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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!

Wilshire caterers

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.


Private Bridal Suites in New Jersey are Designed with your Needs in Mind!

Bridal Suites in New Jersey

Our New Bridal Suites in New Jersey offer all the necessities for your big day.

If you are looking for hotel wedding venues in NJ for your day, we invite you to our our elegant event spaces in West Orange. From private rooms for the bride and groom's party to a private safe to keep your belongings while dancing the night away, our private bridal suites in New Jersey offer all of the necessities for your wedding day.

When booking our new private bridal suite in New Jersey, your wedding party can expect only the best amenities for the day. There is no need to stress when booking with us because we have your needs covered throughout the day. Rest easy knowing that our event specialists at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ put your needs first.

Our Bridal Suites include:

  • Two Private rooms for Bride and Groom’s party
  • Both rooms equipped with chairs, mirrors, living room furniture and lighting
  • Separate reception area to relax before and during the wedding
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator filled with soft drinks, juices and water
  • Coffee maker
  • Private safe to keep your belongings during the wedding

For more information regarding our bridal suites, please contact Travis at 973-731-7007. Please keep in mind that our suites are only available to wedding parties that are having their wedding on our premises. We can't wait to help plan your big day!


The Wilshire Grand: Affordable Wedding Reception Venue in NJ

Affordable Wedding Reception Venue in NJ

Looking to cut some of the stress out of wedding planning? You can when you involve the Wilshire Grand, an affordable wedding reception venue in NJ.

The Wilshire Grand: One of the Best Wedding Reception Halls in NJ

We’ve recently been awarded the “Manhattan Bride Best of 2017.” Here's what you can expect while with us:

  • The Accommodations: Our rooms are luxurious and comfortable. Every room has a comfortable bed (or two), a large-screen TV, massaging showerheads, and more.
  • One of the Most Ideal NJ Wedding Venues with Hotel Rooms: Weddings are held in our beautiful courtyard and receptions in our grand ballroom. Your wedding concierge and bridal attendants will accommodate your every need and make sure that all of your religious, family, and cultural traditions are respected.
  • Wilshire Caterers: At the top of the list of reception stressors is the catering. Our Wilshire Caterers will put your mind at ease. Not only do we accommodate every taste and dietary requirement, we provide class and sophistication.
  • The Wedding Package: Along with comfortable accommodations and a gorgeous space for your reception, those who purchase our wedding package will have access to our Bridal Hospitality Suites to get ready for the big day in privacy.

The Perfect Wedding & Reception Has to Involve the Wilshire Grand

Cut the stress out of wedding planning by booking with the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We have been voted as one of the best wedding reception halls in NJ for a reason: we provide you and your guests with the very best.


2017 Wedding Trends to Consider

2017 Wedding Trends

Wedding trends can be difficult to sift through. There are so many styles and options for your big day; how do you decide which ones best fit you, your partner, and your style?

The answer: let your eye and your gut lead you in the right direction. Choose the trends that speak to you.

With this in mind, here are some 2017 wedding trends to consider that are staying strong from years past, as well as some that are up-and-coming for 2017. (Fashion-forward brides, take note!)

Brand New Wedding Trends for 2017, Plus, the Tried-and-True

Vintage/Rustic Weddings

Vintage and rustic-style weddings have been on the bridal radar for a few years, and the trend isn’t going anywhere for 2017.

A vintage wedding might include accents from the past, such as vintage décor, or can mimic a favorite era, such as a 1950s sock hop or 1920s Jazz Age throwback. Rustic weddings bring to mind barn venues, lots of weathered wood and metals, and a distinct “in-the-country” vibe.

Paper (Beyond the Invites)

Paper will factor in a big way for wedding trends for 2017. Beyond stationery, look for it in décor (garlands, banners, and hanging paper accents) as well as floral arrangements.

Lots of Greenery

Instead of colorful bouquets and festoons of flowers, many brides are opting for a simpler, more toned-down array of greenery. Think ferns, eucalyptus, herbs, and other leafy greenery paired with white flowers.

For a venue that can accommodate whichever 2017 wedding trends your heart desires, New Jersey wedding venues are where you should look. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has both a beautiful ballroom as well as elegant outdoor space, not to mention a wedding concierge to help you plan. Your day will be stress-free when you enjoy our private bridal suite and reception area, too.

Count on wedding venues in NJ like The Wilshire Grand to make your day spectacular!


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.


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


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


Wedding Dress Shopping Tips from the Experts

3 Expert Wedding Dress Shopping tips for the perfect gown

Wedding Dress Shopping TipYour upcoming wedding can elicit both feelings of excitement and anxiety, especially when it comes to choosing your wedding dress. We have compiled some expert wedding dress shopping tips to ensure you get the right dress and enjoy the process of finding it.

1.    Go For a Dress That Fits You Now
Most brides to-be want to be at their best for their wedding day, with some incorporating more fitness into their routine to make that happen. It may be tempting to go for a smaller dress size with the hope of dropping some pounds to fit into the smaller size.  Lauren Green from  The Knot, points out that it is easier and more cost effective to scale down the size of a dress than it is to increase it.

2.    Bring a Maximum of Three People To Go Shopping
You may feel inclined to bring an entourage of all your girlfriends, your mom and your mother in-law to-be to help you choose your wedding dress. However, the more people you bring along, the more opinions you will receive, which will make it confusing to reach a final decision. Even the best of intentions can complicate things! Mara Urshel, the co-owner of Kleinfeld Bridals, during an interview with the “Real Simple” recommends that you bring no more than three people when shopping.

3.    Go For The Dress That Gives You The “Wow” Effect
As highlighted in the Bridal Guide, top among the common mistakes brides make when choosing their wedding gown is settling instead of following their heart. You have to look in the mirror and fall in love with what you see. If you do not like it in the shop, chances are, you will not love it walking down the aisle.

Your dream dress coupled up with a great wedding venue is exactly what you need for your perfect wedding experience. The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is highly recommended by NJ wedding planners as an ideal wedding venue. The hotel was a 2016 pick by The Knot for best wedding venues and Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2016.  Let our expert planners help you on the first steps of your new life together.  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