Jewish Event Planning 101 – High Style Events Tips article from In Fashion Magazine

Jewish Event Planning 101 – High Style Events Tips article from In Fashion Magazine

High Style Events article - In FashionOur High Style Events division had our High Styled Tips article published in the premier Jewish magazine for the affluent Jewish household, In Fashion Magazine (www.infashionft.com). We’ve included the entire tips in our blog but if you can pick up the magazine, that’s even better! We look forward to placing our stamp of High Style on your event!

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High Style Events Article

| In Fashion Magazine |

When it comes to special events, we love to High Style them. We believe your event is one of a kind and should reflect that uniqueness every step of the way, from concept to completion. So we’re sharing some of our favorite High Styled ideas that we’ve
innovated and come across that can really turn your event into an extraordinary
celebration:

Go Stylish on Your Placecards

Make a first and lasting an impression with customized placecards. We know of a wedding where the placecards were tiny customized Tiffany boxes for
each attendee – if you receive a Tiffany’s box as your placecard, you KNOW
uniqueness – for non-profit gala dinners, try a hinting yet playful money
clip placecard holder. For corporate or trade show events, we love a
customized MingleStick (check it out on our Facebook page, High Style
Events). For social events, a tiny picture frame with the attendee’s pictures is a glorious, welcoming, and personal touch.

Tailor Your Man
Women go to far lengths to tailor their dresses and outfits for a special
event. Three to five dress fittings for a wedding gown, mother of the
bride, or Bat Mitvah dress is standard procedure. But nothing is more asymmetrical than a elegantly dressed woman and blandly dressed man. Take  the time to ensure your husband, son, or fiancé dresses PERFECTLY. For
your man, remember: the suit could be the most expensive suit or tuxedo in
all of New York but if it doesn’t fit well on him, you’re wasting your
money. Buying an affordable fitted suit from Zara or Calving Klein is step one and tailoring it even more perfectly is step two. Plus, don’t solely
rely on the tailors at department stores like Lord & Taylor or Saks with promises of free tailoring with a suit purchase – take your suit to a trusted tailor that you know can make it perfect. Same with tuxedos – get your tailor to look at it and see it on you before you buy or rent. Add even more High Style – if you’re getting a custom-made dress designed, ask your tailor to use the extra fabric swatches and design a matching tie or pocket square, even for a cummerbund, for your special man. Nothings says stylish more than two well-dressed (and matching!) people.

Ditch the Keyboard. Go for a DJ.
For smaller events where orchestra’s just don’t make sense, party like
it’s 2011. Ditch the one man band and singer/keyboardist and go for the
     DJ. DJ’s have numerous musical styles available to them at the push of a
button – Sephardic, Fusion, Rock, Dance, etc – and are in the same price
range as a keyboardist anyway. The difference – DJ’s up the “cool factor”
by a thousand percent and dictate the party mode of the event much better.
No disrespect to keyboardists (keyboards went out of style back in the
1990’s along with SmashMouth and Genesis) but I haven’t heard anyone come
to an event and say “Wow, you have a keyboardist!”; they say “Wow, you got
a DJ!” And at your event, we know you want to have that “WOW Factor”.

High Style Tip of the Month – The Wedding Interior Designer

Go the extra mile and hire an
     interior designer to oversee your entire venue and recommend stylish
     elements. For people getting married in special venues (catering halls,
country club, etc), the venue is pre-designed for elegance so all you need
to add is your extra bit of style to accentuate the venue’s elegance.
However, for those getting married in Synagogues or other locations
designed for usefulness, placing just flowers throughout simply won’t High
Style your event to reflect your uniqueness. So we recommend going the
extra mile and hiring an interior designer to see what stylish elements
can be added to really make your event extremely stylish. Some floral
decorators offer this service but, as you’ll see in the next tip,
specialized means customized (and you won’t necessarily pay more at all).

Specialized means Customized
We’ve met so many vendors who tack on different tasks in order to offer
more than what they normally do. For example: Florists & Caterers.
Caterers & Event Planners. Musicians & Photography. Photography
& Carpet Cleaning. Chuppah Designers & Coffin Designers (don’t
hire these guys!). Basically, they add more services in order to increase
revenue but remember – the more un-specialized, the less you can
customize. If they don’t specialize in one task, they can’t excel in the
     one task you really want them to do. Caterers should focus on amazing
food, not  Find specialists and you can tell them EXACTLY what you
would like so they can customize the event to you and EXCEL in it. Don’t
you deserve customized service at your special event? We know you do.

With these tips, now you can start putting a stamp of High Style on your special event!

Olivia Bondarsky is the highly experienced Lead Event Planner at High Style
Events, a team of Jewish event planners specializing in the Jewish event. Like
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Jewish Event Planning – Meet Zack & His High-End Bar Mitzvah Music Video

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Well, this is definitely a unique way to stand out at your Bar Mitzvah. I only had a Polaroid camera at my Bar Mitzvah.

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Keeping Your Maiden Name Earns You More?

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Jewish Event Planning Tip – What’s In Your Jewish Half Mile Radius?

Jewish Event Planning Tip – What’s In Your Jewish Half Mile Radius?

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Your Jewish Event Planning Radius

What’s around you that is Jewish? Is there a Synagogue down the block? How about a Jewish Center where they can bring their kids? What about Kosher food or Kosher restaurants in a half mile radius? If you want to host a Jewish celebration or weekend event, know your “Jewish vicinity” and where your customers can visit or frequent when they’re out and about. Knowing what’s around your venue that’s Jewish can help you tailor a special rate or program to the Jewish market. NYC is a destination for millions of visitors every year and offering special rates for out of town guests at a nearby Synagogue is a great way for to get new customers in the door. For instance, pairing with your local Synagogue and offering a special rate for out of town guests who attend weekend events or for Sabbath is a great option – the guests will see that your venue is accommodating to their needs. And eventually, they may decide to build on their hotel stays and start hosting events at your place!

