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20% Off Huppah Rentals at Huppahs.com When You Reserve in November

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Photo location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, Maryland

During November only, receive a 20% discount on all huppah rentals at Huppahs.com. Just reserve your huppah by November 30. Take advantage of the lull before the engagement season storm to lock in your huppah and enjoy this limited time discount.

With 20% off, you can rent a huppah for as low as $195 plus shipping or delivery.

Rentals are available nationwide. Choose from a variety of styles.

Check availability today at http://www.huppahs.com/rent-huppah-availability/.

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Behind the Scenes Wedding Prep at Oxon Hill Manor

Oxon Hill Manor garden gateToday I made a huppah pole delivery to Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The grounds and the building are so lovely, I thought you’d appreciate some behind-the-scenes pics.

These pics are from the early stages of the wedding prep. There are no people in the photos, because I didn’t want to interrupt anyone to ask their permission to take their photo, but as I took the photos, there was a lot going on.

Oxon Hill ManorOxon Hill dance floor
Oxon Hill dinner tables
pink cherry blossom branch centerpieces

The wedding coordinator was Pavaune Pearson of Invited Event Design and Production. I’ve worked with her a couple of times, and she’s the kind of wedding coordinator that’s great to work with – she’s very creative and asks great questions on behalf of her clients.

The blossoming branch centerpieces were especially elegant, with classic style vases that complemented the manor’s architecture and exhuberant blossoming branches. I’ve invited the florist to email me her contact info. If I get it, I’ll be sure to pass it on to you.

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Judaica Wedding Gifts at Israeli Accents in Rockville, Maryland

Yair Emanuel Judaica Rockville Maryland MD

A selection of items at the Israeli Accents Judaica shop in Rockville, Maryland. The pomegranate-motif trivet is in the middle of the top row.

A few days ago I walked into Israeli Accents, a Judaica shop in Rockville, Maryland, and walked out with more than I had planned. I saw a beautiful, deep- red pomegranate-motif trivet designed by Judaica artist Yail Emanuel, and bought two. If you’re looking for Judaica for a gift, Yair Emanuel’s wide range of Judaica and Jewish-themed items for the home are beautiful and widely-popular.

After buying the trivets I went online to find an image of the design, but could not find it online. Just another reason to stop in your local Judaica shop when looking for a gift for Passover or a wedding.

I’m going to give the trivets as gifts for the two fabulous women at whose homes I’ll be spending the upcoming Passover Seders. While driving home, I seriously considered keeping one of the trivets for myself, but I’ve found in my life that I’ve never done better holding on to something when I could give it away. Jean and Anita, if you read this, try and act surprised when I give you your hostess gift. Can’t wait to see you all!

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Wedding Table Design Fun

rent-wedding-linensRenting is a great strategy for planning green weddings…and purple weddings, pink and gold weddings, black and white weddings, and turquoise weddings.

Last Friday I got to do one of the things I love about event planning: visiting a rental showroom and seeing lots of great new table linens and tablescapes. I love playing with table settings more than trying on wedding dresses. For one thing, there are a lot more colors to play with.

For this occasion, the showroom was Select Event Rentals in Laurel, Maryland. I was there to rent linens.

We all know that renting is a great way to conserve resources over buying new items, buying disposables, or even buying materials to make new items. In addition to renting huppahs, we can rent tuxes, jewelry, table linens, and more. I REALLY love renting wedding linens, though, because it gives me an excuse to steal into rental showrooms and get a look at inspired new table settings, run my fingers through sample tablecloths, and fall in love with the newest selection of colors (this season’s hot colors at Select Rentals: plum, bright avocado, and deep platinum). You can’t rent everything, but for a little while you can pretend.

Tonight I found myself spending way too much time playing with Select Event Rental’s online Your Design Table feature, which lets you select different combinations of linens, china, stemware, and flatware. I hope you appreciate how hard it was for me to pull myself away from it to tell you about it. Enjoy!

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Kosher Cupcakes for a Stronger Community

Non-Profit Bakery in Gaithersburg, MD Provides Job Training for People with Disabilities
Kosher Bakery, MarylandOne of our blog themes is making wedding purchases that strengthen the community. Our local neighbors in and around Gaithersburg, Maryland now have the opportunity to support job training for members of the community who have developmental and other disabilities by buying their wedding cake, cupcakes, or other wedding delectables from Sunflower Bakery.

The non-profit bakery gives its participants on-the-job training to learn skills that they can use to obtain paid employment. Participants learn from a professional pastry chef and a team of skilled volunteers.

Sunflower Kosher BakerySunflower Bakery’s cupcakes, sheetcakes, whoopie pies, and other baked treats are bought by businesses, organizations, and individuals. The program was started in June 2008 and became an official non-profit bake shop in 2009.

The baked goods are kosher pareve and certified by the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington.

The pastry shop has a waiting list for participants, so your support can really help the bakery expand its funding. When you are thinking about spending your wedding money, consider this tasty way to build your community.

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Beyond Green Weddings: Green and Just Weddings

Jews United for Justice Celebration Buying GuideJews United for Justice (JUFJ) in Washington, DC held its annual award dinner last week, which makes this a good time to give a shout out for JUFJ’s event planning guide, Green & Just Celebrations. The guide goes beyond the basic buy-local green wedding tips. JUFJ helps you dig deep, so that your once-in-a-lifetime wedding purchases can be as green and just as you can make them. Among the topics covered are buying rings and negotiating the venue contract.

Most of the vendors in the buying guide are local to the Washington, DC area, but some are national organizations that you can find online. And the ideas work where ever in the world you raise your huppah.

By the way, at the award dinner, JUFJ honored four Washington, DC and Maryland area activists:

  • David Cohen, co-founder of the Advocacy Institute.
  • Carla Furstenberg Cohen, civil rights activist and founder of the independent Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose. Carla passed away a couple of weeks before the award ceremony.
  • Gustavo Torres, founder of CASA de Maryland.
  • Elissa Froman, legislative associate for the National Council of Jewish Women. As a student at The George Washington University founded the GW Jewish Progressive Political Association.

See our list of unique Jewish wedding vendors in the Washington, DC / Silver Spring area.

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