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Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah and Jewish Wedding Planning and Resource Guide

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah - Things to Consider

What You Should Decide
The Size and Style of the Reception
Main Menu
Adult Guest List
How Many Kids
Location & Times
Professionals to Hire
Hora Music
Decorations
What The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Could Decide
Theme
Kids Guest List
Kids' Seating Arrangement
Dance Music
Clothing
Alternate Entertainment
Candle Lighting Tributes
Decide As A Team
Alliyot and Honor Participants
Candle Lighting Honorees
Invitations


Sample Wedding Agendas
Evening Hours (5 hours shown here)

6:30 - 7:30 PM
Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, background music, greeting arriving guests. Wedding pictures are taken, if they weren't before the ceremony. Guest book is signed, and table cards picked up, if any.

7:30 - 8:00 PM
The Master of Ceremonies formally welcomes guests, introduction of the Wedding Party, blessing over the wine and challah.

8:00 - 9:00 PM
Dinner, light music. Toasts and speeches from the Best Man, Maid of Honor, Parents. Dinner ends with blessings or a reprise of the sheva b'rachot.

9:00 - 9:45 PM
Bride and groom have the first dance, cake cutting ceremony, more toasts. Hora dance, traditional Jewish music.

9:45 - 11:30 PM
The night continues with dancing. Bride throws bouquet. Groom throws garter. Bride and groom change into going away clothes and dance the final dance. Mezinke Tanz–a dance that honors parents who have married off the last of their children. Parents thank guests and say goodnight.

Sample Bar/Bat Mitzvah Agendas
Evening Hours (4 hours shown here)

7:30 - 8:15 PM
Hor d'oeuvres, cocktails, background music, greeting arriving guests. Younger guests entertained in another room with games (Coke-Pepsi, scavenger hunt, etc.), caricatures, dance music, etc.

8:15 - 8:30 PM
The Master of Ceremonies formally welcomes guests, introduction of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah family, blessing over the wine and challah.

8:30 - 9:30 PM
Dinner, light music.

9:30 - 9:45 PM
Candle-lighting ceremony, Hora dance, traditional Jewish music.

9:45 - 11:30 PM
The night continues with dancing. Videographer records family and friends in a quiet location saying Mazel Tov to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

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