Gorgeous Wedding Gowns From The Claire Pettibone Runway Show at Bridal Fashion Week

Bridal Fashion Week took place in NYC this past week, and we spotted some gorgeous wedding gown trends for 2017! We’re happy to share with you now some highlights from the Claire Pettibone collection:

Claire Pettibone The Four Seasons Preview from Claire Pettibone on Vimeo.

We love the ethereal look that Claire is known for, and we couldn’t do a better job of describing this collection better than Claire herself:


I had this idea for a collection inspired by the four seasons some time ago, and this fall, it all came together. Creating four looks to epitomize the season they represent, while maintaining the versatility to be worn by brides for any time of year, was a really interesting project. I was able to immerse myself in the beauty of nature, and delve into the variety of color, texture, and motifs that have been painted by artists, sung and written about, and even worshiped, over the history of mankind. Honestly, this has been one of my favorite collections to design. I love that each season has a very defined mood, although I believe a dress from spring could certainly be worn for a fall wedding, and a winter gown could be perfect for a summer soiree. I present this collection as an inspirational starting point, and leave it to the creativity and individual personalities of my brides to make these dresses their own.

Dresses literally blooming from head to toe with delicate floral embroideries, laces and carefully placed appliques. These romantic dresses are a dream for any season, and bring the fresh beauty of Spring to life.

Lazy Summer days in a grassy meadow with nothing to do, but dream and fall in love. Cotton embroideries, breezy tulle and linen composed with sheer details, intricate touches and a bohemian spirit epitomize the perfect summer mood.

There is a mystery about Autumn, and a rich beauty in the changing of the seasons. Texture, detail and a glimmer of precious metals woven into luxurious embroideries and laces offers up a decadent statement for our bride.

A time of quiet reflection, snow dusted on winter’s branches, and a touch of sparkle create the magic of Winter. Elaborate embroideries, layers of lace and tulle, and the subtle shimmer of sequins and crystals are statement pieces for any season.

Dieci Lifestyle Spa at Westminster Hotel, Livingston N.J. for your Wedding Weekend

Dieci Lifestyle Spa at Westminster Hotel in Livingston NJ for your wedding weekend

Did you know that the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ has an on-site spa for your wedding weekend indulgences? The Dieci Lifestyle Spa offers facials and massages as the perfect treat for your bridesmaids and parents who play such an important role in your wedding season’s joy and success. Unwind and recharge yourself, or go as a couple, to our spa as a break to the hectic pace of your wedding weekend, maybe popping in for a massage before the day’s activities begin. And of course all of your out-of-town wedding guests staying at the Westminster Hotel will be happy to find out that their hotel room block puts them in a perfect position for a relaxing treat during their stay. Here is more information about our onsite spa, plus details on the massages and facials you can consider for your best wedding stress-busters and VIP-style indulgences during your stay.

Dieci Lifestyle Spa at Westminster Hotel, Livingston N.J.


More than a hotel stay! At the Westminster Hotel, we offer an unforgettable luxury experience at an exceptional value, where you can relax, dine and stay.

Whether you need to unwind after a day of meetings, a long flight, or simply kick-off your vacation, our highly skilled estheticians and massage therapists can banish stress and tension. You may choose from a selection of facials and massages* which are provided in the cozy and tranquil treatment facility of the hotel located on the Garden Level adjacent to the state-of the art Health and fitness center. You may schedule your treatment by dialing our Spa Extension 2124 or calling 973.992.1629 during our hours of operation.

*For your convenience a 20% gratuity will be added to your Hotel Spa Service and will be charged to your hotel room account.

Dieci Lifestyle Spa

If you would like other spa and salon services you may consider visiting Dieci Lifestyle Spa which has been in Livingston, New Jersey for over 20 years and is recognized as one of the leaders in the Day Spa industry specializing in results- oriented beauty and wellness services.

Dieci Lifestyle Spa at Westminster Hotel in Livingston NJ for your wedding weekend

Dieci Uomo Salon for Men

In addition, a second location was established in town called Dieci Uomo Salon for Men which provides luxury male grooming services in a sophisticated, relaxed, sustainable environment as it is the first and only LEED Certified salon in New Jersey. Enjoy their roof top terrace when the weather permits.

**All massages will have a mandatory 7% New Jersey sales tax added at check out.



Dieci Lifestyle Spa at The Westminster Hotel is dedicated to your total rejuvenation. You may schedule your treatment by dialing our Spa Extension 2124 or calling 973.992.1629 during ourhours of operation.


60 minutes | $130.00
90 minutes | $195.00

A Swedish massage with your own selection of our therapeutic Aromatherapy oil is the perfect treatment for those seeking a total relaxing experience


60 minutes | $145.00
90 minutes | $205.00

Deep Tissue massage and trigger point therapy is used in this massage for those wishing a stronger touch. This treatment will invigorate you and prepare the body for any activity as well as repairing any muscle soreness.


