Monthly Archives: June 2011

GOTTA HAVE IT: Peacock Wedding

Maybe it’s the jewel tones or the fun flamboyance of the style, but peacock-themed accessories and accents are super hot right now in the wedding scene. And you know what? Yentas approve!

Artists and merchants on etsy offer a bevy of regal-looking and bird-inspired pieces that will add the right amount of pizazz from the peacock.

So whether it’s hair accessories, bridesmaid gifts, or the groom’s boutonniere, there’s always something to peacock-ify!

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Peacock Feather Headband: LittleBitsChic

Luxury Indigo Blue Cocktail Dress: yystudio

Bridesmaid Clutches: UpStyle

Snazzy Peacock Tutu Dress: TutuGlamourous

Peacock Blue Glass Earrings: PoetryJewelry

Vibrant Turquoise Ring Pillow: RawStudio

Royal Peacock Mini Guestbook: Scroll

Peacock Teal Shoes: Parisxox

Peacock Boutonniere: Rationale

Peacock Perfection Garter: plainNfancy

Jewish Wedding Traditions Rapid Fire

It’s so easy to get caught up in the details of the reception and the expectations you may have for the big day, that it’s common for modern Jewish brides to forget some of the details and customs of a Jewish wedding.

We all know the big ones: we can identify the chuppah, the bride and groom sign a ketubah, there’s the whole stepping-on-the-glass thing, and when it’s time to party, people toss us around in chairs. Yes, those big moments are just par for the Jewish course.

But there are other rituals and facts you may not know about. The Wedding Yentas isn’t going to go into immense detail on each one, but it might be important for you to graze on this information and take in this food for thought (yes, I am a Jewish girl and I use a lot of food metaphors in my writing) as you mull over the kinds of traditions you may want to include in your Jewish wedding.

So here, a little buffet (there I go again) of tid bits that you may or may not know about:

  • During the week before the wedding, it is customary for the groom and bride not to see each other, even during the day.
  • From a few days prior, until a week after the wedding, the couple are considered royalty and are, therefore, not to be seen in public without a personal escort.
  • Since on the day of one’s wedding G-d forgives the bride and groom of all their previous transgressions, it is seen as a private Yom Kippur for the couple.
  • Jewish weddings may be held anywhere – there are no religious limitations on the location of the wedding ceremony.
  • Traditionally, a bride will go to the mikvah, a purifying bath, on the evening before her wedding in order to begin her married life in a purified state.
  • It is a custom that the groom wears a kittel (white garment) under the chuppah. Therefore, he does not wear a kittel on the Yom Kippur following his marriage. On the following Yom Kippur he begins wearing a kittel.
  • Knots on the groom’s garments (e.g. tie, shoelaces, etc.) are to be untied.
  • The groom should not have money, silver articles, gold, precious stones, etc. in his pockets at the time of marriage.
  • Two sisters may have their weddings in the same week, but not on the same day.
  • Mothers of the bride and groom break a plate! Breaking a plate symbolizes the seriousness of the couples’ intentions towards one another. A smashed plate cannot easily be made whole again; just so, an engaged couple cannot easily renege on their promise to be married.
  • In recent times, friends of relatives of the bride will often decorate a plate for this ceremony, knowing full well it will soon be broken into little pieces. The shards are distributed to the bride’s single friends as good-luck pieces.

What traditions do you think you’ll include in your ceremony? Are you observing customs prior to the actual wedding day? Is there anything you’d like to know more about? Share below or visit The Wedding Yentas on Facebook to get the dialogue going.

  • Erica says:

    Can you share more info about a wedding mikvah? I thought it was just for conversion. What if youre already Jewish? Is it mandatory for a Jewish wedding and when does it happen

Real Weddings | Jacksonville, FL

Ilana and Bobby clicked when they met on JDate. They said they both knew it was love at first sight!

One night after Rosh Hashanah dinner, Ilana suggested they take a walk on the beach, and Bobby knew what his girl was hinting at — the perfect proposal opportunity! Bobby knew his girlfriend well and even had the ring in his pocket during dinner. Because his birthday was the next day, Bobby told Ilana that the only thing he wanted for his birthday is to spend the rest of his life with her. Gush! Then he dropped down to one knee and asked her to marry him. And all on Rosh Hashanah! What a way to start the Jewish new year!

Their wedding day arrived and was total perfection. Some of the highlights of the day for Ilana and Bobby were standing under the chuppah, signing the ketubah, dancing together, and just smiling with laughter! Definitely the best way to begin a life together.

Mazel tov, Ilana and Bobby!

Ceremony & Reception Venue- Congregation Ahavath Chesed
Photographers- Wes & Liz Weber at Wes Weber Photography
Coordinator- Sarah Grace at The Big Event
Florist- Lynette Self at Rose of Sharon
DJ- David Hanscom
Videographer- Tim Toccalino at Silver Bells Video
Caterer- Mai Oui Gourmet
Hair- Ivy at Daniel James Salon
Pre-ceremony Photos- Epping Forest Yacht Club
Limo- A A Susie’s Limousine
Wedding Gown- Rivini

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This wedding feature was made possible by a partnership between The Wedding Yentas and Two Bright Lights!

Wedding Day Crystals

On your wedding day, you’ll sparkle. Between your gorgeous dress and your neverending smile, as a bride, you will light up the day. And if you don’t mind sharing, you can let some other elements of your wedding day sparkle, too! Crystals add so much glamour and beauty to your wedding details, so whether your craft your own DIY shine or you include the concept with your vendors’ plans, just know you can never have too much glisten on the day you tie the knot!

