The Wilshire is a glamorous hotel and banquet hall venue that is located in West Orange, New Jersey. This venue boasts stunning ballrooms, 89 guest suites, ceremony gardens, outdoor areas, and an onsite restaurant. With ample space, The Wilshire is an ideal spot for rehearsal dinners, after-parties, and more. Their staff goes above and beyond to ensure the comfort of their guests, offering things like complementary LED lighting and the option of open bars.
Facilities and Capacity
This hotel boasts a comprehensive selection of refined event spaces to accommodate a range of special wedding celebrations. From cocktail hours on romantically lit patios to receptions held under glittering chandeliers, The Wilshire has a place to suit every wedding function. Newly renovated ballrooms set the stage for both large, extravagant occasions and intimate affairs. Couples can choose between the Grand Ballroom, Tuscany Ballroom, or modern Loft at 350, all featuring dance floors and tasteful interior design and decor. The Wine Cellar, the Garden Room, and the Regency Room are additional options for distinguished wedding events, featuring both indoor and outdoor areas. The hotel’s various outdoor spaces showcase beautifully maintained gardens, waterfalls, and fireplaces. Luxurious get-ready suites, wheelchair-accessible facilities, and onsite parking areas are other notable features of this venue.
The team of professionals at The Wilshire strives to provide couples with an all-inclusive wedding destination. Guests can take advantage of a multitude of event resources like comprehensive catering options and services that see to essential wedding preparations. A wide selection of event rental items are available, ranging from rich furnishings and audiovisual equipment to luxe decor and a premier photo booth. The Wilshire staff also aims to take care of any matters involving each event’s setup and teardown. Couples booking at this venue are sure to find that almost every essential wedding day detail is tended to by the hotel’s experienced personnel.
Extensive catering services cover all necessary dining and drinking requirements. The Wilshire culinary team welcomes specific requests to tailor wedding menus to suit each couple. A variety of service formats are available, from buffet and serving stations to formal sit-down dinners. Some of the services included in their catering packages include:
Couples and their guests requiring overnight accommodation can choose one of The Wilshire’s 89 guest suites. Fully equipped with modern comforts and conveniences, each room boasts on-trend design and luxurious amenities. Accommodations include pet-friendly options so that no special guests are left out.
181 Reviews for The Wilshire
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Marissa Connelly · Married on 12/21/2019
You won't get any better than The Wilshire!
The Wilshire truly made our wedding day. If you are thinking about them for your own, stop reading this and book them now - you WILL NOT regret it! First, the staff are incredible. You and your partner will be supported from start to finish. We never felt so special as we did when we were being taken care of by their team. From the moment we emailed with John, the Catering Director, shortly after our engagement we knew we were in good hands. He answered all of our (many) questions promptly and positively, and helped steer us in the best direction regarding everything from the cocktail hour to the after-party. We know the venue hosts events all the time, but John makes you feel as if you are his only client and he's there just for you. Kirby, our maitre 'd was THE BEST. Upbeat, super friendly, and engaged in even the smallest details of our day. And Angela, our bridal attendant was awesome! So friendly and helpful - she just took excellent care of us. She even stood outside with me in the cold to get help us capture some winter wedding shots. The most important part was that the staff - from those mentioned above to the bartenders, waitstaff, and more - took care of all of our guests (not just the bride and groom) and made sure that everybody had what they needed. They chatted with our DJ when the music was too loud. They had my dad's drink waiting for him at the bar as soon as he started walking up, and no guest dealt with a line while waiting for their own. They never left plates uncovered when guests weren't at their seats for dinner. Everything, big and small, was covered by this exceptional, experienced team. Of course, we can't stop there. The venue is as amazing as the staff. The rooms are beautiful and you can adjust the lighting to be almost anything you need. There are lovely, private bridal salons for you and your crew to enjoy while getting ready that day and a lot of pretty, different spaces to capture photos in. Plus! It's connected to The Wilshire Hotel which was a huge bonus for us. We didn't want to deal with shuttles and sad hotel after-parties at the end of the night. We wanted our guests to feel like they could literally roll from one room to the other (all while staying inside in the cold of December) and it was super convenient for everyone, including us! Lastly, the food! Not only will you not go hungry at The Wilshire, but your guests will rave about the quality (and quantity!) of food for days. I'm still dreaming about the cocktail hour and dessert cordials.Sent on 12/26/2019
Our guests said it was the best wedding they've ever been to, and we know that's largely in part because of The Wilshire. We can't thank the staff here enough for all they did for us, and any couple would be lucky to have them host their wedding!
