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  



The Top 10 Wedding Drink Trends for 2014

At Westminster Hotel weddings, we work with the couple to create their signature style in every element of their NJ wedding, and one of the area where our wedding couples get most excited about adding their custom touch to their wedding plans is their drinks offerings. With both indoor and outdoor wedding venues, we can help style wedding drink bars to suit any style of celebration, from elegant formal to rustic glam to cultural weddings. To help inspire you, here are the top 10 wedding drink trends for 2014:

1. Arrival drinks: The moment when guests arrive is the moment to impress them, so have chilled bubbly on platters hand-passed by servers, or present your signature wedding drinks at minute one.

2. His and hers signature cocktails. His choice might be a bourbon bar, and her choice might be a sweet, fruity, colorful cocktail. Arrange your drink bar to feature both signature drinks, or set each of yours on different drink stations, with chalkboard signs announcing your custom drink choices.

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3. 1920s drinks. The Great Gatsby is still inspiring weddings, so think champagne cocktails and gin fizz drinks.

4. Mini food and drink pairings. Pair a mini beer with guest favorite pigs in a blanket, done gourmet stylish by our chefs, or other drink and food pairings that our team can help you create.



5. Champagne bars. Let guests build their own by providing bubbly, fruit, berries and garnishes.

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6. Mason jar cocktails. The mason jar has evolved from rustic wedding charm to a new incarnation as a top way to serve drinks. For vintage flair, add a striped straw.

7. Prosecco for toasting. It’s less expensive than champagne, and has a delicious taste.

8. Beer bars. Top beer brewers offer seasonal beers to go with guest-favorite brand beers, and you’ll also find specialty wedding beers like Sam Adam’s Brewlywed that comes with a champagne-style top.

9. Mini spirit favors. The mini spirit bottle has made a comeback, with personalized labels added to budget-friendly mini bottles of spirits, like sloe gin, vodka and also Godiva liqueur.

10. Ice cube art. Add some flair to your drink presentations with ice cube spheres, oversized ice cubes, and ice cube cylinders to go in highball glasses.


Westminster Hotel Wedding Couples Offer Their Guests The Indulgences of the AAA Four Diamond Luxury Westminster Hotel

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Westminster Wedding couples are happy to offer their guests, families and bridal parties the amenities and indulgences of the Westminster Hotel, a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel, recently named one of the ’10 Best Hotels in New Jersey’ by U.S. News & World Report, for an upscale stay during the wedding weekend. Here are just some of the highlights your wedding guests may enjoy:

  • VIP lounge access: Guests in Club Level Rooms and Suites receive 24-hour access to the Westminster Club, a private lounge offering exclusive advantages.
  • Indoor Pool and Jacuzzi: Our pool atrium features an indoor, heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, open daily during the convenient hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round.
  • Health and Fitness Center: Open 24 hours daily, for hotel guests’ use.
  • Deluxe Spa Services: Your guests can indulge in massage, facial and body care services customized to the needs of women, men, teens and couples.
  • Flat Screen Televisions and Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • Hollandia hypoallergenic mattresses with 300 thread count sheets and environmentally friendly “green” bath towels.
  • One of the best features of the hotel is Strip House, which is open for Lunch Monday-Friday and for Dinner 7 days a week. Strip House is Zagat rated 3 Stars and just won “Best Steak” is Essex County by Suburban Essex Magazine.
  • And more…

And of course, here is one of our most-loved wedding package elements at Westminster Hotel Weddings:

  • Your Complimentary Bridal Suite for your wedding night, with wedding package booking.

Contact us to begin planning your luxury wedding, and look forward to all of the raves you’ll get from your happy wedding guests throughout your wedding weekend and for a long time afterwards.

New Jersey Apple Season Inspires Apple Trio Desserts at Westminster Hotel Weddings

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Fall is getting off to a beautiful start here in Essex County, New Jersey, and our Executive Chef Bill Zucosky is using fall apple-picking season to full advantage with trendy dessert trios featuring those beautiful, crunchy, tasty NJ apples.

On this dessert trio platter, Chef Bill has included a Mini Caramel Apple Tart, Apple-Jack Cider Hot Toddy, and a Viennese Apple Strudel with fresh Creme.

Wedding guests love getting the tastes of the season in a wedding menu, and at Westminster Hotel Weddings, we’re always innovating our wedding menus to feature the best seasonal foods in our chef’s delectable creations. Your wedding’s dessert hour is your chance to Wow your guests one more time at the end of your spectacular wedding celebration, and we invite our wedding couples to sit down for a private tasting with Chef Bill, where you’ll describe your favorite seasonal tastes and work with the chef to co-design your wedding menu, from start to finish.

