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The Big
Everything you need to create the perfect function

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30 October 2016

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Jewish News 27 October 2016

27 October 2016 Jewish News


The Big Event

An invitation to inspiration

t starts with a save the date

card and, from there on in, your
Big Event gains a momentum all
of its own. There are venues to visit,
dresses to try on, dishes to sample,
rings to buy, speeches to write and,
in the case of a bar and batmitzvah,
portions to learn.
Its simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating, but hopefully our show will make the planning process that much
easier and allow you some time to think about the small
details that sets your function apart from the rest.
Details such as the way you set your tables instead of
using numbers, give names instead. For a wedding, the names
could correspond to streets, places or anywhere significant
that relates to the couple and, on the back of the card, write
a brief explanation: Mowbray Street: our first flat.
Its the little touches of originality that guests remember
long after the Torah has been read and the groom breaks the
glass, so think outside the box. Do what the French do with
your bouquet and carry photos among your flowers. Throw a
beach-inspired barmitzvah and use flip flops for place names,
or let Alice lead the way at a Wonderland batmitzvah with
names on keys and a Mad Hatter cake.
When it comes to dancing, brides should think about
switching heels for customised Converse, while their shoes
are being personalised with messages from guests. There is no
better keepsake, apart from the photos, and one crazy concept
can be used for thank you cards. Now go enjoy the show...

Brigit Grant

Supplement editor

Our fab cover designed by art director Diane Spender features the movies from left
to right: Father of The Bride, Sex and The City, Just Go With It, A Star is Born,
The Barmitzvah Boy, American Wedding, Sixty Six, Meet The Fockers, Yentl,
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Bridesmaids and The Wedding Singer.


Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event/ Putting on the glam

With somewhere special to
go, you need to know where
to find the right attire, says
Brigit Grant

Demetrios dresses left and above from 500

to 1,380

Whether it is the dress you dream of wearing under
the chuppah, or the gown you want to dance in with
your son, the barmitzvah, finding it is never easy.
Flicking through magazines, browsing in stores or
relying on referrals from trusted friends are all options,
but to find something truly original, you might need to
look further afield. To America, possibly, which is where
those in the know go to get evening wear with a difference and at a much better price.
A good starting point would Mario Pucci
Boca( in Florida. Stocking more
than 2,000 gowns in sizes 00 through to 26, this is a
store to visit, as there are four professional dressmakers
on-site, ready to make that outfit fit perfectly. But if you
dont have the air miles or the inclination, the online
store offers dresses by Jovani, Sherri Hill, Nicole Miller
and other highly-respected labels and it will ship to
the UK at standard UPS rates, depending on value,
weight and size. With evening wear for batmitzvah girls,
mother of the bride and even the bride herself, the site
is well worth your attention.
Closer to home on Parsons Street in Hendon, there
is Beautiful Dresses ( run by
Lilian Chidoka, who has a large collection of bridal and
evening wear at prices that wont make you balk. With
the US labels La Femme and Mac Duggal among the
brands stocked, the only thing you wont need for this
purchase is a passport.

Sophia Tolli wedding dress, from 500

27 October 2016 Jewish News


Putting on the glam / The Big Event

Try these headdresses, brooches
and earrings, by
for added sparkle

Sophia Tolli

Mac Duggal dresses, from 380

Deco angel
concord clip,

Nicole Bakti 350

Flower dress by Amalee 159

Ashley Lauren evening wear 558

Elegance of
pearl clip on
earrings, 32

Allure of
lavender hair
comb, 23

From above left: Designer dresses by Sherri Hill, which are sold in more than 30 countries

A perfect hat for a wedding is one
that suits your face, says Kievborn milliner Nina Davis, who offers
a prt-a-porter range as well as a
bespoke service at her company,
Behatted. Ninas collections are
updated throughout the year and,
once sold, a hat is never replicated. Thats my guarantee, she
assures. Nina also says that a perfect
barmitzvah hat is one that will
stand out in the crowd and the table
decorations (should you decide to
keep it on).

Posy of

clip, 24


Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event/ Youre gorgeous!

Big Day

Women have starring roles at weddings and take centre stage at bar and
batmitzvahs. Preparation starts now and Brigit Grant has the to-do list



Facials are an essential part of the pre-simcha prep and there are
many ways to go about them. A visit to the Rumiz Beauty Studio
in Edgware is a good place to start, as Rumana Thaver Merali
specialises in brightening facials which, she insists, are not only
ideal for brides, their mothers and bridesmaids, but grooms and
ushers too. Rumana uses two skincare ranges: Environ, which
is based on science by Dr Des Fernandes, one of the top plastic
surgeons in the world, and Eve Taylor, a pioneer in modern aromatherapy who uses plant essences. Rumana also does full bridal
body scrubs with aroma oil and pamper packages are available for
hen parties. A Rumiz facial starts at 28 for
35 minutes and 55 for a luxury 75-minute
The definitive home facial is the Gold Bee Venom Mask from Heaven
Skincare a perfect cream for brides and their mothers for both facial and
dcolletage. At 352 for a pot, it is pricy, but the fresh, dewy look of your skin
will deem it money well spent.

With the fashion for off-the-shoulder and

plunging necklines, the neck and dcolletage are under scrutiny in that special dress.
Within his own skincare line, Jewish plastic
surgeon Dr Harold Lancer has created the
amazing Contour Dcollet, a firming
concentrate containing marine cone snail
venom, a 5-peptide liposomal delivery
system and an acid-free exfoliating blend that
plumps and smooths away surface dehydration and softens the lines and crepiness. Victoria Beckham swears by it.
Priced at 155, Contour Dcollet is
available from Harrods, Fenwick, Space NK and
Also great is Skin Revivals Neck & Decolletage Nourishing Blend, which is
100 percent natural with acai, goji, avocado, rose and jojoba oils. Ive been using
the 9.50 blend for two weeks and those horrid lines that appear across the chest
with age are much improved, so the promise to restore elasticity and hydrate the
delicate throat, neck and upper bust areas is true.

Permanent makeup has fast become a favourite with those
who find their eyebrows are fading, along with their lip
line. While statement eyebrows may be all the rage, you
might seek something more natural and so you need a
qualified expert such
as Kim Balaskas, who
just happens to be a
nice Jewish girl with
the ability to restore
lost features, provide
enhancement and give you the look you always wanted.
You will feel safe with Kim as she listens to your concerns,
and her eye for impeccable attention to detail will keep you
permanently beautiful. 07894 828084.

For your prom,

evening, wedding,
cocktail and bat
mitzvah dresses visit
Beautiful Dresses

18 Parson Street, Hendon

London NW4 1QB
Tel: 0208 6167702
Mobile: 07960 251 351


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Call Deborah Forsythe on
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percent discount for Jewish
News readers).

27 October 2016 Jewish News


Youre gorgeous!/ The Big Event



Vincent Longo Cosmetics returned to the UK

in September and they are big day perfect. Lots of
colours for eyes, cheeks and lips that are long-lasting
and enriched with vitamin E. The best out there.
Keep your make-up in place with one spritz of
Joan Collins Timeless Beautys Ten Effects. Joan
knows about looking flawless, and the 20 spray
tightens pores, reduces redness and
plumps skin. Spray anytime over
make-up to keep it locked in.

Dont miss Tangible Beauty at the show on Sunday.

Sisters Aly and Janine discovered Incoco nails in
the US and youll want them because they are easy.
Made out of 100 percent real nail polish they are not
stickers these have a base coat, colour or pattern and
top coat all in one easy to apply strip, which gives brilliant salon quality results in minutes.
There is no drying time, no heating is required, and
there are no smudges, smears or drips. just beautifully
manicured nails for up to 14 days. Whats not to like at 5
a go?


Naty D, a successful childrens
entertainer from north London,
discovered glitter tattoos on a trip
to Hamleys five years ago. The
dazzling demonstration caught
her eye and she realised that they
were not just for children. And so
Pop Fusion Events was born,
an interactive entertainment
suitable for all ages at bar/batmizvahs. With unusual stencils that look like pieces of jewellery, Naty D and her team
apply colours that compliment your party. The beauty
with our job is that we get to be a part of our clients
function, says Naty D. We love the buzz watching the
guests faces light up when they show their creations
under the Hollywood lights of our pop-up stand. Excited?
Call Pop Fusion Events on 07815 110880.




