As I write this, most of the northeastern U.S. is stuck at home because of a January icepocalypse. Which makes this the perfect time to start musing about warm summer weddings. Some of our favorite summer backyard wedding pins:
One of my favorite Huppahs.com stories is about the couple who rented one of our huppahs for a wedding in their tiny apartment. They raised the huppah on the balcony and threw the reception inside. Slate’s latest party planning video, How to Entertain with Very Little Space or Cash, reminded me of that story. You might want to plan a wedding with a few more frills than the party in Slate’s video, but if you’re ready to get married, and you’re working with a small apartment and a small amount of cash, this quick video can show you how to make the party happen. And we’ve got your huppah.
[Image: Screenshot of Slate.com]
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7. Free printable charity favor cards (Huppahs.com)
And if you’re thinking about making your own huppah, take a look at Sew Jewish, a collection of 18 Jewish sewing patterns and projects. It comes out soon…and includes instructions for sewing a huppah canopy! Get details at SewJewish.com…
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We’re still officially in draft mode, so the first person to spot any spelling mistake on this new cover for the Sew Jewish book gets a free copy. But we think we have a final version here, and we’re kind of excited. The design shows off six of the 18 projects in the book: a kippah (yarmulke), tallit with tallit bag, a matzah cover for Passover, a sweet little decorative Shalom pillow, and a wedding chuppah. The Sew Jewish book comes out in digital form in October at Amazon.com (Kindle) and the SewJewishShop.com (PDF). The blockbuster movie can’t be too far behind.
The subtitle sums it up: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home.
As a thank you to all the early supporters of Sew Jewish, we’re offering newsletter subscribers a discount of 18% –one percent for every project in the book– and…
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At Huppahs.com we specialize in traditional hand-held wedding huppahs. Occasionally get questions about stands for turning our hand-held huppahs into huppahs that stand on their own. We thought we’d show you a DIY version of stands we’ve used in the past for local huppah rentals. Because they’re made from concrete, they’re not something that we can ship. But if you’re interested in making stands that work with our huppahs, this video shows you how to make stands that have worked well for us.
We made this video in cooperation with our sister site, SewJewish.com.
In this video you’ll learn:
* The types of containers that work best as stands.
* What the ideal mix of concrete and water looks like for making strong concrete.
* How to put it all together and get a good snug fit between your poles and the stands.
Update: You can now find the finished video here: http://wp.me/p1dXhN-24P
We’re working on a video to show you how to make DIY huppah pole stands — in connection with our sister site, SewJewish.com, and commercial sculptor Bill Bywater. We get lots of email requests for advice on making stands for huppah poles, and these are a version of the style we’ve used with local huppah rentals at Huppahs.com. We’re working to get the video up next week, but here’s an outtake. If you’d like to get an email when we post the video, we invite you to subscribe to the blog (there’s a sign-up box near the top of the column at the right).
Update: You can now find the finished video here: http://wp.me/p1dXhN-24P
We’re excited to welcome Tori to the Huppahs.com team. Tori comes to us with lots of experience in online retail, customer service, and being pretty cool. At Huppahs.com, she’s going to be handling huppah rental reservations and answering your questions. She’s lives in California, which makes us officially bi-coastal. Welcome, Tori!
Here’s a cocktail to take us through the second half of this summer wedding season – or for winter weddings in warm locales! Hat tips to Elisa Bosley of Cooking Light 2007 for developing it and Fawn Thomas of the Destination Wedding Store for finding it.
Originally posted on Destination Wedding Store:
Cool tropical libation inspired by, a popular cocktail served at the Fish Trap Restaurant in Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes, crushed
- 3 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate
- 2 tablespoons coconut rum (such as Malibu)
- Lime wedge (optional)
- Place ice, concentrate, and rum in a blender; blend until slushy. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired
Elisa Bosley Cooking Light 2007
Over the past year, we’ve seen a real increase in the number of clients who ask us to ship their huppahs to restaurants. Restaurant weddings are a great idea because they simplify planning, and our hand-held huppahs work great for restaurant weddings because you can easily move them into the room for the ceremony and then out of the way for the party. And the appeal of restaurants goes beyond simplified planning: Matthew Yglesias at Vox explains why restaurants have an incentive to provide you with a wedding that’s cost effective, whether your budget is big or small:
Restaurants are great integrated service providers — a location, food, beverages, staff, and decor all in one nice package. And the great thing about restaurants is that people eat in them all the time.
