How to Plan Magical Autumn Weddings

NJ Wedding Planning Ideas for Autumn

Autumn Weddings

A wedding in the fall can be a beautiful affair. The weather is temperate and mild, and the changing colors are spectacular. Autumn weddings have their own special flair that weddings in other seasons can’t match. Here are some ideas from The Knot and Bridal Guide about how to take advantage of this distinctive time of year when you’re planning a wedding.

For Arrangements, Use Unexpected, In-Season Plants
One of the downfalls of a fall wedding is that many blooms will not be in season that you may want for a bouquet or flower arrangements. However, this is the perfect opportunity to get creative. Lots of plants bloom in the fall that you might not have thought of – fiddle fern, cotton plants, mums, and even twisting branches make unique arrangements that give a rustic, fall feeling.

Choose Colors that Match Nature
Having a wedding in the fall gives you permission to use colors that would be too much in any other season. Deep plums, reds, rust browns, oranges, gold, and even black can be used to great effect for a fall event.

Go Outdoors
For NJ wedding planning, fall is the perfect time for an outdoor affair. The weather is usually less changeable than in the spring or summer, and the temperatures are pleasant. Not to mention, the changing leaves provide a gorgeous backdrop for a ceremony. If your wedding is outdoors in the fall and the temperatures drop at night, provide guests with blankets, space heaters, or even bonfires in the spirit of a fall fete.

Choosing the right New Jersey wedding venue is a big part of the success of any celebration. Make The Wiltshire Grand Hotel your venue for an unforgettable wedding. Our wedding packages can help you create the event you’ve always dreamed of.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Earn Big with Wilshire Grand Hotel Rewards

Stash Hotel Rewards: How It Works

Wilshire Grand hotel rewardsTraveling is incredibly worthwhile, and can be even more so when you stay with us.  If you travel a lot, or if you just want a way to rack up benefits while you stay at hotels, check out our rewards. Together with Stash Hotel Rewards, you could start earning points for a free stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ.

With the Stash program, when you stay at any participating partner hotels, you earn points. For every dollar you spend on room rates, you earn points. Collect points with every hotel stay and eventually you can redeem them for free stays here, and other participating Stash Rewards hotels. There aren’t any blackout dates, and the points don’t expire. Redeem your points at partner hotels that are unique and local – no chain hotels, here.

The Rewards Card
You can also choose to sign up for the rewards Visa card to rack up points faster. You’ll earn 2 points per dollar on dining out, filling up your vehicle, and staying at all other hotels, and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases. Collect points and score the next time you travel.

Stash Package with Wilshire Grand Hotel Rewards
With this package, sign up for the Stash rewards card when you check-in with us and you’ll get 2,500 additional points just for becoming a member. Take advantage of this offer and get your points rolling right away.

For your next West Orange getaway, stay with us at The Wilshire Grand, where you can earn points and score deals.

Until Next Week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Feast Your Eyes on Toruk Cirque du Soleil

Toruk Cirque du Soleil – Performances at the Prudential Center

Toruk Cirque du Soleil
Everyone has heard about Avatar, one of the highest-grossing box office movies in history. Now, springing from that same world is a new show from the imaginative minds at Cirque du Soleil. With their signature focus on stunning visuals and acrobatics, they take you far away to the distant moon of Pandora to experience a whole new story. Be awed and amazed at this new, live production of Toruk, Cirque du Soleil that is full of technical wizardry and immersive, enchanting storytelling.

The stage company got its start in 1983 as a small troupe of performers who entertained the public on the streets of a small village near Quebec City. They didn’t set out to reinvent the circus, but instead fell into it. In the process, they redefined what a modern circus could look like. This meant crazy, outrageous costumes, stage performance, audience involvement and immersion, original music, and lighting magic. All of these elements continue to be key components of shows created by the company to this day.

Dates for performances of the show at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, run from September 15th to September 18th, 2016, and include both afternoon/daytime and evening performances.

Take in one of these performances at the Prudential Center, and find out why the stage company has some of the most popular stage shows in the country. While you’re at it, make sure to stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ


Giants and Jets Fans - Join the Fun at Metlife Football Stadium

Metlife Football Stadium will be the place to be this fall for Giants and Jets home games

Metlife Football Stadium

If you want some fun and excitement during the next few months, why not attend some football games at Metlife Football Stadium? The Giants and Jets put on quite a show and there’s sure to be a home game that fits perfectly into your schedule.

