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NJ Wedding Venues on a Budget - The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ

NJ Wedding Venues on a BudgetSearching for NJ Wedding Venues on a Budget - Look No Further Than The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ

What can a bride and groom expect when making the decision to book their wedding with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ? Timeless elegance, world class service and limitless ballroom space to host the wedding of your dreams. If you've been searching for NJ wedding venues on a budget, we challenge you to look no further than The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ. Our wedding venue in West Orange New Jersey offers everything you will need for a truly one-of-a-kind celebration.

No matter the season, we are fully equipped to handle all wedding celebrations. With over 20,000 square feet of breathtaking ballroom space, as well as outdoor space, we are fully capable to hosting your special wedding day any day of the year.

Along with our top of the line venues in New Jersey, we also offer on-site catering at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Our catering team is dedicated to serving you and your guests. Every wedding package at the Wilshire Grand Hotel is tailor-made to accommodate your party’s specific taste, whether traditional, vegetarian, Indian or Kosher.

Our Wedding packages include:

  • Over 20,000 square feet of breathtaking ballroom space and outdoor space
  • 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

We understand how frustrating and difficult it can be searching for NJ wedding venues on a budget. Our event specialists in New Jersey want to help make the process a little bit easier for you. We invite you to take a tour of our elegant event space in Essex County NJ and experience an up close and personal view of our affordable New Jersey wedding venues today.

Party Venues in Essex County NJ - 'Tis the Season!

Choose One of Our Party Venues in Essex County NJ for your Next Gathering.

'Tis the season! It's the perfect time to get a jump start on your holiday party planning. If you have been on the hunt for the perfect party venues in Essex County NJ, we welcome you to take a closer look at our holiday venues in New Jersey.

We understand how stressful planning a holiday party can be, from sending out the invites to the post-party clean up. We're here to help make your holiday party planning a lot less stressful and a lot more fun. Let our event specialists at the Wilshire Grand Hotel help make your corporate holiday party or family holiday gathering the best one yet. We're sharing our favorite tips and tricks below to ensure your party is one your guests will be raving about well into the new year.

Our holiday party planning tips include:
1.) Pick a theme first. Asking your employees for input or asking for a vote on a few ideas will help everyone feel involved while also taking some pressure off of you, as well.
2.) Don't forget the entertainment! Options may include live entertainment, a photo booth or organizing a potluck or planning activities that will help break the ice.

From intimate gatherings to lavish affairs, the Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ, located in West Orange, is an ideal option for your next special event. We offer more than 20,000 square feet of space, stylish meeting rooms and premium services such as award-winning catering and audio-visual support available. Visit our website to learn more about our affordable party venues in New Jersey and begin the first steps in the party planning process today. We recommend submitting a proposal to our specialists, outlining your needs and requirements for the day so we can make sure your event is everything you hoped for and more.

Looking for additional holiday party planning tips for 2018? Visit our website to learn more!

Four Fantastic Reasons to See a Show at Paper Mill Playhouse This Season

The new season of productions is underway, making now the best time to plan a trip to Paper Mill Playhouse.

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No matter what’s on stage at Paper Mill Playhouse, you’re in for a good time. The bright lights of Broadway shine on this haven for the performing arts in NJ, with many shows premiering here before moving to NYC. Recently, The Wilshire Grand spotlighted the opening production for the 2018-2019 Season at Paper Mill Playhouse NJ. Yet even after the final bows are taken for The Color Purple, there are still four more reasons to visit the official “State Theater of New Jersey”!

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn | November 21-December 30, 2018

Unlike previous Paper Mill productions that were Broadway-bound, this festive feature is fresh from NYC! Featuring over twenty recognizable Berlin tunes, including the classic “White Christmas”, even the biggest Scrooge will find it hard to bah humbug this production!

My Very Own British Invasion| January 31-March 3, 2019

A world-premiere production including over two dozen hits from the top British bands of The Sixties, this tale of young love will transport the entire audience to the time of Flower Power and the Age of Aquarius!

Benny & Joon | April 4-May 5, 2019

This new musical adaptation of the eponymous 1993 film is a celebration of love that will captivate the crowd with its sights set on The Great White Way!

Disney's Beauty and the Beast | May 29-June 30, 2019

The tale may be as old as time, but this production will enchant the whole family and provides the season with the perfect fairy-tale ending!


If you plan to see a show at Paper Mill Playhouse, check out The Wilshire Grand NJ special offers to book a stay highlighted by luxurious comfort. Only a short drive away, we will ensure that when the curtain falls on your night, it will be one worthy of a standing ovation!

Have a Swinging Good Time with The United States Army Veteran Band at SOPAC!

Get ready to “swing” and salute some of our country’s finest as they perform at the nearby South Orange Performing Arts Center.

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Oh, say can you see

Looking for the perfect night out on the town that not only supports a great cause but honors the service of the brave men and women of our country’s Armed Forces? Well then, get ready to swing by the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, November 6 for a trip back in time. Presented in conjunction with the Seton Hall University Arts Council as part of their “Jazz ‘n the Hall Series”, the United States Army Veteran Band at SOPAC promises to be a salute to service with music from the most influential genre in our country’s history – JAZZ!

It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing!

The Seton Hall University Arts Council’s mission is to support the integral role of the arts in higher education. Their dedication to preserving musical education provides our local community with many amazing events at SOPAC, including the Jazz ‘n the Hall Series of which this concert is a part of. Enjoying a night of music performed by the United States Army Veteran Band is the perfect way for long-standing SOPAC patrons and newcomers alike to kick off the new year of events at this beloved local venue.

We hope that you will swing on by and visit us at The Wilshire Grand after the show!

If you plan on visiting SOPAC now or in the future, make your night even more special by booking a room with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ. A perfect home-away-from-home for the SOPAC 2018 season, located only a short distance away, the comfort and convenience of our accommodations will provide you a relaxing place to refresh and fully enjoy your salute to the arts!

Enter At Your Own Risk: The Best Haunted Houses in NJ

Halloween fun in NJ isn’t just about the candy anymore, with festive tricks and treats being found all over the state!


“Oh, the weather outside is frightful!” This may be the opening to a beloved Christmas carol, yet in October, it still rings true.  Now, the fright has nothing to do with snow, and everything to do with the best of Halloween fun in NJ. There are many types of attractions for the whole family to enjoy, such as pumpkin picking, hayrides and corn mazes. For those who want a little more scare with their seasonal NJ Halloween fun, The Wilshire Grand NJ suggests visiting these three local haunted houses:

Bane | Livingston, NJ

If you were making a list entitled “Best Haunted Houses NJ”, this would be on top. Bane, already considered the scariest and most interactive haunted attraction in the Garden State is expanding this year from 17,000 square feet of live action fright to a spine-tingling 40,000 of pure terror! No visit is the same, but be warned – this is not for the faint of heart.

The 13th Hour Haunted House | Wharton, NJ

The escape rooms may be open all-year-round, but this attraction truly shines once Halloween is upon us. Two Floors of Fear is not only the name of their main haunted house but is the perfect description of this innovative attraction.

Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farms| Hillsdale, NJ

A newcomer to the scene, the family-fun at Demarest Farm takes a frightful twist. Not as heart-stopping as the others on our list – take a spooky hayride or venture through their own version of haunted houses NJ.

After actively seeking out the scariest spots to celebrate Halloween in NJ, you will need a perfectly normal and relaxing haven to return to. Luckily, The Wilshire Grand is not only normal, but luxurious, comfortable, and zombie-free. Keep your brain safe, but use it to book a room today!