Of course the restaurant wants to pluck your wallet for as much cash as possible. But they’d also like you to come back for dinner. And they’d like your friends to come back for dinner. Compared to most weddings, it’s a much more natural, normal business arrangement in which the incentives are aligned correctly. Money is made by providing good service at a reasonable cost. And the great thing about restaurants is that they exist at all kinds of different price points. Set your budget. Find a place you like that fits it.
1. What do the Jewish bride and groom wear?
2. Recipe: Roasted Rosemary Potatoes with Garlic for 50 (Parve)
3. How tall should the huppah (chuppah) poles be?
4. Vintage Wedding Punch Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)
5. Groom’s Mom Creates Beautiful Wedding Chuppah from Vintage Tablecloth
6. How Big of a Wedding Cake Do I Need?
7. 7 Tips for Designing Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget
8. Our 100 Favorite Backyard Wedding Themes
9. Can a Backyard Wedding Be Glamorous? Hang a Crystal Chandelier in the Tree and You’re on Your Way…
10. The New King of Spain Is Going to Show Us All How to Throw a Frugal Reception
When Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe ascends to the throne tonight at midnight, the celebration is going to be low key and low cost. With Spain’s unemployment rate now at 26 percent, the current king taking heat over an expensive safari vacation, and public calls to abolish the monarchy altogether because of the cost, Felipe and his wife, Letizia, apparently decided that this season frugal=smart.
There will be no lavish parade, no fireworks, and no state dinner. The AP reports:
By royal standards, it’s humble: reception guests will be served hot and cold tapas-style nibbles, which they will eat while standing. There will be no champagne, just sparkling cava wine from Spain’s Catalonia region.
This could be the beginning of a tasty tapas reception trend. Everyone keep an eye out for the menu. If we find it, maybe we’ll try a kosher-fied version, like we did with Will and Kate‘s wedding morning reception.
And as a wedding planning blog, we still want to bring you the video of Felipe and Letizia’s 2004 wedding. Enjoy:
(Photo: Princess Letizia and Prince Felipe in 2003 by 20 Minutos newspaper via Wikimedia Commons | Video: Royal Wedding, Madrid 2004. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain. May 22, La Almudena, via YouTube)
Maria shared this post from our sister site, Sew Jewish.
Originally posted on Sew Jewish:
Find yourself looking at any wedding registries lately? How about using that registry as inspiration for a unique, handmade wedding gift: a challah cover that coordinates with the couple’s china pattern? The cover can become a highlight of the couple’s Shabbat and holiday table decor, covering the two loaves of challah bread, for years.
Start with the china pattern and consider the couple’s personalities to choose the cover fabric, lining, and trim. We’ve put together written instructions as well as a video tutorial that shows you how much to buy and how to put it all together.
Because we like online shopping even when we’re not actually buying anything, we had some fun putting together a few examples to get your creative imagination flowing:
We found the velvet and toile fabrics at Fabric.com and the…
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When Erika and Adam married earlier this month in romantic San Juan Capistrano, they wed under a chuppah canopy that holds deep family meaning. Adam’s mother, Marla, created the canopy from an heirloom tablecloth that belonged to Adam’s grandmother. It was a way to include the groom’s paternal grandparents, who are both deceased, in the wedding. “She was a very special person in our family,” Marla explains, “and loved Adam very much.”
To turn the tablecloth into a chuppah, Marla attached ties that were tied to huppah poles from Huppahs.com. “The cloth was of fine linen and leaf appliqués, approximately 110″ in length,” Marla explains, “It wavered ever so beautifully in the breeze and added a serenity and magic to the ceremony.” Marla turned to florist Lynne Lucente to create the final touch of flowers and greenery.
Erika and Adam’s outdoor ceremony was held at San Juan Capistrano’s The Villa. The groomsmen served as huppah bearers. “Having Adam’s groomsmen carry in the chuppah at the beginning of the ceremony was dramatic and completely sweet!”
Thank you, Marla, for sharing the story and photos of this beautiful chuppah!
