guests and sharing the details of your wedding day and registry.

Image credit: Trent Bailey Photography