Giants 2016 Metlife Football Schedule
The G-Men start their preseason on August 12th, playing against the Miami Dolphins at 7:00PM EDT. Upcoming regular season games start on September 11th and include:
•    Giants vs. Ravens: October 16th at 1:00PM EDT.
•    Giants vs. Bengals: November 14th at 8:30PM EDT.
•    Giants vs. Cowboys: December 11th at 8:30PM EDT.
•    Giants vs. Lions: December 18th at 1:00PM EDT.

Jets 2016 Metlife Football Schedule
The Jets start their 2016 preseason games on August 11th and their regular season starts September 11th. Here are just a few of their upcoming games:
•    Jets vs. Jaguars: August 11th at 7:30PM EDT.
•    Jets vs. Seahawks: October 2nd at 1:00PM EDT.
•    Jets vs. Patriots: November 27th at 8:30PM EDT.
•    Jets vs. Bills: January 1st at 1:00PM EDT.

Football season is nearly upon us, and everyone from casual observers to ardent fans of the Jets and Giants will likely want to see their favorite teams compete on their home field. With the 2016 Metlife football schedule come a number of great opportunities to see the teams play!

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we aren’t picking sides…we just love football and hope you enjoy your home game experiences for either team.  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Hotel Near Montclair University: Drop Off the Kids & Stay with Us

New Jersey Getaway Deal: Recharge in comfort at a hotel near Montclair University

hotel near Montclair University

As summer draws to a close, many parents are facing the task of shuttling their college-bound teen to their home away from home – dorm life! After all of the excitement dies down, Mom & Dad should take some time to relax! 

Let The Wilshire Grand, NJ provide the calming atmosphere you need after your preparations for this big event. Make taking your kids to college your own back to school getaway!

When you have waved goodbye to your now-college age student and are looking for a place to relax or celebrate afterwards, consider overnight accommodations with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, near Montclair University as well as Seton Hall. There, you can celebrate this new stage of life by taking full advantage of the Wilshire Grand Rate package.  

Our Grand Rate package is specifically designed to give you all the perks:

•    Deluxe accommodations that include free Wi-Fi
•    Complimentary buffet breakfast
•    Daily manager’s reception
•    Access to the fitness room
•    Free shuttle service anywhere within 5 miles (based on availability)

Every Goodbye Starts a New Beginning

When one stage of life ends, another always begins. Dropping your child off at college can be bittersweet, but we can help you welcome this life change by providing you with top-notch comfort during your visit to the area.

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Meeting Venue in West Orange: Plan Your Meetings at Wilshire

New Jersey Meeting Planning: End of Year Events

meeting venue in West Orange
With over 20,000 feet of elegant event space, The Wilshire Grand Hotel is the perfect offsite meeting venue in West Orange, New Jersey. Our sophisticated reception room seamlessly combines convenience with grandeur as it sets an impressive atmosphere for a wide range of planned gatherings.

Over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, complimentary breakfast every morning in the lobby, on-site dining, 24-hour business center, complimentary Wi-Fi Service, dedicated staff to help you with all your business needs, complimentary shuttle service within a 5 mile radius, conveniently located near Newark Liberty International Airport, 24-hour fitness center, nearby many NJ area attractions, conveniently located near NYC, Stash Rewards Program

The Wilshire Grand Hotel does much more than offer luxurious accommodations to every guest who walks in the door; we truly shine with our spaces for a wide range of meetings and events, including:

•    Business meetings
•    Corporate events
•    Weddings
•    Fundraisers
•    Associations affairs

We provide numerous perks to make any meeting easier, including complimentary parking, business amenities, and a first-rate staff. From product launches to board meetings to corporate-wide celebrations, Wilshire ensures that all of your events are just as successful as they are comfortable. We also serve as a great venue and lodging option for weddings, family outings to the zoo, and more.    

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Excitement on the Rope Course in West Orange

Family fun in New Jersey for all at the Tree Top Adventure Rope Course in West Orange

rope course in West Orange

Family fun in New Jersey is not hard to find when you head to the Tree Top Adventure Course right next to the Turtle Back Zoo. This aerial obstacle course is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make memories with friends and family. The adult rope course offers 30 challenge elements and runs about 1½ hours while the junior rope course offers 15 challenge elements and runs about 45 minutes. After you finish the course, hop on the zip line for the most fun you can have 40 feet up in the air.

Reservations for the rope course near the Turtle Back Zoo are not required, but may be secured ahead of time.

