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On December 24, 2013 my husband and I welcomed our first son, Asher Jordan the world. As a new par Vreeland into ent, I’ve only experience d just a fraction of the joy our lives thus far so I can children bring into only imagine how you mu st be feeling at this momen first steps, first day of sch t! From birth to ool and religious mileston es to college, marriage and own, children bring a who babies of their le new sense of meaning to life as we know it. As you embark on this jour ney to celebrate your son or daughter’s transition let us help you alleviate into adulthood as much stress as possibl e. We’re lovers of the spe life and this journey you cial moments in ’re on is quite special, but also filled with immense details are the things tha detail. And those t get us excited! So tha t you don’t lose sight of behind the bar/bat mitzva the true meaning h you’re planning, we’ve compiled the very best found to make the party information we’ve planning process a tad eas ier. From planning timelin advice for working with es, budgets, vendors and expert info rmation straight from the in the business. Not to men very best vendors tion the most extensive venue guide you’ll find in and loads of party decor the southeast ideas from 13 recent real bar/bat mitzvahs. This inau Occasions: Mitzvahs Edi gural issue of the tion has you covered. If you’ve never planned a party before, you’ve com e to the right place. So, son or daughter and star sit down with your t to brainstorm. This is an incredible moment to sha re ideas and bond togeth er. Happy party planning!

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"Lifelong friends, Ben and Jared have been pretty much inseparable since pre-school. So when plans for Bar Mitzvahs commenced, it only made sense that the two whose birthdays are pretty close together would share the milestone with one big party." PAGE 88

IN EVERY ISSUE

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PLANNING TIMELINE When you get your date 3 years in advance, here's where to start planning.

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN How much will it all cost? The breakdown and estimates are here!

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HIRING VENDORS Everything you need to know about working with the most reputable Bar/Bat Mitzvah vendors like pricing, expert advice & questions to ask.

MITZVAH VENUE GUIDE 32 BAR/BAT The most thorough guide to local venues,

and restaurants you’ll find in the Southeast! Over 60 venues ranging from hotels, country clubs, mansions and outdoor locations.

A sports themed Bar Mitzvah that is a boy's dream come true.

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Follow these tips to get the perfect Bar/Bat Mitzvah photos.

This enchanting celebration came complete with snow.

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This real Bat Mitzvah was an astounding explosion of purple.

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MITZVAHED 74 JUST Nationwide trends, executed right in your backyard... and beautifully. These are our top pics for real Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in Georgia and Florida.

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LOOKING BACK Sending you off in style with a personal perspective from event professionals and a look back at their bar/bat mitzvahs.

Working with the Most Reputable 20 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vendors

"Invitations were delivered inside ornate Tiffany-blue boxes, the chevronpatterned paper tied with ribbon and a delicate starfish charm. The ocean theme carried over to Allessandra’s big day with elegant, organic tones of her beloved ocean-side home scattered throughout. " PAGE 94

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LISA ALEXANDER Georgia Membership Sales Director

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Novelist and feature writer, Brenna Lauren, shares first-hand accounts of the southern-chic, Low Country flare that Savannah has to offer Georgia’s event industry. From weddings, to baby showers, to charity soirées, no place parties quite like Savannah, and she couldn't be more in love.

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of MitzvahManPhoto.com Joseph Aczel has been creating award winning images for 25 years. Previously a photojournalist for the “Boston Tab”, he moved to Atlanta in 2001 and started Mitzvahmanphoto.com in 2010. He and his family belong to The Temple and make their home in Decatur, along with 2 dogs and 3 amazingly long lived fish.

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of The Party Girl Events Tammie Wilson is the owner and founder of The Party Girl Events in Roswell Georgia. Born and raised in Texas she studied art history and hospitality management at Texas Tech then moved herself and all her talent to Georgia over 20 years ago. Tammie founded the company 12 years ago out of her love of hosting fabulous events.

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of The Party Girl Events Kathy has been involved with The Party Girl Events for over 7 years. She was born in Ithaca, New York and also lived is Connecticut, New Jersey and Ohio. While living in Ohio she earned a B.S. in Business/ Marketing from The Ohio State University. Kathy’s talent with logistics, management and customer service help contribute to the success of The Party Girl Events.

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of Ric Mershon Photographers Since 2004, Barrie Mershon and her husband Ric have been documenting the joy, celebration and beauty of mitzvahs and weddings all around Atlanta. They are on the preferred vendor list with many of the city's top venues and event planners. When not working with other families, Barrie and Ric enjoy time with their own family, children Jake and Mara.


Getting Started

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

PLANNING TIMELINE By Tammie Wilson & Kathy Thompson of The Party Girl Events

23-18 MONTHS OUT q Start thinking about what your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project will be and start planning on how to accomplish this.

2-3 YEARS OUT q Set the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.

q Meet with your Rabbi to go through the Bar/Bat Mitzvah requirements and set your plan for accomplishing this.

q Start talking about theme, size of event and

q This is a good time to hire a Bar/Bat

type of weekend you’d like to host.

q Select your planner - you’ll need her/him! (Note: They will take care of everything below.) q Start talking about and exploring venues they book up early.

q Start thinking about budget and discuss with your planner.

Mitzvah tutor if needed.

q Guest List, Guest List, Guest List - Start working on this as soon as possible - adult list first/kid's friends will change based on classes, teams and friends at the time of the events. q Start your guest list spreadsheet with

columns for Shabbat Dinner, Kiddush Luncheon, adults/party, kids/party, brunch, welcome gift - this will keep your R.S.V.P. management organized!

q Book your venue/catering (You can work on menu details closer to the date.).

q Book your band or DJ - they are in high

6 MONTHS OUT

demand, so the earlier the better!

q Send out Save-the-Dates. q Find and purchase the Tallit.

8 WEEKS OUT

q Start your Bar/Bat Mitzvah project. q Book any rentals needed (tables, chairs, staging, linens, lounge furniture, easels, etc.).

q Finalize menu with catering for Shabbat, Kiddush, Party, Brunch q Order personalized Kippot’s (Be sure to take into account Jewish holidays, as companies will shut down during the holidays which will delay production/shipping.).

q Invitations go out. (Tip: Make sure you weigh your filled envelopes AT THE POST OFFICE. Most invitations weigh more than the standard $0.49 stamp and will on average be $0.88 to $1.12 each to mail based on all the pieces that go into invite.) q Start working on toasts, speeches.

