3 Reasons to Say “I Do” to Fall Weddings at The Wilshire Grand

Every season is wedding season at The Wilshire Grand, but discover the distinct benefits of saying “I Do” with us in the fall!


When pumpkin spice becomes all the rage, you know that the fall season has begun! Even though the temperatures drop, fall weddings are on the rise in popularity. There are a multitude of reasons for this ever-growing trend and we here at The Wilshire Grand NJ have composed a list of the 3 top reasons you should consider doing your wedding planning with the fall season in mind!

Weddings at The Wilshire Grand can be indoor or outdoor affairs!

Depending on the size of your ceremony, Wilshire Grand weddings can be officiated in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. No matter which type of ceremony you decide, the picturesque fall foliage surrounding our West Orange property paints the perfect natural backdrop. This earth tone theme, mimicking the changing colors of the trees, can be incorporated into your indoor ceremony and reception, providing the perfect autumn blend of modern yet rustic luxury. The aforementioned chillier weather also caters to more diverse fashion options, ensuring that your Wilshire Grand wedding can be the ceremony you have always dreamed of.

The summer wedding season, and all of your guests’ personal vacations, are behind you!

Fall weddings at The Wilshire Grand fall perfectly on the calendar. Guests have most likely already spent some time vacationing during the warmer weather months. Your RSVP list will see an uptick in confirmations (especially as we can provide you with a block of rooms to accommodate out-of-town attendees).

Every season is wedding season at The Wilshire Grand!

Our team of wedding specialists is dedicated to making your dreams come true no matter the season. From catered menus to floral arrangements and all other “little” details that make a ceremony unique, we will ensure that your fall wedding is the perfect start for your personal “happily ever after”!

3 Reasons Why Summer Weddings at the Wilshire Grand NJ = Happily Ever After!

Even though weddings at The Wilshire Grand are wonderful in all four seasons, here are the reasons why you should consider sending a “save-the-date” invitation for a summer ceremony.


Planning a wedding in the Garden State is a choice between four differing seasons, with each one inhabiting its own inherent charm. At The Wilshire Grand, we know that there’s one season that reigns supreme in the eyes of many brides-to-be. From longer days to warmer temperatures, here are the top 3 reasons why summer weddings at The Wilshire Grand always connote ‘happily ever after’:

The natural ambiance of our outdoor courtyard is blooming with beauty.

If you are planning to have your actual ceremony with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ, there’s no better backdrop to exchange your vows than our beautiful gardens and gorgeous wooded canopy. We do offer luxurious indoor ceremonies as well, but when many think of Wilshire Grand weddings, they envision the natural, lush landscaping of our outdoor gardens that weave the wonderful summer season into their blessed event.

Summer events in NJ naturally coincide with your guests’ vacation mindset.

A wedding is a communal celebration of your love with friends and family. For all Wilshire Grand Weddings 2018, our luxurious ballrooms can accommodate up to 400 guests. Having both on-site and nearby overnight accommodations, you can invite everyone your heart desires! And during the summer, it’s a lot easier for people to RSVP with a confirmation of their attendance.

We have everything you need under one roof!

You’ll have full control of designing your personal wedding package with our expert team members. With full-service facilities, experienced chefs, hospitality suites, floral designers, photographers, musicians, and many other customizable features, you’re in control of ensuring the most important day of your life is exactly how YOU have always imagined!

Our on-line wedding planner has even more details on how The Wilshire Grand will ensure your summer wedding is the fairytale you always dreamed it would be!

Biggest Spring Bridal Trends to Know Before Your Big Day!

 Impress your Guests - Here are the Biggest Spring Bridal Trends.

Biggest Spring Bridal Trends

Spring has arrived. Even though we are gearing up for six more weeks of winter, we wanted to share the biggest spring bridal trends to inspire you before your big day. Take a peek at our biggest trends for a spring wedding below!

Even though they say it’s good luck, thinking about the possibility of rainy weather on your wedding day may make you feel overwhelmed and uninspired. However, several savvy bride and grooms have used the rainy weather as a positive photo opportunity. Using umbrellas and colorf

ul rain boots in your group photos can make a unique statement! Embrace the spring weather, whatever it may be. Once the ceremony is over and your guests are walking into your reception, remind them of the spring season by bringing the spring season inside. A creative spring wedding trend is hanging upside-down umbrellas suspended from the ceiling.

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and for many, the spring season means the beginning of baseball season. From cake toppers to naming your tables after MLB parks, many brides and grooms are incorporating the beloved sport into their big day.

Many anticipate spring to watch the cherry blossoms bloom. The stunning flowers are a great way to add spring vibes, and pops of pink, into your wedding day!

We are a sucker for seersucker! Grooms are opting to ditch the formal black suits for a more casual look on their wedding day.

For even more of the biggest spring bridal trends, click here. The Bridal Guide is sharing ’10 Trends for Spring Weddings.’

If you are in the beginning stages of the planning process, we invite you to take a closer look at our wedding venues in Northern New Jersey. Visit our wedding page on The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ website to learn more.

Our Recent Accomplishments at our Award-Winning Hotel in Northern NJ.