What would you include in your apple season dessert trio platters?

Westminster Hotel Weddings Offer VIP Poolside Party Possibilities

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As if a gorgeous ballroom, outdoor terrace with fountains and manicured lawn space for an outdoor wedding wasn’t enough Wow Factor for your NJ wedding at Livingston’s Westminster Hotel, add in the VIP style of a poolside party at the hotel’s indoor pool. This clean, spacious party area lets your guests celebrate poolside without worrying about the weather, and the Westminster Hotel Weddings team can help you glam up the pool area with candles, lanterns, linens, lighting, trendy tables, and stylish non-breakable wine glasses and barware.

Since it’s a Must for weddings that have out-of-towners staying at the hotel to host a welcome cocktail party, you’ll make it easy on your guests to get to your celebration right there in their own hotel, and you’ll wow them with trendy poolside cocktail party details in addition to our mixologist’s signature cocktails (yes, you can have these at events other than your reception!) fine wines, champagne, bourbon and beer.

Talk to our event planners at Westminster Hotel Weddings to start planning your pre-wedding parties and your after-party.

Westminster Hotel Weddings Hotspot: 12 Ways to Use Strip House for your Wedding Celebration

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When your wedding is held at the Westminster Hotel, in Essex County’s Livingston, you get the opportunity to hold several of your wedding weekend events in the famous Strip House restaurant, located here at Westminster Hotel. Our New Jersey wedding couples have arranged to host several events in the glam Strip House, with its red, black and white décor, spacious bar, and NJ-themed décor, and in addition to the beautiful setting and delectable menu options, you’re doing a great service to your wedding guests in keeping your events on-site, so that no one has to drive anywhere else.

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Here are some of the fabulous ways that Westminster Hotel Wedding couples are using Strip House in their wedding plans:

1. Welcome cocktail party for arriving out-of-town guests. It’s become a big Wedding Must to plan  welcome party for guests who have traveled into town to attend your wedding. Westminster Hotel Wedding weekend start with a stylish welcome cocktail party held in our stunning bar and restaurant space.

2. Rehearsal dinner. Smaller groups can enjoy the rehearsal dinner, and our dinner menu, in our private event room in Strip House. Larger groups can take over our dining room, or a portion of the dining room if they wish.

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3. Pre-wedding photos. The bride and bridesmaids may gather here to have a luxurious background for their group photos, and the bride can also be photographed here as well.

4. First Looks. Another big wedding trend is First Looks, which is when the wedding couple meet before the ceremony to greet one another, and have their wedding photographer capture that priceless moment when they see one another for the first time. After the Big Reveal, the couple then has portraits taken of themselves, which cuts down on the time they’d miss at their cocktail party when taking post-ceremony photos.

5. The groom and his men may gather here for photos and pre-wedding cocktails.

6. After-party. After the wedding reception, wedding couples bring their VIP guests to the Strip House for cocktails and a late-night menu of small plate bites or desserts.

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And there are additional ways you can call Westminster Hotel’s Strip House your wedding’s ‘home:’

* For the dinner when both sets of parents meet each other, perhaps for the first time, and to celebrate the start of the engagement plans.

* For bridesmaids’ planning luncheons and bridal showers

* For the wedding couple’s regular romantic dinner dates during the wedding planning months.

* For luncheons with your wedding coordinator, arranging wedding plans while enjoying a delicious meal or salads.

* For a post-honeymoon thank-you dinner with parents.

* For anniversary dinners in the future.

With Strip House chefs making your wedding menu items, you have the luxury of special meal preparation on-site in case a wedding guests didn’t tell you they’re allergic to onions. Chef Bill Zucosky and his team can just whip up a special plate for that guest (onion-free,) which is something that often cannot be done at other NJ wedding venues.

Come visit Strip House if you haven’t dined here in the past, and let us help inspire ways that your wedding weekend can be even more grand, even more glam, when your wedding weekend events include dining at Strip House.

Wedding Statistics: Number of Wedding Guests

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At Westminster Hotel Weddings, we’ve hosted small weddings, large weddings and ultra-large weddings, and you may be interested to know the national average number of wedding guests. According to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry survey site, the 2013 average number of wedding guests in the United States is estimated between 126 and 136.

Here’s how the national average number of wedding guests breaks down:

Less than 25: 2.3%
25-50: 8.3%
51-100: 23.8%
101-150: 29.1%
151-200: 21.5%
201-300: 12.0%
More than 300: 3.0%

See our recent post on our Westminster Hotel Weddings wedding venue capacities for our wedding ballroom and our outdoor wedding spaces.