Cut that shtick out. Save it for the wedding.

The checklist for Gavri and Laura Yares’ wedding last year included British and American flags, a ton of Star Wars paraphernalia, animal figurines, Hawaiian leis and grass skirts. At least that was the checklist their guests had made when planning their shtick — the comical dancing, tricks and other gags that guests at Jewish weddings… Read More

What will make your party memorable

You don’t have to reinvent the wedding reception to make your party unique and joyous. In realizing that goal, there’s nothing wrong with borrowing a little. How about making your entrance through an archway? “Guests can hold up an archway made out of halved hula hoops decorated with ribbon, glitter, colorful flowers, lush fabric or… Read More

Wedding gown styles for the Jewish bride

With the spring and summer months being the most popular time of year for weddings, many brides are now beginning to search for their ideal gown. “Today’s modern wedding gowns appear to be trending towards more simplistic and classic silhouettes, while elaborate and luxurious fabrics, laces, and adornments are becoming more significant in the design,”… Read More

Is the wedding invitation doomed?

Will 2016 be the year when the opulent, printed and mailed wedding invitation gives way to the beautifully designed — but distinctly digital electronic — invite? Not likely. But Lynne Sandler, owner of Lettering by Lynne in Alexandria, has watched her wedding invitation business cool as more and more brides-and grooms-to-be turn to the Internet…. Read More

Put on your dancing shoes

When Alisha Barnes wed in the fall of 2013 she knew she wanted to hit the dance floor with her guests. To keep her feet happy, at her reception overlooking the Annapolis waterfront, she traded her white pumps for a pair of custom-embroidered purple Chucks. Barnes is one of many brides who are ditching their… Read More

How Jews juggle the various challenges of second marriages

Mazel tov! You’re getting married — again. Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, a certified practitioner in Imago Relationship Therapy and author of The Marriage Restoration Project: The Five Step Plan to Saving Your Marriage, notes that around 50 percent of married adults in America get divorced at least once, meaning the likelihood of being a stepparent is… Read More

Gift ideas for Jewish couples

So you’ve been invited to a Jewish wedding, but don’t know what to give the couple? Here’s help. Of course you can always buy something off the couple’s registry, if they have one, but there are some special traditions when it comes to Jewish wedding gifts. We’ve outlined five categories of useful and appropriate gifts for… Read More