Top 7 Things You Need to Know When Planning a Bar Mitzvah

May 19, 2022 Mario Stewart

Planning a bar mitzvah can be a daunting undertaking unless you know how to do it. Like any other party or event, the planning is almost always the determinant of how successful the event will be. When planning your child’s bar mitzvah, here are some of the things that you need to know. 

The Date

More often than not, the Synagogue provides the date. Many families like to have the date coincide with the child’s birthday, mainly to make the day memorable and befitting. The Synagogue knows the importance of the celebration and will be happy to match dates with your preferred date. You can get the date as far as three years prior. With a date assigned, the rest of the planning can now develop a schedule for the event.

The Venue

The bar mitzvah takes place at two venues; the Synagogue for the religious and formal occasion, and the party at some other reception. You have little to no control over the Synagogue; the religious committee is in charge. All you have to do is show up on time.

Your input and effort are required when selecting the venue for the reception and party.

The Weather

The weather determines if the reception will be indoors or outdoors. It is possible to find a venue that caters to both options, however. The weather also determines the dress code and entertainment rooster. Planning to accommodate unexpected changes in the weather is also a good idea.

The Theme

No memorable event lacks a theme. Human brains are wired for patterns. Patterns, even when understated, help the mind make sense of events. A memorable event needs a befitting theme. You might have your ideas, but this day belongs to your child. Consult them on what themes they prefer. A theme can be as simple as the colors or as complex as their hobbies.

The Food

No party is complete without great catering. Food is at the center of every great event, regardless of what the event was. A bar mitzvah is an inter-age event. It would be wise to avoid foods that are typically known to cause allergic reactions. Also, it’s advisable to have both vegan and non-vegan options.

The Entertainment

Again, the bar mitzvah is an inter-age event. You can have separate entertainment plans for the children and the adults. Adults might desire a cocktail bar, while children will be enjoying an age-appropriate option such as a circus performance or a magician hour. As for the music, the children are fully in charge because the day is theirs.

The Guest List

A guest list is an estimate of the number of attendees to be catered for. The list helps you determine the amount of food and beverages to be served. The list also determines the venue because you want to have enough parking, sanitary facilities, and sitting space for everyone.

Planning a bar mitzvah can take up a lot of your time. Hiring a professional to help plan will make all of the difference. Contact EMRG Media today to hire a seasoned event planner.

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