Get your Wedding Published in a Top Wedding Magazine or Bridal Blog

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Your wedding will be so lovely and elegant that it can appear in the top wedding magazines and on the top wedding blogs. You’ll be an international star! Your friends and family will be thrilled to share the excitement of your wedding featured as among the very best and most beautiful weddings of the year! Especially in the biggest-name bridal magazines and on the top wedding blogs that all your friends follow. Celebrity brides have their weddings in the media, so why not you?!

One of our weddings was recently featured on New Jersey Bride! See the post here:

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We’re happy to help you achieve wedding stardom! Here are our top tips for submitting your wedding story and photos to wedding magazines and blogs:

  1. Submit to one magazine or blog at a time! They very often require exclusive submissions, so that your wedding isn’t accepted into a competitor’s magazine or blog before they can feature you, or afterwards. So choose your favorites well, and expect that it can take weeks to hear back from each of your chosen dream magazines or blogs. Most bridal magazines and blogs will feature weddings from up to 2 years prior, so you have plenty of time.
  1. Follow the directions on each site’s Real Weddings submissions page carefully. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  1. Get your photographer’s permission to share your images. He or she will need to submit high-resolution images and grant their okay to have your photos published, with credit given to him or her.
  1. In your submission letter, entice the editors with your wedding description. Share unique details of your wedding location, menu, décor items and ceremony style. For instance, if you used eco-friendly wedding décor, be sure to call attention to that in your letter. Editors receive thousands of submissions a month, so help yours stand out with details that are ‘publish-worthy.’
  1. Share details about your relationship. Editors love it when you’ve known each other since grade school, or if you overcame any obstacles to reach the altar. They’re looking for inspiring love stories as well as beautiful wedding designs.
  1. Tell them that you can provide information on all of your wedding experts; editors love it when you help them do their jobs. If you supply the URLs for your pros, editors will love you.
  1. Make your initial submission concise. A busy editor won’t take the time to read a seven-page rambling application story with no paragraph breaks. Editors say, “That hurts my eyes!”
  1. Use perfect spelling and grammar in your submission. Don’t give them a reason to reject you.
  1. Don’t attach a hundred high-resolution photos in your submission unless the online application form asks you to. Submit the number they ask for, in the format they ask for, and submit a link to your online gallery, so that editors can pick out which images they want for the story.
  1. Make sure your wedding fits with the magazine’s or blog’s topic or location. A regional magazine, for instance, only wants to publish weddings taking place in that region.
  1. Come up with a catchy title for your Real Wedding story. You’ll stand out, and again, editors love it when you make their jobs easier.
  1. Follow all of the bridal magazines and bridal blogs you love on Facebook and Twitter. They often put out requests for new Real Wedding stories to their followers, which can better your odds of being published by them.
  1. Find out when you can submit your wedding to OUR blog, after it appears in a bridal magazine or on a blog. The editors will let you know how long you’ll have to wait to give them exclusivity; then just let us know when your wedding can be featured here!

What Are the Top Wedding Blogs to Consider?

We of course are happy to send you right to New Jersey Bride to submit your wedding here 

BrideTide.com names their best wedding blogs of the year annually, and here is the link to their newest list:  Most of these blogs feature Real Wedding stories, so look for their ‘Be On Our Site’ or ‘Real Weddings’ pages to get their submission requirements.

This year’s Best-Of blogs include names you know, like:

* Style Me Pretty

* The Knot

* Grace Ormonde Wedding Style

* Offbeat Bride

* Ruffled Blog

* 100 Layer Cake

* Offbeat Bride

* Polka Dot Bride

* One Fab Day

* Emmaline Bride

* DIY Bride

* Ritzy Bee

* Junebug Weddings

* Bride Chic

* Eco-Friendly Weddings

* Pretty Pear Brides

* Bridal Bar

And more…

What Are the Top Wedding Magazines to Consider?

All of the top print wedding magazines feature Real Weddings, so look to these national magazines – they may be looking for your wedding as well!

* The Knot

* Brides

* Bridal Guide

* Martha Stewart Weddings

* Elegant Bride

And more…

And keep in mind that your photographer may submit your wedding to Two Bright Lights, a site where your wedding images and details are posted, and editors go there to find their next gorgeous wedding to feature! Talk to your photographer about how he or she may plan to submit your wedding for publication, and make a plan together!