4 MONTHS OUT

q Decide who will do the Hamotzi.

q Start shopping for family attire - clothes, shoes for each event in the weekend.

q Decide whom you will honor with aailiyot (will need their Hebrew names).

q Order your cake/dessert/candy bar. q Book transportation for guests/family.

q Designate your Hora Crew. (Best for family/friends to know in advance so there is no delay in getting you in the AIR - So fun!!)

q Schedule hair, makeup, and nails.

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1 YEAR OUT

9 MONTHS OUT

q Start tutoring.

q Meet with your decor company/book (Can determine details closer to event.).

q Book your hotel room block.

q Finalize guest list

q Book transportation for your out of town

q Order Save the Dates/Invitation Suite/ Thank You Notes. (Be sure to add directions/ maps/hotel info/times for Shabbat Dinner, Fri. service, Sat. service, Kiddush luncheon, party, farewell brunch, attire.)

guests (estimated).

q Your family should start attending Shabbat Services.

q Pick your theme for the party.

q If you are going to do a Bar/Bat Mitzvah website, design now, add pictures and update as you go.

q Book your photographer. q Book your videographer.

4 WEEKS OUT

6 WEEKS OUT

q Finalize programs.

q R.S.V.P.’s are due. (The fun begins!)

q Finalize all transportation needs.

q Order takeaways, grippy socks, personalized napkins. q Finalize decor - centerpieces for Shabbat, Kiddush, party, brunch, layout, etc.

q Work on Candle Lighting list/speeches. q Send the Temple/venue a list of all vendors you’ll be using and their insurance certificates.

q Start your seating charts!! Place cards will need to be printed.

q Have all pictures to videographer for video montage.

q Order welcome gift items (weekend info, water bottle labels, etc.). q Get a rooming list from your hotel to know how many welcome gifts you’ll be putting together.

1 WEEK OUT q Send finalized itinerary to all

q Schedule alterations if needed.

vendors.

q Take all welcome gifts to hotel.

2 WEEKS OUT

q Attend rehearsal at Temple.

q Meet with DJ to finalize itinerary, song choices for Introductions, Father/ Daughter or Mother/Son dances, games.

q Finalize aaliyah with Rabbi.

q Schedule rehearsal at the Temple.

q Get cash out for all gratuities and place in envelopes.

q Finalize itinerary for the weekend. q Confirm all vendors/arrival times/needs. q Purchase any additional liquor you’ll need for weekend events (if not provided by caterer).

WEEKEND OF BAR/BAT MITZVAH

q Have final alterations done.

q Family pictures at the Temple with the Rabbi

q Purchase all items for toiletry baskets. q Give venue/catering final guest count. q Give seating chart to printer for place cards.

(Thur. or Fri).

q Purchase fresh pastries, soda, fruit for the Oneg and have to the Temple by noon Friday. q Designate someone to take extra food to your home from Kiddush.

q Preview video ,ontage, if desired.

q Friday Services/Oneg

q Send layout to Temple of Kiddush Luncheon (if hosting at Temple).

q Saturday Morning Services/Kiddush

q Do final walkthrough at the venue. q Give catering final guest count for Kiddush/party/brunch.

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Luncheon/Party

q Sunday Brunch


Getting Started

HOW MUCH WILL IT

Cost?

If you've got budget on the brain, then you're starting the party planning process in the right place. Just as everything else in life, ultimately the budget you set for child's bar/bat mitzvah will effect the overall scale and scope of the event. But how much should you plan to spend if you've never hosted one before? Great question! The party planning duo at The Party Girl Events, Tammie Wilson and Kathy Thompson have put together an example budget of an event based on 200 guests with 100 adults and 100 children. Their estimates will help to kickstart your financial plans and give you a great starting point to base your dollars and cents off of. Use this handy chart to track your own expenses too.

AVERAGE COST

ITEM TEMPLE

Fees vary

ONEG CATERING

$350

KIPPAHS FOR THE SERVICE

$250

KIDDUSH LUNCHEON CATERING

$3,600

KIDDUSH LINENS

$750

KIDDUSH CENTERPIECES/FLORALS

$750

PIANISTS FOR KIDDUSH

$250

HOTELS FOOD & BEVERAGE MINIMUM

ACTUAL COST

$65-$95 per adult, $44 per child

HOTEL BAR

$40-50 per person

OTHER VENUES

$2,500 (may or may not include tables, chairs, linens, etc.)

CATERING BAR (if you bring your own)

$50-$90 per person $30 per person, $175 per bartender (1 bartender per 50 guests)

DJ

$3,200

EVENT PLANNER

$3,500 or 15% of the total event cost

PHOTOGRAPHER

$2,500-$2,900

VIDEOGRAPHER

$2,250

DECOR

$10,000

(Includes centerpieces, draping, linens, furniture, props, balloons, other rentals, etc.)

INVITATION SUITES

$250

(save the dates, invitations, temple programs, etc)

WELCOME GIFTS

$20-$25 per gift

TRANSPORTATION

$800 a day (for a 56 passenger)

PLACE CARDS ENTERTAINMENT

$350 Green Screen $1,300

Video Montage $250

GRIPPY SOCKS

$400

TAKEAWAYS

$1,500

(custom bags, water bottles, t-shirts, etc.)

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Other Booths $2,500


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Hiring the most reputable

VENDORS to execute your style Besides the setting, your Bar/Bat Mitzvah vendors will make the most impact on the success of your event. The professional services they supply like event planning, coordination, entertainment, floral design, rentals and catering are the essential elements no party could take place without. Their expertise orchestrates the senses your child and his/her guests will experience throughout the day, so finding the very best companies to execute your child's style is of utmost importance.

That's where we come in. OccasionsÂŽ is connected to the most reputable event vendors across the country. We have a personal relationship with almost all of the vendors represented in this book. We consider them to be among the top 5% of event vendors in the country. Seek their expertise and soak it up.

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Working

Hiring Vendors to Execute Your Style

WITH YOUR

BAR/BAT MITZVAH VENDORS

Besides the obvious question "are you available on our Bar/Bat Mitzvah date?" there are a few key questions that can ease the interview process of selecting your event day creative team. Here's the thing: These people are the pros and while they work on events daily and may find themselves repeating these key answers over and over, it's helpful for you to feel armed with just the knowledge you need to speak intelligently with your vendors. Ice breakers if you will. Use these questions & pricing guides below to get the conversation going and hire with confidence.

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN INTERVIEWING POTENTIAL VENDORS . . .

