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Mazel Tov With A Bang!

Last week, the all new and refreshed Wedding Yentas launched and in order to celebrate the Yentas reboot, a hearty mazel tov is in order. But with old traditions come new ones and that’s why it’s so exciting to feature Mazel Tov Stone, the gotta-have-it of under-the-chuppah Judaica.

A California couple accidentally discovered The Mazel Tov Stone while attending a family member’s wedding rehearsal. The bride began to panic that the glass wouldn’t break under her groom’s foot, so her quick-thinking relative who also happens to be a stone sculptor, ran to his car and delivered her a slab of limestone to guarantee a sturdy surface on which glass would cleanly and beautifully break. And just like that, Robb and Lisa had woven a new concept on an old tradition. Beach wedding on the sand? Garden wedding on the grass? A wimpy groom with a soft shoe (don’t worry, we won’t tell)? No problem! The Mazel Tov Stone will make sure the glass breaks!

The Mazel Tov Stone is also a great commemorative piece from your wedding, just like your photos, your ketubah, and the shards of glass you might keep for decorative purposes. Since the stone is cut in a beautiful shape of your choice and can be completely customized with your names, date, flourishes, border, and font, it’s a reflection of you as a couple from your wedding day.

I love the fact that you can literally get married in any location in any state, and know that your wedding still has a place in Israel. Hmmm?? How can you be in both places at once? The customized stone is Jerusalem limestone, hailing all the way from the motherland. It’s derived from the same quarries that produced the stone used to build the ancient temples in Jerusalem. Talk about a permanent piece of rock! Having this stone beneath your feet is sure to provide you the same strength and stability that Israel’s rich history has endured. Warm fuzzies, right?

Mazel Tov Stone is part of The Wedding Yentas family, and it’s such an honor to have them as an elite vendor here on the site. You can check them out in the Vendor Directory either under Judaica Stores or Chuppot.

So, say “mazel tov!” for all of us Yentas on our new home, and say “mazel tov!” to yourself for a beautiful marriage that will start with a big bang!

  • Sharon says:

    i always wondered how a bridal couple break glass at their beach or soft turf ceremony…..what a genius idea! functional, commemorative and traditional all at your feet.

  • Beverly says:

    What a great idea. This Mazel Tov stone is a wonderful memory of a happy occasion.

A Groom with Sass Steps on the Glass

Crunch.
Smash.
Stomp.
Boom.
Bang.
Crash.
Crush.

These are the sounds everyone wants to hear when the groom steps on the glass at his Jewish wedding. What a yummy and satisfying sound and it elicits such a hearty “mazel tov!” from all those in attendance. And bookended by kisses? Yeah, what’s not to love about the breaking of the glass?!

The question is: Can breaking the glass become any more exciting than it already is? The answer is YES. Yes, it can.

Thanks to Mazel Tov Stone, the groom has a ceremony memento that provides a sturdy and volume-increasing surface for the glass to break on with a rapid and swift stomp of the foot. Want even more bang for your buck? The pro tip: Use the heel of the foot for maximum crunch.

A Mazel Tov Stone does more than its job under the chuppah during the ceremony. It also serves as a beautiful keepsake of your wedding because it’s personalized with your information. You have a ketubah as a special symbol of your wedding day, right? A Mazel Tov Stone is another artifact from the happiest day of your life that can live in your home for all the years after.

A few weeks ago, I got to hang out with Robb and Lisa — the genius husband-and-wife team behind Mazel Tov Stone — at Bridal Premiere in California.

It’s always so fun to see friends of The Wedding Yentas in person. To all the rest of the fabulous friends in The Wedding Yentas Vendor Directory, let’s plan a big, flashy party so we can all get together and gush about our favorite thing: Jewish weddings!

Anyway, Mazel Tov Stone set up a picture-perfect booth to complement their beautiful stones and offered real demos of glass-breaking galore. They were also offering a bridal show special on their pricing. Teeeeeeechnically, it was an offer for people who were there that day and that day only. But, because you’re a reader of The Wedding Yentas, mention the bridal show special and you might luck out in the savings department. Wink, wink.

It was so fun to watch all kinds of grooms take a shot at breaking the glass. Even when it’s not a real wedding, there’s something so contagiously happy about it!

