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Latin and Mexican Wedding Customs and Traditions

on Monday, 05 January 2015. Posted in Event Blog, Mexican events, Wedding

Many countries throughout the world have entirely different customs and traditions for weddings that are specifically unique to their country. Mexico is a country inside Latin America that holds with it a large number of wedding customs and traditions that were born from the history of the country itself. These traditions span everything from who pays for the wedding to the type of attire. The following will provide an in-depth look at all of the Latin and Mexican wedding customs and traditions and what makes them so unique.

Paying For the Wedding

A Latin wedding and a Mexican one are both extremely lively affairs and are similar in most every way. One of the first things that is decided about a wedding is who is paying for it. Within Latin America and Mexico, families of both the groom and the bride decide to help pay for any expense that comes up. The bridesmaids and groomsmen that are a part of the wedding also contribute to the wedding costs. Bridesmaids and groomsmen are paired together and given a task to accomplish. The first pair takes care of the bouquet, while the second pair supplies the Lazo and the third the Arras portion of the wedding, both of which will be discussed in detail in the following.

La Pedida

La Pedida is a Spanish phrase for "Father's Approval" and involves the groom getting permission from the bride's father to marry her. Though this tradition is followed more closely within rural areas than in large cities, it basically involves both the fiance and their extended family traveling to the potential bride's house as a means of showing respect to the family. This also helps both families to meet for the first time if they never had before, which can then turn into a discussion about the date on which the wedding is to be held if the father grants permission.

Usage of a Lazo and Arras

Two of the most unique customs for weddings in Latin America and Mexico are the usage of both the Lazo and Arras. Lazo, or Lasso, is basically a very large rosary that is hung around the necks of both the groom and the bride, in that order, during the ceremony. This happens as they are kneeling at the alter and making their vows to one another. These are then worn throughout the rest of the ceremony. The bride keeps the Lazo upon the conclusion of the ceremony. In regards to the Arras, these gold coins, numbering at thirteen, are presented to the bride from the groom. They stand for Jesus Christ and his 12 apostles. The groom provides the bride with these coins as a display of unbreakable trust between the two. Following the wedding, all 13 coins will belong to the bride's heirloom.

Sending Out Wedding Invitations

The wedding invitations for a Mexican wedding are written in both English and Spanish and contain the names of the parents of both parties as those that are sending the invitations out to guests. Each attendant will be listed on the invitation, which will also include information for the dance and reception. To gain admittance to the wedding, the guests must bring their invitation with them or they will not be allowed entry.

The Wedding Ceremony

Given the fact that the history of Mexico and Latin America is steeped in religious history, weddings almost always take place in Roman Catholic churches. During the ceremony, the godparents of both the bride and the groom will present them with one of three possible gifts, a kneeling pillow, a prayer book or a rosary.

Music and Dancing

Music at a Mexican wedding is always lively. The music will last until the very end of the reception and will often take the form of Mariachi, though some other types of music may be used in its place. The dances tend to match the music as well, with the traditional dance being the "money dance". The money dance calls for the groom to pay to dance with the bride. Afterwards, the guests will also pay to have a dance with the bride. The money from this goes to the honeymoon for the new married couple.

Colors and Specific Attire

The colors that are to represent the theme of the wedding are chosen entirely by the bride. These colors will then cover the wedding cake, as well as all vehicles. The location of the ceremony is also adorned with these colors, whatever they may be. Around Mexico and other Latin-American countries, the traditional attire for the bride includes a blue slip beneath the dress, while the ties that the groomsmen wear are made to specifically match the dresses of the bridesmaids.

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on Thursday, 24 May 2012. Posted in Event Blog

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A Mexican Wedding in Los Angeles to Remember

on Wednesday, 09 October 2013. Posted in Event Blog

I’ve been to my fair share of flamboyant soirees, but nothing topped my first Mexican wedding in Los Angeles. As a native of New Hampshire, I can assure you I’d never been to anything as close to 2 Latinos in love quite like what I’m about to describe. It’s a culture shock to be short. As I told my mom on the phone, it was like I was transported to the 70s and another country at the same time. You’re in for a treat.

