Shimrit and Liron planned their Jewish wedding in Tel Aviv in just a month. Because of the short time frame they ignored a lot of traditions and forgot about having lots of extra details. They kept things simple and affordable.
“The inspiration for the wedding was the good old weddings, before weddings became tacky and cheesy and brides and grooms lost proportions”, wrote the bride. “The guests said that they felt like they were sent back in time. I think we managed to create a good combination between the vintage feeling, oldies songs, light mood, simplicity, Israeli and the respect we gave to the ceremony. It didn’t feel fake, it felt authentic and ours. I think it’s rare to be at a wedding that really reflects the couple’s vibe.”
“We did a lot ourselves including the table centrepieces, the table numbers, the flowers and candy arrangements”, she continued. “My wedding dress was inspired by the 1920s and was made from ivory velvet, French silver-cream lace and decorated with lots of pearls and Swarovski stones. I designed and made it myself as well as all of the bridesmaid’s dresses (six adults and three flower girls!) I also made the bow ties for the boys.”
Masha and Lenya are prolific skiers and so wanted this mutual love to be reflected in their Israeli wedding. The day took place at Villa Dalia, in Moshav Ora on the outskirts of Jerusalem. There was free-flowing alcohol and sports references throughout.
“The inspiration was our craziness with several things including Lenya’s love of alcohol and football and my love of skiing and music!” began the bride. “The design of the day was unique.”
“We used the famous vintage alpine ski poster from Chamonix, France as our main design theme. We got one of these posters, dressed the couple into the wedding clothes and added a football theme. This print was used almost in every little part including the invitations and favours.”
Mor and Amnon were married at a nature reserve between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The location helped to set their theme of ‘concrete and nature’. “We didn’t want to decorate the place too much because the forest around was everything,” began Mor. “We wanted people to come and enjoy nature, but to have the concrete floor to dance on too!”
“We thought a lot about the concept because my parents are very religious. We originally planned to do the ceremony in Amnon’s parents’ backyard in Jerusalem and then do a rooftop party for just the young people in south Tel Aviv. But then we decided that it would be much better overall to include everybody in everything. In the end there were ultra religious people dancing with young hipsters and it was amazing!”
With names like Maayan & Maxim, their wedding was never going to be boring. This Israeli couple were married at Hamirpese, a bar in Ramat Ishay, North Israel. Their wedding was laid back, fun and quirky as you like.
“One of our guidelines for our wedding was to find vendors who we could connect with and who understood our vibe and the feeling we wanted to create”, Maayan explained. “Good chemistry and communication were really important to us. We got all our vendors through friend recommendations.”
“In terms of budget we didn’t go overboard. We waned to maximise our money and get the best of it. For example my wedding dress only cost $230 but still I was overrun with compliments about it on the day! It seemed excessive to spend so much money on a custom made dress just for a single day. I didn’t buy any special jewellery. I used earrings that I already had. The most important things to us were good food, lots of alcohol and a great venue.”
If your wedding dream is to literally party all night, then Mack & Danielle’s wedding is gonna be the one for you. These crazy cats partied until 10am the next morning, including an impromptu early morning photo session on the beach! The destination wedding was held at Gan Achuza in Beit Hanan, Israel. “We booked this venue for its natural setting in an orange grove on a hill, with a magnificent view”, Danielle wrote. “Having spent 3 days travelling up and down the country visiting over 16 venues, the minute we walked into Achuza we knew it was where we wanted to get married. If people were flying all the way from the UK, the US and South Africa, many of whom had never been to Israel before, we really wanted a wedding venue that would take in the incredible land. Another massive plus was the sheer beauty of the chuppah (canopy under which Jews must be wed). Our chuppah was made out of 4 trees that had all grown their branches and leaves into one and other. It all felt very symbolic.”
The Jewish wedding had many important traditions, and these were some of the most special parts of the day for the couple. “It’s really hard to decide on my favourite part of our day!” continued the bride. “The most intense part for both of us was definitely the ‘Beddeken’. At Jewish weddings, the groom must check the bride before veiling her, to make sure that she is indeed the correct bride! We had not seen or spoken to each other for 3 days so seeing each other for the first time was very emotional. It was a very highly charged few hours of waiting, and then when he was finally danced into my room by all his friends, I could not help but break down a little. It was an incredible moment, knowing that this was it! We were going to become family!!”