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Anil and Elsa’s Westminster Wedding Video

We’re so pleased to share with you Anil and Elsa’s wedding highlight video from their big day here at the Westminster Hotel. The entire Westminster Weddings staff looks back on this beautiful celebration with such joy for this wonderful couple, and we wish them every happiness in their future together!

Anil and Elsa at The Westminster Hotel :: NJ Wedding Videographer :: Creative Unlimited from Creative Unlimited on Vimeo.

Scenes from a Gorgeous Westminster Hotel Wedding

We love the pretty details from this Westminster Wedding! Thanks to Dean Michaels Studio for sharing these images with us!

A Westminster Weddings Sneak Peek

We’ve just received some gorgeous Real Wedding photos from our friends at Dean Michaels Studio in Madison, and while we’re working on this gorgeous couple’s wedding story, we thought we’d share a few sneak peek looks at their Big Day.

5 Ways to Transform Your Wedding Ballroom

Wedding ballroom staging

We’ve seen some magnificent designs in our wedding ballroom, with the best NJ wedding planners working their style magic to turn our spacious ballroom into spectacular wedding and party settings. From custom dance floor designs to party ‘zones’ and stages, our ballroom space has been transformed into eye-catching, crowd-pleasing scenes.

We spoke to Robynne Adoff, event planner and decorator at Party Extravaganza , for her top tips on transforming your ballroom, and we share with you some images from an event Robynne planned here at the Westminster:

“To transform your wedding ballroom, keep these 5 Stages of Importance in mind:” says Robynne.

  1. Lighting.

“Lighting effects create a lot of visual interest in a ballroom, and can warm or brighten your space,” says Robynne. Specialty lighting can rev up your wedding’s or party’s color scheme, and even make your décor elements look more elaborate and impressive.

Some lighting effects Robynne suggests include:

Pinspotting your table centerpieces (which makes them stand out in the room, and if you’ve used any crystal elements in your centerpieces, they’ll sparkle in that spotlight, adding richness and elegance to your tabletops. The same goes for glass elements like your centerpiece vases and even just the glasses on the tables.

Color-washing the perimeter of the ballroom, using light to create beautiful uplighting effects against the walls or training colored lights in other ways to add a colorful glow along all the walls of your space.

“Use blocks of color. Instead of intermingling a few colors in one lighting design, do different solid colors in different areas for an edgier look,” says Robynne.

“Lights that pulsate along with the music,” is another suggestion of Robynne’s, the effect creating a clublike feel in the room.

2. Staging of a Room

“Add a little more interest to your ballroom with stages, such as creating a stage on which your entertainers will stage, to define their performance space, and then create stages or platforms in varying heights that people can dance on.” We love this light-up stage Robynne created for an event held here at the Westminster.

Wedding ballroom staging

Wedding ballroom staging

3. Gathering Areas

“Create special areas where guests can gather and spend time together. Guests who are not seated at the same tables for the dinner love hanging out in your gathering areas.” Robynne suggests creating an interesting design with high- and low-set tables gathered together, which gives guests a choice of which kinds of seating heights are more comfortable for them, and the mix of high- and low-set tables adds extra style to your gathering areas.

4. Balance of a Room

“Create a great floorplan that has a nice sense of balance in how your spaces are arranged in your ballroom.” Robynne notes that with a ballroom such as at The Westminster, where the dance floor can be taken apart and customized into different shapes, you have more freedom to style the balance of your room, placing guest tables on either side, arranging where you’d like food stations, bars, dessert tables, and display tables set up around the room to provide a stylish sense of balance in the room. Keep balance in mind for your gathering areas in one sector, perhaps a ‘kids’ lounge’ in another area, a photo booth in another…all working together to balance out your space and provide enough room for guest traffic and just to work optimally each sector of a big ballroom such as ours.