Every wedding is partially gauged by where the vows are exchanged. This tradition took place in a small church in East Los Angeles. The couple was young and cute. I wasn’t one to judge. Marriage barely became legal in California for me this year. I was instantly impressed by their choice of colors upon entering the church: cream-colored lilies with turquoise silk bows. I was relieved by their taste. The bridesmaids carried matching blue roses and baby’s breath bouquets between the ribbons-adorned pews: arms locked with their serious-faced groomsmen as they both sashayed down the aisles filled with tearful friends and family. Who wouldn’t be happier?

The next move is a mistake I won’t make on my wedding day: separating the wedding ceremony from the reception by 5 hours. Who does that? It was barely 1 pm and our invitations scheduled us to our next destination just shy of sunset at 6. The only sensible move to make by the end of the first half of the bride and groom’s most memorable day was to hit up the burrito stand across the street. Of course I wasn’t alone. A colorful cadre of young friends, their Mexican grandparents, and I went out for lunch to kill some time and some tequila bottles. Weddings should always have 2 common denominators: family and booze.

Finally it was time for the reception! Of course, I was impatient and full of carne asada burritos but I knew what was in store, despite my first time at a Mexican wedding: more delicious grub! What I wasn’t expecting came next: the soundtrack from the disco age, complete with KC and the Sunshine Band and Grease (who honestly are Pandora stations for me, so I can't complain. I was just surprised). I was informed later that older Mexicans love disco music. This made sense to me because what followed was a live ranchero band with drums, accordion, and a rainbow tuba that played to the same upbeat tempo that raised everyone from their seats: no matter what the age or background.

Did I forget to mention the food? The best wedding food I should say. Burritos, tacos, enchiladas, open bar, cake, ice cream, and to mix it all up for the kids: spaghetti and French fries were on the menu. I just love food. It’s the highlight of every party for most. After a long night of chowing down, the aforementioned music was a must to burn off calories. The reception took place off the beach just a few miles from Los Angeles in a ballroom filled with giant-sized centerpieces of lilies and roses similar to what the bridesmaids held, matching balloons, twinkling Christmas lights, a photo booth with costume pieces (even masks of the bride and groom's faces) and draped linens over chandeliers that completed the romantic setting.

Who knew Mexican weddings came with so much cash? The bride and groom lined up on opposite ends of the dance floor as relatives and friends stuffed bills down their outfits or attached money to them with clothes pins. They must have been multi-thousandaires by the end of the night. Speaking of the end of the night, I had a few whiskey sours so the remainder of the party was a rush of music, laughter, and hiccups. Congratulations to the loving pair. Another check off my bucket list. Onto the next cultural extravaganza! <\p>

Bridal Bouquet Ideas

on Tuesday, 18 September 2012. Posted in Event Blog

Decoration & Lighting

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Jewelry Ideas

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Bridal Dress

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Wedding Websites: Making Memories Last Forever

on Thursday, 27 September 2012. Posted in Event Blog

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Wedding Websites: Making Memories Last Forever

The most important aspect about a wedding is the memories. Being the most incredible event of anyone's life and one should need to be particular regarding various things on your wedding day. This is the most anticipated occasion of your life and you do all the ceremonies with conventional procedure such as dealing with all the preparations and inviting guests. In many cases some of your invited guests and near and dear ones are unable to attend your wedding because of some personal reasons and that issue undoubtedly causes you to become depressed and ominous therefore you may not enjoy your occasion at its peak as you miss their presence and wish they were able to be the part of your greatest day. This is why newlyweds are flocking to the wedding website concept.

Wedding websites are getting rave reviews and it is becoming a natural addition to any wedding planner’s to-do list. With technology growing in rapid speed, it is no wonder why couples are attracted to the idea of having a wedding website. A wedding website provides an online memory that will last forever. Having a website for weddings is also affordable and suits any budget. There are many Persian wedding website consultants that can help with any Persian wedding.

