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Wedding Planning for Spring Brides: A Few Tips & Helpful Hints

Consider these helpful tips & tricks when wedding planning for spring brides.

  Wedding Planning for Spring Brides

A Spring Bride! There is something special about getting married when the earth has just woken up from its long winter slumber. Wedding planning for spring brides can be fun, but there are certainly some things to consider to ensure your event goes smoothly. Check out our tips and helpful hints to plan for whatever the day may bring!

New Jersey Brides should always consider the weather.

April showers bring May flowers! Spring weather can often be unpredictable, but you don't have to let any potential sprinkle ruin your big day. Find some cute umbrellas so you can still take advantage of great backdrops for outdoor photos come rain or shine. Be sure to include keeping your guests in the loop when it comes to the forecast so they can come prepared. Of course, a great wedding and reception site that includes options for indoor/outdoor alternate arrangement can help ensure that no matter what the weather may bring, you and your guests will be comfortable.

You don't have to stick with traditional spring wedding choices.

There is no rule book declaring that every spring wedding must consist of pastel colors and surrounded by thousands of beautiful flowers. A wedding is supposed to be a celebration of a couple and include all of the things that make them unique. Instead of flowers, consider having the bridal party carry delicate bouquets of grasses instead of flowers, make moss creations for your centerpieces and showcase your style with a rich color scheme.

But if you do want traditional, fully embrace the season!

Seasonal food, seasonal flowers (tulips, crocus, bluebells, pussy willows and daffodils), even seasonal favors — this is the best time of year to do it all. Consider personalized packets of flower seeds, small bud vases for spring blooms or miniature bird’s nests to nestle candy in to make for a unique gift that your guests can enjoy long after the last slice of cake is gone.

Good luck and happy wedding planning! After you’ve set a spring date, you’ll want to begin searching for the perfect wedding venue. If you’re planning to celebrate in NJ, we invite you to consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. New Jersey wedding planners and engaged couples are invited to see how our venue can be the perfect place to host your dream springtime wedding.

Until next week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Attention New Jersey Meeting Planner – Perfect Spaces Here!

Your New Favorite New Jersey Meeting Venue. 

  New Jersey Meeting Planner
Planning a meeting or event can be overwhelming with all of the necessary decisions, problem solving, and finding the right place. We welcome every New Jersey meeting planner to check out our spaces and amenities designed especially for corporate or social events.

When you are looking for the perfect place to host an event or special occasion, our northern NJ meeting space is a great option. We have over 20,000 square feet of space that can accommodate anything from small department meetings to corporate trainings and special work-related events. Our business services include free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast each morning, a 24-hour business center, business staff to assist you, free shuttle service to nearby places and attractions, and much more.

Catering options are also available if your event happens to warrant some kind of meal or snacks. Our staff can work with you and create menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon breaks, dinner buffet, plated dinner, or a reception. No matter what kind of gathering you are planning, we are the perfect New Jersey meeting venue.

Where Successful Meetings and Fun Events Happen

New Jersey Meeting Planner

Flexible spaces, catering options, and a great location all come together to bring visitors and guests a wonderful place to have a gathering. We are able to accommodate intimate gatherings to larger parties of up to 500 guests. The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ looks forward to welcoming you and your guests.


NJ Devils Home Schedule - Don't Miss a Game!

Prudential Center Events Include New Jersey Devils Hockey. 

NJ Devils Home Schedule

Hockey season is in full swing and now is the time to catch a game. Just in case you've missed most of the action so far, we've got the details on upcoming games at the Prudential Center. Go Devils!

In addition to hosting ice skating shows, extreme sporting events, concerts and more, Newark's huge event center happens to be the home ice for our beloved NJ Devils NHL hockey team. Currently 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan Division, our New Jersey team is doing pretty well this year. You won't want to miss the fast-paced, crisp action of hockey, especially once we get closer to the Playoffs.

