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Our Favorite Wedding Bar Signs on Our Pinterest Page

Wedding Bar Sign from Sugar Queens on Etsy

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.

Strip House NJ’s 24-Layer Chocolate Cake Featured on Food Network

Imagine how excited your wedding, bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner or party guests will be when they find out that the 24-layer chocolate cake we offer at our events has been featured on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” It’s a celebrity chef-pleasing, delectable indulgence, and a must for your event’s dessert menu.

Here’s our chef’s preparation of the cake:

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!

 

 

 

 

5 Goals of Great Rehearsal Dinners – By the Westminster Hotel Weddings Team

Westminster Weddings rehearsal dinner private room at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel

Your rehearsal dinner is where your wedding really kicks off as an amazing experience from start to finish. When you treat your guests to your rehearsal dinner, they get their first taste of your taste level, and especially since so many of your loved ones may live far apart from one another, this get-together is even more special for all of you. There’s a tremendously happy energy at a rehearsal dinner, and the details you plan for it elevate your celebration to the best rehearsal dinner anyone in your group has ever attended.

New Jersey Bride named us as one of the best rehearsal dinner venues in New Jersey, and they’ve named us to their Love It! list. We’re so proud to be recognized for our team’s fine work.

Westminster Weddings rehearsal dinner at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel

Westminster Weddings rehearsal dinner at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel

Here are the top 5 goals of a fabulous rehearsal dinner, created for you by our Westminster Weddings team:

  1. Group bonding. Whether it’s the first time your sides of the family have ever met, or the fiftieth, your rehearsal dinner gathers everyone together for excellent bonding time, when you become one big happy family. The same goes for your bridal party members and circles of friends. At this exciting rehearsal dinner event, your friends will get to know one another, chat, mingle, find common interests, and set the stage for all future friend gatherings once you’re a married couple. All of your favorite people are here in one place, toasting to your happiness, and by virtue of this VIP quality time will likely have an even better time together at your wedding. Toasts are an important part of group bonding at the rehearsal dinner, and while wedding etiquette rules apply – the hosts propose the first toast of the evening – anyone can raise a glass to your happiness, and of course it’s wonderful when the two of you propose a toast to your rehearsal dinner guests as well.
  2. A fabulous dinner. Treat your VIP rehearsal dinner guests to an amazing, unforgettable meal designed and created by our outstanding chefs. You can set the bar high with an ultra-gourmet rehearsal dinner meal – enjoying your chance to spoil your loved ones with an elaborate menu – or plan a rehearsal dinner menu that departs from the elaborate menu plans you have for your wedding day, instead planning something more casual like an outdoor tailgating party menu. Themed party menus such as tacos and other dishes are also popular for rehearsal dinner catering options. Family-style meals also tie into the family-bonding goal of a great rehearsal dinner.

Westminster Weddings rehearsal dinner at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel - photo by Andy Foster Photography

Westminster Weddings rehearsal dinner at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel - photo by Andy Foster Photography

Westminster Weddings rehearsal dinner at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel - photo by Andy Foster Photography

Westminster Weddings rehearsal dinner at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel - photo by Andy Foster Photography

3. Personalize it. Again, you can personalize your rehearsal dinner menu with your favorite tailgate menu options, or with themed stations like a nachos bar, tacos, fajitas and sangria, or you can choose a theme related to your favorite shared interests like a movie, television show, or era. You’ll notice that the famed Strip House at the Westminster Hotel has an Old Hollywood vibe to it, so that may be a jumping-off point to help you choose your rehearsal dinner’s theme. Further personalizing your rehearsal dinner can be signs – just like you may be planning for your wedding – announcing your signature drinks, or a lit marquee sign featuring your choice of word or your initials.

4. Stress-free time. Forget about wedding day nerves and stress. Your rehearsal dinner is your stress-free break from all that, a time to just relax together and enjoy, laugh, clink champagne glasses together with your family and friends, and let our excellent staff treat you like the wedding royalty you are to us!

5. Privacy. Use our private party room at Strip House, or gather outdoors in a tented rehearsal dinner on our grounds, or on our Zen garden terrace with fountains, or book one of our smaller party rooms for your rehearsal dinner. You can also arrange to ‘take over’ a section of our Strip House dining room for your rehearsal dinner celebration, or take over the entire Strip House restaurant for your larger rehearsal dinner!

Westminster Weddings rehearsal dinner in the private VIP room at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel

Contact us to begin planning your rehearsal dinner (and wedding! And bridal shower!) today. And don’t forget to share your rehearsal dinner images with us for a feature on our Facebook page.

Some of the Delectable Desserts at Westminster Weddings and Parties

 

These are just some of the delectable desserts that your wedding and party guests can feast on at your unforgettable celebration, ending with your choice of plattered, station or individually-plated desserts. We invite you to come in and talk to our wedding and event planner, meet our chefs and plan the perfect choices for your wedding menu and dessert hour!

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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.

 

Massage

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.

SWEDISH MASSAGE

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

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

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.

WARM STONE MASSAGE

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.

IN-SUITE MASSAGES

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.

OFF-SITE SERVICES

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.

 

Facials

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.

GLOWING FACIAL

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!

EXPRESS FACIAL

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.

AROMATHERAPY FACIAL

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.

OFF-SITE SERVICES

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.