The concept behind a wedding website is to enable friends, family, and others to enjoy wedding memories online in one place. The convenience of having your wedding slideshow and wedding photo gallery all on one website is attracting because it allows others to enjoy those memories without any hassles with boxes of photos and old video tapes.

There are actually engagement websites also available. Interaction between you and your wedding guests is important during the days leading to the wedding. The communication between you and your wedding guests during the days leading up to the big day is vital. This is a primary reason why you would want an exclusive engagement website. An engagement website is the most economical, easy, and enjoyable method to announce your wedding day and communicate le wedding details with your friends and relatives. This will ensure that your wedding guests can easily plan their visit and not be in any displeasure.

A personalized wedding or engagement website is an excellent way to communicate travel and accommodation information, maps, and times. It is recommended that you tell your experiences, wedding party introductions, wedding gift registry information as well. Reviews have shown that guests liked being updated as this makes them feel like they are a part of the planning details.

In conclusion, having a wedding website as a memoir for your wedding is considered to be a great investment and will be thoroughly enjoyed by friends, family, and co-workers. Be sure to do research on the many different options that are available. It is recommended to consult a wedding website designer before making any final decisions. Having a wedding website that fits your personality is important and should not be overlooked. Hiring a reputable wedding website designer is easy and recommended.

Persian Jewish Wedding Customs and to do List

on Friday, 28 September 2012. Posted in Event Blog

Persian Jewish Wedding Customs and to do List

The Persian Jewish wedding customs are similar to the Persian wedding requirements or the Iranian wedding. If you or a loved one is planning a Persian wedding, you must make sure to follow all the requirements for a Jewish style wedding. Having a Jewish wedding to do list or a regular wedding to do list is very helpful for the couple because it allows them to easily and effectively hold a ceremony that fits in with all the required customs and traditions such as the Yichud, Ketubah Signing, and Breaking of the Glass.

The first step to planning the ceremony is to select a date. It is recommended that you speak with your Rabbi; this is because they can tell you when you should hold your ceremony because the Jewish calendar doesn’t allow people to hold a wedding on certain dates. The Rabbi usually suggests the bride and groom a couple of choices and then they can make a decision. The bride and groom can select the time that the wedding will take place whether during the morning, afternoon or evening. Throughout the five days of the week, Saturdays are considered the holy Sabbath day from the Jewish calendar. Most weddings take place on a Sunday, but there are some couples who would like to have their wedding on a Saturday. The Rabbi allows Saturday weddings as long as they are done after sunset.

A popular custom of Persian Jewish weddings is the Ketunah sighing. This is an important part of the ceremonies because the Ketubah is the contract that tells the husband his new responsibilities for his new wife. The Ketubah features a moment where the bride and groom declare their love for each other. This is very similar to the vows in an American wedding ceremony. After the declaration of love, the couple, their family members, close friends, the Rabbi and two witnesses sign the contract. Some couples even hire a professional artist so that they can have nicely decorated Ketubah.

The Kiddushin and Sheva Brachot means the seven blessings. This is a ceremony that is conducted in many languages including English, Hebrew and Farsi. During a phase called the Kiddushin, the groom must place a ring on the right index finger of his wife and during some weddings the wife does the same. Following the Kibushin, the guests of the wedding will often recite the seven blessings and wish only good fortune for the new couple and wish for their happiness.
 
The most well-known part of a Jewish wedding is the time when the groom breaks the glass. The groom is required to step on the glass, which is placed inside a thick cloth, with his right foot. There are many reasons why this is done; the most common being to remember the destruction of the holy temple in Israel. Once the groom steps on the glass the guest will shout Mazal Tov. Following this part the bride and groom must go through the Yichurd otherwise known as the eight minutes spent together. After the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom will head to a private and secluded chamber where they can enjoy their first meal as a couple after their fast. Finally the Hora or the chair dance takes place during the wedding.

Mazal Tov and enjoy your life as husband and wife.

