Wednesday, May 13, 2020

What You Need to Know When Planning a Jewish Wedding

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Planning a Jewish wedding is a task of epic proportions; designing the perfect flower arrangements, personalizing the chuppah and ketubah, tracking down the perfect venue and devising an irresistible wedding menu that adheres with your and your guests’ kosher requirements all compete for number one spot on your list of priorities. 

While you have likely been told many times already to simply relax and enjoy your engagement, staying cool, calm and collected as the wedding day draws closer is much easier said than done. Planning the day of your dreams, and truly encapsulating the essence of what a wedding day means to you and your partner, means a great deal of time, commitment and, at times, stress.

With that in mind, planning your wedding should still allow you to enjoy the months, weeks, and days leading up to the day itself, which is why we’ve put together a list of the most important things to consider as you move forward with plans. Read more below. 

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Create Your Vision

Stunning and unforgettable weddings are born from strong visions. Before you jump into making any concrete plans, sit down together and discuss your hopes and dreams for the big day. 

There are many ways for you to fuse tradition with your own individuality. Discuss unique and modern bouquet arrangements with your florist, or work together as a couple to put your own spin on the chuppah, and create a canopy from flowers, lights, organza or a tallit that holds significance for the bride or groom’s family. Similarly, design your own ketubah that will forever encapsulate your uniqueness as a family. 

Similarly, when it comes to planning the reception, consider ways of blending your tastes together to create a true celebration of the new family you are creating. The decor, drinks, menu, rabbi to officiate the wedding, music and entertainment all represent opportunities to let your creativity and love come to the forefront and to leave an impression on your friends and family that will last a lifetime. 


Find the Right Location 

With the seeds of your ideas in place, the first thing that you will need to consider is where you want it to take place. More often than not, couples will choose to hold the ceremony in their synagogue, but this is not a hard and fast rule — just remember to speak to your Rabbi before you put down a deposit on an alternative location. 

Finding a suitable reception venue can be a little more time consuming if you and your guests observe strict kosher practices, so ensure that you set aside plenty of time to search for the perfect space. If you are struggling to find a wedding venue that is suitable for you, look at Wedding Suppliers and see what options are available for you. 

Confirm the Date 

As soon as you have found the right venue, you should secure it by confirming the date with the management team. You will not be able to book any of your wedding suppliers, such as your florist and catering team before the date has been confirmed, so ensure that this is your top priority. 

As soon as your date has been confirmed, you will also be able to create your wedding stationery to send to your guests, which will help to make sure that they are available for your day. Issue your Save the Dates at the earliest opportunity, and wait to send out your invitations until you have fine-tuned the specifics for the day. 

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Set a Budget 

Weddings are inherently expensive, and they can have a habit of running away from us if we do not keep a firm grip on the financial aspects. At every stage in the planning process, it is important to stop and take stock of your spendings, and what you have left to acquire. 

Compromising on a few costs here and there may seem like a chore, but it is preferable to spending the big day worrying over money. A budget will help to stop you from overspending and not having enough to get everything that you are looking for. 

Make Time for the Traditions

As with any important life event, Jewish weddings are steeped in traditions that will mean a great deal to you, your families and your friends. You will have heard it plenty of times during your engagement, but wedding days are invariably fast-paced, and special moments have a habit of flying by all too quickly.

Sit down with your families ahead of the wedding, and create a thorough plan for the day; it will be a wonderful bonding moment for your loved ones and give you all a chance at sharing in the excitement before you become a family. 

Plan the Menu

Very little draws families closer together than a grand wedding —or a wonderful meal. Your reception will be the perfect time for your guests to mingle and share in the excitement of your marriage and what better way to keep spirits high than to fill the tables with a veritable feast. 

The catering company you choose will depend on the extent to which you and your guests observe kosher practices. Kosher catering companies are adept at devising unique and mouth-watering menus while observing strict practices; conversely, kosher-style catering can give you a little more freedom with what is on offer.


Keep This Information in Mind 

Ultimately, there is a great long list of things that you will need to consider when you are planning your wedding, from the costs to the decorations and food, and plenty more besides. 

Jewish weddings have a habit of pushing brides and grooms to the very limit in terms of creativity and forward planning, but the results are invariably worth the effort you put in. Ensure that your unique personalities are always held at the forefront of your plans, and that you are creating an occasion that truly celebrates the beginning of your new life as a family. 

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