  • Mazel Tov Stone says:

    Thank you Alison!! That was such a fun afternoon and we’re so glad that Michael got a chance to practice his stomp – great job! Can’t wait to make their personalized Mazel Tov Stone for him and his beautiful bride-to-be!!! Mazel Tov!

Glass For Your Wedding Day

By now, you know all about the crowd-favorite tradition of breaking the glass, but do you know what your groom is actually breaking? Yes, he needs glass, but what kind and where do you get it and can you do anything with it after it’s broken?

Yentas readers, you asked for it and now you’re getting it: Today you’ll learn about what glass to use, where to get it, and how you can use it to commemorate your wedding day!

So, a lot of people say that you should use a wine glass. Sure, you can, but they’re not that easy to break. In fact, how many times have you, um, enjoyed a little too much wine from your glass, acquired a case of butter fingers, and dropped the glass? Hopefully it’s not a regular occurrence, but you might find that a fallen wine glass that reaches the floor may not even break, and if it does, the stem will probably just snap off the bulb. But that crunchety-crunch of glass will not emit from the fall, so a stomp probably won’t accomplish it either. Look, I’m no physicist — ha! Far from it! Please, I’m a nerdy Jewish writer! — but something tells me that a wine glass is just not the item you want to place under your groom’s foot. Plus, a wine glass is big, it can roll away, and it’s a wine glass!!! Surely, you have better things to do with it… like drink from it.

Well then, what can you use? You can purchase glass that’s hollowed out and sized perfectly for the hyped-up stomp. Many Judaica stores sell these blown-out glass pieces intended for this tradition. ModernTribe, BFFs of The Wedding Yentas, sells this variety of glass and it’s a great way to go! Plus, they’re pretty!

Pick the color of glass you want your groom to smash and make sure your coordinator or venue manager picks it up for you to take home for after your wedding. You can use the smashed glass to include in your home or Jewish custom items. For example, you can insert your smashed glass shards into a mezuzah or Shabbat candlestick holders. What a beautiful way to bring some of your wedding day love back into your home and serve a reminder for why we smash the glass in the first place (one of the reasons: love is fragile; treat it with care).

For some extra crunch, take sandwich baggie and stick a used lightbulb in there and shove it in the bag that has the decorative glass. It’ll give your groom’s stomp an extra crunch. You could probably use a lightbulb or two alone, but then if you had lifelong dreams to include your smash glass in your Judaica, then that won’t work because there’s really nothing that pretty about a dead, smashed lightbulb. So supplementing your colorful glass with a lightbulb gives you some enhanced noise for additional ruach (spirit), making for a heartier “mazel tov” that your guests will enjoy shouting!

Take it a step further and include a Mazel Tov Stone in your glass smashing! A Mazel Tov Stone is a beautiful piece to add to this rich tradition. The artists work with you to completely customize your slab of Jerusalem limestone that can have your names, wedding date, and other details inscribed. Placing a Mazel Tov Stone under the glass guarantees the glass will break (ohmygosh, how embarrassing if it doesn’t, right?) no matter where you two are standing. Beach wedding on the sand? Garden wedding in the grass? Mazel Tov Stone saves your day… and your stomp.

You and your groom should now be equipped to purchase decorative glass, select a piece of Judaica in which to keep the glass, and include a personalized element that can assist his stomp that you two can keep as a memento from your wedding day. Get smashed with your wine glass on game night with friends, and instead, on your wedding day, smash glass that will evoke the prettiest and loudest “mazel tov!” from all of your friends and family!

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Thursday Thrills: Break That Glass!

Yesterday you read all about Mazel Tov Stone and today, you can WIN a Mazel Tov Stone.

No really, it can be yours!

Lisa and Robb, creators of this new spin on an old tradition, are offering a fully customized stone to one lucky Yentas winner! Are you plotzing yet?!