Pop rocks on a wedding cake?! Rock on! They sparkle and shine … a party for the eyes and mouth!

Your first home that you share together as husband and wife is your chuppah. Adorn it with shimmery strands of crystals that add drama and beauty to your ceremony.

As your guests enjoy their entrees and libations, let them experience a setting that’s unique to your sparkling personality — include crystals in your centerpieces! They can either hang from tall pieces or be sprinkled across the table. Either way, this is a very chic and romantic look for any Yentas bride!

  • Sharon says:

    an alternative to crystals, you can sprinkle those glass smooth pebbles/stones on the tables and around candles . the candlelight reflects off of them too.

Thursday Thrills: Something To Dig Your Heels In

Here’s the scenario — perhaps you’re familiar with it: You spend hours agonizing what to wear to a formal event. You finally pick out your ensemble. You find a pair of perfect heels that knock your socks off. You look in the mirror and you look gooooood. You go to your formal event, ready to strut your stuff, but instead, you participate in the simple act of walking and end up with a twisted ankle because you tripped and fell when your high heels got stuck in the grass. Humiliation at its best.

You could have saved yourself this embarrassment and the likely broken Louboutin if you had high heel protectors to save your kicks from ruin.

Heels Above has come to your rescue with small and simple devices that literally protect your heels from many different kinds of unstable terrain.

Heels Above stylishly protects and stabilizes your high heeled shoes, keeping you above surfaces like grass, grates and cracks that can damage your shoes and slow you down. Ideal for outdoor weddings, special events and everyday life, Heels Above is a small flexible piece of recyclable plastic that attaches easily to your high heel shoes, and are simple to slip on and off. Available in two different sizes that fit most heels, the grip fits snugly around each heel without damaging the shoe or detracting from the style of the stiletto. Heels Above keeps you from sinking into grass and from getting stuck in sidewalk cracks by increasing the bottom surface of the heel.

This “Why didn’t I think of that” product is a lifesaver that every shoe-loving Yenta should carry in her purse. And what Jewish girl — okay, what girl — is not a shoe-lover?! You spend enough money on your shoes, so why should you allow them to get damaged during a night out? As Cher from Clueless says when defending her taste in men, “You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.” We all have a little Cher in us (Alicia Silverstone is a member of the tribe…) and that’s why Heels Above and The Yentas are excited to share these high heel protectors.

And, because today is a Thursday Thrills day, you can win your very own high heel protectors for special events like weddings! One winner will receive 10 pairs of Heels Above protectors! Just enter to win by leaving a comment below about your favorite pair of shoes you own! Who makes them and why are they your favorite? Give us a little shoe envy. Brag about your best pair! Enter the giveaway by Sunday, June 26th at 11:59 p.m. PST and the winner will be announced Monday. You do not have to be Jewish or a current bride to win!

Good luck!

  • Rachel says:

    My favorite pair of heels used to be these black Carlos Santana stilettos. I loved those to death. Literally, I loved two pairs of them to death. Otherwise I love Steve Madden and Jessica Simpson. I’d prefer Manolo Blahniks, but they aren’t quite in the budget.

  • Michelle says:

    Neat product! You can’t always wear wedges to formal events. My favorite pair of heels is a Nine West pair. Not fancy or expensive, but comfortable. And they go with everything.

  • Allison Chung says:

    Love my Jessica Simpson flats. It’s my go-to shoe when I want something comfy and cute!

  • Danielle says:

    I had to buy a pair of gold strappy Jimmy Choos for a wedding I was in. For the amount I paid, I’d be pissed if they got ruined!

  • Dee says:

    I just pick up a “previously” worn Michael Kors -pumps from Lady Elle. These “celebrity re-sale” shoes were previously worn by LeToya Luckett previous member of girl group Destiny’s Child. They were still pricey but way less than if purchased new. Now I can protect them with Heels Above – Wow!

  • stacey says:

    I purchased them online from http://www.heelsabove.com about 4 months ago to wear to an outdoor wedding. I had on my Manolo’s and it really kept my heels in great condition because the grass was a little wet, and I didn’t even sink in. I highly recommend them.

  • Kara says:

    Seychelles! Best shoes ever!

  • Sharon says:

    my mary jane style skechers are my favorite shoes. i could wear them 24/7

  • Gabrielle says:

    My favorite shoes are a pair of tan wedges I found at Target– I can wear them to work and then out for dinner/drinks without feeling an ounce of discomfort!

  • Chelsea Wallner says:

    I can’t honestly pick a favorite of my heel collection. I love all my heels. That’s all i wear when i got out. No matter how much weight you gain your shoes will most likely always fit! They are my confidence booster and your a right a nice spray on tan! I love colorful heels and any brand works for me. Anything fun with a cute dress will put a smile on my face!

  • Mar says:

    My favorite pair of shoes are these black patent leather strappy stilettos from Anne Klein – they are just comfy and go with everything! They’re my go-to shoe…..

  • Erica says:

    Favorite shoes are Two Lips peep toe pumps. they go with everything! Cool product, those heel protectors.

  • roberta Gerrick says:

    My vote is for Rebecca and Daniel!!!!

  • ginger says:

    I love my new Jimmy Choo, i bought them for a freind’s wedding. I used a pair of heels protections with a luxury jewel from Talon Chic: http://uk.tc-for-shoes.com/en
    A great makover for my new favourite shoes and an invisible protection