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EVENT PLANNER

STATIONER

CATERER

CAKE BAKER

How do you charge? Per hour, lump sum, percentage of total budget?

Do you design custom work or sell from invitation lines?

Do you specialize in specific food types?

Is he/she licensed by the state health department?

Do you help with branding or custom monograms?

Is a tasting included in your services?

How does delivery work?

Is there a specific style you specialize in?

Will they provide waitstaff? Is that extra?

Do you offer calligraphy or addressing services?

If so, what is the ratio of staff to guest?

Can I purchase additional personalized items like save-the date, welcome bags, favor tags, etc?

What will your staff wear?

Are there specific vendors he/ she likes to use. What is the process of selecting and hiring vendors? Can I use other vendors? What is the process of paying vendors? Is that done through him/her or direct to vendors? Does he/she handle vendor services, contract and payment processing? Does he/she handle guest list coordination and RSVPs? What is his/her specialty? How many meetings will we have together? In person, via phone?

Will you supply a proof before the invitation is offically printed? What happens if there is an error? How long after I place the order will the invitations come in?

How do you work with my event planner and venue? Will you feed everyone, including band members and waitstaff? If so, what is their menu and cost per person?

What happens if something is damaged on the cake in transit? Does she/he do sugar flowers and custom sculptured pieces from sugar? What are the options for cake flavors and fillings? Fondant or Buttercream? What is their average cost per slice?

Is tax and gratuity included?

Will you design a custom cake or do you have preset styles to choose from?

How do you handle clean up and trash removal?

Is the cake stand provided by you?

Can I customize the wording?

$

$

$

$

Full Service planners range in price from $5,000 to $7,000+ while Month-of Coordinators will likely charge between $2,000 - $3,000 depending on scope of work.

Depending on the complexity of the invitation suites, you can expect to pay between $4 - $8+ an invite. Further customizations will increase your per piece price.

Catering costs are dependent on the menu, venue and set up, but for a starting point can run between $35 - $85+ per person not including any alcohol, linen or decor upgrades.

Your cake will likely cost approximately $4 - $7+ per slice depending on the complexity of the design, baker's skill level and availability.

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MUSICIAN, BAND, DJ

PHOTOGRAPHERS

FLORIST & DECOR

CINEMATOGRAPHY

What will the musician wear?

What is your primary style of photography? Traditional, documentary?

What is the florist style? What is your process?

What is your cinematography style? Documentary, movie-like, artistic?

How independent is the photographer? Does he want to know all the shots you'd like or free reign to shoot all the moments of the day at will?

Has the florist/designer worked at your venue before?

Have you worked with our photographer?

How do items get returned after the Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Will they pickup?

How does the crew stay unobtrusive during the Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

Does the designer offer rental items.. vases, trellis, decor... or must they be supplied via a rental company?

How long after the Bar/Bat Mitzvah will the video be ready?

Can my guests take centerpieces home?

Am I allowed to make edits once you present video to us?

Do you charge for mockup centerpieces before the Bar/ Bat Mitzvah or is that included?

What are your backup procedures?

How much set up time do you need? Do you have demos online where I can view your performance? What is your signature sound? How does the band/dj feel about a request list?

Will the photographer you book, be the one to shoot your Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

How many breaks will the band or dj need?

How long after the Bar/Bat Mitzvah will the photos be ready?

What is the overtime policy should the reception last longer than anticipated?

What happens if the photographer is ill on the day of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

What is your experience being the master of ceremonies?

What are their backup procedures?

What happens if the cinematographer is ill on the day of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

What is included in your pricing? Albums, hours of coverage, etc?

$ A professional DJ will likely charge between $1,500 & $2,500+ depending on their expertise & availability. Live bands range in price from $2,000 - $6,000+ depending on size and demand.

$

$

Flower pricing is dependent on the amount of decor at your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. You'll want to budget starting at $1,500 for the basics like centerpieces and know the sky is truly the limit for the rest.

Professional cinematographers will likely charge between $2,800 and $5,000+ depending on experience level, demand and packages.

$ Professional Bar/Bat Mitzah photographers will likely charge between $3,000 and $6,000+ depending on experience level, demand and packages.

What is your process?

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Hiring Vendors to Execute Your Style

WHEN THE PROFESSIONALS PLAN

Image by Vosamo Photography

Barrie Mershon is a Wedding and Bar Mitzvah photographer based in Atlanta, GA with her husband and partner Ric. Between the two of them they've seen their fair share of events ranging in scale from a neighborhood clubhouse, to a black tie event at the Ritz-Carlton. Having the benefit of seeing so many events themselves, Barrie knew that one day when her oldest child, Jake, was of Bar Mitzvah age, that she would know exactly what to do. That was how it sort of happened. Through the planning process Barrie vowed to herself that she would not get wrapped up in the frantic race to book everything 3 years out, rather she would stay calm and “Bar Mitzvah On." Jake's Bar Mitzvah was a success, and here she shares with us the most important words of advice she'd share with her best friend.

q Keep your eye on the prize...that this is a weekend celebrating a milestone in your child’s Jewish life. Our Rabbi says “you don’t HAVE a Bar Mitzvah, you BECOME a Bar Mitzvah”. It is a major event for your family, being celebrated with a fun party. Hold onto that perspective when you are overwhelmed with the planning. q

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Make a list of what elements make up your idea of a perfect celebration for your family. Everyone has a different vision. Take notes of what you liked and wouldn’t want to do after each Bar/Bat Mitzvah you or your child attends.

q

The first priority is to book your planner, music, venue and photographer. After you have those key people in place, the rest will follow.

q An excel spreadsheet is your friend. I made a tab for each area of the weekend, including my guest list, and kept notes there for each vendor. q Add small personal touches to your child’s service as you are able. For example: we used my husband’s Bar Mitzvah Kiddush cup for the wine, and we included Jake’s Sunday School pals (that he’s known since he was 2!) in one of the blessings at the synagogue. q

Ask your child what kind of celebration he/she wants. You may be surprised at their answer. I was sure Jake would have wanted a Jeans and Jerseys casual party. Not at all what he wanted. If your child doesn’t want a dance party, he won’t end up participating if that is what you throw for him. Trust me, we’ve seen it happen!

q Divide your song list into two parts. Songs that kids (only) want and songs that adults and kids will dance to. It really helped us create a song list with the DJ that was balanced and fun for all our guests. q Make a timeline especially for the last few days leading up the weekend. It was so helpful for me. I had almost everything done a few days before all my guests came into town, so I could sit and visit a little and enjoy them. q

