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From The Expert: Bridal Jewelry Is Not Something You Select At The End Of Your Journey


Event venue? Check. Photographer? Band or DJ? Check, check. Florist? Rings? Check, check, check. Dress, check? Rabbi? Of course!

You’re on your way – mazel tov! No doubt you’ve taken great care in selecting all of the above. And what necklace will you wear? Aha – haven’t thought of that one yet?

It’s a common scenario: brides immediately choose the place, the music, the florist, the photographer, the caterer and the dress and then exhale for a while. The other stuff can wait, right? Sure, some of it can.

But not everything should. If you have a family heirloom that your mom and your grandmother wore as brides, you’re all set – just make sure your neckline works with Granny’s necklace. But if that’s not the case, perhaps your jewelry should be a priority as well. After all, you won’t need the band, the venue, the flowers or the dress after your wedding day, but if you wear beautiful jewelry, you’ll wear it over and over again.

Emily Kuvin Jewelry Design

And what bride doesn’t want beautiful jewelry? Once you know what you’re wearing, it’s time to think about jewelry. What type of neckline do you have? If it’s high and lacy, you may not need a necklace, but knockout earrings and a bracelet may be in order.

If you have a sweetheart neckline, something simple works best so as not to make the look too complicated or fussy. A classic, simpler neckline can handle a bolder necklace that makes more of a statement.

Is your dress ivory? White? Bone? All the subtleties of color can be enhanced and reflected in a custom-designed suite of jewelry that’s as unique as you as a bride. Some aquamarine, blue topaz or even turquoise in the piece can serve as your something blue. A bracelet will complement the necklace and earrings. Maybe you need a bold piece for the rehearsal dinner and a more traditional suite for the wedding itself.

What if you want to wear your mother’s pearls or your grandmother’s cameo for sentimental reasons, but they just don’t conjure up the image you have in mind? A good bridal jewelry designer can incorporate those pearls or other elements into a new piece that’s fresh and exciting, but respectful of your family’s tradition and history.

And there’s always the challenge of trying to please everyone! Coordinating jewelry for the bridesmaids and flower girls is the perfect thank-you gift – and you know they’ll be wearing exactly what you want! Sometimes brides have the same necklace made for each bridesmaid with a little something extra for the maid of honor. Sometimes brides commission a different piece for each attendant, based on tastes and personal styles.

Finally, you mustn’t forget mom and his mom! Once they’ve chosen their outfits, surprise them with jewelry as well. Jewelry is the finishing touch that literally lights up the ensemble and makes everyone sparkle. By commissioning pieces for yourself and your attendants and mothers, you unite the bridal party in a beautiful and lasting way.

The advantage of collaborating with a designer – instead of buying something mass-produced and on a rack somewhere – is that you can commission exactly what you want, within your budget for your wedding. When you confer with a designer, he or she will get a feel for your style (photos and descriptions help) and the two of you will work together to create the perfect complement to your perfect day.

Emily Kuvin Jewelry Design

*****************************************Emily Kuvin designs her jewelry to be simple, elegant and original. Her collection comprises of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. She specializes in working with individual clients to make unique custom pieces for any occasion.

Emily’s pieces are made primarily with semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls and Venetian (Murano) glass beads. Findings and accents are 14 karat gold, sterling silver, vermeil, or gold-filled. Emily personally selects her materials from all over the world, from countries including India, Israel, Germany, Italy, and here in the United States.

A self-taught jewelry designer, Emily began her jewelry designing in high school and continued to refine and develop her aesthetic and skills over the years. After college and graduate school in journalism, Emily worked as a television news anchor for several years, then went to law school and practiced law as an attorney and a corporate communications executive. Once she concluded that her true passion is jewelry design, Emily chose to make this her full-time career.

Emily lives in the Boston area with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Check out Emily Kuvin Jewelry Design on Facebook to stay up to date!

