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March 2013

5 Quick Tips for Planning your Wedding on a Budget!

Now that wedding season is fast approaching, we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blog to “Planning your Wedding on a Budget.” Did you know that determining your wedding budget should be at the very, very top of your wedding to-do list? Our wedding planners here in West Orange, NJ know how tempting it can be to start thinking about color schemes, bridal gowns and flowers, but before you start picking out your centerpieces it’s important to get a clear budget, especially if others are paying for the wedding.

Remember: Your dream wedding doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Here are 5 quick tips for planning your wedding on a budget:

1.) Choose your wedding date wisely: Did you know that the date and time of your wedding have a tremendous impact on how much things will cost? It’s no surprise that the most expensive months are in the summer. Opting for a winter or spring wedding can save you money. Another alternative is choosing to celebrate on a Friday or Sunday, as Saturday nights usually have the most expensive rates.

2. ) Make your Guest List then Check it Twice: Although your initial thought may be to have a grand wedding and invite everyone, try to reach a nice compromise of who should really be there to celebrate your big day.

3.) Serve a Signature Drink: When planning your wedding on a budget, don’t forget about the alcohol. Having an open bar may be a non-negotiable for a bride and groom but it can be expensive! How about serving a signature drink? It’s unique and it can be cost-effective.

4.) Cost-Effective Wedding Invitations: Wedding invitations can still look pretty without costing a fortune. Take the time to browse the Internet and Pinterest for inexpensive or do-it-yourself wedding invitations.

5.) Make sure you choose flowers that are in season!

Now that you’ve seen our list, take a second and think: Do you really need the ice sculpture? As a bride-to-be, it’s very easy to get carried away and veer off course when ideas of ice sculptures and photo booths start popping into your head. Take a deep breath and make a list of what’s most important for you and your fiancé.

If celebrating your wedding in NJ, take a moment to visit our Weddings & Events page on our website. Our wedding experts would be more than happy to help make your dream wedding a reality at our venue in West Orange, NJ!

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Upcoming Spring Concerts at the Prudential Center!

Some of the biggest names in music are coming to Newark! If planning to attend one of the upcoming spring concerts at the Prudential Center, we invite you to plan your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, located just minutes from the arena.

The upcoming concerts at the Prudential Center include:

Taylor Swift with special guest Ed Sheeran on March 27, 28 and 29, 2013. Part of The Red Tour, Taylor Swift will be making a stop at the Prudential Center for a three-day musical event that fans won’t want to miss.

Alicia Keys with special guest Miguel on April 8, 2013. As part of the Set the World on Fire Tour, Alicia Keys takes the stage at the Prudential Center this April in support of her new Girl of Fire album.

Fleetwood Mac on April 24, 2013. The multi Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will begin their tour after a three-year break. Don’t miss them at the Prudential Center this April.

Rihanna “Diamonds World Tour” on April 28, 2013. Due to high demand, Rihanna will be making an additional stop at the Prudential Center at the end of April, part of the Rihanna Diamonds World Tour.

To learn about these upcoming spring concerts, visit the Prudential Center website. For an ideal location to the arena, plan your stay with us in West Orange, NJ. Visit our website to learn more about our rates and availability.

All Aboard the Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ!

Celebrate Easter and the return of spring with a scenic train ride onboard the Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ! For a convenient travel to the Easter event, plan your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ.

The Easter Bunny Express departs the Whippany Railway Museum site in Morris County, NJ on Saturday, March 23, 2013, Sunday, March 24, 2013 and Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 1:00pm, 2,00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

All trains run rain, snow or shine!

Sit back and enjoy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the Easter Bunny and train crew stop and hand out holiday treats for the kids! During the 45-minute ride, enjoy the scenic views and sites along the Morristown & Erie Railway’s historic Whippanong Trail!

Make your Easter getaway in NJ extra special by purchasing limited tickets for a ride onboard the elegantly restored 1927-era ‘Jersey Coast.’

To learn more about the Easter Bunny Express in NJ, visit the Whippany Railway Museum website.

Let us Host your Cultural Wedding at our Venue in NJ!

On your special day, it’s important that your wedding is not only a proud celebration of your heritage but a cherished memory for all. Let our wedding specialist at The Wilshire Grand Hotel help guide you through every step to make your dream wedding a reality.

When planning a Cultural Wedding, our special events team can transform our venue space in NJ to reflect the unique details of your traditions and rituals. From our exquisite ballrooms to our special hotel packages, let us help create the perfect cultural wedding right here at our venue in West Orange, NJ.

We proudly offer:

  • Special packages for kosher & Indian weddings
  • Dedicated staff for cultural or religious ceremonies
  • Breathtaking ballroom space and outdoor space
  • Elegant accommodations for overnight stays
  • Full Service Kosher Caterer under Orthodox Rabbinical supervision

Click here for our Kosher Wedding Packages our venue in NJ.

Click here for our Traditional Wedding Packages at our NJ wedding venue.

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel we embrace the diversity and heritages of our wedding couples and guests. Let us help create your dream wedding with our limitless venue space and seasonal courtyard. Visit our Cultural Weddings page on our website to learn more about our venue in NJ.