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We've been recognized as one of Manhattan Bride's Best of 2013!

Manhattan Bride Best of 2013We’re very proud to announce that The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ has been selected as one of the bridal vendors to be named Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2013!

With this prestigious award, we have been acknowledged for our industry knowledge and dedication to the highest standards of service and quality. Listed as one of the “Best of 2013” wedding venues in New Jersey, we have been recognized in many ways.

  • Outstanding: in their knowledge of the field and in their professionalism.
  • Reputable: in that we have received only positive reviews and comments from their clients.
  • Reliable: in addition to being on time and on budget, they follow up with care and insight.

Make your dream wedding a reality and plan your special day at our elegant event venue in West Orange, NJ. Visit our website to learn more.



This last week I lost power like many in my area, at home and at work. Most of my staff is still without power at home, myself included. I have no spare rooms to offer my team as I normally might because we do not want to displace local folks with no power that are still staying with us. I’ve personally thrown away more than $500 worth of food that has spoiled at home and an estimated $2000 worth of food that has spoiled at the hotel. Along with my team, we have worked harder than ever to insure our guests comfort, safety, & satisfaction.

In spite of it all, I have experienced the most rewarding week in my entire career because I’ve seen complete strangers from out of town “step up” to the plate and offer the less fortunate help and assistance both financially and with the delivery of goods.

It started last week when a wedding party guest canceled his room at the last minute and he was surprised to find we were being flexible with our otherwise pretty demanding cancellation policy on weekends.

We’re a small, independent hotel and canceling rooms at the last minute hurts us since we usually don’t have an opportunity to rebook the room. When I explained we were not charging for the cancellation because we were delighted to have a room become available for a local family that’s been displaced due to “Sandy” he said he’d been watching the news and was a bit embarrassed that didn’t even think about the real impact. He then said, “Please charge me and allow me to pay for someone’s room from the area that really needs it.”

In the next 48 hours that happened three more times and may business partners insisted on doing so as well. I also decided to offer a free room for each that was paid for by gestures such as this and now, just a few days later, I am receiving things like gift cards for Starbucks, toiletries, non-perishable goods shipped to us for neighbors in need, and even donations of as much as $300 to apply to guestrooms for locally displaced guests by people that weren’t even guests. They had simply heard about or read our Facebook page of the activity and were drawn to help.

I remain no less than amazed at the resilience and empathy of our brothers and sisters nationwide to help take care of our own. I will continue to assist our displaced neighbors and friends. I won’t whine because I have no power at home yet. I will simply be grateful and feel blessed that I live in such a great country that when the rubber hits the road, we’re not republican, independents, or democrats. We’re Americans and we share the same desire to take care of each other & rebuild at times of crisis such as this.

Ed Reagoso, 
General Manager
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Star Ledger Article


The Wilshire Grand Hotel is Named One of Manhattan Bride's Best of 2012!

We’re happy to announce that The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ has just been selected as one of the bridal vendors to be named Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2012.

Bride with Groom looking onAs one of Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2012, our NJ hotel has been recognized for our superior standards of service, quality and reliability. It is an honor to receive this prestigious award and to be listed among Manhattan Bride's Best of 2012 for wedding venues in New Jersey.

As one of New Jersey’s premier banquet halls, we offer two elegant ballrooms and an outdoor garden area with a gazebo. From our magnificent Grand Ballroom to The Loft at 350, we ensure the perfect amount of space to fit your needs.

We happily welcome all couples to celebrate their big day at our event venue in NJ. Visit our Weddings & Events page on The Wilshire Grand Hotel website to learn more.


Couple gets their Dream Wedding at our Venue in NJ!

Wedding Reception in NJWhen Shea and Matthew set their date for August 27, 2011, they had no idea that their beach wedding in Asbury Park would be canceled.

When Tropical Storm Irene ripped through the Jersey Shore just one day before Shea and Matthew planned to say “I do,” the couple had to cancel their plans for their dream wedding of more than 100 guests and instead exchange vows at a rehearsal dinner surrounded by the few guests that were able to attend.

After appearing on Anderson Cooper’s talk show to tell their story and warn future brides about the importance of having wedding insurance, Shea and Matthew Bailey were surprised with a second chance at their wedding at our venue in NJ!

Eager to help out the couple, we invited them and more than 150 friends and family for a complete wedding redo at our venue in West Orange, NJ, giving the Baileys an opportunity to celebrate their wedding surrounded by everyone who was supposed to be there the first time.

When the day finally arrived, the Baileys had their dream wedding at our venue with clear skies over head and have described the experience as “awesome” and the NJ reception “perfect” even if it was a year late.

The couple's story recently aired on News 12 NJ.

It was a pleasure to be a part of Shea and Matthews’ wedding and we wish them all the best from everyone here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ!


The Wilshire Grand Hotel Surprises Couple With a Wedding Reception in New Jersey!

WeddingWhen a devastating hurricane ripped through Asbury Park, it shut down the beach where Matt and Shea were supposed to get married. Thinking their dreams of the perfect wedding were ruined, the couple appeared on Anderson Cooper’s talk show, Anderson, to warn future brides about the importance of being prepared.

What they didn’t know…

Anderson Cooper was about to surprise them with a dream wedding re-do, which included spending their first year Anniversary renewing their vows in St. Lucia, a five night luxury stay in the Caribbean and a special vow renewal ceremony on the beach for just the two of them by Sandals Resort.

But the surprises didn't end there...

Knowing the importance of having family present, we happily invited the couple and all two hundred of their wedding guests to The Wilshire Grand Hotel for a complete wedding reception experience at our event venue in West Orange, NJ, which included:

  • Cocktail hour
  • Three course dinner
  • Open bar
  • Floral arrangements
  • A Band of their Choice
  • 10 rooms for the bridal party
  • Honeymoon Suite for the Newly Weds

Adding one last surprise to their day, Mustafa Alexander agreed to play the steel drums, an extra detail that the bride had always wanted at her wedding.

We feel honored to be a part of Matt and Shea's wedding celebration and from all of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we wish a lifetime of happiness to them both.


Turn your Dream Wedding into a Reality at Our Elegant Venue in New Jersey


Make The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ the setting for your special day. Plan your wedding at our venues in New Jersey and enjoy an evening filled with sophistication and luxury. Our exquisite ballroom and banquet halls offer the ideal setting for your memorable occasion. With personal attention to every detail, our catering and event specialists will help turn your dream wedding into an astounding reality.

Our wedding and event venues at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ include:

Regency Room:
Accommodating up to 100-275 guests, our stunning Regency Room includes crystal chandeliers, sophisticated wall covering and accent carpeting.

  • Banquet Style Event holds 200 guests, maximum.
  • Cocktail Reception holds 275 guests, maximum.
  • Theater Style, 300 guests
  • Conference seating, 120 guests
  • U shape, 100 guests
  • 3,000 square feet
  • Ceiling height: 13-feet

Grand Ballroom:
Ideal for many memorable occasions including your wedding ceremony, birthday party or reception, this magnificent venue is the pride of The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

  • Banquet Style Events hold 450 people, maximum.
  • Social Events with Dance Floor; hold 400 people, maximum.
  • Cocktail Receptions hold 525 people, maximum.
  • 5,600 square feet
  • Room dimensions:100-feet x 66 feet (IRR)
  • Ceiling Height: 14-feet

Visit the Weddings & Events page on The Wilshire Grand Hotel website for more information or visit our Banquets & Meeting Space page to view our other available event venues.


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