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The Wedding Website of Samantha Duggan and Shira Hecht
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When should I RSVP by?

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Please RSVP by April 21st.

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Can we book a room onsite at the venue?

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Yes! We highly encourage our guests to book a room at The Landing at Estes Park. Guests that are not staying onsite will be asked to leave the premises by 10pm when the event ends. There are fire pits alongside the river and majority of the weekend events will take place at the venue too. Note: The Landing lodging is now full

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I have a food allergy, can I make a special request?

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Please specify in your RSVP if you have any dietary restrictions we need to let our caterers know about!

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Is there parking for the ceremony or reception?

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The parking is limited and primarily taken up by the guests that are staying onsite. We recommend staying onsite or at one of the nearby cabins that is walking distance. For those that need to drive, there will be some parking options available at the venue or across the street.

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Is there a dress code?

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Formal and fun! This is an opportunity to dress up and break out your favorite outfits. Want some ideas? Cocktail dresses, evening gowns, dressy jumpsuits, formal jackets and slacks all fit the bill, but feel free to show off your own personal style!

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Are kids welcome?

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Children 10 and up are welcome to join the ceremony at their parents discretion, but otherwise we ask that you find childcare during that time.

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What should I expect from a Jewish wedding?

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We are so excited that you will be present for our ceremony, and we can't wait to share our version of a Jewish wedding with you! We recognize that this will be a new experience for some of our guests, so here is a basic outline: We will be married under a CHUPPAH, which is a canopy supported by four poles. The chuppah represents the new home we're building together. The ceremony begins by reciting the SHEVA BRACHOT (seven blessings) which celebrate joy, love, and commitment. These blessings will be recited by friends and family members in Hebrew, and an English translation will be provided. While the blessings are being said, Shira and Sam will both circle each other 7 times, symbolizing our unity and creating a mystical circle of protection for the establishment of our family. Finally, rings will be exchanged - a circle with no beginning or end representing the eternal nature of our bond. At the conclusion of the ceremony, we will each break a glass with our feet. This symbolizes the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and the commitment to support one another even in difficult times. The ceremony will likely take around 30 minutes, and then we will have a cocktail hour and reception. While we will not be serving pork or shellfish, the meat at the wedding is not certified kosher. We will be dancing the HORA - a lively circle dance - during our reception. Mostly it involves holding hands and dancing quickly in a circle around people in the center. There is a Jewish commandment to "make happy those getting married", and there is sometimes a tradition of a "speil" - funny skits, costumes, etc - that are presented for the enjoyment of the bride(s) or groom(s). If you would like to participate in such things, please tell the brides, Bee Bernstein, or Jon Hecht. "Mazel tov" (literally, "good luck") is the traditional form of congratulations at a Jewish Wedding, so you'll likely hear that a lot!

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I live locally and I am free the weekend before! Anything going on?

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Thank you for asking this question! We will be having an 'aufruf' (literal translation: call up), which is when we receive a special blessing during Saturday synagogue services, on May 18th, at Congregation Rodef Shalom. You are welcome but not required to join us if you'd like! There will be services, and then a bomb kiddush lunch.

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