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Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event / Flower girls

The sweet smell

There is nothing quite like a room filled with flowers. The sight
and scent of them on tables, in bouquets or glinting in buttonholes, transforms a special occasion. Here, three of the finest
UK florists share their floral know-how
Bringing the look, feel and fragrance of country flowers to the city
at affordable prices is MARTA MATSONS speciality, whether
your event is in a marquee in the garden, a big hall, or at Claridges.
Has there been a change in floral trends?
There has been a shift towards a wilder, more natural, seasonal look, and
British-grown is big, lots of small flower farms are springing up. Ive been
a florist for many years, so Im either bang on trend or following the herd!
Which flowers do you grow?
As much as I can myself in my cutting garden sweetpeas, snapdragons,
stocks, roses, dahlias, lily-of-the-valley, forget-me-not, tulips and
narcissi. I have a lot of different foliage as well on the 40 acres from
ferns to olive to native hazel.
How do you dress a chuppah?
Lots of trailing greenery, either ivy and wild rosehips and winterberries
in winter or jasmine and ferns in the summer. Id use roses in both,
preferably English and scented, and maybe big lush dahlias in the
summer one and scented narcisssi and hellebores in the winter one.
Your personal favourites?
Thats really tough. Id say sweetpeas, but in spring, I love lily-of-thevalley, in summer roses and zinnias, in autumn dahlias, and hellebores in
winter. t: 07972 177423
LILAC & WILLOW FLOWERS opened at Battlers
Green Farm this year and is the brainchild of Denise
and Louise, who have been creating fabulous flowers
for weddings and bar/batmitzvahs for 10 years. They
will guide you through your special event and even let
you try out your ideas in their shop.
What are your favourite flowers to work with?
We love working with the freshest seasonal flowers
supplied by British growers where possible.
The perfect barmitzvah display would be...?
The perfect barmitzvah display would be stunning and
unique while keeping an element of fun and would exceed
our clients expectations.
What would you recommend as a floral combination for
a winter wedding?
An ideal floral combination for a winter wedding would be
a white winter theme with white roses, snowberries,
eucalyptus, white hydrangeas and white hypericum
berries, creating a luxurious and timeless wedding.
What else do you have to offer clients?
We can deliver weekly flowers or theme your corporate
events and we can supply chair covers and sashes in
organza, satin and hessian for functions. t: 01923 635522

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Flower girls / The Big Event



sources her blooms directly from
the Netherlands, which are delivered to her workshop and turned
into gorgeous displays with a unique
Dutch spin for weddings and events.
Favourite wedding flowers?
For winter, I love to work with Muscari
(grape hyacinth), while for spring its
tulips as there are so many amazing
colours and types available (and as Im
from Holland, its my special connection). In summer, sweet peas are lovely
as they have a sweet fragrance and for
autumn weddings, my favourite flowers
are dahlias.
A perfect buttonhole ?
It should match the bridal bouquet,

either in the same colour or with a

similar flower as the bouquet.
How far in advance do you meet with
a client?
Our first consultation would preferably
be a year before the wedding or event
as this will be the perfect time to see the
flowers that are in season. If there is less
time, its not a problem, as I have all the
pictures and knowledge of flowers available on the wedding day.

BLUE DESIGNS is a creative event company that

offers a unique and out of the box, bespoke design
service guaranteed to give your event the WOW
factor. Established since 2002, Blue Designs is
renowned for its originality, flair and attention to
detail, specialising in creatively themed table displays
for bar/batmitzvahs, weddings, corporate functions
and private parties.
With expertise in graphic and 3D design, ideas
are creatively interpreted from initial concepts
through to mock up 3D samples. The company is often adept at working hand-inhand with the most upmarket UK and international event industry specialists, ensuring
a seamless beautiful extravaganza throughout your event and to provide ideas and
recommendations for lighting, staging and even linen to further enhance the event.
Blue Designs offers much more than table centres; it is a clients personal design
house, which brings the clients vision to reality and is consistent in its work ethic,
whether designing for small private functions through to large corporate events and
often welcomes the challenge to work beyond flowers with a variety of materials to
achieve the required effect.
The companys work ethos is creativity is key, ensuring each client event is as
unique as their fingerprint.
Contact Blue Designs on

A congratulatory bouquet for a

barmitzvahs mother?
This should consist of feminine flowers
such as roses, peonies or dahlias.,
t: 07530 627043



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Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event/ Our happy ever after


After organising Jewish News Simcha Show for 10 years, sales
director Russell Bahar was able to put his experience into practice
when he married Laura Posner. This is her story (and his)...



Russ and I swiped yes to each other on Tinder.

I knew he was my type from his photos and then,
after chatting a bit online and over the phone, I
knew even more that we were a good match. I
was really looking forward to meeting him and
had a good feeling about it. Russ, on the other
hand, didnt really want to meet then as he had
been on a stag the weekend and was still recovering. It was his wonderful mum that encouraged him not to postpone.
We met at Boyds of London on 1 May 2014.
It was pouring with rain and I was running late.
Russ, meanwhile, had arrived super early as he
had spilled coffee down his shirt that day and
had to purchase another shirt before showing
up on the date. I walked in and he greeted me
with a large glass of white wine, which I thought
was very thoughtful and well prepared.
As I expected, we hit it off from the start and, as I had turned up on the date in flat shoes (owing
to Russ not being the tallest of men), after a couple of drinks I asked: Do you like dancing? He said
yes, and so off we went into town, ending up in a cheesy club in Covent Garden where we danced the
night away to a live rock band. It was the best date ever for both of us and Russ thanked his mum.

Ive always considered what my wedding would be like long

before Russ and I met! I am a born organiser and the thought
of planning a wedding was the sort of challenge I enjoy and I
couldnt wait to get stuck in. It also helped that from day one
of meeting Russ, I was at every Jewish News Simcha Show, so
was bound to get some really good ideas and contacts.
From the start I pinned suggestions via Pinterest to give
me ideas of colour scheme, wedding favours, table centrepieces, wedding dresses, pretty much every element of the
day. It made it easier to turn up to a meeting with someone
and show them ideas I had pinned, so they knew what I had
in mind for our special day.
I also found some really cute ideas of DIY things for the
wedding, like creating a wedding time capsule jar in which
guests could put their messages and for us to open on our
first anniversary. We also got ideas for creating our own
Selfie Station.
I also created a folder of ideas and kept everything
organised by filing away things including quotes, invoices
and menu suggestions. I had a wedding checklist and a spreadsheet of costings so I could
keep everything in order and know what needed to be done or what could be ticked off.
I spoke to the bride from the last wedding Russ and I attended and asked her for
top tips. She sent me a format for an itinerary, which was really helpful. My own ended up
six pages long.
The ushers and matrons of honour were not impressed by my itinerary and detailed seating
plan, but it certainly impressed the caterer and toastmaster. I also made a very clear budget and
worked within this. One of the ways we were able to stick to it, but still have the wedding of our
dreams, was by having our wedding on a weekday. My parents got married on a Thursday, so we
also chose a Thursday. It worked out really well
as most people made a nice long weekend of it.

Russ had it all planned. It was Rosh Hashanah 2015, we were
living together and our families were over for lunch. We are lucky
that they hit it off from the start so doing things together was not
unusual. What was unusual was Russ on the whiskey at 10.30am
and a bottle of champagne hidden in the fridge behind cartons of
Capri Sun. I could see Russ was nervous all morning, so I kind of
knew what was coming.
With all the family around us, including my incredible nana,
thank God, Russ announced he was going to make a speech
about the Jewish new year. As he continued talking, the subject
switched to me and I began to cry and laugh at the same time...
and then he proposed. Cue the tears from every member of
the family and an amazing and exciting start to the Jewish
new year.

Russ proposed with a Swarovski ring, inspired by the design
I had always wanted. I always made it clear that I wanted
to choose my own ring (that is the control freak in me), but
I was really happy that Russ gave me a proposal ring to wear
until my ring was ready as it felt all the more official.
We went straight to Jonathan Williams at The Jewellery
Cave and he knew exactly what I was looking for and made
sure my ring was ready in good time. I couldnt have been
happier with it.

