What is Klezmer? It’s gaining a lot of popularity, but what do we really know about klezmer? Alicia Svigals, a renowned klezmer fiddler, sets straight some of the misconceptions of klezmer music and talks about its growth in popularity – even beyond the Jewish population!
Alicia on Misconceptions about klezmer: “It is not all fast ‘hora’ music; klezmer has the full range of moods, modes and tempos, from solemn ceremonial melodies, to elegant cocktail hour background music, all the way up to the crazy fast stuff.”
“Klezmer is a cousin of “Hebrew” music, aka “simkhe (simcha) dancing music” – the music popular at orthodox and modern orthodox events – but it is not the same. We do mix that repertoire in whenever we have a crowd that will enjoy it though. But klezmer is essentially non-religious, instrumental party music and you don’t have to be religious for it to be on your playlist!” READ MORE ......→
Pools are a great place to get a break from the summer heat. Most of us don’t think of a swimming pool as a prop, but if you are hosting a summer wedding, bat/bar mitzvah or reception by the pool, you might want to think outside the box. Now that the warm weather is here in full force, outdoor entertaining is at a high point and you want to make the most of your space. There are all kinds of creative things you can do with this large piece of backyard real estate. READ MORE ......→
Bat Mitzvah girl Amanda recently celebrated with a perfectly pink affair that came to life thanks to Balloon Artistry. Check out how she turned her favorite color into the most special day of her life!
When a bride describes her wedding as quirky and intimate, you know you’re in for a treat! Planned and designed by Florie Huppert Design, this Jewish temple wedding was unique in every way. Every detail of the creative event was green, recyclable or reusable, and custom made! Photography by Steven Stauffer Photography.
Debi and Jason met in college, but it wasn’t until a few years later when they were in Israel together that they decided to spend forever with one another! READ MORE ......→
Capitale is one our favorite venues in New York City. The historic building is the setting of choice for couples looking for luxury, elegance and sheer grandeur. We sat down with Farrah Ferenzo, the Event Manager, to discuss the details of her own wedding to (now husband) Jeff at Capitale last year and see how she transformed her work location into the breathtaking wedding of her dreams! Photography by Anthony Vazquez Photography.
Isabella’s passion is dancing, so Live, Love, Dance was the perfect theme for her Bat Mitzvah. Held at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, this party creatively reflected Isabella’s love for dance – but she also included a lot of love.
With the help of the wonderful organization, Remember Us, Isabella was able to share her Bat Mitzvah with a child killed in the Holocaust. READ MORE ......→
Sunset beaches and swaying palm trees are absolutely picturesque sights. Add a pretty white gown and flower-topped chuppah, and the picture becomes a dreamlike reality for Laura and Uk. Photos by Gideon Photography.
When it comes to weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, or any special event, it’s the details that really set it apart. One of the details that may not get as much attention is the escort cards or place cards. Escort cards let guests know which table they’re seated at; Place cards are on the table, letting guests know where to sit. Many times these cards are available for free from the venue. But with just a bit of thought and creativity, the escort card display or place cards can be another detail that wows your guests! Here are some of our favorite ideas.
7 Creative Ideas for Your Place Cards & Escort Cards for your Wedding, Bat/Bar Mitzvah or Party
1. Escort Card Tree
This fresh escort tree made by Michael Zac Design Group was fantastic. The cards were engraved with the couple’s initials. The guest’s names were hand calligraphed in gold ink and each person walked away with a pink orchid…beautiful, romantic and memorable. READ MORE ......→
Two years after graduating from the University of Rhode Island together, Johanna and Bryan re-connected in New York. Recently, they married in a romantically whimsical Jewish interfaith ceremony at The Sands at Atlantic Beach, a beautiful beachfront property in Long Island, NY. Photography by: Ron Soliman Photojournalism