What’s Hot for Fall Wedding Menus?

Meats with sauces take the #1 spot for fall wedding menus! This chart from The Wedding Report shows what’s hot (and what’s not!) in fall wedding catering. We think soups should have done much better in this survey, since our hearty fall soups are always in-demand as wedding dinner courses, cocktail party stations and shooters paired with our hors d’oeuvres!

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Our Favorite Wedding Bar Signs on Our Pinterest Page

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Everyone loves a fabulous wedding bar sign, especially when it’s clever! An ‘invitation to dance’ like the photo above from Etsy will bring a smile to guests’ faces and likely sounds like the fun-loving wedding couple’s sense of humor.

We love a great bar sign at weddings and parties. Guests love them as well, since a beautifully-described cocktail and list of wines, brews and spirits on a gorgeously-made sign is far more enticing than a wedding bar with no sign, leaving guests craning their necks to read the bottles behind the bar.

We invite you to check out our Wedding Bar Sign Pinterest page for ideas and inspiration as you plan your bar list and wedding décor.

New Jersey Wedding Couples’ Average Spending on the Wedding Cake

 

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Our friends at The Wedding Report share their wedding survey results on what NJ wedding couples are spending on their wedding cakes. It’s always fascinating to see how budget trends change from year to year, and we see that wedding cake spending will stay about the same for 2017 weddings and 2018 weddings in New Jersey. For your Westminster Hotel wedding or party, talk with our in-house cake baker about your cake wishes, favorite flavors and design inspiration, and we’ll have all of your guests Wowed by the sensational cake providing a fabulous focal point in your wedding ballroom, and tasting fabulous as well!

Year   Average Spending per Wedding  
2008   $460  
2009   $451  
2010   $495  
2011   $542  
2012   $541  
2013   $538  
2014   $546  
2015   $576  
2016   $581  
2017   $581  
2018   $581  
2019   $584  
2020   $584  
2021   $586  

 

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Cocktail Party Stand Out

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Wedding guests say they love a great cocktail party, and with a fabulous array of dishes in luscious flavors, it’s no wonder that many guests look forward most to this phenomenal first hour of a wedding celebration!

We’ve collected ten ways to make your cocktail party stand out, incorporating some of the top trends in wedding catering and wowing your guests with amazing choices and presentations:

  1. COLOR. From vivid greens to bright oranges, yellows and reds, to fall menu purples and persimmon, fresh and healthy cocktail party menu options add a burst of color to your stations. It’s a far cry from those brown, fried hors d’oeuvres that guests have seen a million times at other weddings, enticing and appetizing in a colorful rainbow of hues.

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2. Salad small plates. Light, healthy, crunchy salad dishes are a welcome sight at a wedding cocktail party, for those guests who prefer to eat farm-fresh fare. Plus, our chefs work magic with greens, veggies, toppings and dressings for your guests’ enjoyment of salad plates offered here at the cocktail party, rather than as a course during your wedding dinner.

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3. Unique hand-passed hors d’oeuvres PLUS the classics. Wedding guests look for approaching servers bearing platters of hors d’oeuvres, and they’re delighted when the offerings go beyond ‘the usuals’ found at every other wedding. Ceviches, mini empanadas, and forkfuls of flavorful noodles give guests unique bites…and they also know that the trays of crunchy coconut shrimp and pigs in a blanket 9one of our specialties!) will also be coming around.

4. Food and drink pairings. Our Westminster Wedding chefs perfect the art of pairing cocktail party foods with complement drinks, like our Asian noodles with a shot of green tea for a refreshing duo of flavors. Getting back to our pigs in a blanket, add a mini mug of beer for a flavor combo that wows the crowd.

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5. Food and soup pairings. Mini grilled cheese adored by guests get a flavorful pairing with mini shots of tomato soup, and you can personalize your soup shooter and bite menu with our chefs. For instance, a mini crab cake offered with a shooter of lobster or crab bisque.

Grilled cheese bites at Westminster Hotel's weddings6. Crostinis. They’re a top trend for wedding menus, a toasty slice of crusty bread topped with creamy and tasty layers, like our beef and black truffle oil spinach combination.