27 October 2016 Jewish News


Our happy ever after / The Big Event

We ideally wanted to go with a venue that had everything on site:
somewhere for the ceremony and the party and somewhere to stay.
I had been to Tewin Bury Farm Hotel for a friends wedding a
couple of years before, so I knew I liked the venue. Russ and I saw a few
venues, but this was top of our list. Once my parents had seen it and
loved it, too, we didnt hesitate to book. It ticked all the boxes great
outdoor areas, fabulous marquee, lovely hotel rooms on-site, they
accepted kosher caterers and we could hold the ceremony there, too.
We chose a summer wedding and even though the great British
summer is certainly not dependable, we were lucky that we had the
only dry and sunny day that week, so were able to use the outdoor
spaces for the photos and reception.
It made for such a beautiful day. We chose to keep the chuppah
indoors, however, as we didnt want to have a plan A and B in case of
bad weather.

As soon as we booked the venue, there was only ever one
caterer we were going to approach: Salt Caterers. Russ had
been doing business with Stephanie Cramer of Salt for more
than 10 years and we knew her personally and trusted her
implicitly to deliver what is one of the biggest parts of any
Jewish function. Stephanie, Sharon, Matthew, Eli and the
team didnt disappoint one bit. Everyone at our wedding
raved about the food and drink. The reception canaps,
cocktails and food stations were plentiful and delicious.
We only wish we had been at our own wedding reception,
but we were off doing photos! The three-course meal
perfectly suited our requirements, and there was a delicious choice for the vegetarians, too. Everyone was taken
care of and nothing was too much trouble for Stephanie
and the team. From our first meeting, to the day of the
wedding, every menu idea was explained thoroughly, all
costs were broken down easily, the tasting was delicious
and enjoyable and Salt went over and above the call of duty
on our special day to make sure everything was perfect.
We couldnt have asked for more.


The photographer was Paul Lang, an easy choice as
Russ had a great relationship with him through years
of working together on the Simcha Shows. Meeting
him, I could see why. Paul made me feel extremely
comfortable from our first meeting and was a joy to
deal with throughout and he really captured the day
so well. As for the videographer, I found Leor Melehi
via a Facebook recommendation. We booked him
after seeing examples of his work, which we loved.
He didnt let us down and was so unobtrusive on the
day that we hardly noticed he was there. He came up
with a really original idea using a Facebook theme
for our wedding trailer, based on all the information
he found out about me from getting to know me. It
was such a fun trailer and the full edit was even more
incredible. Leor has given us amazing lasting memories with his video.

It is so true what all brides say ... try every shape and style
on. Everything I thought Id like didnt look right and
everything I never dreamed Id go for suited me. A good
friend had bought her dress at Forever Bridal in Barnet,
so I went and found them a pleasure to deal with, especially as I was quite emotional in the fitting process.
I was so happy with my dress on the day.
My headpiece was handmade to match the dress
detail by a lady called Ruth based in Mill Hill. She did
an incredible job and it made me feel like a princess.
My matrons of honour were easy to buy for and we
decided to go with the same colour and material from
the same designer but in two styles. We bought cerulean blue Alfred Sung dresses from the Dessy Group,
from Daverays in Watford, which really suited them.
My stepdaughter Millie was our flower girl and she
matched me in ivory. We found a really pretty floaty
dress with flower appliqus from Debenhams and
bought some handmade hair flowers from Etsy.

There was no other person to marry us other than
Rabbi Mendel Cohen of Saatchi Synagogue the
coolest rabbi in north-west London. This was his
first Tinder wedding, so he was more than happy
to oblige and add this to his long list (and he was
happy to get a mention in this supplement!). We
loved him and he certainly made us feel at ease
under the chuppah and gave us a few laughs.

We saw a clip of Dan Rosen DJ Live on Facebook
and, by chance, they were doing a showcase that
week. We went along to hear them and fell in love
immediately. We didnt consider anyone else... we
knew we wanted them. Dan Rosen knew exactly
what would make us happy and what would
keep the crowd on the dancefloor which was
never empty and everyone enthused about how
much fun they had. It was a great party and the
atmosphere was buzzing. We also arranged our
production through them and Bradley Rosen was helpful and a joy to deal with.

We wanted to keep our colour scheme simple and pretty. Alexandra
Flowers knew after one conversation what we loved and when my Mum
and I had a further meeting, she arranged a perfect example centrepiece. The chuppah was stunning and her attention to detail second to
none. Nikki at Utopia Cards (found at the Simcha show)handmade our
ivory with a touch of glitzinvites, stationary and seating plan. We bride
and groom cookies as wedding favours,
created by Liz Tatz of Cake Art by Liz.

And, finally, as we head off in to the sunshine, we want to

give a special thanks to our amazing chazan Avromi Freilich,
and our incredible toastmaster, Jango.


Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event / Lucky 13!


Brigit Grant rounds up some
memorable barmitzvahs

ground, geography and even age.

Take Israel Kristal. Earlier this month at
the age of 113, Kristal became the oldest man
to have a barmitzvah, having survived two
world wars and imprisonment at Auschwitz.
He was unable to have his barmitzvah 100
years ago because of the outbreak of the First
World War in Poland, yet not even a century
could deter this man from wanting to experience his religious rite of passage.
The same was true for the 50 Holocaust
Israel Kristal had his barmitzvah aged 113
survivors who were finally given bar and
batmitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall
Turning 13 is the most significant date in the
in Jerusalem, ahead of Israels Holocaust
life calendar of a Jewish boy. Even choosing a
Memorial Day.
wife (or husband, depending on ones orientaTragedy borne out of anti-Semitism had
tion) pales beside the barmitzvah, which marks stopped the septuagenarians and octogenarthe crossover to manhood, new status in the
ians from getting a traditional Jewish coming
family home and money towards a first car.
of age ceremony, yet they never gave up on
The reading of the Maftir and/or Haftorah also
their dream.
1 19/10/2016
Jewish males, irrespective
of back- 12:12 Page Actor
Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielo vitch)

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Dozens of Holocaust survivors celebrated their barmitzvahs earlier this year at the
Western Wall in Jerusalem

famously celebrated his second barmitzvah

in 1999 at Los Angeles Sinai Temple on the
occasion of his 83rd birthday. Whether its a
tradition to have a second barmitzvah at such
an age is one to ask the rabbi, but as one of the
Hollywood greats gay ga zinta hate.
Among the celebrity ceremonies, Krusty the
Klowns Wet n Wild Bar Mitzvah is among the
most memorable, along with super agent Ari
Golds daughters batmitzvah in Entourage.
But in case you missed it, Courtney Coxs
ex, David Arquette (brother of Rosanna and
Patricia) had a barmitzvah at the Kotel in
Jerusalem in 2012.
Wearing a tallit and tefillin, Arquette was
blessed by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, which
must have been a thrill, as the actor had been
wanting a barmitzvah all his life, as his mother
Brenda is the daughter of a Polish Holocaust
James Franco had his barmitzvah not
once but twice last year, as the actor, who has
a Jewish mother, had a religious ceremony
shortly before Seth Rogen threw an A-listerstudded barmitzvah for the 127 Hours star as
part of his annual Hilarity for Charity variety
show in Hollywood.
Jeff Goldblum did the rabbinical duties,
but nothing says mazeltov quite like a special
performance by Miley Cyrus dressed in a blue
thong leotard wrapped around a giant blue
Star of David. Shkoyach!

David Arquette had his barmitzvah in 2012

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27 October 2016 Jewish News


Joyful occasions / The Big Event


Debra Barnes on the joy of sharing her daughters coming of age
I am writing this article three days before
my daughter Aimees batmitzvah. In a way,
I wish I hadnt waited until the deadline
was looming; on the other hand, it is quite
nice to focus on something else for a few
hours... even if that something else is still
I think were all ready. There have been
many lists written, checked and
double-checked and yet none
of the logistical planning that
I have had to deal with comes
close to the amount of work and
studying Aimee has put in.
We belong to Edgware &
District Reform Synagogue
so, while many of Aimees
friends have written and read
out a Dvar Torah for their
batmitzvah, my daughter has studied for 18
months and is now ready to lead the Shabbat
service in front of family, friends and all the
When I started my batmitzvah lessons, I
thought it was going to be really boring and was
only thinking about the party , said Aimee. It
was a big commitment coming to Tuesday night
batmitzvah classes and to shul on Shabbat.

