Designing Your Chuppah

Every Jewish family knows that an essential part of a Jewish wedding is the Chuppah, or marriage canopy. Today, there are so many ways a couple can be creative with this aspect of their wedding. 

The Chuppah traditionally represents the new home to be created by the bride and groom. The Chuppah is open on all four sides to represent openness to kindness, love, and community.  And while there is a long history behind this tradition, today, especially in the U.S., brides and grooms can be creative with their Chuppah choices.

The material used was once only of satin or silk. But really, anything goes.

Chuppah Ideas:

The Traditional, man held Chuppah

Traditionally, a piece of cloth is attached to four poles and the bride and groom ask friends/family to hold the poles during the ceremony.

This is a great way to incorporate some special people into your wedding!

Mitzvah Consultant & Planner, Julie Herskovitz, standing under the Chuppah at her wedding.

Mitzvah Consultant & Planner, Julie Herskovitz, standing under the Chuppah at her wedding.

Self-Standing

More couples today elect to have a “self-standing” Chuppah. The Chuppah can be made larger this way as some like to have their family stand under the canopy with them. However, family does not need to be under the Chuppah with the bride and groom. 

This Chuppah can be decorated with floral arrangements as it is stable

The Personalized

A family Tallit. In my wedding, we used a self-standing Chuppa, decorated with floral arrangements on the posts, and with my Saba’s (grandfather’s) Tallit hanging under the main material and over mine and my husband’s head.

One bride and groom asked friends to make a quilt square about the couple. They then sewed together the squares and used the homemade quilt as their Chuppah. Hanging over them fond memories as shared by those close to them.

This blog was written by our newest team member, Mitzvah Consultant & Planner Julie Herskovitz. If you would like to have a consultation with Julie, please call 800-941-2770 ext 1 or email info@trilogyeventdesign.com.

Shira & Terence's Wedding Stationery

Shira & Terence were married on August 31, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA! We had a blast working with them the year leading up to their wedding. While Chief Event Planner Randi Martin planned the look and feel of the event, Creative Director Francesca Staffieri set to work designing all of the stationery for their wedding beginning with our exclusive line of custom illustrated save the dates. Francesca illustrates the likenesses of our couples based on photographs they provide. 

Shira & Terence's custom-illustrated Save the Date based upon photographs of the couple. Photo by Nina Price Photography.

Shira & Terence's custom-illustrated Save the Date based upon photographs of the couple. Photo by Nina Price Photography.

For their wedding invitation suite, Shira wanted a design that represented their everlasting love for each other. The invitation itself was then mounted on a metallic purple card stock.

Wedding invitation suite designed by Trilogy Event Design Creative Director Francesca Staffieri. Photo by Nina Price Photography

Wedding invitation suite designed by Trilogy Event Design Creative Director Francesca Staffieri. Photo by Nina Price Photography

Francesca carried the design elements throughout their day-of wedding stationery which included programs, menus, seating cards, and table cards which featured famous television show husband & wife team names.

Photo by Nina Price Photography

Photo by Nina Price Photography

If you would like to set up a free design/stationery consultation with Creative Director Francesca Staffieri, email us at info@trilogyeventdesign.com or call 800-941-2770.

Thanks to Nina Price Photography for the photos of our work.

Introducing… Julie!

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We are coming up on Trilogy Event Design's 1-year anniversary, and it has been quite a year! And, as we continue to grow, adding more weddings, birthdays, and other social and corporate events to our portfolio, we are excited to announce the addition of someone new to the team: Julie Rae Herskovitz!

Julie joins us as our Mitzvoth Consultant & Planner, and we are thrilled to have her on board. To properly introduce Julie to you all, we asked her to participate in a Q&A... 

Q: In 5 words or less, how would you describe your personality?

A: Bubbly, Outgoing, Dependable, Efficient, and Loving

Q: What made you want to plan weddings and mitzvot (commonly referred to as bar/bat mitzvahs)?

A: I had such an amazing time planning my own wedding! Shortly after, my cousins, who were soon to be wed, began asking me about various Jewish traditions and tips on how to incorporate traditions with their modern lifestyles. This made me realize how little some couples know about Jewish Weddings. I love being able to assist Brides, Grooms, and of course, parents of the to-be-husband and wife. As for Bar and Bat Mitzvoth, well, before my wedding, my Bat Mitzvah was one of my happiest memories. It is a joyous, lively occasion. Who wouldn't want to be apart of planning happiness!

Q: What is your favorite part of a wedding?

A: I think that depends on the wedding. For example, at my wedding it was the "shtick" my brother-in-law planned for Ron (my husband) and I. At a Jewish Wedding, the bride and groom are to be treated as King and Queen, and the guest are to act as jesters. It is a mitzvah to bring joy and laughter to a bride and groom on their wedding day. So any wedding that has some shtick (which is done during the Hora, the traditional Jewish Circle Dance) is always exciting and fun! 

My sister had a full ceremonial B'Deken. One of the beliefs is that no one is as close to G-d as a bride on her wedding day. Because of this close connection with G-d, the bride can bless people and help them achieve their wishes, or she can bestow personalized blessing on her guests. This is a beautiful part of a traditional wedding.