Persian Jewish wedding planner

Planning a wedding could be stressful. Where are a lot do to. Finding a photographer, florist, catering, coordinator, entertainment such as DJs or singers, lighting, decoration, Limousine, Banquet hall,  etc., could be a real challenge.
There is a simple question that all couples have, what is best way to find the perfect event planners for my ceremony?
In past finding the right planners and coordinators, was a real hassle, since the only resource available was the friend referrals, or the yellow books. You had to relay on the words of your friends who had worked with those vendors in past.
Today with the revolution of Internet and review websites finding the perfect wedding planners and vendors are much easier. You could easily find hundreds of vendors online, read their review, see their work and decide which one to hire.
The only challenge here is that Persian wedding styles are different from other cultures, therefore in order to plan a Persian Jewish wedding you are better off to hire Persian Jewish event planners, who not only can speak Farsi, but also have experience doing Jewish Persian weddings.
Persian Jews in America usually spend $50,000 to $150,000 for a single wedding. Therefore having the perfect resources to find the right vendors is an essential task.
From Ketubah Signing to Breaking of the Glass & dancing, event vendors offers variety of vendors who offer their services to the Persian Jewish weddings.
Start your Persian Jewish wedding planning today at event vendors.

How to Find the Perfect Event Planner for a Wedding

on Wednesday, 03 October 2012. Posted in Event Blog

How to Find the Perfect Event Planner for a Wedding

How to Find the Perfect Event Planner for a Wedding

After the courtship and sweet wedding proposal, a bride soon realizes that it is time to get to work putting the wedding together. First, there is an engagement to announce and to celebrate! This will be a beautiful moment in which everyone that has been wondering about the couple receives the privilege of toasting the good news of an upcoming wedding. It can be a simple announcement or engagement coordinators may be hired for a more elaborate affair.

Weddings can be put together by the couple, along with friends and family members, or by selecting a wedding planner. In order to plan a successful event a bride must realize what will be required of her. Colors and a wedding theme must be chosen, as well as wedding and reception venues, invitations and much more. A wedding planner knows exactly where to begin the process and can be very helpful in making it run smoothly.

Couples should realize that wedding planners and wedding coordinators are not only for large, big budget weddings. In modern times, the best wedding coordinators are eager to offer their services to various sized weddings. If for example, a couple is looking for event planners in Orange County, they should begin by asking friends for recommendations. A referral from a satisfied customer is golden and most likely means the wedding event will be a success. Searching the internet is another way to discover how to find a wedding coordinator.

Brides should understand that wedding planners most often help plan the entire wedding. They can help begin the process for the bride, or a planner may run the whole affair from start to finish. A wedding coordinator, on the other hand, may be less involved. Coordinators generally sit down with a couple in order to understand their wedding plans and then help coordinate on the actual wedding day, making sure the couple's plans are carried out. Naturally, the fees will vary for each type of help.

If a couple decides on Los Angeles wedding coordinators for their event, it is a good idea to meet with the coordinators over lunch or tea. The couple should bring an outline and samples of their wedding vision. The coordinators will then be able to offer suggestions and guidance that may prove helpful for the couple. If there is a good connection, fees and level of assistance can be discussed and decided upon.

Perhaps Beverly Hills wedding coordinators or event planners in Beverly Hills are required. A personal referral would be helpful in securing the best assistance for the upcoming wedding. Coordinators that know their area tend to be expert in their craft and to have good connections and professional relationships which will greatly benefit the bride and groom.

A fairy tale wedding in Glendale may be in the bride's heart and dreams. In this case, Glendale wedding planners may prove to be the answer. Wedding planners are typically expert in calming bridal nerves and helping to guide her from making the invitation list to choosing wedding linens to arranging the honeymoon transportation. The most important thing a couple can do regarding wedding help is to have good communication. They need to have a firm grasp of what their needs are and what the budget allows and be clear about their expectations.