It meant I had to quit the trampoline squad

because I wouldnt have been able to train twice
a week, so it wasnt a decision I took lightly, but I
am so happy I went ahead. All the classes have
been really enjoyable and Ive looked forward
to coming after school. Ive been given so much
support from everyone at shul and cant wait to
be up on the bimah this weekend. And of course,
I am looking forward to my
party, too!
As the batmitzvah
mummy Ive also benefited
from Aimees experience.
I didnt go to a Jewish school
and cheder at our United
Synagogue left me cold. Only
a few of my religious school
mates had a bat chayil (as
they were then called) and
friends were not invited. It has only been during
Aimees classes that I have attended regular
Shabbat services and found I have really enjoyed
them. Its all come as a bit of a surprise to me
you might even call it an epiphany and, for
the first time, I actually understand the service.
Whether or not I keep up attendance after next
week is another question, but I certainly plan to
support the community more from now on, at

More, more, more

So there we were, sipping champagne and
munching on canaps at the reception, when
suddenly a waitress appeared from the kitchen and
announced that the chef was retiring and wanted
to sing a farewell song to mark his departure.
This was unusual to say the least, but then the
chef started singing and delivered a version of
Nessun Dorma to rival Alfie Boe. But that wasnt all.
Joined by two waitresses, the same chef performed
a Fiddler On The Roof medley that was Broadway
standard. And I dont mean Mill Hill Broadway.
Where had these amazing singers come from ?
I asked, and Encore Entertainment was the reply.
The company has the finest tenors and sopranos
in concert and cabaret, to the very best surprise
singing waiters, chefs and guests who will bring a
new dimension to your event.

least once Ive come down from the

batty bubble! Whether its because
of influences from America or from
parents it is a shame that more
girls dont want the full batmitzvah
experience, which is something we
certainly encourage and would like
to see more of, said Marian Cohen,
EDRS director of education.
Its been three years since Jodi
Glazer celebrated her batmitzvah,
but she still has the DVD to remind
her of the great time she had.
Jodie has a global development
delay and microcephaly and attends
a secular special needs school, said
her mother Beth. We wanted her to
celebrate her batmitzvah as she enjoyed going to
shul and learning about Judaism, and we knew
shed love a party because she loves dancing.
She really benefited from her batmitzvah
classes. They were very hands-on, with activities such as cooking and creating a scrapbook
to keep. On the night, she read a lovely poem,
which her school produced in symbols for her
as she struggled with her reading and she sang a
song. She also had a candle-lighting ceremony,
calling up important people in her life.

Last year, Jodi had a major operation and

had stayed in bed for over a month. She watched
her batmitzvah DVD every day as it always
makes her happy. Having it was the right
I feel the same way as Beth for different
reasons., but having a batmitzvah for Aimee
was the right decision. Granted, there were
times when we both felt like changing our minds
and swapping it for a holiday instead. Its too late
now... and I couldnt be happier!

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The Big Event / Memories on film

Top of the


Long after the Torah has been read and the confetti has settled, photographs are the enduring
reminder of a special day. We asked some very talented snappers to share their favourite images
Photographing a Jewish
wedding in an extraordinary
way is hard as the flow of
the day is different to other
weddings. Success requires
understanding and empathy
with clients to enable me to get
in close and produce the images
I am most proud of. I have won
two Fearless Wedding Photography Awards and it is great to be in the room
when emotions flow like this. I understand and look for photojournalistic
opportunities during the Bedeken, the Seven Circles, the Kiddushin and ring

I love this shot because you can see and feel
the emotion of the celebration to come a real
mother and daughter batty moment.

I took this from above...

I love the top of the world feeling
captured on their wedding day.


I like this shot because its always an

honour to be invited to take pictures
of a barmitzvah, but this particular
morning, at the Kotel in Jerusalem,
will always stand out for me. The
atmosphere is incredible you only
have to look at the joy on this face to
know what it means to him.

27 October 2016 Jewish News


Memories on film / The Big Event

This is Zak. I love this pic for the natural
light shining in through the windows. After
he had his call up on a Thursday morning
in the Beth Hamedrash at Hendon United
Synagogue, we moved into the main shul for
some pics.

This is my favourite wedding pic. Its of Lara and Scott. He is from the US, and together, he and Lara made aliyah
after their wedding so they wanted some pics in London. I love this one especially as it almost did not happen! We had
already taken some at the Beatles zebra crossing on Abbey Road, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, so
by the time we got to Tower Bridge, I had to coax Scott to do one more shot and this is it!

Image courtesy of Genie Events


Opened in 2013, the Ner Orre Community Centre at Mill Hill Synagogue
is suitable for all kinds of events. The Annie & Samuel Levy Hall can host
up to 650 guests seated theatre style or for a standing reception, 400
for a seated dinner or 280 guests seated, with a dance floor. The Centre
is equipped with air conditioning, fully sprung dance floor, a complete
range of sound and video options and a state-of-the-art KLBD kitchen.

Sunday hire 3,499. Saturday night hire 2,749.

Weekday hire from 150 per hour.

The hall is an absolute pleasure to

work in. The service and equipment
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Samantha (Tikvah UK, Feb 2016)
We had a fabulous time and the hall
was perfect. Having the kids tables on
the balcony was brilliant.
Barmitzvah Party

(Oct 2015)

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The Big Event / A fresh musical twist

The wonder of

Brigit Grant gets the lowdown on the
company putting life into any party
Once upon a time, guests behaved in an
orderly fashion at a simcha. They chatted
politely and nibbled mini bagels at the
reception. They studied the table plan
to angst over who they would be sitting
with and then took their places for grace
before meals. And that was a cue for the
anxious host to give his welcome speech.
Hosts still give that speech, but only
after the guests have cavorted on the
dance floor to outstanding Israeli tunes
with an R n B twist.
Forget the food, as dancing is where
simchas are at these days, and if Creation
are providing the music, its easy to see
why. Living up to their promise of being an
exhilarating live act, every performance the
talented and flamboyant musicians do is
totally unique. With a history of wowing at
events around the globe, getting everyone
dancing, irrespective of age or ability, is what
they do best, so its hardly surprising that
once guests are up, they wont sit down.
If it isnt the Creation Showband making
you move, its probably Creation DJ-Live,
a high-energy fusion of exquisite singers

and explosive musicians, accompanied

by top club DJs, performing a repertoire
including everything from funk and Motown
to 1990s dance anthems and modern chart
hits. Featuring sax, electric violin, and LED
percussion, Creation DJ-Live brings a fresh
and imaginative twist to live music at
every event.
But Creation is about more than just the
music. Since he started DJing at private
events when he was 16, founder Simon
Cooper has understood what it takes to make
a great function, and so the transition to
event planning was obvious and appreciated.
Its all about connection, says Simon.
If you can build a rapport with your client,
then its much easier to know what they
want and deliver a far better party.
Event planning is really a production
in the theatrical sense for Creation. From
draping and set building to dcor lighting and
furniture installation, the company turns
concepts on paper into a reality with a dedicated team of designers, event managers, and
technical crew that are experts in their fields
with a top level of professionalism.

