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Cold Weather Wedding Guide: 3 Top Tips for a Cozy Affair

Don’t let cold weather stop you from having the wedding of your dreams.

Cold Weather Wedding Guide

If your wedding is winter-bound, there are plenty of things you can do to make it enjoyable for both you and your guests. The Knot, Bridal Guide, Bridal Musings, and New Jersey Bride all have tips and suggestions, but we’ve narrowed it down to the most important ones.

Check out the cold weather wedding guide below and read up on how to have the perfect day – whatever the weather.

3 Tips for Winter Weddings in NJ

1.    Dress Appropriately

You don’t want to spend your big day shivering constantly. If you’ll be getting married with frigid temps outside, you can be elegant and warm, stylish and cozy – and so can your wedding party.

For instance, consider tights, closed-toe shoes, shawls, fur stoles, or matching formal coats for the bride and bridesmaids. Formal dresses with sleeves are also an option. The groom and groomsmen can opt for dark formal coats, matching scarves, and dressy gloves to keep the chill away.

2.    Run with a Cozy Theme

Who doesn’t love getting cozy on a cold day?

In the same vein, your guests will appreciate cozy touches for your wedding and reception. Glowing and flickering candles give a warm ambiance, and providing soft blankets in a chilly venue is a thoughtful touch. Special drinks like hot cocoa, cider, and hot toddies will warm guests down to their toes.

3.    Choose a Flexible Venue

In the colder months, guests will have layers to shed when they come in from the outdoors. The event venue should have a way to accommodate these, such as a coat area or a room for storing guests’ personal items, like outerwear.

No matter the weather, you can have a wonderful celebration. Follow these tips for a memorable cold weather occasion, and choose an event venue for beautiful winter weddings in NJ when you book with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Great Shows and Performances at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ

See Stunning Shows and Family Friendly Events in NJ.

Prudential Center Newark NJ
All that stands between you and breathtaking performances, amazing athleticism, and heartwarming stories is the price of admission. Visit the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ for these events that you won’t stop talking about well into next year.

Pentatonix World Tour 2016
World-famous a cappella group Pentatonix hits the New Jersey stage on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The singers are known for their covers (such as Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and Christmas standards like “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy”) as well as their hit singles (“If I Ever Fall in Love” ft. Jason Derulo) and are sure to wow the crowd with their five-part harmonies and vocal prowess.

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions
See famed U.S. gymnasts in action and see why they’re gold medal-worthy on Friday, November 11. Just a few of the athletic stars you’ll see include Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and other members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams.

Disney on Ice in New Jersey
Disney favorites like Elsa and Anna, Dory, Woody, and Buzz, Mickey and Minnie, and more come together for a total of 9 shows for family friendly events in NJ.

Watch stories with beloved characters come to life on ice, each tied to the show’s theme, “Follow Your Heart.”

Performances will run from Wednesday, November 16 through Sunday, November 20. Catch morning, afternoon, or evening shows with the whole family.

Andrea Bocelli
See the great tenor live on Sunday, December 18. With his mixture of classical and modern influences, the performance will appeal to both young and old.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Have a Happy Halloween in New Jersey

Fun Events for a Family Friendly Halloween in New Jersey.

Halloween in New Jersey
Looking to indulge in fall fun and festivities? The New Jersey area is chock-full of events to help kids, families, and adults of all ages relish this unique time of year.

Safe Howl-O-Ween
For a family friendly Halloween in NJ, head over to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo for their Safe Howl-O-Ween event on October 31 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There will entertainment, favorite zoo animals, and candy giveaways, so be sure to bring your own trick-or-treat bag.

The Fall Season at Fairfield Farms
Halloween isn’t complete without a classic autumn adventure. Visit Fairfield Farms and take in all that they have to offer this fall.
Scout out the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern, then make your way over to the corn maze. Jump on a hayride to feel the autumn breeze through your hair. Afterward, taste some delicious food and refreshments like fresh Jersey apples or hot mulled cider.

Adults-Only Events for Halloween Scares in NJ

Bane Haunted House
This haunted house is famous for its well-executed scares and screams. Wind your way through the entire house and try to find your way out – but be careful, because you never know what you might encounter.

This haunted house is unique because visitors may come in contact with what lurks in the shadows. This attraction is one of the best Halloween scares in NJ.

Village Halloween Parade
This fun Halloween event is adults-only. Dress up in your most creative (or terrifying!) costume and parade through the New York City streets with thousands of other Halloween enthusiasts.

Live bands, dancers, artists, and more will provide entertainment along the way.

 Everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ hopes you enjoy a festive Halloween season!

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Grab Your Tickets for New Jersey Devils Hockey

Check Out the New Jersey Devils Home Game Schedule

New Jersey Devils hockey
What better way to spend an evening than cheering for your favorite team -- on ice? You have to check out New Jersey Devils Hockey. Starting at the end of September, there will be plenty of games and lots of interesting rivalries to watch play out on the ice.

Preseason Games
•    September 26, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Flyers
•    September 26, 7:30 p.m. – vs. Canadiens
•    September 28, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Flyers
•    September 29, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Rangers
•    October 1, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Rangers
•    October 3, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Islanders
•    October 8, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Panthers

Regular Season Games
•    October 13, 7:30 p.m. – vs. Panthers
•    October 15, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Lightning
•    October 18, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Ducks
•    October 20, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Bruins

The Prudential Center Fan Zone
Hockey at the Prudential Center is always an exciting affair. Fans especially can check out the Fan Zone at Championship Plaza. You’ll find family-friendly fun among other Devils fans, including live music, food and drinks, and a lot more.

Enjoy hockey at the Prudential Center with the New Jersey Devils. The early fall schedule is packed with games and exciting rivalries. Everyone at  The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ hopes you enjoy your time at the games! 

“Sea” Fall Foliage in New Jersey in a Whole New Way

Breathe In Autumn on the Water with Cruises from New Jersey & New York

fall foliage in New Jersey

See New York and New Jersey in a whole new way, plus all of the turning trees – on the water!

On a Spirit of New Jersey Cruise, you’ll float past major attractions like the Statue of Liberty, Colgate Clock, Battery Park City, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and of course, be treated to a stunning view of the New York City skyline.

Set against the backdrop of fall foliage in New Jersey and New York, you’ll be in awe as you cruise in style. A Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise is just what you need to see the sights and enjoy the crisp air of fall. These special cruises depart from Lincoln Harbor and last around 3 hours. During this time, you get magnificent views, access to a rooftop lounge, open-air observatory, and climate-controlled decks, and delicious lunch offerings featuring fresh ingredients.

There are 2 Fall Foliage Lunch Cruises coming up in October for you to jump aboard: Saturday, October 15th and Saturday, October 22nd. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to sail and see the sights simultaneously.

See More of New York and New Jersey
When you stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, you’ll be in a convenient location to cruise along the waters of New Jersey and New York harbors, as well as see all of the area’s sights and attractions.

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

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

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