Henry Isaacs

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Jewish Events Tip – Kosher vs Kosher Style

Jewish Events Tip – Kosher vs Kosher Style

Kosher StyleKosher Style vs. Kosher

Kosher, Kosher style, glatt Kosher, not-so-Kosher. These are just some of the terms you’ll hear when you’re dealing with a Jewish event. It’s important you learn about the subtle and not so subtle differences in Jewish diet restrictions so you can be prepared for any Kosher request.

Generally, some families prefer kosher and some will opt for kosher style. That sounds basically the same but they are actually worlds apart.

Strictly Glatt Kosher means that the food, ingredients, utensils, and ovens used in making the food ALL adhere to the Kosher standards and are overseen by a mashgiach, a designated Kosher overseer. Technically, the term Glatt refers to a certain quality of animal (defect free), although these days Glatt Kosher tends to imply simply a higher form of Kosher. Glatt Kosher refers to meat; Cholov Yisroel refers to a higher form of dairy (see our Shavuot post for more on Cholov Yisroel).

All the ingredients in AND process of cooking chicken marsala must be kosher, the chicken must be bought from a recognized kosher establishment, and the oven has to be cleansed for cooking kosher products. It’s intensive, yes!

Kosher style is simply saying that you’ll cook a meal that resembles a Kosher meal (such as brisket, chicken soup, matza ball soup, or tzimmes) but doesn’t conform to all the guidelines listed above. A major major difference, so large in fact that when a consumer hears that a location is Kosher Style, they may never give your establishment a second chance should you decide to become fully kosher.

If your venue can accommodate kosher and not just kosher style, you’ll be able to cast a wider net and attract ALL of the groups of Jewish event planners, Orthodox especially. Ever since the Monsey meat scandal and the erroneous Long Island caterer drama, standards of Kosher meat has become an even higher priority for event planners.

Our suggestion is to always ensure Glatt Kosher standards. Respecting the dietary laws of Orthodox and Traditional family members and guests at their events, and having kosher style simply may not be enough, according to the stricter Orthodox kosher guidelines.


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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Offer Diverse Ethnic Menus

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Offer Diverse Ethnic Menus

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Offer diverse ethnic menus for ethnic Jewish communities.


The Jewish community is one of the most diverse populations in the world, and it’s reflected in their food. American, Persian, Syrian, Spanish, Morrocan, Bukharian, Chassidic, Israeli, etc – the New York Jewish market contains all those types of Jews. If your caterer and venue can host and accommodate all Jewish ethnic groups, such as Persians, you’ll get more than just a Persian bride and groom – you’ll get the entire Persian community for ALL their events!

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Jewish Events Tip – 7 Days of Celebrations After A Wedding

Jewish Events Tip – 7 Days of Celebrations After A Wedding

Sheva Bracha7 Days of Celebrations after a Wedding

Think the Jewish bride and groom zoom off into the sunset right after their chuppah? Guess again. All Jewish weddings are followed by Sheva Brochot, the SEVEN days of celebrations after a Jewish wedding.

Yes, there are seven more parties after the big wedding day. These seven days of celebration (literally, Sheva Brachot mean Seven Blessings) may not be as huge as the wedding day but they’re usually intimate small-scale celebrations of roughly 25-50 people.

How does this benefit your venue or event service? If your venue has smaller event space available in the days following the wedding, be sure to mention your smaller “Sheva Brochat rooms” to your bride and groom and you may get some more post-wedding business.

We all know that brides and grooms have little recollection of their big day, it goes so fast, so suggesting a Sheva Bracha at the same venue they got married in can help them relive their day.


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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Know The Jewish Calendar and Jewish Holidays

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Know The Jewish Calendar and Jewish Holidays

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Know the Jewish calendar and Jewish Holidays

The better you know the Jewish calendar, the more educated your sales efforts can be. For instance, Jewish law discourages celebrations from occurring during certain weeks in the Spring and Summer (known as the Sefira Weeks and the Three Weeks). Also, during the High Holidays and Passover, the Jewish market holds off on celebrations because, well, who can plan a party while already cooking for these huge family holidays? On the flip side, there are dates when celebrations are highly encouraged (such as Tu B’Av in July and Lag B’Omer in May) and Jewish event planners love to target those days for their celebrations! Know the Jewish calendar. 

Henry Isaacs

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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Know The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ritual

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Know The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ritual

Benefit from the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ritual Schedule

In most Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, the actual ritual and ceremony takes place on the Sabbath weekend before the actual party. What that means is guests and relatives from all over will be staying for the entire weekend to share in all the celebrations. If you are a hotel, you can book those guests for weekend stays. If you are a venue, the parents could benefit from your venue hosting the large Sabbath meals for all the guests. There are sales opportunities for your location even in the Jewish rituals.

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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Orthodox Jewish Weddings Can Be Planned In 2-3 Months

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Orthodox Jewish Weddings Can Be Planned In 2-3 Months

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Orthodox Jewish Weddings Can Be Planned in 2-3 Months

Unlike most weddings, Orthodox Jewish weddings are planned very quickly (to the chagrin of the stressed out parents) due to the nature of the engagement. The benefit for your venue is that if you have available venue dates on your calendar that you are just dying to book up, the Jewish market is a perfect market to target for “last-minute” venue reservations. I got engaged in March and had a wedding for 250 people at Crest Hollow Country Club in June. The quick turnaround time for Orthodox weddings could be a great source of last-minute revenue for your location!

Henry Isaacs

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