For our private clients, we specialise in

bespoke multi-level stages, eye-catching dancefloors and groundbreaking lighting design,
enthuses Simon. He goes on to explain the
key to his success. Our clients repeatedly give
us the keys to one of the most precious days
of their lives. Its an awesome responsibility,
and one we dont take lightly, but we love every
second of it and, consequently, so do they!
t: 020 8953 0850
Meet Simon and the Creation team at
Simchas Live on Sunday and see
Creation DJ-Live perform at 11.30am,
12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
on stage in the marquee

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27 October 2016 Jewish News


Planning for success / The Big Event

KP Events tells you how to make your simcha a sensation

ets face it most simchas are

somewhat formulaic. Guests need
to be fed, watered and entertained. Theres usually a defining
speech thrown in, a toast to follow and a
last dance at the end of the evening.
So how do we make them stand out, and can
we really keep creating events that are unique
and memorable?
The answer is to quote such luminaries as
Bob the Builder and Barack Obama Yes we
can! And this is how
The distinct areas on which to focus are
the venue, the catering, the entertainment,
the dcor and the speeches. But its not simply
a case of finding a prestigious venue, offering
exotic catering or hiring an A-lister celebrity
to perform for your guests. The real secret
to organising something memorable is to
personalise it. A simcha is not like a corporate
do; its a personal celebration and that has to be
reflected. Think about who you are, about your
guests, and dont just blindly do what others do;
realise that there are still endless possibilities
and ways of putting on an amazing event that
does not entirely depend on deep pockets.


Dont succumb to using a soulless function room

in a hotel no matter how good the parking is.
No-ones going to remember the car park!
Go for something unusual. Were spoilt for
choice these days, with all kinds of buildings
increasingly available for hire. Among them will
be famous landmarks, converted warehouses,
themed bars and restaurants, disused factories
et al. We love using the West Reservoir Centre
for example an old waterworks building in
Hackney. It has great character and charm and
a stunning lakeside setting. Quite unexpected
really - and just off Green Lanes!


Dont give in and go for that tried and tested

menu just because its inoffensive.

Come on. This is a Jewish function. Food is
important. Make something of it already!
Big food theatre options are great fun. A spit
roast or a huge wood fired paella (OK, you might
have to compromise with the seafood!) are great
showpieces. Food stations are another option
that work well and offer great choice and the
opportunity for the host to select their favourite
world foods.
Stylish presentation is absolutely key and
one of our caterers recently came up with a
stunning Hollywood themed dessert buffet with
sparkling props that made the whole dessert
experience jaw-dropping.

lighting and personalisation of just a few

simple items will help transform your event.
Of course, one can go further and bring the
theme into the catering as with a recent Alice
in Wonderland tea party, in which not only
the food, but the crockery, cutlery, props and
entertainment were all on brand.

ENTERTAINMENT, or call Kati or Mish on

020 8883 7411

Theres no end to the variety of entertainment out there and its an area in which one
can be adventurous. Decide on whats really
important for you and your guests and work
from there. If youve got a posse of ravers,
then a good DJ is going to be essential. They
can easily cover the Israeli dancing too and,
with their PA in place, you can put a classical,
jazz or easy listening playlist together for
the earlier part of the event. If your budget
cant stretch to a live band, another option is
a single live musician to play over the DJ set
a saxophonist on the dance floor or a singer
circling the tables really raises the level.
Ancillary entertainment is vital if kids
are involved, as theyll be finished with their
meals considerably sooner than the adults,
wholl happily sit around chatting the night
away. Popular options include photo booths,
casino tables and graffiti, and we even did a
drumming workshop, which captivated the
entire multigenerational audience.


Theming an event doesnt necessarily involve

a budget-busting refit of the venue, just a little
bit of thought. Colour coordination, strategic


Make sure theres some kind of take-away available. Not a doggy bag, but something with a wow
factor that your guests wont forget in a hurry. Our
amazing nitro-desserts are in that category and
caused such a stir at a party we organised years
ago that we still meet people who remember it.


Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event / Love the location

Could this be

Brie Bailey has some venue suggestions,
based on her own first-class experience

Many years ago, I got married at The

Criterion in Piccadilly. Built in 1874 in
a neo-Byzantine style with a gold leaf
ceiling, it was then owned by the late Bob
Payton, of Chicago Rib Shack fame, whom
I convinced it was perfect for a wedding.
And it was. Just beside Eros, the statue
of love, we had the perfect backdrop for
photos, while inside the long hall with
a parapet was perfect for dividing into
an area for the ceremony, dining and
then dancing. The versatility of a venue
will be one of the many things youll be
considering as you plan your big event and
hopefully one of the venues listed here and
exhibiting at our show will do the trick.
Beales Hotel in Hatfield has the sort of
modern art collection you would expect to
see at the Tate and their wedding packages
to suit all budgets are equally creative. The
packages have one price, include room

Beales Hotel

hire and there is even a mid-week option

for those who want something special
they can afford. No hidden costs and more
help organising your big day than you
could hope the events team on
01707 288 502 or email bhevents@
Drake and Morgan, with a choice
of nine elegant bars and restaurants,
is ideal for a couple who like the cool
factor of a city location and appreciate
interesting architecture that offers all
number of spaces to celebrate. Sharing
the same passion for adventure as
their namesakes Sir Francis Drake and
Captain Henry Morgan, the owners offer
a bespoke wedding venue service in their
restaurants, which all have private and
semi-private rooms. The same rooms
are equally suitable and perhaps even

better for bar and batmitzvahs at such

wonderfully named venues as The
Happenstance at St Pauls, The Folly at
Monument and the newest Drake and
Morgan at Kings Cross, which is super
Email to
speak to one of its wedding planners or call
020 3002 5524
Gilgamesh, based at The Stables Market
in Camden Town, has an address to alarm
grandparents, but the sort of decor you
only see in movies about Arabian Knights
and magical princesses. I have been to
several engagement parties at this vast
venue, which has recently undergone a
comprehensive makeover so it is even
more fabulous. Just having dinner at
Gilgamesh is an experience, but with its
fully retractable roof, multiple bar and

lounge areas with several private events spaces, including a new

champagne bar, just imagine how great a barmitzvah will be.
Just show it to your son.
Call 020 7428 4922 or visit
Laura Ashleys The Manor Hotel in Hertfordshire is the perfect
location for those of us who live down the road in Elstree and
Bushey, but thats just convenient geography. More important is
the fact that the hotel, which has been beautifully refurbished and
furnished by Laura Ashley, is a classic venue in Hertfordshire
for your wedding day. Its also very nice for tea if you havent been
there yet, and that is the perfect time to meet with its wedding
co-ordinator and hear about the Aldenham Suite, Cavendish
Restaurant and Beaufort room, which are available, along with the
picture perfect gardens.
Call 020 8327 4707 or visit

Drake and Morgan


Beales Hotel

Banqueting suites available for all occasions

with catering by Kenton Events. Seating for 50 -160.
Fantastic photo opportunities
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies
Ample car parking and only
10 minutes from M25 and M11
Epping Lane, Stapleford Tawney, Essex, RM4 1ST


Contact Denise on 07976 239 150

27 October 2016 Jewish News


Love the location / The Big Event


Mill Hill Synagogue is the proud owner

of the sort of hall that will spark a return
to the shul-based wedding. Big, bright and
airy, the Ner Orre Community Centre is
the result of a 3.2 million project that
began as a rough sketch in 2003 and,
58,000 man hours later, became a space
to serve its ever-growing community. It
can also do big functions with a 280 seat
capacity in the main space, overlooked by
a distinctive perimeter mezzanine, with a
spacious entrance foyer for the bride and
her entourage to make their entrance.
Shul halls have never been lovelier or
better equipped with a sound system to
rival Wembley Stadium.
020 8959 1137
The Best Western Palm Hotel is in
Hendon and, although you have probably
passed it more times than you realise on
the Hendon Way, it may not have been
on your wedding radar. But it has an
impressive function room that holds up to
300 guests and can be adapted to suit both

The Laura Ashley Hotel

formal sit-down dinners or more casual

party-style buffets and parties. In addition
to the room hire, the hotel provides all
the extra features that you need to cater
for your guests, including food, drinks,
furniture, equipment and decorations.
And if you have an outside caterer in
mind, you can just hire the room. or call
020 8455 5220
Twenty at N20 in Whetstone is a
dream come true space for those who
want to create their event from scratch
inside a blank canvas. What joy to find
somewhere that isnt filled with furniture
and dividing walls that kill your colour
theme and the party atmosphere. In
this void, you can set up deckchairs for
that beach barmitzvah or Wonderland
for your batmitzvah with your own
props. Twenty has a basic stock of stylish
event furnishings and accessories, but
it encourages you to create your own
masterpiece. The venue does have a

Mill Hill Synagogue

planner if you draw a blank and the 18

speaker in-ceiling Bose sound system
and two HD projectors with motorised,
retractable screens will kick-start your
event. Seat 160 for a dinner dance or up
to 250 for a cocktail reception and let
your imagination go wild.
Visit or call
033 33 31 20 20
The Village Hotel in Elstree has a highly
popular contemporary banqueting
suite that holds 180 people. The venue
has garnered a reputation for being the
place to hold a fun party and it always
has a great atmosphere. Theres plenty
of parking, which we love, and lots of
different packages, including the Love,
which includes a three-course wedding
breakfast, complimentary bedroom for
the happy couple, a first anniversary stay
and complimentary six month leisure
club membership for the bride and groom.
Its worth getting married just to get fit.


