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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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!

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.

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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.

 

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!