Hotels in Northern NJOur Accomplishments at our Hotel in Northern NJ.

We are proud and humbled to announce the recent awards that we have won at our hotel in Northern NJ during the 2017 wedding season. If you are recently engaged and have started the process of finding wedding venues in New Jersey, we invite you to tour our facilities at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

We recently won ‘The Manhattan Bride Best of 2017," "The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame" and "WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2017."

We’re happy to have been awarded Manhattan Bride's “BEST OF 2017” bridal vendors for our superior standards of service and quality. We were recognized for being outstanding in our knowledge of the field and in our professionalism, Reputable that we have received only positive reviews and comments from their clients and reliable in addition to being on time and on budget and our follow up with care and insight.

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® recognizes “the top five percent of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.”

We were inducted into the “The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame” for being awarded the “Best of Weddings” four or more times.

Our hotel in Northern NJ features a variety of event and wedding venues to choose from, offering over 20,000 square feet of breathtaking ballroom space and outdoor space. Every package is tailor-made to accommodate your party’s specific tastes from traditional to vegetarian, Indian to Kosher.

We also offer our guests:

  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly designed Bridal Hospitality Suites for you and your bridal party, featuring large mirrors and private restrooms and reception area
  • Wedding concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way
    Bridal attendants
  • Exquisite outdoor gardens for ceremonies and receptions
  • Special guestroom rates for your guests
  • Customized packages
  • Private bridal suite and reception area

Come tour our facilities today and book our award-winning hotel in Northern NJ.

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget - Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks.

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget

How romantic to count down to midnight as newlyweds and kick off a brand new year together as Mr. and Mrs. If you’ve set the date for New Year’s Eve and wondering how to host a NYE wedding on a budget, we are sharing our favorite winter wedding tips and tricks. Read this week’s blog post to ensure that your New Year’s Eve wedding is everything you dreamed it would be and more.

With the help of Brides Magazine, we’ve listed a few of our favorite ways to plan a stress-free New Year’s Eve wedding:

Secure your vendors early - Remember that New Year’s Eve is a popular night out and many will be hosting parties/events in your area. Be sure to secure your vendors early. If you have your heart set on a particular band or photographer, there is a possibility they will already be booked on that night. It might be wise to come up with back up vendors when making your list so you aren’t scrambling last minute.

If your ceremony is taking place at a different location from your reception, it would be best to arrange transportation for your guests. Keep in mind that Uber will have a surcharge for the holiday. Your guests will appreciate not having to spend extra expenses for the day.

Before midnight strikes, make sure everyone is ready. Have the band or DJ make an announcement so everyone can be present on the dance floor before the countdown begins. Champagne should be passed out well before the countdown begins, too, so everyone (all those 21 and over) can toast to the New Year with you.

Click here to learn more about how to host a NYE wedding on a budget.

We welcome you to take a tour of our event space here at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We would be honored to host your special day!

Planning Affordable Winter Wedding in North Jersey.

Planning Affordable Winter Wedding in North JerseyLet us Help with Planning your Affordable Winter Wedding in North Jersey.

Are winter weddings becoming the new hottest trend? With the help of Pinterest and numerous bridal magazines making us swoon over the magic that a winter wedding brings, it’s no surprise that more and more brides and grooms to be are saying “I Do” to the idea of planning an affordable winter wedding in North Jersey.

If you’re considering planning a winter wedding in New Jersey, you’ll want to keep these helpful winter wedding tips in mind. Remember, accessories are a winter bride’s best friend.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a winter wedding? Most likely, cold temperatures.

If you’re picturing freezing temps in your head and worried about how this will affect your wedding photography, consider leaving enough room in your budget for purchasing a warm shawl or cape for yourself and bridesmaids. If you do experience cold weather or inclement weather on your wedding day, this extra layer will be very much appreciated by your entire bridal party. Remember, wedding photos can last hours! Your comfort is a top priority.

Another accessory you may forget about are thick tights to keep your legs warm under your dress. I know, tights may be the last accessory you would pair with a wedding gown but if you are opting for a longer gown, no one will know you are wearing them. If you are comfortable wearing tights and they won’t bother you throughout the night, consider purchasing them at least for any outdoor activities.

Once everyone settles in from the cold, don’t forget to keep your guests warm by offering a warming beverage upon arrival. Consider making your signature drink something that will be warming to the heart, as this will set a nice tone as soon as your guests begin to arrive.

We hope that you found our tips for planning an affordable winter wedding in North Jersey helpful. If you are searching for an affordable wedding venue in NJ, we invite you to take a tour of our elegant event spaces at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Book our Holiday Party Venues in NJ - ’tis the Season!

Holiday Party Venues in NJ

’Tis the Season to Book one of our Holiday Party Venues in NJ.

Celebrate the holiday season with good cheer. Our holiday party venues in NJ offer the perfect setting for any holiday affair, conveniently located in West Orange, NJ. Every holiday deserves to be celebrated in style, let us be your number one choice this holiday season. Our number of event venues can cater to any event. With us, the possibilities are endless. Let’s make this holiday season one to remember!