Shaka Zulu


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The Big Event / Viva la inspiration



Katherine Hudson, founder and director

of House of Hud, shares a busy week
during the summer function season
Busy day! A trip down to Essex today for a
lovely couple who have hired the Oyster Pearl
Tent for their big day. The couple have some
fantastic, quirky ideas for a whimsical rustic
woodland theme, which will look just sublime
in the Oyster Pearl, topped off with a birds
nest cascading micro light chandelier. For
each event, we assign an event co-ordinator,
who will create a computer-aided design of the
layout of the marquee and the furnishings, to
help show the client how it will look.

Cushions arrived! We have just had some more
cushion designs added to our Bombay Boudoir
Tent collection in burnt orange and pinks. Here
at stores, we have a whole room devoted to
cushions in all shapes, styles and sizes for each
theme, plumping up our bolsters and sofas.
This afternoon was spent working on
the showroom each corner and part of the
showroom is fabricated with a different sort of
framed tent. With more than nine illustrious
interiors to choose from, it feels like a magical
fairytale of dreams. And to enter? Steps are
being built to finish off the grand entrance
through a carved wooden wardrobe leading
from my office, Narnia-style!

On the road today with chief decorator
Jeremy first to a quirky barn in Sussex to
discuss with a client who hired us five years
ago to dress the same barn in a clock and
tartan themed NYE party. This time she
wants to recreate bright young things in
the same space; plenty of coffee drinking
and note-taking went on. Then onto the 02
InterContinental Hotel to meet an event
manager to work out the Arabian themed
dcor for an awards ceremony next month,
where well be using more than 400m of
fabric to create a tented effect in the ceiling of
a section of the main hall. Then onto a book
festival opening tomorrow to deliver two
William Morris-covered chaise longues they
decided at the last minute they wanted to use
within the William Morris interiored tent.
Thursdays and Fridays are when most of our
tents are set up for the weekends events. Our
hard-working crew, drivers, drapers and other
specialist staff work ingeniously so that our
framed and pole tents are pitch perfect on the
day. It makes it all worthwhile, though, when
you see the clients reaction.
Today I oversaw the setup of the Arabian
and the Cornish Cream framed tents in Sussex.
It was chosen by the clients as an infusion of
their two cultures, with the bold and exotic
interior evoking the warmth of the Arabian
desert, and thousands of tiny mirrors bouncing
the light. The Cornish Cream was chosen
to dine in, creating a subtle, fairy-tale like
ambience with delicate hand block printed
linings, catching the light with tiny mirrors
sewn into the linings. Pretty magical!
Some Viva La Fiesta Batmitzvah inspiration!
Brainstorming today with a batmitzvah-to-be, I
showed her our Viva La Fiesta framed tent, one
of my personal favourites. We have brightlycoloured floral motifs for the ceiling swags and

wall drapes, all on a grey lace effect, topped off

with pompoms, and a giant parrot adorning the
ceiling. We showed her this photoshoot we did,
for some Viva La Inspiration.

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Music for your ears/ The Big Event

Putting the Funk into Function

Annie Hall on the wedding band she would pay to see in concert
while attending a recent wedding, I sat
down to watch the band. Everyone else
was hopping around like crazy on the
dance floor having a fantastic time, but
I was so blown away by the quality of
the vocals and the rocking personalities of the performers I just had to look
and listen to The Function Band. Yes,
thats the oddly generic name of the
unforgettable act that kept me and 199
other guests entertained for five hours.
Its a name that belies the raw
talent of an act fronted by the
managing director Dan Rosen and the
incredible lead vocalists who I would
happily pay to see, given the opportunity. Remarkably, Dan has been setting
simchas alight for around 14 years and,
together with his business partner and
father Bradley, can now event manage
every aspect of your event.
People relate to the father and son
vibe as it feels like family, and thats
what you want when you are looking
for a band or our fabulous production,
and help finding venues and caterers,
explains Dan, who works regularly

with a team of 25 to 30 musicians who

have become his singing soul mates.
So whether you have The Function
Band DJ Live of six to 10 people or
The Function Band showband of nine
to 20 people, the chemistry is still the
same, adds Dan, who cites favourite
standards, chart hits and everything
in between as part of The Function
Bands repertoire. If we dont know
it, we will learn it, and we discuss the
set list with the hosts so we know the
songs they love as well as the ones they
hate, as every event is bespoke to each
clients needs.
At that fabulous recent wedding,
my friend the groom (hi, Russell!)
requested a live Garage set so he could
MC and The Function Band DJ Live
delivered it brilliantly, as they did
every song that night.
Now Im just waiting to hear the
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The Big Event / Let them entertain you!

Brie Bailey meets a DJ who MCs and is more than OK

If the bar and batmitzvah are the prince

and princess of a Big Event - the DJ is
definitely King.
Whether spinning the decks solo or beat

mixing to enhance a live band, a DJ has the

party in the palm of his hand and can change
the mood with a perfect song. But if DJs
are the simcha kings,DJ Knight wears the
biggest crown, though typically he dons a hat
as the master of sartorial elegance. Kwame
Knight (his real name) is also an ace Master
of Ceremonies and doesnt need a gavel to
get the crowds attention as he just reads the
room to play the right music.
You get to that point after 15 years in
the entertainment industry and I bring
extensive musical knowledge and experience to every event, whether its a wedding,
barmitzvah or birthday party, says the
handsome DJ who spins all over the world.
But he is just as happy to do a batmitzvah in
the suburbs of north-west London and has
got a handle on keeping teens happy.
It can be difficult to please 12 or 13 year olds
and parents and grandparents with the same
entertainment, but I make sure that the music
appeals to the adults who are throwing the party

and the kids who are only there to have fun!

DJ Knight will be appearing as XS Knight
on Sunday as he has a full orchestra with
him which is an option he offers, along with
event production which he does as Accelerate
Productions. Currently an Accelerate event is
likely to feature a Silent Disco which sounds
like an oxymoron, but is in fact the latest craze
amongst young people who hate to be parted
from their sounds.
It was once confined to tents at the back
of music festivals, says Knight. But the past
few years have seen Silent Disco really take
off and it allows dancers plugged into headphones to play multiple channels so different
genres of music play simultaneously. So if

youre expecting your event to attract a mixed

crowd with drastically different music tastes,
a Silent Disco is the way forwards particularly
if your venue has an issue with loud music
or you just want to give your grandma the
option of sitting out quietly when the hip-hop
starts blasting out.
A perusal of DJ Knights website tells you
just how closely he works with his clients as
he poses questions in his blogs about musical
choices and posts pictures of their bat mitzvahs in Manchester. He is a King alright and
definitely a Knight you wont want to miss.
Visit or call
020 3130 4040 or 07956 104086


Its that time at a function when putting
on a cowboy hat, false moustache and
over-sized specs is the only thing to do.
You have eaten,drunk and got merry at
the hosts behest and now its time to get
silly courtesy of David Chevin who loves
that Wacky hour when guests pile in to his
photo booth and behave like children.
Sometimes they actually are children as
posing in costumes and mishandling props has
no age limit. Some of the best photos of me,
hubbie and daughter were taken in a Wackybooth and are now framed. So over to David......

When did you start Wackybooths?