So gather your friends and fellow hockey-lovers, don your red, black, and white, and join thousands of other Devils fans as they pack the venue to cheer on the team. Here are some of the upcoming games on the NJ Devils home schedule:

● Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 7pm vs. Ottawa Senators
● Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 7pm vs. New York Rangers
● Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 1pm vs. Washington Capitals
● Tuesday, February 9, 2016 @ 7pm vs. Edmonton Oilers
● Sunday, February 14, 2016 @ 12:30pm vs. Los Angeles Kings

If you're looking for a Prudential Center hotel, we invite you to consider staying with us because we're minutes from hometown hockey action. No matter where you are, The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ will always welcome NJ Devils hockey fans. 


A Romantic Hotel Package in NJ for the Perfect Couple Getaway

The Perfect Valentine's Day Hotel in New Jersey. 

romantic hotel package in NJ

The holiday season is over and that means that Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. We invite you to take advantage of our romantic hotel package in NJ to help you and your love celebrate a holiday that is all about you.

No doubt your Valentine plans include food, wine, and some quality time together, but have you considered a mini vacation for just the two of you? Our Pampered in Pink package is just the thing when it comes to perfect couples getaway ideas. When you choose us for your Valentine's Day hotel in New Jersey and take advantage of our romantic deal, we take care of the small details to make sure that you can focus on each other and celebrating your life together. Here's what the package includes:


• Luxurious King-sized accommodations
• Chilled pink champagne bottle, chocolate kisses, and fresh pink flower arrangement delivered to your room
Primavera Restaurant dinner for two ($122.00 value)
• Late Checkout (2pm)

While you're here with us, we encourage you to relax and let yourself enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. There are so many ways to enjoy the perfect romantic weekend with your other half.

We're All About the Romance

During Valentine's Day this year, you can be sure we'll pull out all the stops for our guests. Chocolates, flowers, champagne, and anything else we can do to help make your stay a memorable one. Anytime you stay with us, for business or pleasure, we'll always roll out the welcome mat with our top rated customer service and luxurious accommodations. From all of the staff here at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, we hope to see you soon.


Experience a Bruce Springsteen Concert in New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are back in town!

Bruce Springsteen Concert in New Jersey

The chance to see a Bruce Springsteen Concert in New Jersey is just around the corner. With his strong NJ roots, it's nice to see that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are back in our neck of the woods for the River Tour. Now is the time to see one of rock's greatest legends in action.

Help welcome the Boss and The E Street band home by attending the Bruce Springsteen concert in New Jersey. The phenomenal night is set to take place at the Prudential Center, Newark on Sunday, January 31st at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. The band will play the full version of "The River" and delight the audience with many other hit songs from decades of performances. The band is well known for their epic performances and many hits including "Born in the U.S.A.," "Tougher Than the Rest," "Born to Run," and "Jersey Girl." They have been performing and releasing music since the 1970's. The rock legend has stood the test of time and continues to write music that relates to everyone, no matter how young or old they are.

Attending this leg of the River Tour would make a great date night or memorable gathering with friends. Music has the power to move us all, so join in with thousands of other music lovers as the Boss and the band do what they do best.

If you're going to be in the area for the concert, we invite you to stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We're always happy to welcome visitors and guests no matter what brings them into town.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand, NJ


Ready to Ring in 2016? Happy New Year from the Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ!

New Year Wishes from all of us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. 

We should live every day like it is a holiday, being thankful and spending time with family, and looking hopefully to the future. Extending our Best Wishes for the coming New Year!

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If you will be celebrating New Year's Eve in the metro NYC/NJ area, we welcome you to plan your stay with us and enjoy our convenient location to all of the exciting events taking place.

One of our favorite New Year's Eve events in NJ are the New Year's Eve cruises aboard the Spirit of New Jersey and the Spirit of New York.

Click here to view our special offers on our Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ website and plan your New Year's Eve visit with us!


Happy Holidays from the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

We wish you a very happy holiday season.  

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This is our chance to thank you and to wish you the special gifts of this holiday season – Joy, Peace and Happiness from our family at the Wilshire Grand to yours.