Hire a professional videographer. If you find someone low

budget, they will most likely not know the ropes. They will quite possibly (trust me) get in the photographer’s shots often, and you don’t want your videographer popping up in the background of your photos. How annoying. (for you and your photographer).

q Trust your vendors. They are your partners in crime. Get names from your venue, your DJ, your planner and trust in the referrals. These folks are fantastic at what they do, and they know their stuff. Let them do what they are great at doing. q When selecting pics for the montage, don’t do it as “the Mom”. I get it, it’s hard to detach yourself from all the adorable pics you have. If you don’t remove your emotion from the process a little, you’ll end up with a 12 minute montage that no one other than your immediate family and grandparents will want to watch. Really. q Hire a planner. It will be so reassuring to you to have a person at your party who completely has your back. She will help you with the timeline and keeping the night running according to schedule. It will limit your stress tremendously! And, she will have valuable suggestions that you would not have thought of leading up to the weekend. q If you have other kids, help involve them in the process. Even a small item like helping pick the socks for the kids to wear or putting stickers on the candy bags—it will make them feel part of the process even though it is not their weekend. q Last but certainly not least. Hire the best photographer you can afford. Ok, maybe I’m biased with this one. But…I can say as a Bar Mitzvah parent, that on the day after the celebration and the service, you will not remember details. It has nothing to do with wine. It has everything to do with being so in the moment, and so wrapped up in the celebration of your child…the details are all blurry after the fact. Getting your professional photographs are priceless. Not only do they remind you of the details you forgot or didn’t see, but it will piece together everything. And you can relive the weekend! I can’t even imagine how disappointing it would be to have average photos after you have poured your heart and soul into creating such a special weekend. I’m just saying.

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Hiring Vendors to Execute Your Style

BOOKING THE BEATS Who else can always say "I'm with the DJ?" Not many, but for Jim Tiernan, musician and owner of Blue Sky Atlanta Music & Entertainment, he is with more than just the DJ, he's the guy you want to get your event band, soloist, quartet, magician, even harpist. A vetted service for those who expect the best. Here he gives us just a peek into what event performers are all about and how he helps make the perfect music match.

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DESCRIBE THE ENERGY A LIVE MUSICIAN/BAND BRINGS TO EVENTS.... Passion in the performers is what I look for besides their overall talent. And, as long as good, quality musicians are around to sing and perform, there will always be room for another good one. The formal, sharpdressed look is traditional but as the night progresses, the jackets might come off and the sleeves may get rolled up as the band creates a truly exciting, energy generating mixture of drums, lights and vocals and folks on the dance floor just having the time of their lives! So, I know the passionate musicians from the ones that are just going through the motions; the people who still love their job and, to them, it's not even work. They love what they do and it shows. YOU REPRESENT MANY DIFFERENT MUSICIANS AND PERFORMERS... HOW DOES SOMEONE CHOOSE WHICH IS THE BEST OPTION FOR THEM? I am proud to represent professional journeymen including classical string players and pianists to bluegrass and Big Band Jazz. All our performers are vetted having passed the litmus test of good style, manners and professional integrity. Not everyone can make our team but if we are speaking about you and sending you out on wedding events, you must have maintained a successful career and have stayed on top of your game! That said, the best way to help you is to help us by telling us as much as possible about yourself - where you went to school, what types of music do you love, etc. and your event. We want to know locations and times - inside event or outside - just the details - before accurately beginning our best work and service. We also provide many one-stop shop packages which may include ceremony, cocktail

"I don't know how many times I have taken calls at the last minute . . . with just days to go looking for an alternative last minute musical idea. And, we have pulled rabbits out of hats for them saving the day." musicians and DJs or dance bands! These packages have grown very popular and they have proven themselves to be real cost effective time-savers. WHAT'S THE ADVANTAGE OF WORKING WITH A BOOKING AGENT LIKE YOURSELF VERSUS GOING DIRECT TO THE BAND? First and foremost, I believe a booking agent that's also a musician is a huge advantage! I can actually show superior quality, value and save you, with already so much to think about, time as well as treasure. I call our services, "concierge" - taken literally it means "doorkeeper" or representative to the owner. In other words, we've got your back. I take every call and treat the event as if it were my own! I don't know how many times I have taken calls at the last minute . . . with just days to go looking for an alternative last minute musical idea. And, we have pulled rabbits out of hats for them saving the day. Just imagine what we can do for you when given months to plan!

DO YOU RECOMMEND SEEING THE BAND IN PERSON BEFORE YOU BOOK? It is hardly necessary because of the fact that we represent only the best performers. Besides you could easily show up at an event with even the best band on stage, listen for a time and hear them playing a song or songs that you wouldn't want played at your event. But that host or hostess asked the band or DJ specifically for those selections! So, you could get a false positive. Honestly, I never liked the idea of someone showing up at a private event to view a band (even my own)! On our web site located at BlueSkyAtlanta.com we have audio files and, in some cases, video of our performers, song lists and testimonials from past clients. This information makes the whole process a lot easier. I WANT A BAND FOR MY EVENT... CAN YOU TELL ME THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE, THEIR DIFFERENCES AND THEIR COST? There is not a "one-size fits all" answer here. Once we receive complete information about an event: location, time, inside, outside, whatever the details are, we can then provide accurate professional quotes for services. Of course and obviously, one would expect to spend more for the services of a 3 piece band which is less than 6 piece band which is less than a 9 piece band. This is where "the where, what and when" really comes into the mix. Let me assure anyone who reads this that we will always be fair, reasonable and beat the competition providing you with the best. After all, you desire it for your once in a lifetime event!

Blue Sky Atlanta • www.blueskyatlanta.com www.OCCASIONSONLINE.com


MIX UP YOUR MITZVAH CELEBRATE THE TURNING OF THE PAGE IN THE CENTER OF IT ALL. WELCOME TO W ATLANTA - BUCKHEAD.