Four years ago when clients kept asking us
to recommend a Photobooth company. We
thought it would compliment our Video
Production business Chevin and
since then its gone from strength to strength
- we now have 4 booths and a Magic Mirror
Booth and do over 300 booth hires a year!
What do you love about it?
How can you not enjoy a job that involves
working with people that are having a great
time! Everyone loves dressing up and jumping

in a Wackybooth - we love being part of peoples

Can you fit into any space?
We do have Photobooths of all shapes and sizes
but generally we need an area of around 2m
What can you do in the booth to have even
more fun?
Thats cheeky....but on a serious note, all our
Wackybooths have built in wind machines,
a choice of colour or black and white print

options, choice by touchscreen of over 30

different backgrounds and we also use an
external social Media Ipad Station to instantly
upload your favourite images wherever you
want. We also continously rotate our extensive
range of props to keep all the pictures looking
fresh and original all night long.
What is the starting price?
Wackybooths prices start from around 500
for a weekday event. or call 020 8502 7232

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Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event / Caterers with intuition


One woman and her team of experts are
putting the seasoning in function food
Whether you want an intimate
occasion or a large event, Salt
Caterers can provide a unique
and creative service. Its what
we love. Its what we do, in fact
its all we ever talk about, says
Salts vivacious frontwoman
Stephanie Cramer.
Stephanie is the driving
force behind Salt Caterers and
instrumental in all aspects of
marketing the business and
coordinating all the events from
start to finish.

Having worked in catering,

event management and party
design for more than 12 years,
she has mastered the art of
turning imagination into reality
and, together with her executive
chef Sharon Taylor and the rest
of the team, use their strengths
and expertise to make the
business run like clockwork.
The team are constantly
innovating their menus while
catering functions in homes,
marquees and at prestigious

Moonlite Entertainments has been operating in

Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire,
London and the Home Counties since 1980. We
value our reputation of providing a reliable and
professional service to our clients and benefit from
excellent working relationships with our suppliers.
Moonlite Entertainments are very well-established
events and entertainment company and specialist in
providing entertainment for many occasions such
as Weddings, Bar mitzvah, Private and corporate
events etc.
We supply Mobile Discos, experienced DJs, Bands,
Dance Floors, Lighting, PA systems, Photo Booth,
Rodeo Bull, Fun Casino Tables and SIA Licensed
Security Guards etc. A glance through the website will
give more detailed information on the various aspects
of the services that Moonlite Entertainments offer.
Music is always vital to any celebration and a DJ from
Moonlite Entertainments will not disappoint. Any
particular genre or mix of music can be provided,
with specific playlists if requested. Background
music at the appropriate moments with floor filling
dance numbers are all part of the DJs repertoire.
With so much to think about when planning an event
it is worth spending some time browsing our website
and contacting us for a no obligation quotation.
Whatever the occasion we can help you to make it a

Please contact us on: 07970 275998 or

01727 841025 or email

venues in and around London.

Through every stage
of ones life, there are
opportunities to celebrate,
says Stephanie, who exudes
positivity. So whether
youre looking for perfectly
delightful fare for a wedding,
a bar or batmitzvah, nibbles
for a theme party or simply
a celebratory dinner with
friends, we will provide the
perfect menu.
And Salt doesnt stop
there. We can coordinate the
entertainment, lighting, dcor,
venues, flowers, stationery
and more. Maybe an outdoor
carnival for a birthday party or
landmark celebration? Leave
it with us.
Just ask us to demonstrate
how our imagination and
intuitive style can help create
lasting memories for you and
your guests. Or better still, ask Jewish News
sales director Russell Bahar and his lovely
new wife Laura, as they chose us to cater their
wedding and, judging from their reaction, they
were very happy indeed.

Salt Caterers offers kosher catering under the

supervision of the London Beth Din.
t: 07891 781 606

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Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event / Gifts with meaning


4. Shabbat candlesticks
Shabbat candlesticks are also some of the first
items newlyweds like to buy, and Danya sells
ones that are modern and elegant. You want to
be ready to make your first Shabbat, she says.
One client told me: We cant wait to have our
first Shabbat in our new home. Our beautiful
new candlesticks will make it extra special.

Alex Gabinski reveals
the top five Judaica gifts

When I got married, I had a toilet roll holder

on my wedding list, laughs Danya Kay. You
go to John Lewis and have your wedding list
with them, and people buy you three spoons
and a toilet roll holder. But with something like
Judaica, you remember who bought it for you.
Danyas experiences led her to set up
Contemporary Judaica, which sells all manner
of elegant Judaica youd be happy to show
off all year with not a toilet roll holder
in sight!
Her wedding gift list is very popular
and customers can visit her showroom
at home and choose their own items.
People love to buy Judaica for
weddings. While it is obviously functional,
you also want it to be aesthetically pleasing;
youve painted your house and made it look
beautiful, so why shouldnt a mezuzah or
a Kiddush cup be a piece of art in your
house? explains Danya. Its a kind of

spiritual artistry this concept is called Hiddur

Mitzvah, the aesthetics of mitzvot; beautiful
ritual objects that enhance holiday celebration.
Danya talks us through her top products...

the front and and it becomes a nice ornament.

Another idea is to turn it into a mezuzah (185)
containing the chuppah glass.

1. Wedding Kiddush Cup by Quest Collection

This is a bestseller, says Danya about the
striking image of a bride and groom that
forms the stem of a pewter Kiddush cup
featuring Swarovski crystals they are
holding aloft (165). I usually go for very
contemporary and clean lines, yet I really
like the intricacy of the design.

And you shall write them

upon the doorposts of
your house and upon
your gates, Jews have
been commanded.
Mezuzot are one of the
first things people want
in their Jewish home, says Danya, who sells a
selection. They make a wonderful engagement
or wedding gift as the couple are about to start
their lives together in their new home.
The Metalace Art mezuzah with the phrase
from The Song of Songs ani ldodi ve dodi li
(I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine)
(105) will remind the couple of the beautiful
time in their lives.

2. Gifts from broken wedding glass

A popular purchase is a glass (25) by artist
Gary Rosenthal, the shards of which, once
smashed under the chuppah, are made
into a unique keepsake. The glass can be
reconstructed into a Lucite cube (from 275)
with the couples name and wedding date on

Quality singer for all occasions

Ariel is passionate about working with each couple
to create their own unique chuppah experience

07791 048 971


Please quote JN Simchas
Supplement for a 20% discount
on singing at chuppahs booked
before 1st January 2017

3. Mezuzot

5. Tallit and sterling silver star of David clips

A more personal gift can be one just for the bride
or groom. One of Danyas clients asked her
to post out to Denmark a tallit and set
of sterling silver clips with a star
of David design (165) . She
wanted to give them to
her husband when
they had the yichud
ceremony, explains
Danya. The quality
is exceptional, with very
fine detailing of magen
Davids etched into the silver and the
diamond adds that extra dimension.
Danya provides a bespoke wedding gift list
service. Call her on 07801 851900 or visit

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Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event / What you need!

The Perfect Function

More of the fantastic exhibitors joining us at Simchas Live 2016


There is something reassuring about

a company called Golden Whisk. It
conjures up home cooking, afternoon
tea and delicious deserts. And that is
exactly what The Golden Whisk does,
along with BBQs, salt beef bars and sitdown dinners prepared by this familyrun catering company, which covers
all locations within the M25, including
Essex, London, Kent and Hertfordshire. There are sample menus on the
website, but they can tailor to your
food desires.
t: 020 3737 1457 / 07739 913690

Imagine if it were possible to

bring everything you saw in Willy
Wonkas chocolate factory to
your kids bar/batmitzvah. There
would be fluorescent candy floss,
Millions sweet tricycles, chocolate shwarma, popcorn, ice cream
and Belgian chocolate fountains
lined up in an indulgence corner
of deliciousness and served by
served by smiling uniformed staff.
Sounds good doesnt it? Then you need to get MiniMelts Events to your big
party as one of the leading fun food suppliers to the event industry in London. or call 020 8368 6961

What do you need to say about Edible Memorables other than

yum yum. See memorables

Just a Drop Drinks are Europes leading suppliers of

promotional drinks, but the company that has been operating for 12 years also does branded mints, sweets and even
chocolate footballs. Custom Chupa Chups lollies, champagne and even cookies but, best of
all, they do personalised
Love Hearts and what
batmitzvah girl wouldnt
want to give those away?
t: 0800 368 8844

Pereles Cakes are kosher but, even more

importantly, they are beautiful, interesting or
whatever you choose them to be according to
your taste and theme. or
call 07582 080 521

Pan-n-Ice is the frosty branchild of Henry

Milroy and Rob Huysinga ,who tasted ice cream
and froyo rolls in Thailand and then launched
the company in the UK. So picture various tasty
ingredients poured and placed onto a cold plate
where the temperature is an arctic -30 degrees
before everything is smashed and sliced. Ninety
seconds later, the milk (or yogurt) freezes and is
mixed with the ingredients before being scraped
off the cold plate into rolls. Perfect for parties and
it is healthy...

