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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? IS THERE A DRESS CODE?

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Attire is Black-Tie Optional (Formal) (e.g., suits, cocktail dresses, etc.). All of the events will be indoors.

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CAN I BRING A DATE?

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We have carefully curated our guest list based on the venue size and restrictions. We will only be able to accommodate those listed on your invitation. If you have any questions, please let us know!

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ARE CHILDREN WELCOME?

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We will have some children present at our wedding; however, we will only be able to accommodate those indicated on your invitation. If indicated on your invitation, older children are welcome to attend the Wedding Day Events/Ceremony. There will be a babysitter available on-site at the hotel if needed to watch babies, toddlers, and younger children. Please let us know if you have any questions. If you're unsure if your children are invited or whether they would attend the wedding day events versus be with the babysitter, please let us know!

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'M UNABLE TO ATTEND?

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You will certainly be missed! If you can not make it to the wedding, please let us know as soon as possible and RSVP “no,” so we can plan accordingly.

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DO I NEED TO FIND SOMETHING TO DO BETWEEN THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION?

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The answer is, no! Since the ceremony and reception are taking place at the same location, guests need only to retire to the cocktail lounge for an hour of hors d'oeuvres and drinks before being escorted back into the reception.

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WHAT TYPE OF FOOD AND BEVERAGES WILL BE SERVED?

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Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served immediately following the ceremony during cocktail hour. The bar is an open bar and will be available throughout the remainder of the evening. Dinner will consist of three different options, one being vegetarian/vegan. Please let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions or food allergies.

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WHAT ARE SOME JEWISH WEDDING TRADITIONS THAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE WEDDING? PART 1

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The Ketubah: The Ketubah is a marriage contract attesting to the commitments and obligations Ryan and Sara will make to each other as a married couple. It is one of the oldest elements of Jewish weddings, dating back over two thousand years. Before the wedding ceremony, the Ketubah will be signed by Sara and Ryan, as well as two witnesses not related to the Bride and Groom. The Ketubah will be on display during the ceremony for everyone to view. The Chuppah: Sara and Ryan will be married under a wedding canopy known as the Chuppah, which symbolizes the home that they will build together. The Chuppah rests on four poles yet has no walls, reflecting the idea that family and friends will always be welcome in their home. Kippah: A Kippah is a Jewish head covering. It is typically worn by a Rabbi, but you might also see some other guests wearing them if they so choose. Ryan and Sara personally will not be wearing one. However, there will be some available at the entrance of the ceremony hall for those who wish to have one. Guests are not required to wear one! Tallit: A Tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl. It symbolizes the commandments of the Torah and the enveloping and protective presence of God. It provides a way for Jewish people to feel closer to God when they pray. During weddings, it is often used as a covering on the Chuppah and/or draped over the couple's shoulders during the Seven Blessings. You may also see the Rabbi wearing a Tallit throughout the ceremony. The Sheva Brachot (The Seven Blessings): This prayer is traditionally recited during a Jewish ceremony after the couple shares their vows and exchanges rings. These blessings represent the joy of creation, including the creation of our new marriage/home that will be created under the Chuppah, the hope for harmony in the world, and rejoicing with the wedding couple.

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WHAT ARE SOME JEWISH WEDDING TRADITIONS THAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE WEDDING? PART 2

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The 'Breaking Of The Glass' and the song "Siman Tov": The ceremony will conclude with Ryan stepping on a glass and breaking it. Traditionally, this custom is a reminder of the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem and the many losses that have been suffered by the Jewish people. However, it is also a reminder that relationships are as fragile as glass and must always be treated with care and love. The sound of the glass breaking is greeted by joyous shouts of “Mazel Tov,” a wish for good fortune to the newly-married couple. During the Bride and Groom's exit from the ceremony, guests are invited to sing "Siman Tov," which is also a wish for good fortune to the newly-married couple. Here is a video of a groom breaking the glass and guests singing “Siman Tov” at the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony if you want to see what this tends to look like! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sXl1Bbe4Yk The song, “Hava Naglia,” and the dance, the "Hora": "Hava Nagila" is a song traditionally played/performed at Jewish wedding receptions. While the song is played, guests can engage in a celebratory dance called the Hora, which includes the bride and groom (and sometimes their parents) being lifted up in chairs. Below is a video of guests dancing the Hora along to the song "Hava Nagila" during a Jewish wedding reception if you want to get a feel for what it looks like. Below are also some videos you can watch if you want to learn the official moves to the Hora. (Disclaimer: During the Hora, most people end up just running fast in a circle, so don’t worry about learning the moves if you don't know them! :) ): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FygCMSRDgcE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGTho2a9t9k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww5uSzT0Wes

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