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Special Traditions for Wedding Ceremonies

By | Blueberry Ave, Chuppah, Cultural Wedding Traditions, Jewish Weddings, Sofreh Design Los Angeles, Uncategorized | No Comments

We work with a wide variety of cultures, and appreciate the nuances and joy inherent in all the traditions observed. Many of our weddings are Jewish; the chuppah structure symbolizes many things and has throughout the years, but nowadays it adds a sense of protection, a sense of starting a home together, for the bride and groom standing beneath it. Often the chuppah is freestanding, but friends and family have also carried it in and held in place as well.

 

 

Gorgeous Chuppah at Calamigos Malibu. Florals: McCann Florist. Photo: True Photography.

Gorgeous Chuppah at Calamigos Malibu. Florals: McCann Florist. Photo: True Photography.

 

On the table underneath the chuppah, are several symbolic elements: The kiddush cup, a prayer shawl (tallit), and an item many of all cultures will recognize, a glass to stomp at the end of the wedding. Many interpretations exist, but one that I particularly like is that life is fragile and imperfect, and to never take for granted your life with your loved one. (More explanations can be found here.)

Wine, kiddush cup, tallit, and stomping glass on a ceremony table. Photo by True Photography.

Wine, kiddush cup, tallit, and stomping glass on a ceremony table. Photo by True Photography.

 

A significant amount of the weddings we plan and coordinate are Persian, and one of the most stunning elements to a Persian wedding is the Sofreh. This table or display of various ceremonial elements can be simple, modern, or luxurious and ornate.

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A beautiful sofreh designed by Blueberry Ave. Photo by Dana Grant.

Each couple’s interpretation of their culture is what makes each ceremony unique.  It’s a fascinating part of what we do and another reason why wedding planning is such a meaningful job!

Holiday Parties: Something New This Season

By | Blueberry Ave, Corporate Event Planner, Dana Grant Photography, Day of Coordinator, Four Seasons Los Angeles, Holiday Parties, Office Parties, Siren Studios | No Comments

The holiday office party has its hills and valleys. Some people have a great time, others are stuck in small-talk-ville and trying to avoid that guy in accounting, others drink so much they can’t remember anything, period.

What makes or breaks a good office party (or any other holiday party, for that matter) is clear coordination and giving folks lots of fun stuff to do, without overwhelming them with gimmickry.  The best parties have a unique element to them.  It can be a clever signature cocktails, a fortune teller, a casino night theme – sky’s the limit.

Recently, my clients wanted an activity with old-world charm to match the antique flair of their event at the Four Seasons Los Angeles, and they hired two talented magicians, Saurabh Shah and Michael Jacobsen, to wander during cocktails and entertain guests with their trickery.  The activity gives people a conversation piece, a place to go when they don’t know where to mingle next – and it’s fun.

Photo by Dana Grant Photography; Event Design by Blueberry Ave.

Photo by Dana Grant Photography; Event Design by Blueberry Ave.

Food can be a conversation piece, too.  A food truck can be had for much less than traditional catering, without sacrifice in flavor (and if you’re a typical Los Angeleno, you may even prefer these gourmet meals on wheels to their fine dining competitors).  Pondering the menu, giving your order and waiting for your fresh-cooked deliciousness is a communal experience that keeps folks on their feet and on the move.

The Kogi BBQ truck was a hit at a recent event at Siren Studios. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

There are so many other cost effective ways to build office morale (yes, parties increase productivity!).  One of them is, you guessed it, to hire a good planner.  We pay for ourselves up to several times over in brokering excellent deals with vendors and venues, and we allow your in-house staff to be as productive as possible while still pulling off a tip-top event.  And, we keep an eye on your investment – making sure the bar stays open till the bitter end, following up on security deposits with your rentals company, etc etc.  Need I go on?  I’ll tell you all you need to know about our services at a complimentary consultation. Contact us anytime about your fabulous holiday soiree!

Featured in this post:

Alexandra Bissonnette’s photography

Dana Grant Photography

The creative talents of Blueberry Ave.

Four Seasons Los Angeles

Siren Studios

Magicians Saurabh Shah and Michael Jacobsen (Contact: info@shahmagic.com)