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{Real Jewish Weddings} Chicago, IL

Andrew and Lilly met through friends and were so inseparable that night, that even the bartender was joking with them about their instant connection. They began dating shortly after that. Less than a year later, the groom followed the bride all the way from Los Angeles to Chicago. That is how she knew he was a keeper.

Andrew proposed on their 3rd anniversary following a gorgeous dinner on the 16th floor terrace of the Trump Tower Hotel. He was especially nervous that night, as the ring, which he had arranged to be shipped to their apartment on the day of the proposal to avoid Lilly’s sneaking around and finding it, had gotten lost at the post office. Luckily, after a few hours of terror, the ring was located. Needless to say, poor Andrew looked so nervous that night that Lilly quickly figured out what was going on. That only made the proposal more special and meaningful, and the amazing moment was marked with tears and laughter.

Andrew and Lilly’s goals for the wedding day were mainly to focus on the occasion as a celebration of their love and the start of their new lives together. Details such as great food, an elegant yet low-key atmosphere, and a band that would keep everyone on their feet till the early hours of morning were extremely important to the couple.

Mazel tov, Lilly and Andrew!

Chicago Jewish Weddings



















Photographer: Riverbend Studio
Wedding Coordinator: Liven It Up Events, Anthony Navarro
Venue/Hotel: The Ritz Carlton, Chicago
Floral and Décor: Yanni’s Design Studio
Band: The Mix Musical Services
Hair: Andi and Lexi at Salon Buzz
Make Up: Natasha
Videographer: I Do Films

Want to Get Married at the Top of the Empire State Building?

The annual Empire State Building Valentine’s Day Contest is fast approaching. Couples submit a creative proposal by December 5th detailing their personal love story for the chance to have their dream wedding at the iconic building itself. This year, I’m thrilled to say that RedEnvelope has been asked, along with ProFlowers, to be the lead designers of the three winning weddings.

To get you in the wedding contest mood and to inspire you to shop RedEnvelope for your own wedding gifts or gifts for others, THe Wedding Yentas has created an inspiration board called “The Wedding Yentas’ Empire State Building Wedding Picks.”

I whole heartedly believe in following registries for gifting. Couples have taken the time to make important decisions about the personal items they want to use in their homes. However, there are many occasions where it’s OK to go off a registry and purchase something a little more unique. Gifts for engagement celebrations, bachelorette parties, honeymoon welcome-home surprises, or even one-year anniversaries are great occasions to present fun, personalized, or whimsical items.

RedEnvelope and The Wedding Yentas

My Top Six Picks from RedEnvelope are:
Top Left: Personalized Embroidered Kitchen Towels
Top Right: Personalized Chateau Wine Bucket
Middle Left: Personalized Tree Initials Wall Art
Middle Right: Personalized Couples Key Dates Wall Art
Bottom Left: Eco Pillow – Happily Ever After
Bottom Right: 18″ Personalized Lazy Susan

Do you know anyone, including yourself, who has a fabulous proposal video to submit? It could be your chance to have a dream wedding at the top of the Empire State building! That’s a for-sure way to enjoy a beautiful HIGH end wedding!!

Los Angeles Jewish Wedding Videographer Ahava Films On Display

Elianna and Ari’s beautiful wedding was featured on Tuesday and you were able to feast your eyes on beautiful, cutting edge photography, shot at a classic and historical venue. Now, you get to see what it all sounded like, thanks to the gorgeous wedding highlights by Ahava Films. While photos are key for capturing intimate moments and snapshots of your day, a videographer will also capsulize the sights AND the sounds — music, speeches, vows, laughter — it’s all preserved with the help of a videographer.

Ahava Films didn’t miss a moment, and the editing and elements of the film make it look like an Oscar-worthy day!







