19 posts categorized "Weddings"

09/09/2014

Impress your Guests with these Winter Wedding Theme Ideas!

Planning a winter wedding? These winter wedding themes are sure to impress.

Winter Wedding Themes

Although many brides-to-be may overlook the winter months for their big day, we love a winter wedding and we’re here to give you inspiration for your special day. Check out these unique winter wedding themes and plan an event that will impress your guests.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite winter wedding ideas:

New Year’s Eve: Ring in the New Year with friends and family at your New Year’s Eve wedding celebration. For wedding favor inspiration, consider sparklers. If looking for the perfect wedding color combo for a New Year’s wedding, how about sticking with the classic colors of New Year’s such as gold, white and silver yet adding in one pop of color such as blue, which will really make a statement on a cake or centerpiece. 

White Wedding Theme: Deck the halls with dazzling white, ivory and creams for an elegant and classic effect. Let your bridesmaids shine in all white with winter white posies in their bouquets. For your reception, make a statement with candle centerpieces, white tablecloths and lights strung around the entire room.

A Ski Lodge Theme: Think an old ski lodge, with a twist. Consider warm colors such as red and orange to add a cozy effect, wooden chairs and tables and candles for a centerpiece.

For more inspiration, click here.

If you are planning your winter wedding in NJ and looking for venues, come take a tour of our venues at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We would be happy to host the winter wedding of your dreams.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

06/17/2014

Fall Wedding Inspiration – Planning an Autumn Wedding on a Budget!

Enjoy our guide to planning an autumn wedding on a budget!

Planning an Autumn Wedding on a Budget

If you’re planning a fall wedding and looking for the best ways to save money, you’ve come to the right place. At the Wilshire Grand Hotel, we understand how essential it is for our brides and grooms to stay on budget while planning the wedding of their dreams. With help from sites such as Celebrations.com and TheKnot.com, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to save money on your wedding. We hope you’ll enjoy our wedding planning guide for “Planning an Autumn Wedding on a Budget!”

Easy Wheat Grass Centerpieces: We all know that centerpieces can get expensive. When planning an autumn wedding on a budget, there is a way to create that “wow factor” without spending a lot of money. According to Celebrations.com, adding wheat grass to your décor is a nice way to bring a natural element to your event. Click here to learn more about the DIY fall centerpiece.

Dried Leaf Escort Cards: Featured on Once Wed, dried leaves are a beautiful, simple and inexpensive way to create escort cards for your wedding. Celebrations.com suggests that you write each guest and their table number on a leaf with a calligraphy pen to beautifully display your cards for your guests.

Caramel Apples for Favors: TheKnot.com featured caramel apples as one of their 10 Fall Wedding Favor Ideas. If you have the time, you can make and package them yourself and tie them with a ribbon to match your fall wedding colors.

Sunflower Seeds for Favors: Another wedding favor idea from TheKnot.com is sunflower seeds. Display the packets individually or along fresh sunflowers in a vase. Sunflower seeds are ideal for a rustic fall wedding.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to planning an autumn wedding on a budget. If you are in our NJ area and searching for elegant event venues for your fall wedding, we invite you to take a tour of our wedding and event venues at the Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

04/22/2014

Check out the Hottest Summer Wedding Trends!

The Hottest Summer Wedding Trends

Planning a summer wedding and looking for the hottest summer wedding trends? According to Marthastewartweddings.com, think bold & bright!  Don’t be afraid to embrace vibrant colors. Here are a few of the hottest summer wedding trends for your big day:

Marigold and Pewter: Combine yellow and gray and surprise your guests with a gorgeous color combo.

Think Great Gatsby. According to the Huffington Post, brides are falling in love with the elegance of the Roaring Twenties. Picture white-gloved waiters, crystal candlesticks and gold-rimmed china. Don’t forget the big band!

Spice up your event a little by adding some heat to the menu. It has been noted that guests reach first for the spicy things on the menu.

Remember, flavor is driven by season. When choosing your cake, think lemon flavor for the summertime.

According to TheKnot.com, one of the top wedding themes is rustic and natural with sophisticated, glam accents. Imagine a barnyard wedding with a hanging chandelier. This rustic glam theme is certainly one of the hottest summer wedding trends and can be shown by having branchy and green centerpieces with lush flowers and a pop of sparkle. Learn more here.

Unplugged weddings: While we all love social media, many brides are against it for their wedding. One of the upcoming trends for a wedding is an unplugged wedding where the bride and groom ask guests to refrain from taking photos or videos and just concentrate of having fun. It’s a nice touch to ensure everyone is living in the moment!

