When it comes to planning a kosher wedding, couples may have varying preferences when it comes to how strictly they want to incorporate Jewish tradition into their special day. For example, while a number of couples may require their wedding hall to be strictly, 100-percent kosher, others may prefer venues where they can bring in meals from outside caterers to accommodate kosher guests.
5 Types of Places To Host Your Kosher Wedding
Photo: Capitale NYC
So before you can make a real decision about which type of kosher venue you are looking for, it’s important to really understand what you can expect with each:
1. Kosher Only Catering Halls & Ballrooms
As the name implies, a kosher-only wedding venue is where Jewish traditions are upheld in their entirety. If you decide that this is the route that you and your fiancé would prefer to take for your big day, you can consider a synagogue or temple ballroom – which is a popular choice in the New York Tri-State area. Find one that you love but are not a member of that particular congregation? Not a problem; many temples will allow for non-congregants to rent out the space, so you shouldn’t have to worry.
Just make sure that you are choosing a temple that best fits your spirituality; if you consider yourselves conservative, try a place like Congregation B’nai Tikvah in New Jersey. If you are reform, take a look at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Westchester or any number of our featured synagogues / temple ballrooms here.
Photo: Palisadium NJ
2. In-House Kosher-Available Venues
The first of two types of kosher-available locations is one that provides kosher menus using an in-house or exclusive caterer. If this is something that you are interested in, consider checking out the Palisadium, a venue in New Jersey that overlooks the water, or The Edison Ballroom located in Times Square, the heart of New York City or the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
3. Off-Premise Kosher-Available Venues
The second type of kosher-available venue is one which allows you to bring in kosher catering. While there are times that you will have to choose from an approved list of caterers, if you decide on a venue with a bit more leniency, you can find a number of fantastic kosher caterers on our website. For a list of venues like this, check out our website and take a look at a few of our favorites, such as Capitale, a New York City landmark building, the Trump National Golf Club Westchester or the Bill Millers Castle in Connecticut.
4. Venues That Allow Catered Kosher Meals
Another option, to accommodate a small number of kosher guests, is to bring in individual kosher meals for these guests using a local or venue-approved kosher caterer.
5. Sites Offering Kosher-Style Menus
A number of venues can actually offer kosher-style menu items. A kosher style menu is typically not kosher, meaning the kitchen and/or ingredients may not abide by kosher law. However it does honor the Jewish tradition of not eating certain types of food such as shellfish or pork, and meat and dairy are not served together.
A kosher-style venue will be able to offer up different options and adapt to your preferences, so don’t worry about being limited to just a few dishes. For a more extensive list of kosher-style venues, see them here.
For a visual infographic, check out our Guide to Planning a Kosher Wedding
Regardless of which side of the spectrum you and your fiancé fall on, our intuitive filtering makes it easy to narrow the list of venues down to those that make the most sense for you and the kosher wedding that you prefer. Mazelmoments can help you choose the perfect venue for your kosher wedding.