Photographer: Curtis Dahl Photography
Videographer: Ahava Films
Venue: Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Florist: Blossom Floral
Jewelry: Chicago Diamond Consultants
Caterer: Catering By Brenda
Bridal Gown & Gowns of Sister and Mother of the Bride: Brides by Liza
Graphic Designer for Monogram: Nechama Samson
Music: Simcha Orchestra
Day of Coordinator: Lisa Tennenbaum
Hair & Makeup: Zulica Kessel
Lighting: PSAV team in the Biltmore
Invitations: Invitations123

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue: What’s It All About?

Monica: Okay, come on, I can’t get married until I get something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

Chandler: Okay, all right, all right, all right! Okay! (Picks up a blue sweater.) Okay, here’s something, here’s something blue and new.

Monica: You’re so efficient. I love you!

Chandler: Let’s go! (Starts to leave.)

Monica: No-no-no! We need something old!

Chandler: Ohh, great, I have condom in my wallet I’ve had since I was twelve.

Monica: That’ll work!

Chandler: I don’t think so.

Monica: Okay, now we just need something borrowed!

Chandler: (looks around) Here just…take this. (Hands her the sweater.)

Monica: That’s stealing!

Chandler: No, we’ll-we’ll bring it back! Just put it under your dress.

It’s a fun little diddy to say: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” You are told you’re supposed to have one of each of these things on your wedding day, but what the what?! Is this rhyme fo’ real? Does it make sense? Why does it exist and do you have to oblige?

The whole phrase comes from an Olde English rhyme: “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe.” Back in the day, all these things were given to the bride just before walking down the aisle in order to wish her good luck.

It’s definitely not a requirement you follow this and there’s also nothing particularly Jewish about it for your Jewish/interfaith/Jew-ish wedding, but as far as old — I’m sorry — olde traditions go, it’s kind of a fun and cutesy initiative. It’s kind of like the not-yet-married version of traditional anniversary gifts; Mr. Yenta and I enjoy the challenge of satisfying the traditional gift each anniversary as it gives us a boundary for a present in addition to giving some history to our modern, mainstream marriage. So for the first anniversary of paper, I gave him concert tickets to the Hollywood Bowl. So, in theory, the old/new/borrowed/blue initiative is good practice for selecting items that coordinate with categories!

Jason Kaczorowski Photography

Jason Kaczorowski Photography

So, what does each “something” refer to?

The “something old(e)” is meant to represent moving on to the future as you say bye-bye to the past. Keepsakes that have rich history in your family, like heirloom jewelry or milestone accessories can fulfill this category. Think of things like bubbie’s earrings from her wedding day or mom’s dress made into a hankie.

The “something new” is all about looking ahead and the fresh start you’re about to have with your new spouse. Usually this can be achieved easily. You’re wearing new shoes? Your dress has never been worn and is straight out of the boutique? Think about something purchased exclusively for your wedding day and there you go!

A “something borrowed” is supposed to be a little nod to happiness and luck. Usually, you’ll borrow something from a friend or relative who is also happy or is in love. This concept is to say that they are lending you an item that will give you happiness because it came from their life which is also happy. You can think of a “something old” that you didn’t use and apply it to “something borrowed.” These things aren’t always exclusive, so something that is borrowed will probably also be old, which is unavoidable. Don’t fret too much about this. So borrow a friend’s bracelet or an aunt’s hair clip.

“Something blue” is in reference to friendship, love, and purity. Or maybe it just rhymes with “new,” I don’t know. But in order to go with it, you may consider wearing jewelry with a blue stone like a sapphire, cute light blue lacy panties, or maybe sport some bright blue shoes to peek out from under your dress (which, by the way, looks great in photos, especially during your Horah!).

The whole thing with the sixpence is obviously a British thing. It’s supposed to symbolize prosperity. You know, because if you walk on money, your bank account will grow??? Sure, why not? But I’ve seen American brides adapt with a penny in their shoe or even decorate the bottom of the shoes with rhinestones or glittery markers.

If all of this seems like hooey to you, then do whatever you think is appropriate. I just wouldn’t necessarily follow Monica and Chandler’s M.O.!