Here’s why you want to enter:

  • You will be the first of your friends to have this brand new product! Hel-lo?! Trendsetter!
  • Who doesn’t want a token from the wedding day to remember how special the moment was when your groom made the boom?! (boom of the glass, not the boom of his… a — well, you know. It rhymes).
  • The stone comes from Israel and creates an extra special element of your faith and its derivation.
  • You are in control! You get to work with the fabulous Robb and Lisa to make sure the stone reflects you two as a couple and the symbols of your love. Who would turn away the chance to work with accommodating and knowledgeable vendors?!
  • It’s a prize! That means it’s complimentary! This is a very good value.

Check out the site to see just how much of a steal this is! Impressive, right?

Okay, so we will have one winner from all the entries.

But even if you don’t win the grand prize, you are still a winner. And I don’t mean that in the “saving your self esteem in 6th grade” kind of way. You really still can win something just by entering!

Everyone who enters this sweepstakes will automatically receive a coupon code for a $50 discount on a Mazel Tov Stone purchase. Fifty smackers! Very generous. Thanks, Robb and Lisa!!

So, think about the impact you want that glass to make when your new hubster steps on it! Then, think about the impact your bank account will avoid if you win or just enter to win!

Leave a comment below about how you’ll feel the moment you hear that glass break (I couldn’t wait to kiss!). Entries will be accepted through Sunday, June 12th at 11:59 PST. Winner will be announced Monday!

Mazel tov. Your’e already winning!

  • Jessica says:

    I would love to have the mazel tov stone for our October outdoor wedding! We just got back from Israel too so anything from there has extra special meaning to us. Fingers are crossed!!!

  • Hope says:

    The moment that I’ll hear that glass break, I will know that I am officially married to my best friend and soulmate. I will want to kiss him immediately! :)

  • Laura says:

    I can’t wait to hear everyone yell MAZEL TOV!

  • Jen says:

    I’m actually kind of jealous that he gets to step on the glass! It looks so fun! lol Cool product.

  • Hannah says:

    I will probably be thinking, omg it is official!

    :)

  • Sharon says:

    I was thinking, “Wow, we did it!”

  • Jennifer says:

    When my wonderful fiancé breaks the glass, I will know that we now get to start our wonderful and fantastic lives together. It will be the culmination of so many months of planning and will mean that my beshert and I can start our celebration with amazing friends and family.

  • Jessica O says:

    I can’t wait to hear the glass break, hear all of my friends and family yell “mazel tov,” and to know that I’m about to embark on an amazing journey with the man I love.

  • Jennifer says:

    It means, Let the celebrating begin!!

  • Sharon says:

    Great product!

  • Kameren says:

    I have never had so much fun looking at any thing wedding related. 8) Well Done! Kales and Dani look wonderful.

{Real Jewish Weddings} Jersey City, NJ

From the Bride, Lauren: Andy & I decided to get married in our hometown of Jersey City, on the banks of the Hudson River, across from lower Manhattan. We held the ceremony in the observation tower of the Liberty Science Center, which happens to be in walking distance of our 1885 brownstone. The private penthouse, enclosed in a pyramid of glass, sports breathtaking panoramic views of Liberty State Park, Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. And since the sky is visible through the glass ceiling, the venue was perfectly suited for the traditional Jewish wedding we were planning.

There was never a question in our minds as to the location of the reception. Andy owns one of Jersey City’s top restaurants, Satis Bistro, in the historic Paulus Hook neighborhood. Satis was our original date place and has become our home away from home. We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate our marriage and share our passion for great food.

We were extremely pleased with our talented florist and cake decorator who furthered our vision of simple elegance with a touch of playfulness. We opted for an untraditional cake design which told the story of our long-distance relationship, between Boston and New Jersey. The cake was a stack of old-school suitcases and satchels with badges indicating the places we had spent time together while dating. It was topped with bride and groom sculptures. We also included sculptures of our stuffed animals, aka, our kids: Shrek and Green Monkey. You know you’ve found the perfect match when the most random things in your lives are in sync. In our case, our dolls both happened to be green.

Mazel tov, Lauren and Andy!

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Photography: Meridith Desmond Photography
Ceremony Site: Liberty Science Center
Reception Venue: Satis Bistro
Music: Jeff Meltzer
Ceremony Florals: Antheia
Reception Florals: Joseph’s Florist
Hair: Marissa Warner
Makeup: Ashley Levandoski
Dress: Kleinfeld
Cake: Cake & Co.

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