However, for a non-religious response, it's the dancing! I love any opportunity to slow dance with my husband!

Q: What was the coolest party you've ever attended?

A: Ok, well, I have to say it was my very own wedding. That day was everything for which I hoped!

Q: What is your favorite color? Why?

A: Teal. It is bright and warm and makes me feel happy.

Q: What is your favorite time of the year? Why?

A: Spring time! The weather begins to warm and people, once again, venture from their homes. It's a time to be reacquainted with neighbors. It's a time for walks in the park with our dog. It's a time of warmth and clear skies. It just feels like a time for new beginnings.

It's All in the Design…

It all starts when you lock in your venue. The date is set, planning is underway, and one of the first decisions you will need to make is the overall look of your wedding.

The Save the Date, typically sent out 6 — 12 months before your wedding, may be a result of that overall decision or it can be designed so that it is completely different from what's to come. Save the Dates were generally sent out by couples to alert their guests of their wedding if many of their guests were from out of town or if the wedding was occurring on a holiday or holiday weekend. Now, many couples are using the save the date as a fun way of getting their guests excited for their wedding.

A New York Yankees themed Save the Date featuring unique custom illustrations of the couple. Photograph by BG Productions.

A New York Yankees themed Save the Date featuring unique custom illustrations of the couple. Photograph by BG Productions.

"Just remember, that from an etiquette perspective" Trilogy Event Design Chief Event Planner Randi Martin says, "you should send a wedding invitation to every person you send a save the date to. So if you're on the fence about inviting a particular guest, don't send them a save the date."

These unique custom illustrated save the dates are designed by Creative Director Francesca Staffieri

These unique custom illustrated save the dates are designed by Creative Director Francesca Staffieri

Having a rustic-chic wedding at a vineyard in the country? Is it going to be all about the bling at a Center City wedding at The Crystal Tea Room? Or are you going for something more offbeat at the Please Touch Museum?

Just as the time of year you are marrying may influence the overall look of your wedding, the venue you choose may also influence your designs. 

"Your invitation is the first look that your guests will have of your wedding," says Trilogy Event Design Creative Director and Graphic Designer Francesca Staffieri. "We can create a design system for our couples that is cohesive, unique and will tell their story."

A rustic chic wine-stained wedding invitation suite with rehearsal dinner invitation, thank you card, and seating card. Photograph by BG Productions.

A rustic chic wine-stained wedding invitation suite with rehearsal dinner invitation, thank you card, and seating card. Photograph by BG Productions.

Working with Trilogy Event Design, you can be sure that the color palette, design elements that are important to you, and your personality, will carry through from the moment your invitation is opened til the last dance on your big day.

Slideshow above: Photographs by Unique Concepts Studio. Floral by Papertini. Event and Graphic Design by Trilogy Event Design.

Interested in a consultation? Email us at info@trilogyeventdesign.com, head over to our contact page, or call us at 800-941-2770. 

Destination Wedding Tips

Just a few tips to help you plan and enjoy your destination wedding

  1. Meet with your hired professionals before your wedding day so you know who and what you are getting OR have a local wedding planner handle the details and let him/her meet with the professionals in person. 
  2. Hire professionals you really trust based on their reputation (read reviews), quality of work, and your chemistry over the phone.
  3. Take a photographer from your hometown with you. It will make it easier for you to contact them after the wedding to get your photos and albums.
  4. Work with a travel agent to lock in the rates well in advance.
  5. Wait until you get there to shop for welcome bag items and hotel room goodies.
  6. Give your guests a welcome letter, itinerary, and map of the area.

For further assistance, feel free to contact Trilogy Event Design to speak with a wedding planner or travel agent. 

phone - 800-941-2770 or email - info@trilogyeventdesign.com 

Places to Have a Fabulous Party

The Philadelphia area is full of fabulous and fantastic places to host your next big event. There are already so many websites dedicated to wedding venues, so I won’t be redundant. Where do we go for smaller, but very important, parties?

Here are a few places I happen to like a lot: 

For Bridal Showers: Radnor Hotel 

Photo courtesy of The Radnor Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Radnor Hotel

The garden room overlooks the amazing formal gardens. The view is breathtaking and the service is top of the line. If you want the bride-to-be to feel like a princess, this is the place to be.

For Bridesmaids Luncheon or Tea: Mary Cassatt Tea Room @ Rittenhouse Hotel

Photo courtesy of Rittenhouse Hotel

Photo courtesy of Rittenhouse Hotel

I could not scream the word “elegance” any louder than the Mary Cassatt Tea Room already does. You’ll feel like you stepped into a Cassatt painting. The large selection of teas and yummy variety of tea sandwiches and pastries will make you wish you could be there every day.

For Baby Showers: Manayunk Brewery

Photo courtesy of Manayunk Brewery

Photo courtesy of Manayunk Brewery

The River Club at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant is a spectacular setting in the rehabbed loft space of the former Woolen Mill.

While there are many other places that could be listed, we need to save room for future posts too. Feel free to list your favorites in the comments section below.  

See you soon. Muchos Smooches. 

Randi

 

Posted on January 14, 2014 and filed under Venue Search, Event Planning.