This new shipment of silk is going to become an exciting new offering at Huppahs.com

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September 2, 2016 · 1:01 pm

Drop Veils – A Classic Is New Again

Sew JewishThe drop veil. A classic. Expresses many moods, depending on the length. Pair it with a tiara or a garland of wildflowers. Or wear it on its own. It’s easy to make your own, tailored to fit you and your style. Find instructions in Sew Jewish, available on Amazon.com.







Make your own drop veil. It’s one of 18 projects in Sew Jewish, available on Amazon.com.

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How to Make Your Own Huppah and More Jewish Sewing Projects

SJ Paperback Etsy Featured ImageCheck it out: Instructions for making your own version of Huppahs.com’s most popular huppah style, Simplicity, can be found in the book Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations and Home. The book is by the designer behind Huppahs.com. Find it on Amazon.com.

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Game of Thrones Wedding Theme?

Game of Thrones food Aryas Tarts hors d'oeurves

If you’re thinking about a Game of Thrones theme for your wedding reception, you need to take a look at The Inn at the Crossroads (innatthecrossroads.com), the official Game of Thrones food blog by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, and their book: A Feast of Ice and Fire.

You’ll find a lot of fun food inspirations as well as recipes. Your reception might not have 77 courses like Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding feast, and maybe some of the rarified dishes like roasted aurochs and stewed rabbit might not be entirely practical, but you can find inspiring recipes for more mainstream menu options like leek soup, honeyed chicken, and poached pears.

Perhaps the recipes on the blog and in the book that are most useful for wedding menus are those that can be reinterpreted as cocktail reception hors d’oeurves, like fingerfish, sweetcorn fritters, and lemon cakes. For the photo above, we made canape-size versions of Arya’s tarts (remember the ones she stole from the kitchen in Harrenhal?) by placing Chelsea and Sarian’s delectable filling of goat cheese, apple slices, nuts, and honey on small, pre-cut pieces of puff pastry.

You’ll also find a number of drink recipes that could serve as Game of Thrones-inspired signature drinks, like mulled wine and Dornish lemonsweet with honey and vanilla.

And since this is a wedding huppah blog, here is the style of huppah I would recommend for each of the regions of Westeros and Essos featured in a Feast of Ice and Fire:

Lace Wedding ChuppahThe North: Simplicity Huppah
The South: Lace Huppah
King’s Landing: Battenburg Lace Huppah
Dorne: Organza Huppah
Across the Narrow Sea: Ivory Silk Huppah

Of course, you can find them all at Huppahs.com.

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Sew Jewish Weddings

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Are you thinking about making your own huppah? Or sewing your own veil? You’ll find instructions for these Jewish DIY wedding classics, as well as 16 other essential Jewish sewing projects, in the new PDF book Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations and Home by Huppahs.com founder, Maria Bywater.

Get it in the SewJewish shop on Etsy!

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2 Hanukkah Party Treats

I love this idea for a Hanukkah wedding cocktail reception: Serve little dreidel game kits as an one of the hors d’oeurves. They do look like hors d’oeurves when passed among your guests on a tray, and they make cute wedding favors for a Hanukkah wedding.

Great DIY favors for a winter wedding.

This post from our sister site, Sew Jewish, also links to a fabulous hors d’oeurves recipe for sweet potato pecan and goat cheese bites. So yummy!

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Hanukkah dreidel game party favor diy Hanukkah Dreidel Game Favor project with printable dreidel game instructions from the book, Sew Jewish.
Hanukkah is almost here! We’ll soon be lighting menorahs, eating latkes, and spinning dreidels.

The Sew Jewish book includes instructions for making dreidel game party favors, little pouches to fill with a dreidel and pieces of sweet chocolate gelt. The book even includes printable dreidel game instructions to tuck into the pouches (versions for both outside and inside Israel). The pouches stand up straight, so they look great displayed on a side table or tray before you hand them out to guests.

In fact, when grouped together, a tray of the standing party favors suggests a plate of holiday hors d’oeurves, specifically those pouches of filled and twisted phyllo dough purses. If you’re having a Hanukkah cocktail party, have some fun and hand out these dreidel game favors to your guests on a…

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Here’s a Closer Look at the Lace Huppah

Lace Wedding Huppah Canopy with Braid
A client who recently reserved a Lace Huppah for his wedding asked us to send a photograph that showed the lace canopy up close and in more detail than the photos on the Huppahs.com website. We were happy to oblige and thought we’d share the photo with you here on the blog as well. Click on the photo above to see the larger, more detailed version of the canopy.