MODERN MITZVAH FROM THE PRE-CEREMONY CELEBRATION TO THE MORNING AFTER BRUNCH, W ATLANTA - BUCKHEAD PROVIDES A BRILLIANT BACKDROP FOR YOUR BAR OR BAT BASH. WE’LL START YOU OFF IN A REFRESHINGLY INTIMATE, YET INCREDIBLE SETTING, AND FINE TUNE ALL THE DETAILS TO FIT. FROM DYNAMIC DECOR AND EXTRAORDINARY EATS, SEE WHAT W CAN DO FOR YOU FOR YOUR COMING OF AGE CELEBRATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION MORGAN WOLKIN MITZVAH SPECIALIST 678 500 3118 MORGAN.WOLKIN @WHOTELS..COM

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CUSTOM COVERINGS THAT WORK FOR EVERYONE Pablo Oliveira is a special event industry tastemaker and a connoisseur in the custom linen business. Pablo's team at Nuage Designs not only provides unique furniture rentals available to those with style, but his ready-to-order linen collection fed directly from their custom pieces gives everyone a unique opportunity to have something more couture and less cookie-cutter too. Bonus! If you're wondering what linens are all about and where they fit into your budget... he has the answers for you.

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WHAT ARE MY LINEN RENTAL OPTIONS AT NUAGE DESIGNS AND HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT THAN OTHER LINEN COMPANIES? Like other linen companies, we offer an extensive selection of competitively priced solid color linens in satin, dupioni silk, bengaline, and taffeta. However, we set ourselves apart with our wide inventory of distinctive specialty linens. These fabrics are embroidered, sequined, sheer, textured, flocked, metallic, patterned, woven, or embellished, and they are true statement pieces! Beyond what we carry in-house, there is always the option to create custom linens to suit your specific taste. While custom items are usually more expensive, don’t be afraid to explore this avenue if you really want a personal touch at your event. WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR AN UPGRADED LINEN VERSUS GOING WITH WHAT MY VENUE PROVIDES AND PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO MY CENTERPIECES, LIGHTING, ETC? Specialty linens are the most effective way to express your design vision at an event. They provide a large format for showcasing your event’s overall theme by combining colors, textures, patterns, or embellishments that truly define your style. WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION FOR NEW DESIGNS? Design inspiration can come from anywhere, so we take cues from sources large and small. We pay attention to what is happening in fashion, art, nature, and even our daily lives to forecast trends that will satisfy our clients’ evolving tastes.

HOW DOES THE COST OF CREATING CUSTOM LINENS COMPARE TO RENTING PIECES ALREADY IN YOUR INVENTORY? Custom linens are an investment piece and can range from two to five times the standard rental price or more. Factors that can affect cost include fabric choice, size (meaning both the overall size as well as whether it is a non-standard size), and any special detailing like embellishments, fitted tailoring, piping, or contrast pleating. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR CUSTOMERS OPT FOR CUSTOM LINENS VERSUS RENTING YOUR INVENTORY PIECES. Roughly 20% of our clientele are in the market for truly custom linens that are unavailable elsewhere, though the majority of our clients take advantage of our extensive inventory of in-stock options. Many custom pieces will go directly into inventory after their initial rental so there are plenty of specialty options to choose from without breaking the bank. YOU SAY CUSTOM, BUT REALLY... HOW CUSTOM CAN YOU GET WITH LINENS? The sky is truly the limit when it comes to customization. We’ve screen printed fabric with photograph-quality images for custom chair backs, we’ve combined multiple textiles into one cohesive cloth, we can even reproduce custom color & pattern combinations. And the customization extends beyond the table linen to include napkins, napkin accessories, chair backs, seat cushions, chair accessories, pillows, and even furniture slipcovers. The entire event can be customized at the hand of our sewing team!

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KOSHER KITCHENS You and your child are searching for the perfect venue at which to host his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah — but what about your need to "keep kosher"? Relax and have no fear! Some of Georgia and Florida's top event venues have specially built kosher kitchens just for you! Two separate sinks, refrigerators, ovens and stoves . . . these venues boast the highest grandeur and the kosher kitchens to meet your religious dietary laws! Truly a win-win!

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GEORGIAAQUARIUM

This upscale hotel offers unique, festive, simple or lavish events for your next big special occasion. It is the ideal party venue that is sure to leave a lasting memory, as they offer the largest event space in the area, offering 32,000 square feet of party and event space, which can be utilized as whole, or split up into smaller areas.

For your next special event, select the Oceans Ballroom to accommodate up to 1,000 people for a seated dinner or 1,200 for a reception. The Oceans Ballroom has up to 23,000 square feet of flexible space that can be tailored to your event needs. GeorgiaAquarium.org

GRANDHYATTATLANTA

Discover the best of everything within your reach at Grand Hyatt Atlanta. Whether you’re entertaining 400 or 20, Grand Hyatt Atlanta offers a beautiful wedding & special event venue with superior customer service. We are prepared to assist with the arrangements and coordinate all the details with the hotels experienced staff.

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From simple receptions, to elegant 5 course dinners, their experienced culinary team is prepared to design a menu featuring the latest in kosher cuisine. Our highly experienced culinary team also welcomes the opportunity to directly collaborate on your affair with visiting Kosher Caterers. HiltonMiamiDowntown.com

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The Pavillion is an elegant and spacious facility with a large outdoor space that works perfectly for both a wedding ceremony and reception for outdoor cocktail hour. They treat their guests with award winning food from our in house caterer, Avenue Catering Concepts, and we are always attentive to your important guests.

With spectacular indoor and outdoor event venues, this newly renovated hotel is the perfect place to host any special event, from a lavish gathering to a more intimate affair. With customized menu options including a dedicated kosher kitchen, our hotel is able to accommodate events of all styles.

With more than 200,000 square feet of flexible function space, including a 50,000-square-foot unobstructed Great Hall, four ballrooms, and 39 breakout meeting rooms, our complete Convention Center is one of the largest in South Florida and can easily accommodate groups from eight to 8,000.

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TampaAirportWeddings.com

Celebrate in style in the largest hotel ballroom in the West Palm Beach area with our gorgeous Regency Ballroom, which seats up to 500 guests. Enjoy the outdoors on our 979-squarefoot patio or savor a sit-down dinner with up to 200 guests in our Tented Pavilion. With 18,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space, we can accommodate events of any size. WestPalmBeachMarriott.com

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A SPECTACULAR ATRIUM SETTING FOR BAR/BAT MITZVAHS & FAMILY CELEBRATIONS Indoor Fountains and Natural Palm Trees • 2,000 Sq. Ft. Canopy-Covered Dance Floor • Atrium Space for up to 250 guests • Private Grille Room for up to 60 guests • Custom Lighting System • On-Site Catering - Customized Menus • Formal Dinners or Buffet Stations • Kosher Caterers Welcome • Free Self-Parking • Only Five Minutes from I-95

Email us at paviliongrille@gmail.com 561.912.0000

PAVILIONGRILLE.COM

301 YAMATO RD., BOCA RATON, FL 33431


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PHOTO 101 FOR BAR/BAT MITZVAHS By Joseph Aczel of MitzvahManPhoto.com

It's such a special time in your child's life. On the precipice of adulthood, but still in many ways a child. What better way to capture this period than with a Bar or Bat Mitzvah portrait that really reflects your child at this very moment. But what do you do to make something really special? I've fielded that question from a lot of parents — how do you create a meaningful, striking and memorable portrait that will appeal to your child, reflect her sense of self and also the way you see him? And once you've got that perfect portrait, how can you display it for all of your guests, or incorporate it into the décor of your event?