Where to Find a Limousine Driver for My Wedding

on Wednesday, 03 October 2012. Posted in Event Blog

Where to Find a Limousine Driver for My Wedding

When looking to have a special event you will need to make numerous plans to make this work and become a good experience. One of the most important and significant events in a person’s life is a wedding. This is when two people get married and have a ceremony to celebrate it. In order to make this work out well you will need a variety of services. One of these services is a limousine service. Fortunately in places such as Los Angeles there are plenty of these available in California. By looking into the various Los Angeles limo services you will have the means to get the transportation you need to travel for your wedding. There are many places where you can get a Los Angeles wedding limousine so there is not shortage of options available to you when looking to have this very special occasion.

Since there are many locales in the Los Angeles area you will want to get a wedding limousine Los Angeles that covers the many areas in the city and county. One of the most desirable destinations and locales in Los Angeles is the neighborhood known as Beverly Hills. You can easily get a Beverly Hills limousine which can allow you to get the transportation you need in order to get around during your event in this particular part of town.

Another desirable place to have a this event is in Glendale. If you are looking to get a Glendale limousine you will often be able to utilize many limo services in Glendale to get around. Since this is a rather nice community it is one that is quite ideal for weddings and is one of the places you should consider when looking to have a weddings in the Los Angeles area. A limo service in Glendale can be a great option for you.

If you are looking to have this particular marriage ceremony or any other social event in cities such as Irvine then it is a good idea to use an Irvine limousine service. By having a limousine Irvine you will have a dependable transportation service available to you in this particular locale.

For those living in the outside areas of Los Angeles such as Orange County you will need to look into getting a limo service in this particular locale. Fortunately for many people you will be able to get an Orange county limousine wedding service to help you get around during this special occasion. There are many options for you to choose from so you will have plenty of sources to use when looking for transportation for the event

As well as a marriage ceremony there are other occasions where you can utilize a limo service. These occasions include a party, and an engagement. You can also use a limo service for other occasions such as a bachelor party and graduation from school. So using limo services provide people with the transportation they need in order to get around during important social events.

Persian Wedding – The Marriage Ceremony Customs

on Friday, 05 October 2012. Posted in Event Blog

The Iranian or Persian wedding ceremony is based on the ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Although there are some local and regional variations, the concept and traditions of a Persian wedding is always same. Of course, this wedding ceremony is also based on holy rituals as per the religion. Today, you may find slight variation in the modern day Persian weddings, but the actual ceremonies and rituals are more or less the same.

For Persian marriage event, families and friend unite and celebrate together. In the past, marriages were arranged by the parents and older members in a family. In this modern age, couples choose their own mate. Once the groom and bride’s families approve, they go ahead with the marriage ceremony. After that, the families announce the marriage dates. Some families also send out formal invitation cards to their relative and friends in order to invite them to the marriage ceremonial functions.

Sofreh Aghd:

In all Persian weddings, the famous Persian Spread or Sofreh Aghd is used. It is a century-old tradition in all Persian weddings. Traditionally, the Sofreh-ye Aghd is passed from parents to offspring in a family. This spread is of fine-quality fabric such as silk, satin, and wool. On Sofreh-ye Aghd, there are a number of specific things that need to be kept.

Mirror or Aayeneh-ye Bakht:

A mirror is a must in all Persian marriage. Alongside the mirror, there will be two candelabra; these actually represent the bride and groom. Persian weddings use mirror and two candelabra as a symbol of light and fire. The groom sees the bride’s face in the mirror once she removes her veil.

Herb & Spice Tray:

On the Sofreh, an herb and spice tray is kept. This tray features seven multi-colored herbs and spices. This ritual is done to protect the newly wed couple from evil spirits. The tray contains wild rice, poppy seed, salt, and Nigella seeds, Frankincense, black tea, and salt.

Baked flatbread:

A specially made baked and decorated flatbread or "Noon-e Sangak" is also kept on the holy spread. Some families also have "Mobaarak-Baad" written on the bread in calligraphy. This bread is a symbol of prosperity for the feasts and for the couple's newly wed life. Alongside this bread, there will be another bread, feta cheese, and herb platter. This is shared with all the guests who attend the ceremony.

