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!






The Small Plates Trend for Your Wedding Menu


Small plates are such a hit at Westminster Weddings, and are a leading trend in wedding catering. Our catering manager shares some of the most popular small plate options for your guests’ selection at your cocktail party, and also as stellar options for your wedding late-night bites:

  • Sliders (Provide a variety: cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, pulled pork, veggie burgers)
  • Tacos (Provide a variety: chicken, beef, carnitas, shrimp, fish)


  • Antipasto skewers (for light, fresh fare using NJ produce and the finest quality mozzarella)

Small plates at Westminste Weddings

  • Peking duck
  • Crostini with creamed spinach and slices of tender beef


  • BLT (A wedding menu favorite! Everyone loves bacon!)
  • Hummus and pita triangles
  • Pastrami on rye
  • Clams casino

Small plates at Westminste Weddings

  • Potatoes Romanoff

Also popular in wedding menu small plate options:

  • Truffle mac and cheese
  • Crispy calamari
  • Steamed PEI mussels
  • Shrimp and grits
  • Portabella, Eggplant and Kale sliders
  • Crab cakes

Small plates at Westminste Weddings

  • Pan seared sea scallops
  • Golden beets, chevre and spinach
  • Olives, feta and tomatoes
  • Smoked salmon with dill sour cream
  • Lamb lollipop with mint sauce
  • Arancini
  • Mini lobster roll
  • Oysters Rockefeller

Talk to our new chef team about your wedding menu wishes, come for a tasting, and you’ll co-create the most delectable and unforgettable wedding menu your guests have ever experienced.