5. Texture of a Room

This last Stage of Importance surprises many wedding couples, who often don’t think of their table linens serving any purpose other than adding color to their ballroom. But Robynne says that the textures of tablecloths, runners, and napkins, mixed with the textures of tabletop flowers and other décor, adds a great depth and dimension to a wedding ballroom. “I include table settings and glassware in this category, since these elements work together to paint a scene on each table, which then leads to each table working together to fill that ballroom with lots of visual interest and touchable quality.”

Wedding staging

Robynne says, “These are the main ways to transform a wedding ballroom and pull the room together without spending a lot of money. The money you spend works well in the room, so this is a way to make sure that your design budget is going to show in your wedding or party space.”

Thank you, Stacy and Ryan, for your Wonderful Review of your Westminster Wedding!

Stacy and Ryan's wedding at Westminster Hotel
My husband and I got married on April 11, 2015 and our reception was at Westminster Hotel. From the first meeting with the Director of Catering & Special Event, to booking and scheduling the food tasting, and all the way up to the actual reception, we could not have asked for better service. Our planner was quick to answer all my emails and she went out of her way to make everything perfect. The entire staff helped us and made our families feel like all they had to do was have a great time. So many of our guests made a point to contact us after the reception to tell us how much they enjoyed the reception and tell us the food was phenomenal, there were so many choices for cocktail hour , and they loved the little things they did such as displaying our pictures on the TV screens in the lobby welcoming everyone. The ballroom is very pretty and spacious. The bartenders and wait staff were very friendly. Needless to say, my husband and I are very happy with our choice of Westminster Hotel and want to take this time to thank you. You and your staff have made this a great experience for all involved.

– Stacy & Ryan 4/11/15

The Westminster Hotel Wedding of Stacy and Ryan 4.11.15

We’re so pleased to share the wonderful details of Stacy and Ryan’s wedding here at The Westminster Hotel. It was such a lovely spring wedding, incorporating pretty florals and personalized décor, and we love the dreamy scene of Stacy and Ryan’s first dance.

{Thank you to Montclair Studio for sharing these images with us!}

We asked Stacy to share some of her favorite memories from her wedding day:

“We had a lot of guests from out of town so we wanted a venue with a hotel and a bar for the guests to go to after the reception. We also, wanted a big ballroom so we had plenty of room for everyone to sit and dance and not be on top of each other,” says Stacy

Stacy and Ryan were married at St. Peter’s Church in Belleville, a ceremony that was so special to the couple.

Their 175 guests enjoyed their reception here at The Westminster Hotel. “We loved that the Westminster Weddings team had pictures of us scrolling on the TV screens in the lobby of the hotel.”

Of the cocktail party, Stacy says, “Everyone loved the fajita and slider stations!People couldn’t stop talking about how great the food was!”

Stacy also says, “The creamed spinach and filet mignon were absolutely amazing!”

“LJDJ’s provided fabulous entertainment throughout the entire night. They had everyone up dancing all night, and everyone loved the selfie booth.”

“Our first dance was perfect with us dancing on a cloud.”

“Also, we had a great tribute to my parents who were celebrating 50 years of marriage which Jack at LJDJ’s did a great job with as well.”

“The wedding cake was from Cafe Pierrot in Andover,NJ. The waffle and ice cream station was by far my favorite, and everyone agreed the line spoke for itself.”

“We absolutely loved all the little details: the puzzle guest book which I plan on framing and hanging, the match and cocktail napkins, the love sign by the gift table that my 6 year old niece made.”

See more photos from Stacy and Ryan’s big day here in our Facebook gallery.

Stacy and Ryan honeymooned in Cat Island in the Bahamas after their big day. We wish this fabulous couple every happiness!

Vendors:

Reception Location: The Westminster Hotel

Wedding Planner:  Westminster Weddings

Photographer: Montclair Studio

Entertainment: LIDJs

Wedding Gown: Morilee gown, from Arlene’s Bridals

Bride’s Makeup: Gina Brozon