Small plates at Westminste Weddings7. Gluten-free options. GF wedding menu options are so plentiful at Westminster Weddings. Talk to our chef, and try some at your wedding menu tasting, to offer a wide range of GF wedding menu options for your guests.

8. Chef attendants at stations. They put on a show while preparing dishes, and they’ll also customize your wedding guests’ orders.

9. Gorgeous station setups. Each table can have towers and tiers of food for the taking, and upscale plates and serving bowls set out with plated food looking like colorful and textured, tasty works of art.

10. Wedding signs. Cleverly-worded and personalized signs set at each cocktail party station tell guests their menu options and personalization ideas. Add some humor to yours, or share a story about why you chose that particular station, such as it being a nod to your culture, or a dish inspired by your grandparent’s recipe.

We’d like to add a #11: give some extra thought to the kids’ food station, treating them to something more exciting than a kids’ wedding menu of chicken fingers and fries. Talk to our chef about kid-pleasing gourmet mini pizzas, spring rolls, sushi, crudités cut into kids-friendly shapes, and other dishes that parents and kids will be happy to see.

NEW! Introducing the Westminster Hotel Weddings Bridal Shower Package

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Plan A Bridal Shower Like No Other…

We’re proud to announce the launch of our new Westminster Hotel Weddings Bridal Shower Package!

Open to all wedding groups, whether or not the wedding is booked with us.

If the wedding is booked with Westminster Hotel Weddings, you will receive:

  • 10% off your bridal shower package fee
  • A free 24-layer Strip House chocolate layer cake, feeds 20  ($250 value)
A look inside the delectable chocolate cake your bridal shower group can enjoy!

A look inside the delectable chocolate cake your bridal shower group can enjoy!

Bridal showers take place at the chic, upscale Strip House in Livingston, named to the NJ.com nominees list of best restaurant/hotel bars in the state, and named best-designed restaurant by Interior Design Magazine.

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Timing: 1pm to 4pm

Strip House can accommodate up to 75 bridal shower guests.

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On the Menu:

Signature Cocktails: You get to design your own signature bridal shower cocktail, partnering with our mixologist via phone, email or an in-person meeting to choose the color, taste and name of your bridal shower signature drink that will be available to all of your guests.

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Welcome Course:

Cheese Fondue Station, featuring our famous Gorgonzola-Stilton cheese fondue and dippers such as warm garlic bread or seasonal vegetable crudités and more, OR  an impressive imported cheese platter, both option with our wine expert’s custom-selected wines to complement your cheese selections.

Sit-Down Bridal Shower Lunch: Each course available with a wine pairing tailored to the Entrée item you choose, for the ultimate culinary experience, plus a cordial pairing with dessert.

  • Salad
  • Entrée
  • Dessert

Our on-site cake bakers and pastry chef can make all of your desserts, or you may bring in your own cake for our staff’s professional plating.

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Coffee bar with an array of coffee flavoring syrups, creamers and rock candy stirrers.

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Tea bar with an array of tea flavors

Our event planning team can organize your upscale bridal shower game: a contest to see which bridal shower guest decorates their own fondant-covered Westminster Weddings cake layer in the most stylish design. For an additional fee, we provide the fondant-covered cake layers, we supply your choices of six different types of cake décor items, and the winner gets a prize. And that prize is also something we can arrange for you: such as a gift card for a massage at our elite on-site spa.

Additionally, our bridal shower package, like all of our Westminster Hotel Weddings, can be customized to your liking, and tailored to your budget, and planned to please the bride and all of her guests. We’re thrilled to introduce our bridal shower package as a very exciting Something New that provides a rarity in the coming months: it’s something that none of your bridal shower guests have experienced before, and your bride could be the very first in her circle of friends and family to have a bridal shower with such focus on fine food, wine and desserts, in our celebrity-favorite restaurant. Call our director of catering at Westminster Hotel Weddings (973-548-0047) today to start planning your unforgettable bridal shower.

Sweet-Tooth Sensational: Lindsay’s Candy-Filled Bat Mitzvah at the Westminster Hotel

Your sweet tooth will be singing as you see these fabulous candy-themed bat mitzvah images from Lindsay’s big day! We love the creativity of the candy installations, the vibrant colors and dazzling sparkle in this bat mitzvah event design, and we love re-living this very special day through these photos from Andy Foster Photography.

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A bat mitzvah at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston - photo by Andy Foster Photography