Fans of the award-winning PBS documentary The Gefilte Fish Chronicles will be glad to hear it’s being turned into a musical, currently in development and playing in theaters around New York and New Jersey. The play tells the story of the colorful Dubroff family who immigrated from Russia. The Dubroffs are about family, and the musical plays out around the planned wedding of one daughter, Basha. There’s a huppah!
I got to watch a bare-bone but heart-warming version of the production last weekend in Newburgh, New York, where Dubroffs often gathered for Passover Seders and where the story takes place (and which happens to be one of the towns where I grew up). The theater, Just Off Broadway, sits just down the road from the one-time location of the Dubroff family’s pocketbook factory.
Will the show make it to Broadway? I hope so. To see where it plays next, check their website (For those of you reading this at work, I’ll note that music from the show launches automatically when you visit the site. And for those of you in the mood for a rousing show tune, I assure you that music from the show launches right away when you visit the site. Heck, if you’re really in the mood for show tunes, here’s a link right to the musical’s audio page. Enjoy!)
The show was written by Matty Selman and Iris Burnett, a member of the extended Dubroff clan. Music and lyrics are by Matty Selman.
(Image: Publicity image from Gefilte Fish Chronicles: The Musical)
Grace Kelly Finally Ties the Knot! British Pathé, which maintains about seventy years worth of historic news reel archives, released 85,000 videos this week. We searched “weddings” and dove right in. Some of our favorites:
Grace Kelly’s Royal Wedding (1956)
Royal Wedding (1947). Then Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Phillip.
A Jewish wedding from the 1920s. We don’t see any of the chuppah ceremony, but we do get a bit of the bride’s reception, hakhnassat kallah, before the ceremony, beginning at the 6:36 mark. There’s a lot of coming and going into and out of cars and a bit of spontaneous Charleston dancing while waiting to get into cars. More dancing at 9:06. Overall, looks like a fun crowd.
Kelly Faircloth over at Jezebel, who got married a month ago, recommends limiting the number of options you consider when making wedding planning decisions:
…Do not let yourself get bogged down in any single decision. I spent weeks scouring New York City for wedding shoes and a hair comb. My mistake was ever considering more than five options in the first place.
(Video: Bridesmaids trailer via YouTube)
My sister-in-law asked me to help her find a dress to wear to a wedding — something sweet, stylish, and great for a casual backyard wedding. I told her about eShakti, an online shop where I’ve been looking for an excuse to place an order for myself, and I thought I’d tell you about it, too.
All eShakti’s clothes are customizable, and they offer a line of wedding and event dresses — so their dresses make great options if you’re planning a wedding and searching for dresses for a bevy of bridesmaids. Now that is sweet. Find them here.
Every year we watch fashion week with an eye to seeing which dresses would make great statement pieces for fashion forward brides. This year, one thing we learned about Fall 2014 fashions is that the options will not involve a lot of white. We even waited for Milan Fashion Week before posting this year’s report, hoping for more white dresses to showcase. Not so much — but the wait did yield some fun leather options from Gucci. So we title this year’s fashion week edition “Imagine It in White” and invite you to picture the black and colorful dresses in a more demure hue — although I would love an excuse to wear the Carolina Herrera or Zac Posen gowns in those very orange-y oranges.
Cake and mason jars — two wedding staples that come together to create a lot of fun. You can find recipes for different flavors of jar cupcakes around, but Sarah Jill offers one of the most colorful and simple versions. Six-ounce mason jars would yield a nice serving size for a backyard wedding. Thanks, Sarah Jill!
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- one box of ready-to-bake cake mix (or your own cupcake mix)
- a few old jars
- a variety of food colouring
- squirty cream
- rainbow sprinkles
preheat oven to 350 degrees. thoroughly wash and dry the inside of each jar. spray the inside of each jar thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray. set aside.
scoop about 1/2 cups of cake batter into five small bowls. it doesn’t have to be perfect, don’t panic if you get a little more of less of one color than another. tint each bowl of cake batter with the food colouring until very vibrant.
spoon about 3 tablespoons of the purple batter into the bottom of each jar. spoon equal amounts of turquoise batter, then green, yellow, and pink. place the jars in a shallow baking dish, add about 1/4inch in water in the baking dish. place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
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