What are the hottest summer wedding trends that you’ve noticed? Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

03/04/2014

We’ve been selected as a 2014 New Jersey Bride Love It award winner!

New Jersey Bride

We are very happy to announce that The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ has recently been selected as a 2014 New Jersey Bride Love It award winner! We are so very honored to receive this accolade from New Jersey Bride, New Jersey’s premier bridal magazine.

The New Jersey Bride Love It Awards for 2014 feature companies in the bridal industry that New Jersey Bride finds instrumental in planning the perfect wedding. Our NJ hotel wedding and event venue has been featured as one of the best wedding hotel venues in NJ! Visit the New Jersey Bride website to learn more about the 2014 Love it Awards.

If you are searching for the top wedding venues in the Northern New Jersey area, we welcome you to contact one of our staff members to plan your tour of our hotel today. More information regarding our elegant ballrooms and intimate venues are available on our website.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

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

01/14/2014

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

10/15/2013

Essential Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding!

Essential Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding
Planning a wedding in the winter can be breathtaking. Picture it. The fresh, white snowflakes, the ice sculptures, deep hues and lavish designs. When executed correctly, a winter wedding reception can be jaw dropping. If newly engaged, there are essential tips to keep in mind for planning a winter wedding. We’ve compiled a list in this week’s blog post. Get inspired, have fun and enjoy the winter wedding of your dreams.

The Winter Wedding Color Scheme Do’s and Dont's: Consider more subtle color combos such as silver and white for a glamour affect or deep purple and blues for a more elegant approach. A white velvet runner and clear umbrellas for your ceremony may create the ambience you are hoping to achieve. Just try not to overdue it with reds and greens and always keep in mind that, sometimes, less is more.

Creative Cake Ideas for a Winter Wedding: More often that not, the wedding cake is a primary focal point at every reception. One essential tip for planning a winter wedding would be to ensure that you are consistent with your color scheme throughout your entire wedding day. When it comes to your wedding cake design, sparkling bare branches, frozen crystalline droplets and frosted pinecones or snowflakes could be the perfect wedding cake toppers. Consider tinting your fondant to reflect snow in the winter sun.

Winter Wedding Favors: If looking for something sweet, guests will adore snowflake-shaped favor boxes filled with your favorite candies or snowflake cake pops in your wedding combo. Also, consider specially made Christmas ornaments with your names and wedding date for each of your guests to cherish and admire every Christmas. Do you have a favorite holiday recipe or hot beverage? Attach a recipe to a mason jar with the ingredients filled inside. Hot cocoa with marshmallows looks pretty delicious inside of a mason jar and it will warm your guests up once they get home.

Winter Wedding Centerpiece Ideas: If looking for that wow-factor, consider accent lighting at each table, tree branches decorated with hanging lights or a lavish twig and flower design. For a more subtle approach, consider white flowers with silver Christmas ornaments for an unexpected combo or spray painted snow cones inside of a glass jar with surrounding candles.

Winter Wedding Bridal Bouquets and Flowers: Roses and amaryllis blossoms are always a huge success at winter weddings. Consider Hypericum berries, as well. Beautifully decorated wreaths are also a big hit during the winter months and white carnations will be a beautiful addition to any winter wonderland scene.

We hope you enjoyed reading our essential tips for planning a winter wedding. If you are in the NJ area, we welcome you to visit our ballrooms and wedding venues at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We may just be the perfect fit for the night!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

07/03/2013

Our Favorite Wedding Color Trends for 2014!

Wedding Color Trends for 2014Planning a wedding in the warm, sunny months of summer? Or maybe you’re celebrating on a nice, crisp fall evening. Has spring always been your favorite season? Or have you been dreaming of a romantic, cold night in winter. Don’t worry. We’ve covered every season. Check out this week’s blog post, “Our Favorite Wedding Color Trends for 2014!” Sit back, read our blog and get inspired, wedding planners! Now’s the perfect time to begin planning your dream wedding.

Winter: Here’s your something blue! Our favorite wedding color trend for your 2014 winter wedding is royal blue and white. We think this wedding color combo is perfect for any winter wonderland wedding. The possibilities are endless with these two shades. Dance away the winter blues surrounded by eye-popping blue lighting and illuminated candles that will really add to your romantic winter wedding celebration.

