Trend Alert: Geofilters for Snapchat | Bar & Bat Mitzvah & Wedding Ideas

You may have heard of the popular app Snapchat. It seems like everyone, young and old, is using it these days to share photos and videos in real time. The popularity of the app has grown recently because it makes sending photos to all of your friends possible in just a few taps. It’s a great way to show what you’re doing, who you’re with, and how much fun you are having.

SnapChat GeoFilters for Weddings, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs from MySnapFIlter

Geofilters From MySnapFilter

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New Bridal Gowns & Mitzvah Mom Dresses by Jasmine Bridal

We’re still glowing from the glamour and excitement of New York’s Fashion Week. One of the collections that had our hearts fluttering was from Jasmine Bridal, a multi-label design house with nine luxury brands. The stylish collection includes bridal dresses, wedding gowns, dresses for mother of the brides, mitzvah moms and bridesmaids, and even teen dresses for a bat mitzvah or prom.  Here are some of the standouts – enjoy!

Bridal Gowns

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‘I Love Lucy’ Bat Mitzvah in NYC

A Bat Mitzvah girl with vintage taste is the perfect excuse for a throwback party theme.

NYC "I Love Lucy" Heart Theme Bat Mitzvah PartyThis ‘I Love Lucy’ reception was a classic example of such an affair!  Lucy’s mom is super star event planner Robin Lathrop of BYROBIN. Robin also did the décor and worked right up until the party’s start! READ MORE ......

Timing is Everything: When To Hire a Rabbi For Your Wedding

This article was written by Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Once the initial cries of “Mazal Tov!” and “Congratulations!” have quieted down, the newly engaged couple has a long list of calls to make to settle the many moving pieces of planning a wedding.  These include a caterer, a photographer, a band, an invitation specialist, a florist, a dressmaker – just to name a few. Oh, and a rabbi.

Jewish Wedding Planning - Finding a Rabbi Advice

Rabbi Dini with Bride & Groom

Photo courtesy of Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Choosing the right place for the wedding, and deciding on food, music, clothes and pictures are crucial tasks, for sure, and exciting ones too.  Another exciting decision involves finding an officiant to set the spiritual and emotional tone of the moment when two people become bound to one another in love and faith.  This is the turning point that launches the couple into a lifetime of sacred partnership, and hopefully sustains them throughout their lives together. It is a point in time that they return to in their hearts and souls over and over again.

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6 Chuppah Design Ideas – Traditional, Modern & Unique Huppahs

 

Cherry Blossom Chuppah

Cherry Blossom Chuppah via You & Your Wedding

Maybe it’s because I come from such a large family, but we have a lot of wedding photos that include our chuppah! The family portraits, wedding party, and of course the entire wedding ceremony! Having a chuppah (a.k.a. huppah, chuppa or Jewish wedding arch) that we absolutely love made the pictures even more special. As an added bonus, our  florist used the flowers from our chuppah to decorate the bride & groom table at the reception. This had the dual benefit of lowering our costs and adding consistency to our wedding decor.

The Chuppah is a traditional Jewish wedding canopy the couple stands under during the wedding ceremony. Huppah is Hebrew for covering, and that’s exactly what it is! The huppah can be a tallis held up by four poles, an extravagant display of flowers and branches, or anything in between. It symbolizes the new home the couple will share, open on all sides showing that guests are always welcome.

Because of its physical and symbolic beauty, many couples of all different cultures and religions choose to incorporate the chuppah into their wedding ceremony.

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Interactive Entertainment Ideas & Games

Top Interactive Games, High Tech Activities, and Virtual Reality

Who can resist playing a game that is beautifully lit up in neon colors – or doing something they’ve never done before, like skydiving or playing in a rock band? The entertainment options at bar & bat mitzvahs and teen parties are getting bigger (literally!) and better every day. It’s no surprise that, in addition to DJs and bands, more and more families are including interactive games and entertainment during their cocktail hours and receptions – all updated with the newest technology and trends. Guests young and old are loving it!

We’re excited to share the newest and hottest interactive entertainment and games!

LED Ping Pong Games | Mitzvah Party EntertainmentLED Ping Pong available from Interactive Entertainment Group.

This is an excerpt from the Mitzvah & Party Trend Report.  Download the full eBook for free – Mitzvah & Party Trend Report

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Ceremony Lighting Ideas for Your Jewish Wedding

By Audrey Isaac, 100Candles.com

So, you’re planning a wedding – Mazel Tov! While much of the focus is on the food, the décor, and the entertainment at the reception, the ceremony is at the heart of a beautiful wedding day so be sure to plan accordingly.

Candles

Candles are, of course, important for your ceremony as they’ll be incorporated into the procession. Dress your aisle up with a simple runner lined with lanterns filled with candles to give a welcoming glow. If there are steps at the end of the aisle, placing clusters of candles within vessels on each step can add a beautiful touch.

Ceremony Lighting Ideas for Your Jewish Wedding

Photo Credit: Eco-Beautiful Weddings

Some couples also have the honorees that walk them down the aisle carry candles to symbolize a joyful life. Be sure to have enough taper candles for each escort and perhaps a couple extra – just in case.

A unity candle can also be a touching addition to the ceremony, especially if it is an interfaith celebration. With one main pillar candle in the middle of the table, the newlyweds join together to light the unity candle with their individual tapers as a recognition of their newly joined lives. READ MORE ......