You’ll see the lovely, small-patterned bridal lace that makes up the canopy as well as the white braiding that delicately defines the edges of the valances.

Lace Wedding ChuppahYou can get more information about the Lace Huppah and our other huppah styles at Huppahs.com. And to see if a Lace Huppah is available to rent for your wedding date, contact us through the Check Availability page.

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The Chuppah Explained in 62 Charming Seconds [Video]

Looking for a quick background on the wedding chuppah that’s both short and sweet? g-dcast made this video with you in mind:

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New: Organza Wedding Huppah Canopy Available to Rent

Organza wedding chuppah

We’re pleased to announce that our Organza Huppah canopy is now available to rent without poles, for couples who already have poles. Huppahs.com ships huppah rentals everywhere in the United States. Get details about the Organza canopy at Huppahs.com’s Rent a Huppah Canopy page.

And if you’re looking for a complete huppah, you can still rent the canopy with poles. Find out more at Organza Huppah.

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You Can Now Get Married at Orange County Choppers

Orange County Choppers Event Venue
Orange County Choppers television show screenshotOrange County Choppers, of CMT television fame, now has an event space at their cafe showroom, and they unveiled it last night. The space has the cool, industrial feel you’d expect from a site associated with building customized choppers, and to get to the space your guests will walk past a collection of customized choppers in the gift shop. I’m a fan of saving on decorating costs by choosing a venue that already has a lot of personality, and this new venue makes a fun option.

For this space, I’d recommend the Ivory Silk wedding huppah.

The space is called the Hangar, and it’s located in the Orange County Choppers Cafe in the Orange County Choppers Complex in Newburgh, New York — that’s the Mid-Hudson Valley.

The flowers in the top photo are by Secret Garden Florist in Walden, New York.

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Winter Dreams of Warm Summer Weddings

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:

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How to Throw a Wedding with Very Little Space or Cash

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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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Our Top 7 Jewish Wedding Planning Articles

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Planning your Jewish wedding? Start here, with our top 7 Jewish wedding planning posts:

1. 7 Ways to Decorate a Wedding Huppah

2. Our 100 Favorite Backyard Wedding Themes

3. 21 Things Rabbis Wish Wedding Coordinators and Couples Knew About Planning a Jewish Wedding (Huppahs.com)

Free printable wedding favor card4. 7 Tips for Designing Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget

5. Kosher-fied Royal Wedding Hors d’Oeurve Reception Menu with Recipes

6. What do the Jewish bride and groom wear?

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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Illuminated Winter Wedding

When you’re planning a wedding on a budget, decorate with light. You’ll get big impact for a small investment, especially during these dark, romantic winter nights. Some pins to inspire:

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Sneak Peek at the Sew Jewish Book Cover

We reposted this from SewJewish.com – to subscribe for the 18% discount on the book, sign up for the newsletter at SewJewish.com.

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Sew Jewish Book - The 18 projects you need for Jewish holidays, weddings, bar/bat mitzvah celebrations, and home

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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How to Make Stands for Wedding Huppah Poles [Video]

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.

You’ll find more information about the Organza Huppah featured in this video as well as huppah poles for rent and for sale at Huppahs.com.

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We’re Working on a DIY Huppah Pole Stand Tutorial Video

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

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Welcome, Tori, Our New West Coast Rep

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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!

Tori

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Signature Cocktail Friday ~ Frozen Lemonade with Coconut Rum

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.

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Signature Cocktail

Cool tropical libation inspired by, a popular cocktail served at the Fish Trap Restaurant in Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups ice cubes, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut rum (such as Malibu)
  • Lime wedge (optional)

Preparation

  1. Place ice, concentrate, and rum in a blender; blend until slushy. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired

Resource

Elisa Bosley Cooking Light 2007

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Restaurant Weddings Are Getting More Popular

East River Bar Brooklyn New York NY
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.

(Photo: My sister-in-law Alanna and my brother Joe at their wedding reception at the East River Bar in Brooklyn. Photo by Jacob Arthur)

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Our Top 10 Jewish Wedding Blog Posts this Season

wedding chuppah from lace tablecloth
We’re gloriously deep into wedding season. Here are our top 10 wedding planning posts on the blog so far this summer:

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

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