Egg Basket:

On the Sofreh, a basket of decorated eggs and dry fruits are kept. This symbolizes fertility. Alongside this, another basket of apple and pomegranates are kept. This basket represents divine creation of humans.

Rose Water, Gold Coin and Sugar:

A cup of rose water is also kept on the Sofreh. Basically, the rose water extracted from Gol-e Mohammadi, a special Persian rose is used in the wedding. A bowl of sugar is also used in Persian wedding. This is to sweeten the newly wed couple’s life. Two sugar cones are used in the ceremony to grind over the couple’s heads. A bowl of honey is also used in the wedding ceremony. Another bowl filled with gold coins is also kept on the holy spread. This is to wish luck and prosperity for the newly wed.

Fabric:

A silk shawl or scarf is used to be held over the bride and groom's head throughout the wedding ceremony. Usually, the married female relatives take part in this ritual to hold this fabric.

Holy Book:

A copy of the couple's Holy Book is also placed on the spread. If it is a Muslim couple, a copy of Quran is kept; alternatively, the holy Bible is used if the wedding couple is Christian. This ritual is done to symbolize the supreme God's blessing for the couple.

Sweets and Pastries:

No Persian wedding can be done without sweets and pastries. These sweet treats are to be shared with the guests, just after the ceremony gets over. Some of the popular sweets used in the wedding include Noghl, Baklava, Tout, and Noon-Berenji.

The I Do's and I Don'ts of Writing Wedding Invitations

on Thursday, 24 October 2013. Posted in Event Blog

A coworker, Pomela or as she likes to be called, "Pom", invited me to her wedding 3 months ago and still hasn't had it. This whole time she's kept a wedding planner book on a shelf behind her work desk but never opens it. Its pages full of ideas that took weeks of browsing Pinterest, the pink velvet binding stands out like a fluorescent vertebrae in a brown spine of otherwise dusty old office relics. This week it went missing. The following day of the missing pink book, an invitation shows up on everyone's desk. Pom's face turned brighter than the pink invitations embossed with foiled black lettering. The new girl whose wedding we were invited to copied the same wedding invitations and potentially ripped off her entire wedding planner. It was Pom's move to take her planner back. But first she had to read the invitations. Sure enough, right down to the identical font, was the wedding invitation Pom dreamed up over the summer but never delivered. The new girl made one glaring error on my invitation, however. Instead of writing "Doctor" in full, she left "Dr". Now I share the same name as the street address, "Springfield Dr". When writing an invitation, fill out the title of the guest in full: never abbreviate. And now: The Do's and Don't of Wedding Invitations (The Errors That Last Forever): Don't use "Doctor" instead of "Dr." "Reverend" instead of "Rev". Never write "Rev" unless he's your old biker friend. It's okay to write "Mr." or "Mrs" but not okay to write "Mister" or "Misses". Only use a person's full name. Write out the whole street name too. Not st name or ave name or dr name. Street, Avenue, or Drive name. If you're inviting two people who live together but aren't married, the girl gets top billing and the individual names appear on separate lines. Write "and" and not &. Anyone know what that's called? Ampersand. It's also the monkey in Y the Last Man, which is how you can remember the girl roommate gets top billing on invitations. Write out the full name of the state and be careful not to write too many s's in Missississippi. The wedding took place at a church behind a refrigeration plant. The plant specialized in freezing roses for weddings overseas and in the Himalayas. American roses or as foreign marketplaces refer to them, "roses" with an accent, symbolize achievement and were first used by mountain holy men who married those who climbed the highest peaks. The bride and groom did not use them in their centerpieces and bouquets. Instead they selected wild flowers and blue lilies, but it's nice to fantasize what idea wasn't in Pom's copied wedding planner. Oh wait, this wasn't fantasized, this was the plot to an Office episode.

