3 Steps To The Perfect Signature Cocktails & Mocktails

Signature cocktails and mocktails are the perfect compliment to any event. They can be served before an outdoor wedding ceremony to cool off guests, as a cocktail hour addition, or even a sweetened liquid dessert. Not only does it give guests something a little more interesting to choose from than champagne or Pepsi, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to add more creativity to your menu!

So, where to start?

Your Signature Drink Style Guide

Something Blue Wedding Cocktails | Signature DrinksPhoto: Something Blue Cocktails

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Custom Invitations for your Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Introduction to Custom Invitations

By Madison Berndt, Zuri Concepts

Vintage Wedding Invitations - Custom Designed

An invitation sets the stage for your event as it provides your guest a glimpse of what to expect. In addition to the specific details related to your affair, a well-designed invitation gives you the opportunity to showcase the theme and sets the tone for the event, be it casual or formal black tie. READ MORE ......

15 Ideas for a Fabulous Floral Chuppah – Wedding Canopy

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.

15 Ideas for a Fabulous Floral Chuppah (Wedding Canopy / Arch)

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7 Ideas for Bar & Bat Mitzvah Venues

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.

7 Ideas for Your Bar & Bat Mitzvah Venues - Party Places

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

7 Types of Party Places

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EM Productions Brings Flair to Event Videography!

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.

Wedding & Mitzvah Videographer PA, NJ

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Mazelmoments.com Selected for 2015 NACE Experience

Media Contact: Meghan Ely
OFD Consulting LLC

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. – Cigall Goldman and Sheryl Daboosh, founders of online Jewish event resource Mazelmoments.com have been selected to speak at the National Association for Catering and Events Experience! Conference and Expo in Scottsdale, Arizona, on catering trends in bar and bat mitzvahs.

NACE Experience 2015

“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 ......

Your Son’s Bris – at Home or in the Synagogue?

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.

Baby Bris Venues, Places NYC - Advice from a Mohel

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 ......

5 Tips To Hire The Best Videographer

Get Amazing Video Memories from your Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Party

If you’ve ever planned, or are currently planning an event, you’ll know there are so many moving pieces that all fit together to make your event as amazing as possible. One of those very important pieces is videography. A videographer will capture the event in real time so that you can re-live your special day over and over again! We sat down with Seth Elgart from Professional Video LLC to get some tips from a pro on how to hire the best videographer for your next event! Seth has been doing his job for over a decade and has some excellent insight for us!

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Tip #1 – This may seem obvious, but make sure the company you hire has an expertise in video! Experience and focus on filming and production will let you know that quality will be at the forefront.

Tip #2 – Do your homework! Just like when choosing any of your other vendors, do some research and find out the history of the companies you’re interested in. Knowing how long they’ve been around, what kind of events they primarily work on, and being able to see examples of their work will be super helpful in picking the right one for you. READ MORE ......

Mazelmoments Featured in Jewish Style Celebration Magazine NJ NY

We are extremely proud to share our contributions as featured writers in the latest issue of Jewish Style Celebration Magazine NJ NY! It is a special opportunity for Mazelmoments.com to reach out to new people with exciting ideas for Jewish events.  Check out our articles on techonology trends, ideas for a fashion theme, and an intro to our new Mitzvah Planning Toolkit, available now!

Check out the full feature here:

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Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah Dates to Avoid 2015-2020

Just got engaged over the holidays?  One of the first decisions you will have to make is when you want to get married. Not just spring, summer fall or winter – but actual dates!  If you’re planning a bar/bat mitzvah, that decision is narrowed down based on the Jewish calendar and your child’s birthday. But either way, the final date for the party is usually up to you. Caterers and venues will offer deals based not only on time of year (winter is typically the least expensive), but dates as well.  Before you sign on the dotted line, we’ve put together a list of religious and secular dates that you may want to avoid booking.

Mazelmoments Major Jewish Holidays Calendar includes dates to avoid for 5 years

Jewish Holidays - Wedding, Bat & Bar Mitzvah Dates to Avoid View Print Version of Holiday Calendar

Major Religious Jewish Holidays

No matter what religion you are, you’ll also want to be sensitive to the religious observances of your guests. Even if they are able to attend, they might be fasting, eating a restricted diet, or have other limitations that will prevent them from fully enjoying your wedding. Celebration of the Jewish holidays begins at sundown on the day before the first full holiday date and ends at nightfall of the last day.  You’ll also want to find out sunset times for the start and end of Shabbat. READ MORE ......