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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 ......→
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 ......→
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!
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!
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 ......→
Zack 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 ......→
Purim 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.
Klipped Kippahs, the creators of the Kippahs with built-in Klips, have revolutionized the Kippah (or yarlmulke) buying experience once again. KippahShopTM is the first, full visual online Kippah Designer in the world. KippahShopTM allows anyone to fully customize any kind of kippah to meet their own unique taste.
Choose from dozens of fabrics and color swatches and see a photo-realistic image of what your yarmulke will look like right away. Customize the trimming, lining color or even the stitch colors and see your design in real time. READ MORE ......→