02/18/2014

Check out these St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ!

St. Patrick's Day Parades in NJ

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we are looking forward to the St. Patrick’s Day parades near us in NJ! If you are planning to visit us this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, you can enjoy two great St. Patrick’s Day parades taking place just minutes from our hotel in West Orange, NJ.

Make your calendar! The 79th Annual Newark Parade is on March 14, 2014 and the 63rd West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

The Newark Parade is NJ’s First and Finest Parade!

Keep the Tradition alive on March 14, 2014 and join the many visitors and residents who will come out to witness this historic St. Patrick’s Day event in NJ. The festivities will kick off at 1:00pm and feature the 2nd Annual High School Band Competition, which will be sponsored by USBands and The Star Ledger.

Click here for more information regarding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newark.

The 63rd West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This St. Patrick’s Day parade is taking place on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 12:15pm. Don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue in West Orange, NJ. Grand Stands will be located on Main Street across from Community House and in front of Dugnan House.

Click here for more information regarding the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Jersey and plan your stay today. We hope to see you this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in NJ!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

02/11/2014

The Original Vince Lombardi Trophy is on display at the Newark Museum!

Newark Museum

The Super Bowl in NJ may be over but residents and visitors can still view the original Vince Lombardi Trophy at this incredible winter exhibit at the Newark Museum!

Did you know that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was first handcrafted in Newark in 1967 at Tiffany & Co.’s silver factory? In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, which was played in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, the Newark Museum is displaying the original Vince Lombardi Trophy, now though March 30, 2014.

The original Vince Lombardi Trophy is no doubt one of the most recognizable of the objects produced by Tiffany & Co. Visit the Newark Museum this winter to view the original trophy won by the Green Bay Packers along with more than 100 objects documenting the rise of the city’s gold and silver industry.

Learn about how the City of Newark was the center of the precious metal industry in our country and home to many famed jewelry goldsmiths and silversmiths. Visit the City of Silver and Gold from Tiffany to Cartier featuring the original Vince Lombardi Trophy during your next visit to NJ. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind exhibit in Northern NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

02/04/2014

The Biggest Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid!

Biggest Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Getting hitched and not sure where to begin? We’ve listed the biggest wedding planning mistakes to avoid so you can create the perfect celebration. For many, planning a wedding may sound like a piece of wedding cake but for some, the entire wedding planning process can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s better to start off with learning the biggest wedding planning mistakes to avoid before you start planning anything else. There’s many do’s and don’ts for planning a wedding, don’t fall victim to the biggest wedding planning blunders.

The biggest wedding planning mistakes to avoid:

#1 Planning and booking a venue before your guest list is finalized. Before you do anything else, you should sit down and create your guest list. If your parents are helping you pay for the wedding then it is important to have their input, as well. It is acceptable to have an A list and a B list of guests because it is highly unlikely that 100% of your guests on your A list will attend. Just make sure you have a very good idea of how many guests will be in attendance so you have a very clear idea of how much space you will need. Then you can begin searching for the wedding venue of your dreams.

#2 Having a cash bar. Sometimes when your spending a lot of money all at once, it may be tempting to try to cut corners but you shouldn’t expect your guests to have to pay for anything at your reception. Keep in mind that weddings are expensive for your wedding guests, as well. Let them enjoy an open bar and everyone will be happy. This is not the time to try to cut corners, which brings us to our next mistake…

#3 Trying to save money on the biggest and most important features of your wedding. Is your friend a great photographer? Is your cousin’s mom’s friend the perfect baker? Can you save money by making your own centerpieces for your wedding? There are certain areas where you can save money when planning your wedding but the wedding cake and photographer are not one of them. Do not try to save money by hiring an amateur baker or photographer for your big day. There is no doubt that you will regret it when you’re trying to reminisce with out-of-focus photos. Although a photographer can be pricey, it’ll be worth it in the end.

#4 Not staying within budget. You have your budget set and you are ready to begin planning! It’s very easy to get carried away especially when you’ve been sitting on Pinterest for hours. Make sure you know how to stay within budget when planning your wedding. Stay smart and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Budget accordingly. You do not need that added stress.

#5 Thinking you will save money with a backyard wedding. Backyard weddings are beautiful! We can picture the stringing lights and beautiful lanterns; the fall foliage and blowing leaves around your feet. While planning a backyard wedding may be your dream, keep in mind that it is not necessarily the cheaper option. When planning a wedding at a venue, they provide many extra features such as linens and caterers. When planning an outdoor wedding, you will have to cover these expenses.

We wish you the best of luck when planning your wedding and we hope you enjoyed these wedding planning tips and learned some of the biggest wedding planning mistakes to avoid. If you are planning a NJ wedding, we hope you’ll visit our website to view our elegant event venues in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

01/28/2014

Gather the family and don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center!

Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center

It’s a slam-dunk! The Harlem Globetrotters are performing at the Prudential Center this February! Gather the family, plan your trip to NJ and don’t miss the biggest family show in America.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:00pm
Ticket Prices: $189.75, $109.75, $64.75, $47.75, $37.75, $29.75, $21.75
Tickets on sale now.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be taking the court in a whole new show, “Fans Rule.” The Harlem Globetrotters show in NJ will let fans decide which new rule they’ll add to the game such as 6 on 5 or the Trick Shot Challenge.