The Wilshire's reply:Hi Marissa, you are absolutely AMAZING and thank you so much for your INCREDIBLE review!!!!! We cannot tell you enough how much we appreciate it and what a PLEASURE it was working with you and making your wedding day incredible!!! John, Kirby and Angela are the BEST around and we are so happy you got to enjoy their special hospitality and superior professionalism! Our Chefs, Erick and Ana are overjoyed you enjoyed their home-cooking and we call can't thank you enough for your amazing feedback! We hope to see you soon and wish you only the BEST BEST BEST life has to offer together!!!
Danielle becker · Married on 11/23/2019
Wilshire Grand Wedding Venue
My husband and I knew from the moment we walked into the Wilshire that this was a place with class and elegance, which is what we were looking for in a wedding venue. It also had a hotel attached and space for an after-party, which were all great perks! We worked with Joe’l Falco throughout the entire planning process. In short, Joe’l was amazing. She never said no. She accommodated every request and truly helped our vision come to life. She was responsive, professional, and not to mention, a lot of fun!Sent on 02/23/2020
The wedding day was perfect. We began in the morning in the bridal suite on the lower level of the Wilshire. Having all the girls getting ready in the same room on site made the day seamless. We did not have to worry about transporting people or things from our getting ready location to the venue, because we were already there. The bridal attendant showed up with champagne, wine, and soft drinks. She organized the room with all of the things that the bridal party and I had brought with us.
My husband and I decided to do our first look and bridal party photos in the garden out back, and we were so glad we did! Not only did the photos come out amazing, but we also did not have to worry about transportation (once again) to another location for photos. It was convenient and gorgeous - just what we wanted. Additionally, we had our ceremony on site, which again only added to the convenience of everything The Wilshire had to offer. Our guests were also greeted with welcome drinks upon arrival, while waiting for the ceremony. To note, we did have an unforeseen event take place on our wedding day that caused the timeline to be altered. Both Joe’l & Junior went above and beyond to make everything seamless, not only for my husband & I, but also for the guests.
Cocktail hour was extraordinary. Everyone could not stop raving about how delicious the food was, and how much food there was! The room looked gorgeous and absolutely set the vibe for the party that was soon to come! We found that this cocktail hour absolutely stood out from others that we have experienced and really think it set The Wilshire apart.
Our reception was more than we could have asked for. The room looked stunning. I remember looking over to my husband as we saw our room completely decorated before all the guests came in and saying “This looks gorgeous, I can’t believe this is OUR wedding.” The bar was fully stocked, the staff was welcoming and professional, and they made our 250 guest wedding a night to remember. Joe’l and Junior absolutely ran the night seamlessly.
The venue took charge of everything that day and my husband and I did not have to worry about a thing. We would absolutely recommend the Wilshire!!
Alyssa Rillo · Married on 11/22/2019
Highly recommend !
Besides being an absolutely beautiful venue, the staff at the Wilshire is top notch. There was not enough the staff could do for us. Leading up to the wedding we worked with John who was very professional and fun! He never made me feel like I had to do something a certain way and that it was my vision and he would do anything he could to make that come to life. This included some special requests that resulted in him having to make a lot of phone calls but ultimately pulling through to have everything come together exactly the way we envisioned. The day of the wedding the staff was on their game and whenever my husband or I needed something they were there (a few times with what we wanted before we even asked!) I cannot say enough amazing things about this venue and staff and I would very highly recommend this venue to everyone !!Sent on 12/15/2019
The Wilshire's reply:Hi Alyssa,
Discounted Rehearsal Dinner @ our newly renovated restaurant!
Please mention this Weddingwire discount to your Sales Associate
Discounted in-house after parties @ our newly renovated restaurant! Please mention this offer to your Sales Associate!
The Wilshire is fantastic!
Lovely place to have a wedding or any other function for that matter!
Dear Concerned Couples! The Wiilshire Caterers -- and Wilshire Hotel -- located in West Orange, NJ, is an excellent facility for your Wedding Day Celebration! Visit their lovely website for immediate details! http://wilshirecaterers.com/ Most Sincerely, Flutist Michele, Bridal Music, Toms River, NJ