Posted on Friday, December 07, 2012 by Cindy Williams

With an in-house creative floral department we are uniquely qualified to have your overall wedding theme work effortlessly with both your ceremony and reception. Our floral designers take your vision and represent it through color, style and function. They always have new ideas to make your flowers different from other weddings you’ve been to, and they will manage the delivery of flowers to your offsite ceremony as well. The Westwood catering facility and floral department combine to make your event a cohesive, exquisite event! Why choose two different partners when you can have just one?!

Posted on Thursday, December 06, 2012 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Sharing the Day with Dad

Share Your Wedding Day with Your Dad at The Westwood 

Your Dad has been there every step of the way, giving you so many precious gifts over the years. He’s going through so many emotions on your big day, just as you are. What better way to thank him than by choosing The Westwood as your wedding destination?!?! The Westwood not only caters to your every unique need, it also can work within your budget; understanding there are so many expenses associated with the big day, The Westwood will help to meet your needs while not breaking your bank, or Dad’s!

Posted on Thursday, December 06, 2012 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Sharing the Day with Dad

Choosing the right song to dance with your Dad can be tricky. You want something that has meaning for both of you, but is also’ll be watching it for years to come most likely via video. Here’s a list of some songs you may not have considered, enjoy!

Dancing with Dad at Your Wedding at The Westwood1. Bruce Springsteen – “When You Need Me”
2. Tom Petty – “Wildflowers”
3. Ben Folds – “Gracie”
4. Wilco – “My Darling”
5. Natalie Merchant – “Kind and Generous”
6. Loudon Wainwright – “Daughter”
7. Paul Simon – “Father and Daughter”
8. The Temptations – “My Girl”
9. Stevie Wonder – “Isn’t She Lovely”
10. Ray Charles – “Ain’t That Love”
11. Lulu – “To Sir With Love”
12. Nancy Sinatra – “It’s For My Dad”
13. Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds”
14. Heartland – “I Loved Her First”
15. Rascal Flatts – “My Wish”
16. Frank Sinatra – “I Wish You Love”
17. Billy Joel – “Just the Way You Are”
18. Beyonce – “Daddy”
19. Edwin McCain – “Walk With You”
20. Michael Buble – “Daddy’s Little Girl”

Brides today are also going the nontraditional song route or transitioning from expected to totally unexpected, often breaking out into choreographed hip hop, disco, rock dance routines with Dad by their side. Here are some of our faves...whatever you decide, have fun and enjoy the moment!


Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: The Westwood

Thank you for reading and taking an interest in The Westwood! We are a family owned and operated catering and banquet facility located in Garwood, New Jersey. This business has been in our family for generations. Five decades ago, our dad Joe began by partnering with four friends and overseeing the groundbreaking of what was originally the Hotel Scandia in 1962. Over the years, countless members of the Scalzadonna family have made The Westwood their home away from home. From our grandmother Lena to our own children, we have all taken an active role in making The Westwood what it is today. To say our family takes this business personally is an understatement.

The Westwood - A NJ-Based Family-Owned Wedding Venue and Catering Hall

We strive to make each event for our customers as special as those we’ve held for our own family, from start to finish. Here at The Westwood we have a staff of experienced Event Planners who will work with you to make your event a success throughout the entire planning process. We aren't simply a banquet hall or a venue, we take a personal interest and family-oriented approach to all our events and functions here at The Westwood. To that end, we spend countless hours attending catering shows, food presentations and a variety of seminars, changing our menus regularly. Most recently, we've become more active through social media such as this blog, Facebook, and Pinterest in order to better communicate with our clients and guests and to keep YOU up to date on all the latest happenings here at The Westwood.

Today, we are proud that The Westwood’s personal, family-oriented approach continues to make us the first choice for families like yours. We invite you to celebrate family, friends and traditions at The Westwood. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: The Westwood

The Westwood is a lot closer than you think; we are right in your backyard!  During the month of March, the Westwood celebrated its’ 50th Anniversary. 50 years of non stop events; Weddings, Sweet Sixteen’s,  Bat Mitzvahs corporate affairs, and social affairs. The Westwood has provided such kind service to all of those who have joined their home, all thanks to the Scalzadonna family.
For the 50th Anniversary celebration, The Westwood opened up their doors to family, friends, employees, and to anyone else who has been to the Westwood for some type of occasion.  The Cynthia room, Lena room, Scalzy’s room, Rose room, La Donna room, Garden room, and the Study, were all full and occupied.  These rooms provided delicious chafing dishes of food, dessert, entertainment, decorations, music, bands, photo booths, and much more!
The staff and chefs did an excellent job providing service and time to the people who attended.  The Westwood had its doors wide open for any type of event for the past 50 years, and will continue to do so in the future! 
Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Accessories

Wedding Bridal ShoesWho says a bride can’t be colorful on her Wedding Day? Not the Westwood!

When the big day arrives, what do the guests look forward to seeing on the bride? The dress of course! A beautiful gown that takes her groom and the guests breath away. But what about her shoes?

A new, fun, trend has recently started.  Brides have been wearing colorful shoes.  For this time a year, you may see a bride wearing a bright red shoe, or maybe perhaps an orange shoe for the Fall Season.  Don’t think you can see them? Well you thought wrong!
During the reception, when the bride is on the dance floor, you can absolutely see her shoes, while she slightly lifts the bottom of her gown and dances the night away!
Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2012 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Bridal Tips

Bridal Tips from The WestwoodEvery bride waits for that breathtaking moment of being able to walk down the isle.  Her groom stands at the very end, waiting patiently awaiting for her arrival.  However, before the big day approaches, here are some tips and suggestions from the Westwood to make the day even more prefect and stress free!
Always make sure that the bridal make up will last throughout the entire day.  The Wedding day is filled with emotions and the tears of happiness come very easily. This is why using waterproof mascara can come in handy!
Don’t you think that brides would love to have a radiant smile in every photo?  Some brides in the past have used some tricks in order to maintain a beautiful smile.  A few days before the Wedding, the bride should use crest whitening strips or brush their teeth with baking powder and lemon!
The worst thing that can happen to a bride is that her hair may not come out the way she wants it to just a few hours before the Wedding.  This is why it is always smart to get the hair done a few times a day or two before the Wedding,  Giving the bride many options on which best suits her and feels the most beautiful in, this would allow her to decide on which hair style works out the best for her.
Last but not least, a bride should have cute but comfortable shoes.  If she plans on dancing the entire night away, she needs to make sure that shoes are not going to bruise her feet!  The best shoes that can be worn are flat ballet slippers, or very small heels from about a half an inch to 2 inches.

By doing just a few of these suggested things, the bride can prepare herself for a very enjoyable day and or night.  Every bride deserves to feel comfortable and stress free on her Wedding Day! 

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