The wedding industry has redefined destination weddings over the past several years, as demand grows for unique and meaningful venues, and access to vital information and resources has expanded via Internet technology. Traveling to an exotic or remote locale is no longer unusual for any couple, and Jewish to-be-weds are enjoying the full scope of options without sacrificing the symbols and expressions of their faith.
The chuppah, a Jewish wedding canopy with four open sides and four poles, is a central part of a Jewish wedding. It represents the home you will make with your partner, and it is where you will say your vows and become a family. The chuppah can be handheld, with four people of your choosing holding each pole, or it can be freestanding.
To decorate your chuppah, be inspired by the rest of your wedding. You can create a seamless and coherent look by using the same colors as the rest of the décor and incorporating flowers that are in your bouquet, the centerpieces and the other decorations. The chuppah can also provide an opportunity to incorporate something sentimental into your wedding, like your grandfather’s tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) or a flower that is meaningful to you.
Here are 15 ideas for a floral chuppah that represents your style and wedding vision.
Colorful, sweet, and beautiful. This is how Sara and Mayan described their recent Jewish wedding… and after a look at their photos, we couldn’t agree more. Thank you to Kirsten Smith Photography for capturing every memorable moment!
After meeting and falling in love at work, they shared a wedding full of loveliness and warmth. READ MORE ......→
Having a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a rite of passage for Jewish adolescents all over the world as they move on to a new phase of adulthood. As sacred as these events are, they are also very exciting and fun, and should be marked with a special celebration that reflects your son or daughter. But before you can delve too far into the details, it’s important to first figure out what type of venue style you’re interested in and ultimately, where to host the reception.
Photo Credit (Clockwise): 404 NYC, Long Island Marriott, Temple Emanu-El of Closter, Pole Position Raceway, Chelsea Piers, Smooth Sailing Celebrations, Prince George Ballroom, Capitale
EM Productions is an exciting alternative to the traditional wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah video. Owner and head videographer, Kiersten, is a professional filmmaker. With as much interest in production style as the people she’s filming, Kiersten creates a story with every video.
“The world of bar and bat mitzvahs is constantly evolving,” shares Goldman. “Menus are an essential component to the event itself and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share our expertise with our fellow event professionals.” READ MORE ......→
Mazel Tov! You have a new son. There are so many emotions happening at the same time – and you have to also prepare for your son’s brit milah in 8 days. Among your main priorities are selecting the mohel (or mohelet) to officiate the ceremony and perform the brit milah, and deciding where to have it.
Many families choose to either have the bris at their home or in their temple’s event space. You can view possible Bris Venues Here. To help you determine whether to have the ceremony at home or in your synagogue, we asked Rabbi Nechemia Markovits, a mohel who has almost 3 decades of experience, to share some of his thoughts. Rabbi Markovits is an Orthodox rabbi who performs ritual circumcisions for Jews (and non-Jews) of all affiliations and backgrounds.
Mazelmoments: With so many new emotions, experiences and changes awaiting first-time parents, we’d like some of your expert recommendations regarding the bris. With little time to prepare for the bris following the birth of the son, your reservoir of expertise would be helpful and informative to first-time parents of sons. READ MORE ......→
One of the most fun parts of planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is picking a theme and incorporating the guest of honor’s favorite things into their special day. Bar Mitzvah boy Paul and his family took it a step further by hosting Paul’s reception at Yankee Stadium! From a pre-Bar Mitzvah photoshoot in the dugout and locker room, to a montage played on the jumbotron, this truly was an event of a lifetime planned by none other than Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime, Inc. Photos by Ray Karaman Photography.
Gift giving can be tough…especially for teenagers! So, how do you find a Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift that is sentimentally important, but still suitable for a young adolescent? Luckily for all of us, there are plenty of creative concepts that satisfy both of these needs.