Click here for more details, as well learn about a once-in-a-lifetime experience before the game.

The Harlem Globetrotters show at the Prudential Center promises hours of endless fun for any age! If searching for the best family events in NJ, don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters this February.

Extend your family getaway at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Our hotel is ideally located near the Prudential Center and our spacious accommodations promise a comfortable night’s rest for you and your family. Visit our website to learn more and plan your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

01/21/2014

Planning a Valentine’s Day Getaway? Book our Pampered in Pink Hotel Package in NJ!

Searching for the best Valentine’s Day hotel packages in NJ? Pamper your loved one this February with our Pampered in Pink hotel deal at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Valentine's Day Hotel Packages in NJWith our package, you will receive:

  • Superior King Room accommodations
  • Bottle of chilled pink Champagne with Chocolate kisses and Arrangement of fresh pink flowers delivered to your room
  • Dinner for two at Primavera Restaurant (122.00 Value)
  • 2:00pm late check out

Reconnect with your loved one and plan the ultimate romantic getaway for two, right here in NJ. Settle into our spacious king-sized accommodations before enjoying fine dining in our Primavera Restaurant.

Our central location in West Orange, NJ is just minutes from the best attractions in NJ and only a train ride away from all of the romantic spots in NYC. However you choose to celebrate your Valentine’s Day getaway, take advantage of our hotel package in NJ and let us provide the perfect romantic setting for your getaway.

Click here to learn more about our hotel deals and specials in NJ.

01/14/2014

We were named one of Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2014 & WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ for 2014!

Happy New Year to all! We would like to share very exciting news from The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Our hotel has been recognized as one of Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2014 and we have won the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ for 2014!

Manhattan Bride's Best of 2014

Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2014:

One of seven hotels to be recognized in NJ for our superior standards of service, quality and reliability.

WeddingWire Couples' Awards for 2014

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ for 2014:

Recognized amongst the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide.

It is a true honor to stand among the very best wedding venues in New Jersey and beyond and we would like to thank all of our guests and clients who have shared their positive reviews, comments and stories with the world and helped us to achieve these two accolades.

We look forward to another successful year.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

01/07/2014

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Music of the Beatles: Classical Mystery Tour!

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Classical Mystery TourThe New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is paying a tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles and if you’re a fan of the band, you won’t want to miss out on the musical event this winter in Newark, NJ. If staying at our hotel and looking for things to do in our NJ area or searching for the perfect early Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, check out this event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) presents Music of the Beatles: Classical Mystery Tour
February 8, 2014 at 8:00pm
Prudential Hall

The evening will be jam-packed with your favorite songs from The Beatles, performed just as they were written. Listen to the familiar sounds of “Penny Lane” accompanied by a live trumpet section and head “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet. To learn more about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra - Music of the Beatles: Classical Mystery Tour, click here.

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, we are conveniently located near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. We invite you to plan your stay with us this February and enjoy a convenient travel to and from the NJ attraction.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

12/31/2013

Wishing you Health and Happiness in the New Year!

All of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ wish you a very happy and prosperous 2014! We hope your New Year is filled with joy, love and happiness.

Wilshire Grand

If you'll be hosting a New Year's Eve party and looking for last minute ideas, don't forget to check out our previous blog post for Creative Tips for Planning the Perfect New Year's Eve Cocktail Party. If celebrating New Year's Eve in NJ, don't miss Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo, taking place now through New Year's Day in West Orange, NJ.

Unwind in our cozy accommodations and start the year off right at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website for our rates and availability.

Safe travels to all this holiday season.

12/24/2013

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season from The Wilshire Grand!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.  We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season with your loved ones.

Wilshire Grand

If you'll be visiting the West Orange area, don't forget to check out Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo. The holiday event in NJ is perfect for any visitor looking for the best holiday events in Northern NJ. For important information regarding the holiday attraction, click here.

If looking for overnight hotel accommodations in NJ, we invite you and your family to book your holiday visit with us.

Visit our website to learn more.

12/17/2013

Attending a Seton Hall Pirates Men's Basketball Home Game? Stay with us!

Seton Hall Home Games

No matter the color of your jersey, all sports fan can agree on one thing: nothing beats a live sporting event. Whether you’re heading to the Prudential Center to cheer on the New Jersey Devils or Seton Hall Pirates it’s always exciting to offer our guests a convenient location to and from all of the live action at the NJ sports arena.

The 2013-14 Seton Hall Pirates basketball season is underway and if you’re a parent, family member or friend of a Seton Hall athlete or one of our valued guests looking for the best winter events in our area, a Seton Hall home game is a great choice this season. The upcoming Seton Hall home games include:

  • Seton Hall vs. Eastern Washington on Sunday, December 22, 2013
  • Seton Hall vs. Creighton on Saturday, January 4, 2014
  • Seton Hall vs. Villanova on Wednesday, January 8, 2014
  • Seton Hall vs. DePaul on Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • Seton Hall vs. Butler on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Click here for a complete list of the 2013-14 Seton Hall Pirates Basketball Schedule.

Looking for the perfect hotel near the Prudential Center? We have your overnight accommodations right here in West Orange. Visit our website and book today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

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