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30 To answer all of that that, I interviewed two noted photographers, Eric Wittmayer and Robin Nathan for their perspective on making the most of our your son or daughter's portrait session. Often it's not just the smile, but also the setting, props and even what your child wears that will make them feel the most comfortable. Here are their recommendations for picture perfect results... HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THAT KIDS ARE COMFORTABLE AND “BEING THEMSELVES” IN FRONT OF YOUR LENS? Robin: “I try to let kids find their favorite place- indoors or out. I also let them have as much control as possible during the session. Sometimes I'll let them look at the first few images on the monitor, letting them have a say in how they look that day will go a long way towards upping the comfort level.” Eric: “Everything is influenced by personality- I don't push a shy child past limits and if a child is gregarious and funny I go with that. I usually try to stay away from standard poses- for example if a child doesn't naturally fold his arms I'm not going to ask them to do that during a session because that might make them self conscious.” WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR? Eric: “Anything that makes them happy to be seen in. If you can, lean towards clothing that adds to their confidence and self esteem, maybe things they've been complimented on in the past. Comfort is importantso brand new clothes aren't a good idea.” Robin: “If you're going to do one photo for a sign in board, choose something classic that your kid really shines in, but let them pick one aspect of it. While parents might want to have a say in the clothing

choices, let your child pick out as much of the outfit as practicable. For a book choose multiple pieces that you could easily combine for different looks." WHAT CAN I DO AS A PARENT TO ENSURE A GREAT PORTRAIT SESSION? Robin: “Make your vision clear to the photographer before the session, you don't want to be 'the director' during the session. Nothing makes a child more uncomfortable than feeling as if they have to perform for you.” Eric: “This is not the time to tell your child that you're not seeing a good smile or that she should stand up straighter. Just let them know it's going to be a fun time for them, and that you are sure they're going to really like the results!” SOME FINAL THOUGHTS? Eric: “It's really great when I walk past a group of kids at a party or on the way to a shoot and one of them runs up to me and asks if I'll come meet their friends, then I know that she's happy with the images I've made!” Robin: “I love being able to capture these children before they become adults. It is such a special point in their lives.”

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Once you've gotten the great shots, it's time to plan a fun and festive way to use them in your décor! I asked Sharon Fisher of Sharon Fisher Events and Terry Saxe of SpecialT Events for their thoughts. We've all seen sign in boards and sign in books, but when you want to do something unique...here's their take.

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WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO USE PHOTOS AS PART OF THE DÉCOR? Terry: “Photographs of the VIP adds a personal touch and gives guests something to talk about. They show the VIP's personality, interests and "quirks" and can be a conversation starter. Using photos shows attention to detail and makes the guest of honor feel special.” Sharon: “Using photography as décor at a mitzvah is a great way to personalize this very special coming of age milestone for a Jewish boy or girl. We have used photography on bar and bat mitzvah invitations and on envelope liners that is always so unique and a fun way to start off the celebrations!”

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE VIP'S CAN BE USED AS DÉCOR ELEMENTS AT THE CELEBRATIONS?

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Sharon: “Mounted portraits as a focal point in table centerpieces, and banners hanging from ceilings and in entryways. Numbering the tables with photos of the VIP holding a number can be fun way for your guests to find their seats!” Terry: “Photos add a super fun element to party décor. A life size cut-out is often used on the stage or at the entrance to the event. Photographs can also be turned into giant posters and stuck on the walls of the venue. A bar mitzvah party is a milestone in a Jewish teen's life so using photographs depicting a timeline is also a fun way to visually depict the VIP's coming of age!” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REALLY DIFFERENT WAYS YOU'VE BOTH SEEN PHOTOS USED AS DÉCOR ELEMENTS? Terry: “Photos transferred onto fabric and used as table runners, and photos used to create personalized desserts-many bakeries can transfer a photo onto cakes and cupcakes.” Sharon: “Giant, larger than life cutouts all over the walls of the venue depicting the VIP in all of the baseball uniforms and games he had played in over the years.” SOME PARTING THOUGHTS? Sharon: “A professional photographer is key to producing photographs that can be enlarged and displayed in creative and exciting ways!” Terry: “Photographs last long after the party is over- they're the key to your memories of this event, so plan wisely and be creative!”

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Venue GUIDE A Vetted Resource of the Most Reputable Special Event Locations Across the Southeast Our Venue Guide is all about finding the right location for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah. After all, it all starts with your venue. There are appropriate facilities for parties of all sizes, but when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your next event, all of those options can be overwhelming. The size of the crowd will narrow down your choices, but then there are still numerous types of venues to consider.

Whatever your particular tastes, when the time comes to choose your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah location, make sure you know what to look for in a venue before you book.

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So, exactly what type of Occasion do you envision for your child's upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Knowing this will ease your venue search because the setting affects the overall style tremendously. Not to mention the budget! In the southeast, the options are limitless. From country clubs to hotels, city clubs, oceanfront resorts, farms, barns, antebellum homes, private mansions and everything in between... a Bar/Bat Mitzvah mom's got options. So, we've scoured the top cities to bring you the very best venues to select from.

QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL VENUE . . . HOW MANY HOURS DOES MY RENTAL FEE INCLUDE? ARE THERE OVERTIME CHARGES? Some venues charge by the hour for use of their facility. Knowing exactly how many hours are included, and alloting plenty of time for set up and tear down is important.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE? PER PERSON, BY THE HOUR OR FLAT FEE? Always good to know how your venue charges for rental. It's likely that facilities who include catering will charge a per person rate and venues without catering will charge a flat fee or hourly rental.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN VENDORS OR DO I HAVE TO USE A PREFERRED VENDOR LIST SUPPLIED BY THE VENUE? Many venues will supply you with a list of their preferred event vendors to use. This can be helpful to someone who needs direction and referrals but also a hinderance for those who know exactly which vendors they'd like to use. Clarify with your venue whether it's required or not to use their specfied vendors before you book.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN ALCOHOL? Venues that don't carry their own liquor license often allow you to bring in your own alcohol. This is not typically the norm, but there are a few venues out there with this option. Remember, if you do opt to bring in your own alcohol, you'll want to hire a bar service to tend to guests.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THE SPACE HOLD (NOT JUST OFFICIAL CAPACITY) ACCORDING TO MY ROOM SET UP. Your room set up will greatly effect the amount of guests you can have at your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Official capacities are for the fire marshal. You'll want to focus on how many guests you can fit into the room with a seated dinner, estate table, dance floor or buffet set up.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE VENUE RENTAL? Most venues have house items that are included in the cost of their facililty rental like dancefloors, tables, chairs, standard linens, etc. But, there are several venues that don't offer this and could amount to an additional cost to you. Ask before you book.

WHAT IS THE PARKING SITUATION? Valet parking, limited options, street parking or ample complimentary parking for guests are all important things to consider.

WILL THERE BE OTHER EVENTS HAPPENING ON THE SAME DAY? Depending on the size of the venue, it will be nice to know whether your event will be the only event happening on property or if there will be others. Other events may infringe on your time use of the venue or confusion for guests so best to know ahead of time and be prepared.

IF NOT, IS THERE AN ALCOHOL MINIMUM? Often venues with liquor licenses will have a bar minimum in addition to the cost of their venue rental. Best to have a heads up about this before you book for budgeting.

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PARTY VENUE CHECKLIST . . . The thing about an event venue is.... there are a lot of extras, options and upgrades and every single venue has a different package and procedure. So, to make sure you are comparing apples to apples use this handy checklist when identifing the best venue for you.

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COUNTRY CLUB OF THE SOUTH

Once I stepped foot into the Traditions Ballroom at Country Club of the South, I knew ‘this is it.’ Not only the overall appearance of the club met my expectations, but the staff was very professional and went above and beyond.

- Kylie Roger

Located in the heart of Johns Creek, the three level stone & cedar Clubhouse sets the stage for an unmatched experience of warmth and southern hospitality. With the Club's magnificent Ballroom, spacious patio overlooking the 18th green and four-bedroom guest villa it's no wonder that The Country Club of the South is quickly becoming the new favorite choice for those in search of the perfect Bar and Bat Mitzvah venue. Our expansive ballroom can accommodate even the most elaborate of setups for a unique experience, while our talented staff can assist you in creating the perfect menu to match. From an elegant seated dinner to a grilled feast on the terrace, you will experience award winning cuisine under the close supervision of our acclaimed chef. In addition to the world-class cuisine and beautiful lodge-like surroundings, you will also experience the ultimate in service-attention paid to your every need. Whether your style is traditional or unique, The Club's professionals will bring your dream to life. From the first planning meeting consultation to the creation of your one-of- a-kind event, you'll have a team of talented personal "assistants" at your side every step of the way.

(678) 297-5951 4100 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek, GA 30022

WWW.THECOUNTRYCLUBOFTHESOUTH.COM BRITNEY.MILAM@OURCLUB.COM

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Onsite catering provided by award winning chef, custom designed menus including organic and vegan INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, silverware, setup & breakdown, service staff PARKING: Complimentary Parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Outdoor and indoor ceremony sites, exquisite lodge style clubhouse with stone fireplace, golf course view, onsite 4 bedroom, 4 and a half bath, villa for fine lodging, outside terrace for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres CATERING:

Photography by Kristen Alexander, Leslie Walker, and Angela Wilson.

All the guests had a wonderful time and are still admiring the delicious food and an amazing staff who made it all happen.

- Anna Meehan

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103 WEST

No address in prestigious Buckhead is more synonymous with unforgettable events than 103 West. Newly renovated, the elegant, classically modern venue is Atlanta’s premier event space. The Club Room, which welcomes guests with white floor-to-ceiling wainscoting accented by antique mirrors, is perfect for bridal luncheons or corporate events for up to 40 guests. The Buckhead Ballroom is bright and contemporary, with three elaborate crystal chandeliers, neutral fabric covered walls and four architectural columns. It can accommodate 150 seated guests around the custom black and white checkered dance floor or up to 250 guest reception style. At 4,500 square feet, the Grand Ballroom is the largest event space at 103 West, featuring a 15-foot vaulted ceiling in the entry way, mirrored ceilings, arched windows and six magnificent crystal chandeliers.

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CATERING: Onsite Catering & Pastry Chef INCLUDES: Tables, Chiavari chairs, linen, glassware, china, silverware, floral bud vases, votives, accent mirrors, house cocktail music and Baby Grand Pianos. Courtesy guest wireless and coat check. PARKING: Valet SPECIAL FEATURES: Newly renovated, stylish sophisticated decor. Located in Atlanta’s most prestigous neighborhood. Preferred guest rates available for Buckhead’s finest hotels. Part of the award-winning Buckhead Life Restaurant Group.

(404) 233-5993 103 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30305

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Downtown 50,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: Variety of delicious "kid friendly" options, including AKC of the highest caliber. LOCATED IN:

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YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS!! Red Carpet Welcome, Your choice of color uplighting throughout, Lounge furniture, Custom drapery; Black linen; Variety of Guest tables, Chiavari or Standard chairs with cushions, Multiple stages, Dividable space for small gatherings

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200 PEACHTREE

MAZEL TOV!!!! The recipe for party? 200 Peachtree is your perfect venue. We offer several different floor plans to accommodate every celebration size. Our Grand Atrium with marble floors provides elegance while our contemporary Carnegie Salon with terrazzo stone is unlimited dancing fun. Lounge furniture is provided throughout when your partiers need a break! 200 Peachtree is the perfect setup for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party of any size. Our qualified event planners will assist you at every step to insure your special day is perfect. Contact us today for tours, quotes or questions! 200 Peachtree – Always Something Special!

(404) 618-0797

200 Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30303 WWW.200PEACHTREE.COM TVALDERRAMA@200PEACHTREE.COM

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ASHTON GARDENS

Welcome to Atlanta’s newest events facility for Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Our award-winning culinary team makes every one of our original recipes from scratch using only the highest quality and freshest products available & our service team will pamper your guests with nothing short of the 5-Star experience you expect from Ashton Gardens. We have an experienced team of event coordinators that will assist in the planning of every detail of your reception and will be on site the day of the event to ensure everything runs smoothly from start to finish leaving you to enjoy the celebration stress-free. Ashton Gardens is a truly elegant facility with unique natural surroundings and being secluded on 9 acres of lush green forest, Ashton Gardens is an ideal alternative to hotels and country clubs. With our All-Inclusive pricing, there are no add-on fees and no surprises.