Best Sofreh Aghd Traditions and their Meanings

on Monday, 16 December 2013. Posted in Event Blog

Although the model for Persian weddings dates as far back as the 6th century BCE, Persian American couples continue the exotic rituals out of respect, tradition, and fun. For newcomers to Persian weddings, like myself in Los Angeles, it may take more than a few invites to understand these traditions. To explain my favorite part, I've compiled the basics to the best Persian Wedding reception ritual in my opinion, the Sofreh. The Sofreh is essentially a table decorated with ornate objects and symbols of Persian culture with a spread of food, altogether called the Sofreye Aghd; aghd meaning the wedding reception. The most prominent object on the surface is the Mirror of Fate, aka the Aayeneh-ye Bakht. When the bride first appears before the groom, she unveils herself and the groom's first glance of her is through the mirror of fate, symbolizing the future he holds with his future wife. On either side of the Mirror of Fate are twin candelabras, representing the bride or groom and two important elements of Zoroastrianism, fire and light. Fire represents purity and energy, like the burning flames of newlyweds. Fire also produces light, which casts away darkness and the unknown, representing knowledge and hope for the bride and groom's future. To accompany the candles and mirror, stylish bowls of multicolored seeds and spices represent purification to keep the good vibes going: poppy seeds counter evil spells, salt blinds the evil eye, and frankincense burns evil spirits. Not to be outdone, Wild rice, angelica, nigella seeds finish the job of keeping away bad spirits. Not all items spread on the Sofreh represent the eternal struggle of good versus evil. Tokhm-eh-Morgh aka eggs, are often decorated elaborately and represent fertility. Similarly, shelled nuts serve the same purpose: Badoom, Gandom, and Gerdoo aka almonds, walnuts, and hazelnut symbolize abundance, which is probably why there are so many Starbucks in Los Angeles serving the same flavored drinks. There are pretty sweet traditions for the Sofreh that complete the ceremony. After the guests fill up on rock candy which symbolizes the sweet life, the most common finale for the bride and groom is dipping their pinky fingers in honey to represent a sweet future. While they probably will taste better with apples and pomegranate, which are on the Sofreh to symbolize joy and the divine fruit of the gods, for mere mortals, nothing is sweeter than honey on your honey.

Why Break Glass at a Jewish Wedding?

on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. Posted in Event Blog

Why smash a glass at Jewish weddings? Are the groom and bride anti-glassware or are they just planning to endanger the wedding clean up crew, who may or may not perform their duties barefoot? In Los Angeles, smashing a glass snow globe with a miniature Hollywood sign may fit your wedding theme, but how do you explain to your nephew whose ornament you just ruined? The glass breaking tradition holds a deeper meaning than just mindless destruction, which should be saved for devouring a wedding cake after all's said and smashed. The long-held Jewish custom of crystal breaking symbolizes the destruction of The Temple in Jerusalem in 70 BCE. This place of worship connected humans to God and after it was torn down, the Jews felt their connection shatter. Is this why people cry during weddings: especially Jewish ones? Mourning is a healing process, but so is unity. And what better place to unite than at a wedding, especially at a sticky, unifying place like a candy factory in downtown Los Angeles. When two souls search for love, they grow as individuals, become successful, and happy. Eventually they connect with another soul and become grateful for their journey apart. If not for their initial separation, they never would have become a whole man or woman who eventually attracts the other. Bonus points if it's a man and a man or a woman and a woman. Breaking a glass at a Jewish wedding takes place under the Chupah, which is literally a canopy held by four poles. Before stepping beneath the Chupah, the father and father-in-law blesses the groom with well wishes. In some ceremonies, the groom and bride must empty their pockets of valuables, like jewelry and cash, before stepping beneath the Chupah. This symbolizes their sacrifices for each other and a new start together. The groom's domain is the Chupah, and inviting his bride to join him underneath symbolizes their unification. To finalize the wedding, they smash the glass to celebrate their time apart before their eternal journey together in marriage. God of course has a front row seat to the occasion, but you won't catch Him on clean up crew.