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!






What NJ Wedding Couples Are Spending on Tips

Photo by Wooster and Prince

Photo by Wooster and Prince

It’s a big question among our NJ wedding couples: who gets tipped, and how much? According to wedding etiquette rules, tips are always appreciated by wedding vendors, and it’s up to you to decide how to reward excellent service by wedding experts and wedding venue staffers who go above and beyond to make your wedding dreams come true.

Here, from the national wedding survey company The Wedding Report, are the average tipping amounts given by NJ wedding couples over the years, including current wedding years and what’s projected for the future:

Year   Average Spending per Wedding  
2008 $451
2009 $450
2010 $457
2011 $443
2012 $442
2013 $447
2014 $466
2015 $431
2016 $438
2017 $431
2018 $418

What do you think? When you add up tips for your wedding experts, do these numbers seem high or low? Remember that these are average tipping amounts, so they’ve included couples who really tip well, as well as couples who probably should have given a bit more.

It’s a good idea to budget for generous tipping from the start of your wedding planning, so that you’ll be able to reward your excellent wedding experts well when the time comes.