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 ......

Hebrew Name Jewelry – Great Gift Idea for Bat Mitzvah or Birthday

Written by Alissa Haroush of Alef Bet Jewelry by Paula

What’s in a name?  Such an easy title, such a complex idea!

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We all need to be called something, we all have a name. When my son says to me, “that boy with long hair,” I always answer back, “that kid’s mom didn’t name him the boy with the long hair.” We all have a name. So, where do they come from? Sure, we can choose a name off the top 100 baby name list, but that isn’t all that is involved when you give someone an identity. History and thought goes into that name as well. READ MORE ......

10 Ideas for a Beach Theme Mitzvah, Wedding or Party

Whether you’re a jet-setting couple or a beach-loving teen, we are absolutely loving the idea of a beach theme for your wedding, bat/bar mitzvah, Sweet 16 or party. You can showcase this theme in the hot summer months or in the winter – when if our feet can’t be in the sand, our heads and hearts certainly are! Using summertime decorations like sand, beach balls, starfish, and sea shells are all fun – not to mention inexpensive – ways to incorporate this theme. The traditional nautical color scheme of white and navy is popular, while including a bright pop of color such as coral or turquoise can really make your decor stand out.

Here are 10 ideas we’re loving for your beach theme!

1. Waterfront Venues

Waterside Restaurant & Catering NJ | Beach Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah & Party Theme IdeasPhoto: Waterside Restaurant & Catering

Your venue will dictate much of your event’s vibe, and a lake or river-view is a great option.  Abigail Kirsch at Pier Sixty & The Lighthouse and Chelsea Piers NYC in Manhattan both have stunning views of the Hudson River via floor to ceiling windows. READ MORE ......

White Winter Wonderland Wedding by Ruby J Events

Thanks to Joanna Greenfield of Ruby J Events for sharing another spectacular wedding venue transformation (view another example here).

Oftentimes the venue is booked way before there is a clear vision of the setting, decor or theme for the wedding or bar/bat mitzvah. Joanna Greenfield shared some of the key steps that Ruby J Events took to transform an urban hotel into the bride and groom’s Winter Wonderland.  Witness this amazing transformation, and be sure to check out the video at the end!

White Winter Wonderland Wedding by Ruby J Events - Savoy Hotel, London

According to Joanna, “the month of December is always a magical time of year. The air is crisp, the streets are lined with holiday lights, and the shops are filled with gifts for our loved ones. So when we have the opportunity to create a Winter Wonderland inspired wedding, we are fully on board!” READ MORE ......

Elegant and Upscale Basketball Bar Mitzvah NYC

Modern Bar Mitzvah Centerpieces, White Orchids & Calla LiliesZack celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in a modern, basketball-themed party that was as light-hearted as it was elegant. This New York celebration was a full weekend event, complete with a Kiddush, ceremony, and evening affair, and Chad David Kraus Photography captured every memory for us! READ MORE ......

9 Purim Gift Basket (Mishloach Manot) Ideas

Purim Creative Ideas for Purim Baskets, Mishloach ManotPurim is approaching!  That means fun, costumes, celebration, and Purim Baskets!

We’re excited to share creative ideas to make your Purim Basket, or Mishloach Manot, extra special and memorable.

 

9 Unique Purim Basket Ideas

Purim baskets typically contain cookies, candies, masks, and noisemakers, and come in a bag or box.  Lots of people get creative with these items, but it’s not as common to skip the bag or box in favor of more unique packaging.

1. Edible Packaging

Kit Kat Cake

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For smaller Mishloach Manot, why not make a Kit Kat Basket!

2. Recycle Old T-Shirts READ MORE ......

Hot Pink Karate Bat Mitzvah in New York City

A black belt in karate who also loves glitter and pink? Maddy is one of the coolest Bat Mitzvah girls we’ve encountered!

Karate Theme Bat Mitzvah in New York City

Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime planned the unique affair, READ MORE ......

A Charitable Wedding & Mitzvah Venue in NYC

New York City has an eclectic and varied number of event spaces for Jewish weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, parties and corporate events. Our modern city is home to the hottest trend-setting architecture and fashion, so we were delighted to discover The Prince George Ballroom. Located in the FlatIron District in Manhattan and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Prince George Ballroom is a feast for the eyes with its Beaux Arts style and Neo-Renaissance flourishes. In the spirit of tzedakah (charity), 100% of its net revenue is used for NYC outreach programs to help the homeless and other vulnerable New Yorkers.

THE GALLERY

Prince George Ballroom - Historic Wedding & Event Venue NYCWedding or mitzvah guests enter into a modern space named World Monuments Fund Gallery. READ MORE ......