Good family time is not far away when you head for an adventure to this exciting rope course in West Orange. miss! Make your plans today to challenge yourself at the rope course and zip line, then book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ for luxury accommodations and great dining.

Until next week    
The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ


Countdown to the Big Day: Last Minute Wedding Tasks

Use our guide so last minute wedding tasks don’t slip your mind

 last minute wedding tasks

Planning your wedding can be quite hectic. Even the most detail-oriented bride-to-be can get caught up in all the excitement of the upcoming nuptials. There may still be some small (but crucial) things to cross off your checklist. Here are 4 last minute wedding tasks to remember for the final stretch.

  1. Inform Your Caterer of the Final Headcount
    There is no room for error when it comes to the food. Giving your caterer the final numbers at least a week or two in advance will ensure they order the right amount of food and bill you correctly.
  2. Out-of-Towners
    Don’t forget about them! Make sure you’ve received an RSVP from everyone (ask one of your bridesmaids to contact those who haven’t responded yet.) This is your chance to finalize their accommodation arrangements. Confirm their transport arrangements as well.
  3. Create and Fine-Tune a Day-of Schedule
    Make sure you confirm delivery times. Most venues have very specific time frames allotted to the couples. Make sure everything will arrive and be set up in good time, with time to spare. You should also decide when the ceremony will start and by what time the reception should be wrapped up.
  4. Make Time for Yourself (and your fiancé) pre-weddding
    In all the chaos that can come with wedding planning, many couples forget to spend time with each other. This is also a good time to pamper yourself at a spa. Make sure you get enough rest before the big day as well!

The final preparations for your wedding will be much easier if your get some help. Delegate certain tasks to your bridesmaids, as well as the organizers at the venue. The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, New Jersey is the perfect venue for your wedding, providing luxury and full personal service – including a wedding concierge, bridal attendants for all NJ brides, and catering for your special day. Contact us today to find out more about our wedding packages.

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Summertime Vibes: Enjoy Live Jazz Music In NJ

The Newark Museum will bring jazz outdoors at the Alice Ramson Dreyfuss Memorial Garden

live jazz music in NJ
As is tradition every year, the Newark Museum will celebrate summer with a concert series at their peaceful garden. For five consecutive Thursdays, starting July 7th, the Alice Ramson Dreyfuss Memorial Garden will reinvent itself as a music hall and host contemporary jazz musicians during lunch time. These concerts have been held for over 50 years and are one of the summer highlights in Newark.

This year’s, live jazz music in Newark will be presented by these talented artists:

July 7th: Lenny White, accompanied by Tom Guarna on the guitar and Ben Williams with the bass beats
July 14th: Solo singer and composer Charaneé Wade
July 28th: Mino Cinelu and the Reunion Drum Trio, with Mayra Casales's vocals and Madeleine Yayodele Nelson's drums
August 4th: Woody Shaw Legacy Ensemble

The season will close with two Friday evening events. A live jam session with Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith on August 12th, and an evening of music with Ron Carter on September 16th.

Live jazz music in NJ is available for free for museum members, but visitors can take advantage of general admission at only $5 per concert. Jazz at the Garden can be a lovely highlight during your upcoming visit to Newark. At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we would like to wish you a great time during these performances.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


The New York Red Bulls Soccer Team Prepares To Win Big At Home

Excitement is building for a demonstration of sport finesse at New York Red Bulls Arena

New York Red Bulls Soccer

The New York Red Bulls Soccer team is hard at work already to delight their home fan base. After several of their players were nominated for MSL prizes, everything seems to be in order to offer a memorable performance at their upcoming games scheduled at their home arena in Harrison, NJ. Now that the full summer schedule has been announced, it has become evident that they have been investing their Copa break wisely.

Even their injured players are expected to be on top form for their upcoming match against the Portland Timbers on July 10. They will then subsequently face the Orlando City SC and their main Big Apple neighbors, New York City SC, on July 13th and 24th, respectively.

The New York Red Bulls schedule will remain steadily busy for the rest of the season, playing against the best of what the Eastern Conference Major League Soccer has to offer: Montreal Impact on August 13th, New England Revolution on the 28th, and traditional rivals D.C. United on September 11th.

Regardless of if you are an long-time fan or a new convert to soccer's magic, these matches will gather a combination of physical prowess and refined tactics. Witnessing such a spectacle at the New York Red Bulls Arena, is not an opportunity to be missed. Top it with luxurious accommodations, and stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Our convenient location and comforting rooms await will be happy to host you.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