60 minutes | $150.00
90 minutes | $210.00

Enjoy this full body massage with warm stone gliding over achy, stressed muscles in a rhythmic flow. This massage is truly an experience to melt away stress and muscle tension.

*Please note that all massage services will have a mandatory 7% NJ State Tax added at check out.


Enjoy a lavish spa massage in the comfort and convenience of your own guest suite. Our professional massage therapists will transform your space and tailor your treatment to ensure revitalizing results.There is an additional $20 service fee. *Due to space considerations, massages can only be offered in suites.


Additional massage services, body treatments and hydrotherapy are offered at our two other locations Dieci Lifestyle Spa or Dieci Uomo: Salon for Men. Both locations are approximately 2 Miles East from the Westminster Hotel by car or the complimentary hotel shuttle service.



Dieci Lifestyle Spa at The Westminster Hotel is dedicated to your total rejuvenation. You may schedule your treatment by dialing our Spa Extension 2124 or calling 973.992.1629 during ourhours of operation.


35 minutes | $90.00

A professional rotating skin care brush is used to clean the skin and clear the pores, followed by a skin tightening collagen mask. This express service is the perfect boost before a special evening and will leave your skin fresh and glowing!


45 minutes | $100.00

This express facial begins with a Stress Relief massage of the face, neck and decollete. A lifting vitamin C mask suitable for all skin types will enhance the skin for a camera ready look. Your makeup will look flawless.


60 minutes | $125.00

A deep pore cleansing facial to rid the skin of all impurities, this facial is customized to the needs of your skin. The addition of Aromatherapy to this treatment is a perfect solution to relief stress and bring new life to your skin.


Additional Facial services are offered at our two other locations Dieci Lifestyle Spa or Dieci Uomo: Salon for Men. Both locations are approximately 2 Miles East from the Westminster Hotel by car or the complimentary hotel shuttle service.


The Best Ways to Offer Your Wedding Guests Even More

Westminster Weddings at the Westminster Hotel - photo by Andy Foster Photography

Wedding menus at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston

Westminster Weddings menus at the Westminster Hotel - photo by Andy Foster Photography

We’re so happy to give you a sneak peek at some terrific wedding survey results, courtesy of The Wedding Report’s upcoming Wedding Report Quarterly issue. We know you want to give your wedding guests an amazing experience (we want that, too!) so here are the top ways to spoil your wedding guests, offering them even more than they would expect from such a special day:

Wedding drinks at the Westminster Hotel's Strip House

The WRQ survey puts the top two ways to give your guests even more in the Drinks category:

  1.  Offer a welcome drink or drink station upon guests’ arrival. (38.3%)
  2. Offer post-ceremony drinks or drink stations, so that guests can help themselves or be served your signature wedding drinks, a special post-ceremony drink, wine or champagne just after you say your I Do’s. With everyone having a drink in hand, a group toast may be in order! (36.5%)

The survey continues with a mix of gourmet cuisine offerings in your wedding menu, plus more drink options:

3. Offer a larger number of menu options at the cocktail party, including stations, passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet. (26.2%)

4. Offer late-night bites during the dancing hours, since it may have been a while since dinner. Late-night bites let you treat your guests to even more of our wonderful catering options, and perhaps include some more casual items that didn’t make it into your final picks for your cocktail party or dinner menus…or maybe they did, and guests would just love to see that they get to have more! (22.1%)

5. Offer quick, light bite treats before the ceremony. Why make them wait? (21.3%)

6. Offer multiple signature drinks at the cocktail party. Such as His and Hers drinks, or a variety of cocktail choices. (19.9%)

7. Offer passed desserts in addition to cake and dessert hour options. Guests on the dance floor would love a mini pastry or other sweet treat! (18.3%)

Desserts at Westminster Weddings

8. Offer amazing entrée options. (15.6%)

9. Offer a food truck outside your venue for guests’ enjoyment as they depart (14.3%)

10. Offer an ice cream bar at the dessert hour. (13.3%)

Talk with our event coordinator and chef about your Westminster Wedding menus and drinks, and create a fabulous experience for all of your guests!





Congratulations to Taylor and Ryne, winners of a $50 Gift Card to Strip House Restaurant

Congrats to Taylor and Ryne, winners of a $50 gift card to Strip House restaurant, in the NJWedding monthly contest!

Congrats to Taylor & Ryne, of a $50 Gift Card to the Strip House  in the NJWedding.com monthly contest! View:

Taylor and Ryne will be able to use this gift card at Strip House for a romantic dinner for two, and they can also put this gift card toward any event — their wedding, rehearsal dinner, guest welcome party, bridal shower — anything they wish! We look forward to meeting the happy couple and their families!

Anil and Elsa’s Westminster Wedding Video

We’re so pleased to share with you Anil and Elsa’s wedding highlight video from their big day here at the Westminster Hotel. The entire Westminster Weddings staff looks back on this beautiful celebration with such joy for this wonderful couple, and we wish them every happiness in their future together!