“May the meaning of the season be deeper, its friendships stronger and its hopes brighter.” ~Anonymous

Our favorite holiday event in NJ includes Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo, taking place now through January 3, 2016. The event is free and open to the public, but in-kind donations of canned foods, toys and pet food are encouraged.

If you are looking for hotels in NJ this holiday season, we welcome you to plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Ring in 2016 with a New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise

Music, food and fireworks are part of this NYC NYE cruise.

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise


If you're looking for an exciting way to ring in 2016 in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, take a New Year's Eve dinner cruise. Spirit Cruises is offering two New Year's Eve events. You and your partner can enjoy a romantic NYC or NJ NYE cruise, or you can bring the whole family along for a midday cruise.

You can enjoy a special evening with a New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise and depart from a port in New York or New Jersey at 9 p.m. for a cozy cruise aboard a beautiful ship. You'll enjoy a delicious dinner buffet of seafood, pasta, prime rib and desserts followed by an evening of dancing. Your night to remember will end with a fireworks display synchronized to music.

If you're looking for New Years Eve family friendly events, make plans for the New Year's Eve Family Lunch Cruise. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on December 31, which makes it the perfect celebration for children or older adults. You and your family will enjoy a lunch buffet including turkey, ham and an assortment of pies. After your delicious meal, you can enjoy beautiful views of the New York City skyline and Hudson River. There will also be a special "noon year's eve" countdown to begin the 2016 celebrations a little early.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, is a great choice for accommodations during your visit to the area. Browse our website to learn about other fun things to do over the holidays in the area.


Stress Free Holiday Party Planning Guide for your Perfect Event

Make your list and check it twice with our stress free holiday party planning guide.

  stress free holiday party planning guide


We know you can't wait to start planning the perfect holiday party this year. Regardless of the size of your event, you can approach it all in a relaxed way…really! The key to the perfect party is in the planning and the prep. Be sure to write down all of the details you need to remember and make a timeline in the weeks ahead of your event. No matter how small the detail, write it down! Make note of whether anyone has any preferences about food options or other arrangements. Regardless of how many people will be in attendance at your party, you'll want to make an itemized shopping list and get what you need in stages. Non-perishable items, drinks, paper products can be bought ahead while you can pick up the perishable items or fresh flowers.  

Great holiday parties go off without a hitch when there are enough tasty treats, beverages and light finger foods to keep everyone satisfied. Holiday decor and beautiful table spreads will encourage your guests to mingle and to check out the goodies available, and festive holiday music will help keep everyone in the right mood. Put a twist on the tradition of gift giving by planning a fun gift-giving exchange game

 

For more detailed tips, we suggest these great resources from the experts at Eating Well, Real Simple and HGTV.

 

If you would rather have the details handled by someone else, so you can simply show up and be a guest as well, please consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. From small office holiday parties to family reunions or large gala events, our NJ event planners at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, can make the process easier. Enjoy stress free holiday party planning with our impressive variety of delicious menu options, prompt service and your choice of luxury accommodations. Our large ballroom area can be set up according to your specifications and offers an excellent party atmosphere. We also provide delicious menu options and a beverage service to keep everyone happy, healthy and in the mood to enjoy the holiday spirit. Visit our website for more information.

Until next time,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Our Heartfelt Wishes for you this Thanksgiving Season

Happy Thanksgiving from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving
but throughout the coming year!

Thanksgiving Wilshire Grand

There is nothing more precious than spending time with family and friends for the holidays! If you are planning to visit New Jersey for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there is an abundance of joy to be had in the area! Be sure to check out the Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo, taking place through the season. It is the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs after a big family meal at this family-friendly event. If you are staying at home this year, be sure to make use of our Thanksgiving Planning Guide for last minute tips.  

Whether you are visiting the area or hosting out of town guests, we hope you will consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ for your accommodations.

Our family here at The Wilshire Grand wishes you and yours a holiday season filled with happiness, peace and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!