Spring: Our favorite wedding color trend for 2014 is eggplant purple mixed with light blush tones. The drastic contrast between these wedding color trends for 2014 can really be a wow factor, especially in the bouquets. Have fun mixing the dark purples and light shades of pink together to make memorable floral arrangements that are guaranteed to pop in every picture!

Summer: Getting married next summer? Think bright and bold for your wedding color combos. Bright yellow and cabaret pink make any décor stand out, in a good way. Celebrate the day surrounded by bright yellow flowers, fresh lemon centerpieces and those oh-so-subtle pops of bright pink. This wedding color trend for 2014 is perfect for an outdoor wedding in NJ or wherever you may choose to celebrate your big day. If you aren’t in love with the bold statement that these two colors can make, we also adore the light pink and gray combo. This vintage look can be adorable for any setting and it’s very romantic, too!

Fall: What comes to mind when thinking of fall? For us, we think fallen leaves and rustic colors such as burnt orange, cool reds and warm yellows. We are in love with this wedding color trend for 2014, especially for the fall. Throw in a few hints of green in your bouquet and you can make a unique floral arrangement for your wedding that just screams, “fall wedding.”

What are your predictions for the top wedding color trends for 2014? If planning your wedding near us in NJ, we hope you’ll stop by our elegant wedding and event venue and explore the options we have available in West Orange, NJ. Happy planning and best wishes!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

05/28/2013

Top Tips for Planning your Summer Wedding!

Summer Wedding Tips : Wilshire GrandHave you always dreamed of a romantic wedding in the summer? Check out our top tips for planning the summer wedding of your dreams.

When it comes to the best summer wedding décor, the possibilities are endless. For the summer season, one of our top tips for planning your summer wedding is to use bright colors whenever possible! Incorporate in-season fruits and vegetables as a part of your summer wedding centerpieces or flower arrangements. Think bright and vibrant yellow, orange and green fruit combos to really make a statement.

When planning your wedding date, make sure to check the calendar. Booking a wedding in the summer can be challenging with many U.S federal holidays. Make sure you plan a date that will be convenient and cost-effective for all of your guests, especially those traveling long-distance who will worry about airfare costs. Another important thing to keep in mind is parking. If you are planning a beach wedding on a popular holiday weekend, check to make sure that the roads will not be blocked off for parades and that parking near the venue will be convenient and abundant.

During the summer months, having an outdoor wedding can be tempting. Although we all hope for sunshine and clear skies, sometimes Mother Nature has a different plan. Even if your 10-day forecast shows sunshine and little chance of precipitation, always have a few tents set up. Even if it’s a beautiful day, the elderly guests will appreciate the shade and it’s a good way to keep the food covered from the beaming rays!

Another top tip for planning your summer wedding: Dress to impress! For a summer wedding, finding the right fabric and length for you and your wedding party are crucial. Keep in mind that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. Think lightweight fabrics that will allow your bridal party the chance to breathe. It is key if you want everyone happy and smiling! Tea-length dresses are always a great option, as well as linen or cotton material for the men.

Good luck and happy wedding planning! After you’ve set a summer date, you’ll want to begin searching for the perfect wedding venue. If you’re planning to celebrate in NJ, we invite you to visit our website and book one of our elegant event venues in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

04/02/2013

Spring Wedding Trends for 2013!

Are you planning on getting married this spring? Check out the top spring wedding trends for 2013!

Spring Wedding Trends 2013Let’s start with the wedding color scheme. It looks like 2013 is all about the neutral color palettes: shades of grey, blush and taupe. It gives a vintage feel to any wedding and makes our list as one of the top spring wedding trends for 2013.

For décor, candles, chandeliers and garlands, oh my! These small touches are having a big presence at weddings. Creative wedding ideas range from garlands with ribbon to garlands hung from chandeliers. Our Regency Room at The Wilshire Grand Hotel sparkles with crystal chandeliers and luxurious décor.

Did you know that the peony is the most-requested wedding flower for the second year in a row? The romantic flower is the perfect touch to any spring wedding in NJ and beyond.

Planning your wedding should be a piece of cake with these cake styles for 2013:

  • Clean and modern with a bow, flower or monogram.
  • Eye-popping color and designs on every layer.
  • Cakes that mimic the bride’s wedding-dress and detail.

What are your favorite spring wedding trends for 2013? Did they make our list? We hope you’ve been inspired with this week’s blog post. If planning your wedding in NJ, our catering and event specialist can handle every detail of your special day with genuine care and personal detail. Visit our website today and create your dream wedding at our venue in NJ.

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel

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