Anil and Elsa at The Westminster Hotel :: NJ Wedding Videographer :: Creative Unlimited from Creative Unlimited on Vimeo.

Top Fall Wedding Trends for NJ Weddings 2016

Fall drinks at Westminster Hotel weddings

Fall weddings have grown in popularity for NJ wedding couples, since the weather is so comfortable in our region, the fall foliage so beautiful (especially at outdoor wedding spaces) and fall wedding trends including gorgeous décor and food inspirations.

According to the wedding industry survey site The Wedding Report, the most popular months for weddings in New Jersey include September at 14.0%, October at 13% and November at 8%. If that doesn’t sound overly impressive, keep in mind that April weddings in New Jersey are at 7%, May weddings are at 12% and June weddings are at 13% — which makes October weddings equal in popularity to June weddings, and September beats them all as the top month for weddings in New Jersey.

To help inspire your fall wedding plans, here are some of the top new trends for fall weddings in 2016:

  • Outdoor ceremonies and cocktail parties. With such gorgeous autumn color in the trees and landscaping all throughout your wedding venue and outdoor wedding gardens, you get gorgeous scenery, color and textures courtesy of Mother Nature (without adding a penny to your wedding budget for décor!) There’s something so special about gathering your loved ones in a scenic outdoor space for your ceremony and cocktail party, especially during peak fall foliage times in NJ.
  • Fall wedding colors. Color trend-setting specialists PANTONE® announce the top wedding colors for each season, and their fall wedding colors include the loveliest shades of cranberry, brick, dark green, gray-blue, and other shades that add depth and richness to wedding plans. You’ll see a number of PANTONE® wedding inspiration boards on Pinterest, sharing gorgeous fall wedding design inspirations by color, including which top wedding colors to combine for fall. One of the top neutrals for fall wedding colors is charcoal gray, which adds an elegance to wedding design, and lest you think fall wedding colors are only in the darker shades, pops of bright colors are a top trend for fall wedding color combinations. We’re seeing more and more bright colors reminiscent of summer (such as ice-pop style reds) mixed in with classic fall colors for a fresh and happy look.
  • Jewel- toned crystals. Clear crystals have long been wedding décor staples, and now a top trend for fall weddings that add sparkle and rich hues is jewel-toned crystals such as sapphire and burgundy shades, in addition to oranges and yellows.
  • Intimate lighting. Fall weddings get all the more intimate and magical with lots of pretty lighting, including table-set candles in varying heights and styles (candelabras, pillar candles, votives, etc.) lantern lights, suspended lights, chandeliers, and specialty lighting companies’ color washes, uplighting and custom lighting effects projected onto the dance floor, walls and even onto the driveway outside your wedding venue for an exciting welcome to your wedding celebration.
  • Fall flowers. And not the usual ones you’d expect for wedding flowers in the fall. New favorite fall wedding flowers includie Iris, Hyacinths, zinnia, snapdragon, freesia, and lily of the valley – all surprising choices, since these are commonly known as spring wedding flowers and summer wedding flowers. But in the world of flower creation, new hybrids are sprouting up spring and summer colors and delicate flowers in the fall season. New Jersey-grown flowers are also on the fall wedding décor trends list, such as popular blooms like sunflowers and roses.
  • Fabulous fabrics. Fall weddings call for heavier fabrics for your table linens, in rich, touchable textures that add elegance to your wedding décor.

Fall wedding menus at Westminster Weddings

  • Fall wedding menus include lots of meats with paired sauces, and stations offering both heavier and lighter, fresh, garden-inspired fare. In a top fall wedding trend, pair foods with NJ microbrew beers and ales, and bourbon-glazed meats. And side dishes include chef-elevated fall veggies with a gourmet twist, making side dishes as enticing as the main course. Soups, particularly creamy soups and bisques make the list for top wedding menu stations and courses.
  • For fall wedding drinks, include hot toddies like hot rum drinks and hot spiked ciders for that elevated autumn drinks menu, and include an array of flavored coffees for after dinner.
  • In desserts, add pies to your dessert hour list, since pies are a top trend for wedding desserts, in full-sized pies for slicing, and as mini pie tarts. Fall flavor macarons are also on the In list, and everyone’s favorite NJ pastries and mini pastries are always popular, no matter the season.

NJ wedding favorite mini pastries at Westminster Weddings

If you’re in our Westminster Weddings family of couples marrying here this fall, we hope our collection of fall wedding trends 2016 helps with your last-minute planning. We also remind you that the upcoming fall wedding season is also time for your rehearsal dinner and other wedding weekend events at which you can use these inspirations as well. Strip House at the Westminster Hotel has been named by New Jersey Bride magazine as one of the best rehearsal dinner spots in New Jersey, and we look forward to helping you plan a fabulous rehearsal dinner or special event to your specifications.

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!