At Chilled Events, the
team has collectively
accumulated more than
75 years experience
within the industry
which, together with its
extensive list of contacts,
gives the company a head
start when it comes to
organising your function.
Whatever the size of your
event, it will take responsibility for finding the
venue, theming the event,
entertainment, food
and drink.
t: 0113 322 6377

From the Grosvenor House and up to Altitude 360, Complete Event Hire has a
trail of successes. The calibre of the venues it works with is proof of how good this
family-run company has become since it was formed in 2013 and started supplying
chair covers, table linen, table centres, lights, curtains, sofas, flowers and anything
else you might need to make a statement. Need a mobile bar? Then call sister
company, Complete Entourage, which covers all regions for catering, fresh flowers
and cakes as well as a venue decorating services. or call 07855 465 456

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What you need! / The Big Event

All events companies have something unique to offer and
Moonlite Entertainment is no exception because it understands the need to create extra space at a function, particularly
for kids, and its inflatable disco dome with outstanding sound
and lighting system is a winner. Compatible with iPpods, iPads
and iPhones, it is the perfect area for little ones, while the adults
get to grips with Moonlite Entertainments Rodeo Bull. or call 07970 275998
There is a lot you can get from the Outstanding Events
Company as it has photos booths, green screen dream
machines and other cool stuff but you must hear about
their newest, interactive attraction the Mash Machine.
A smart piece of kit that enables players to build songs
using snippets of music that evoke their deepest emotions
and personal memories. Sounds epic, doesnt it? Well you
have to try it and so do your children. or call 0808 1200 605

If the Princes Trust, BBC and Ministry of Sound think Genie

Events is the company for an event, its a given that it can
deliver for you. Based in Radlett since 1999, Genie produces
quality bespoke events to suit all budgets. Between managing
director Sarah Cohen, creative director Mark Cohen and a team
of dedicated experts, they can pull together a visually memorable occasion without you having to worry about all the extras.
Seamless is how one client described Genies efforts, and
everyone wants that. or t: 01923 853 966
It is the way Alex of Rendezvous Events describes the wedding
he produced at Eastwell Manor that gets you interested in his
company. From invites to marquee lining, from cutlery to entertainment, from hand soaps to guests hotels, we worked for over a
year with both couples families to make the brides dream wedding
come true. London born and bred, Alex Ingram DJed his way
through school, sixth form and university and then studied at The
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which is where he gets
his theatrical flair for shaping a production that could be yours. or call 020 3468 2911

Funky Casinos provides the party theme that cant fail if you
have friends and family who enjoy spieling without losing money.
Truth is everyone loves a casino experience and this company
gives you the money (the fun
kind) to give to your guests to
exchange for chips and use at the
gaming tables they set up. It also
has such hit props as 6ft black
silhouette Bond girls, James
Bond himself or a welcome to
Las Vegas sign. And if you really
want to make it special, they will
provide dancing girls. So, if you
are feeling lucky
t: 07798 904 508


Jewish News 27 October 2016

The Big Event / What you need!

Dimitria Jordan is a
wedding stationer who helps
couples bring their wedding
stationery visions to life.
Whether its stationery from
a studio collection or a
bespoke design. or
call 0203 239 5398

After 42 years in the business Gemini Sounds knows how

to get a party started. Things have changed unbelievably
since we started up in 1974 says founder Ian Cuff. Gone
are the days when a DJ turned up at a function with a box
of records and a few flashing lights. Now our clients expect
so much more and thats what they get. Gemini Sounds
provide a light show, use the finest sound equipment & offer
lighting, colour washing and video screens. Geminisounds. or call 01268 762822

Crystal trees, mirror balls mounted on illuminated

glass and barmitzvah boy balloons. Lynne Brent of
Lynnovations can deliver them all and guarantee
your guests will be wowed by table centres she has
been making for over fifteen years for hundreds
of functions around the country. Her speciality?
Creating something totally individual according to
each clients needs. or call : 07889 387 218
Howlin Entertainment is
responsible for bringing
balloon man Brue Airhead,
opera singer Matthew
Crane and impressionist
Francine Lewis to Jewish
News Simchas Live
and the company has a
roister of entertainers.
Re-inventing variety is their mission and with
comedy nights, cabaret shows and list of talent
they are doing just that.
The super thing about 7th Wonder is not just the great
music they perform, but the fact that this acclaimed
9 piece band can increase or decrease in size and still
provide exceptional entertainment for any party or
celebration. All their music is played by live highly
experienced and interested musicians who perform
sounds through the decades to keep everyone satisfied. or call Michael 07770 48331/or
David 07956 236210

The Hit Squad DJs and Entertainment dont beat

around the bush but proudly declare themselves
function specialists who have DJs for every occasion,
as well as comedians, female tribute acts and even
Michael Jackson. Its a fantastic line-up and well worth
a look to add some spice to your simcha.
Visit or call 08456 424242

Some times its nice to know that it is

possible to have a really good DJ or
singer that wont break the bank.
Function-making is pricey and so the
promise made by Krypton Nites to
offer great value and great entertainment is reassuring when you are working on
a budget. The man in charge Craig Kent is a
good guy with a fine voice. As the name suggests he
is a bit of a Superman, but affordable. Email events@ or call 07813589830

Matthew Garrett is someone you want to get

very close to because you cant believe your
eyes when you do. Winner of The Magic Circle
Close-Up Magician of the Year, this talented
entertainers philosophy is to relax his audience and then astound them. Let him mix and
mingle magic at the reception and leave your
guests pondering how he did it over dinner.
Contact Matthew Garrett on 01234 211119

JH Video gives you the chance to be a big kid yourself or let kids have the time of their lives. Things
it brings to a party include Dance Heads which
superimposes guests heads on cartoon bodies
as they lip sync. It has karaoke booths, video
diary booths and a human photo globe . Oh,
and JH video can also film your special day
with a camera crew who will provide aerial
shots from a helicopter. 0208 386 2089

Think of any kind of prop, costume,

decoration or piata that you will
need to make your simcha go with
a bang and you can be sure
will have it.

Remember John Travolta

on the flashing dance floor
in Saturday Night Fever?
Well, that could be you on the
brightest dance floor in the
country thanks to the state of
the art RGB panel technology
used by Videodancefloor. or call 020 7101 4850

Cartoonist Brian Davis of

Creative Dream Company will
give your guests the ultimate
take-home gift. A cartoon says
a thousand words. Brian@
07849 024755

If you want your barmitzvahs face on a hat or the

happy couple brandished across balloons or your
sweet batmitzvah on a sweet or two then 24/7
Promo is the company for low-cost personalised
novelty items for your big event. See what it can
do at or call 0800 470 4866

Heres what one client has to say about Master

of Ceremonies Nigel Rothband.He compered
our sons barmitzvah party, kept everything
running exactly to time, liaised with the band,
caterer, photographer we could enjoy
the evening. His introductions were witty,
succinct and appropriate and we received lots of
compliments about him. We cannot recommend Nigel highly enough. or call 07812 967251.

One day you will be lucky enough to have a Twilight Tree

on either side of you front door to light your way and
beautify your home. But if you want to make your function
magical you will hire some of its cherry treeswith energyefficient LEDs nestled within cherry blossom petals. They
are magnificent. Visit or call Call
01962 877644
You wont find any spotty
silk handkerchiefs,
bunches of flowers or
rabbits in top hats if you
book Stephen Barry for
you function.
The multi award winning
magician, mind reader, hypnotist and pick pocket shatters all
the cheesy clichs of a typical magician. Stephen performs
close-up magic as he mixes and mingles with your guests and
makes the impossible possible. or call
07787 556 083

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