You’ve checked your guest list and you’ve checked it twice. Now, you’re searching for the perfect holiday party venues in NJ. Consider our unique event space at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We offer over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a world-class catering and culinary team, dedicated event planners to ensure your event is successful from beginning to end, plus all of the services and amenities you’ll need to host the perfect holiday event in New Jersey.

For added enjoyment, we also feature our Zagat Rated restaurant and bar, Primavera, which offers delicious entrees in an atmosphere ideal for socializing and networking.

We have been praised for our outstanding cuisine, superior value, and unlimited capabilities. Once the holidays are over, consider us for another social event in the future. We can create any type of event you wish, including:

  • Host a fund raiser or gala event
  • Arrange a fun and exciting high school reunion, prom or anniversary party
  • Plan a celebration such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera
  • Enjoy an outdoor cocktail reception in the garden terrace

Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner. We invite you to celebrate the season with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website to learn more about our holiday party venues in NJ and celebrate the holidays in style.

Fall Wedding Trends for 2017!

Fall Wedding Trends for 2017

Fall Wedding Trends for 2017 that will inspire you.

If you’re planning your wedding for this fall (or even for next fall), let this week’s blog post inspire you through the planning process. If you find yourself scrolling Pinterest late at night, completely overwhelmed in all of the details, it’s time to focus in on these fall wedding trends for 2017, according to The Knot.

When it comes to fall wedding trends for 2017, it seems as though jewel-toned color palettes, succulents, eucalyptus, and the new naked cake are taking over the autumn wedding scene. Even though you may already be in your final stages of planning your fall wedding, last-minute additions to your wedding decor never hurts. After all, it IS all in the details, right?

For finishing touches to your color combo, consider mixing in metallics, such as copper. How can you do this? It’s simple. Think reflective metal vases for your centerpieces. They will be a nice pop of color underneath your leafy arrangements and will add a touch of sophistication to the table. Plus, they will photograph very nicely.

Everyone loves blackboards and DIY signage for their wedding day. Take it one step further by adding a nice romantic border of eucalyptus or vines of floral. It is a simple add-on that will instantly grab the attention of your guests.

When it comes to the bride and her dress, it seems like long sleeves and two-piece separates are becoming a wildly popular trend, especially for those getting married later in the season. Some brides are even opting for two wedding dresses, one for the ceremony and one for the reception.

For even more wedding inspiration for your fall wedding, click here. If you're looking for wedding venues in New Jersey, we welcome you to tour our versatile event space at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


Say I Do at our Outdoor Garden Wedding Venue in Essex County, NJ

Our Outdoor Garden Wedding Venue in Essex County, NJ!

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Congratulations on your engagement! No matter how organized and prepared you may seem, getting married can be a stressful time in anyone's life. With so much to do, it may be hard to prioritize what should be at the top of your wedding planning list. Setting a date and finding the wedding venue of your dreams, no matter what you have in mind, may be the hardest decision to make. We invite you to come take a tour of our outdoor garden wedding venues in Essex County, NJ and discover if our hotel is the right place for you.

Perfectly suited for both lavish and intimate events, we offer distinctly individual spaces capable of serving 50 to 350 Guests. Whatever you may have in mind for your special day, let our event specialists show you around so you can see if we are the perfect match for you.

Our outdoor gardens are perfect for your NJ outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour while our grand ballroom offers a more formal setting complete with a marble dance floor and lighting to complement the celebratory mood. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of unique options for both the traditional and non-traditional bride.

Here's what else you can expect when you book your wedding at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ:

  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly Designed Bridal Salons for you and your Bridal party featuring large mirrors, and private restrooms
  • Wedding Concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way
  • NJ Wedding Hotel Guest Rooms with special guestroom rates for your guest
  • Attentive and caring Bridal Attendants
  • Exquisite Outdoor Gardens for NJ outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hour
  • On-site but not exclusive wedding vendors
  • On Site NJ After Party

For pricing and availability, please submit a proposal with the details of your evening and we'll get back to you shortly!

Wilshire Caterers - A Magnificent Wedding Venue Choice in the Tri-State Area!

Wilshire CaterersDiscover why the Wilshire Caterers is a favorite for brides and grooms to be!

To the brides and grooms to be, if you are looking for a wedding venue in the Tri-State Area, look no further than the Wilshire Caterers in West Orange, NJ. From our marble dance floor to our landscaped gardens, luxurious details are abound at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Let our experts and talented culinary team help make your dream wedding a reality.

Our culinary experts will excite taste buds with an assortment of hors d'oeuvres and customized menus. Aside from a memorable culinary experience, you and your guests will love our exquisite outdoor gardens, the perfect setting for your outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour.

What you can expect when you choose us:

  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly Designed Bridal Salons for you and your Bridal party featuring large mirrors, and private restrooms
  • NJ Wedding Hotel Guest Rooms with special room rates for your guests
  • Attentive and caring Bridal Attendants
  • On-site but not exclusive wedding vendors
  • On Site NJ After Party

We also offer a Wedding Concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way! Visit our website to learn more about Wilshire Caterers and why we are the perfect choice for your special day.