Gwinnett County 10,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 2 CAPACITY: 400 CATERING: Onsite Culinary Team INCLUDES: All Culinary & Service Staff, Furnishings, Fine China, Glassware & Silverware, Damask Floor Length Linens, Candlelit Centerpieces, Event Coordinators, Parking, Set up & Clean Up PARKING: Complimentary, Convenient Self-Parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Amazing View of 9 acre forest, Floor to Ceiling Windows in Ballroom, Unique Ballroom Environment LOCATED IN:

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(678) 714-3363 260 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Sugar Hill, GA 30518

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Buckhead 6,400 # OF EVENT SPACES: 8 CAPACITY: 400 CATERING: Approved catering list INCLUDES: Limited tables & chairs, event manager and security PARKING: Complimentary SPECIAL FEATURES: Lush gardens and majestic woodlands surround the ultimate unique Atlanta venue with both indoor and outdoor events spaces LOCATED IN:

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ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER

Create memories and fun at a unique venue with 22 acres of green space and first-person interpreters playing characters from Atlanta’s history. Step back into the roaring twenties and let beauty set the scene at the glorious Swan House Gardens with private lawns and majestic fountains. Include the Grand Overlook with windows overlooking the magnificent wooded Quarry Garden. The ballroom’s neutral palate adapts to your theme, wood floors and acoustic panels are perfect for music and dancing. Enjoy a natural setting among the trees and experience the rustic and historic fun of our 1860s farmhouse and period gardens. For genuine down-home country appeal consider adding craft demonstrations and having the sheep out to welcome your guests. Or choose McElreath Hall with sky-lit atrium and boutique ballroom. The atrium’s terrazzo floor is great for dancing, and the Members Room offers a warm and gracious atmosphere.

(404) 814-4090

130 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30305 WWW.ATLANTAHISTORYCENTER.COM/EVENTS SPECIALEVENTS@ATLANTAHISTORYCENTER.COM

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THE BUCKHEAD THEATRE

Central to Buckhead nightlife for more than 80 years, The Buckhead Theatre is steeped in the lively spirit of its history, yet fully modernized to accommodate today’s multifaceted forms of entertainment and special events. The restored SpanishBaroque architecture of the original 1930’s movie house jewel is a seamless historical counterpoint to the updated state of the art lighting and sound system, modern catering kitchen, event space and other amenities. Beyond the theatre’s 10-foot LED marquee, original Art Deco doorways lead from the lobby and bar lounge into the 8,000 square foot main theatre and orchestra and loge spaces. The Buckhead Theatre’s revitalized interior plan increases flexibility for a variety of events from intimate dinners and meetings to large receptions.

Buckhead 8,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 2,000 CATERING: Preferred List of Caterers INCLUDES: 20 - 6’ tables, 20 - 60” round tables, 20 - highboys or 36” round tables, 600 chairs. Access to the Marquee Flat Screen Televisions PARKING: Valet or Self Park Available SPECIAL FEATURES: 10’ LED marquee, green room with 3 dressing rooms and 1 bathroom, 2 loading docks, balcony seating, built in bars, flat screen TV’s LOCATED IN:

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(404) 891-6170 3110 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30305

WWW.NOVAREEVENTS.COM ASHLEY@THEBUCKHEADTHEATRE.COM

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Poncey-Highland 21,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 9 CAPACITY: 10-500 CATERING: Catering provided exclusively by Proof of the Pudding INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, setup/ break down, security, basic audio visual equipment, cleaning service and event manager PARKING: Complimentary onsite parking, valet can be arranged, onsite bus parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Ceremony and reception space, Japanese garden with waterfalls for photos, views of the grounds and natural light in all event spaces LOCATED IN :

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THE CARTER CENTER

Set on over 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, The Carter Center is located just minutes from downtown Atlanta, on the same site as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. A distinguished venue for hosting special events of all kinds, The Carter Center’s awe-inspiring setting provides an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. We are privileged to partner exclusively with Proof of the Pudding, one of Atlanta’s most established caterers, for over 25 years. Whether you’re celebration is large or small, you will find the ideal venue in one of our well-appointed special event spaces. We look forward to assisting you in turning your oneof-a-kind vision into a reality.

(404) 420-5113

453 Freedom Parkway Atlanta, GA 30307

WWW.CARTERCENTER.ORG/EVENTS MOLLY.ISON@EMORY.EDU

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DOUGLASVILLE CONFERENCE CENTER

Nestled in historic downtown Douglasville, the new Conference Center is uniquely equipped to offer everything you need to stage a spectacular event. Whether planning an intimate or large-scale affair, the conference center can accommodate groups from 15 to 560 guests. Among its exquisite architecture and beautiful landscape, the conference center includes a 7,672-squarefoot ballroom that can be divided into five separate rooms, in addition to a business center, two pre-function areas and a 150seat auditorium. The conference center also features a breathtaking rear terrace that overlooks Douglasville’s charming historic district. The unique blend of elegance and technology-savvy equipped rooms makes the new Douglasville Conference Center the perfect choice for bar/bat mitzvahs.

Douglasville 37,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 8 CAPACITY: 15-560 CATERING: Onsite catering INCLUDES: Tables and chairs PARKING: Self parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Rear terrace, O’Neal Plaza, located in the historic district, 30 minutes west of Atlanta LOCATED IN:

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(678) 715-6094 6700 Church St.

Douglasville, GA 30134 WWW.VISITDOUGLASVILLE.COM CONFERENCECENTER@DOUGLASVILLEGA.GOV

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Midtown 11,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 600 CATERING: Approved catering list INCLUDES: One-hour exhibition tour, limited tables & chairs, special event staff, security, housekeeping PARKING: Parking facility managed by Lanier Parking. Selfparking and valet available. SPECIAL FEATURES: Indoor and outdoor event space, soaring interior lobbies, private viewing of permanent collection or renowned special exhibitions, located in the heart of Midtown. LOCATED IN:

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HIGH MUSEUM OF ART

The sleek, stunning, award-winning architecture of the High Museum of Art, designed by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, lends an extraordinary and elegant atmosphere for your event. Architect Renzo Piano designed the Margaretta Taylor Lobby as part of the Museum's 2005 expansion. The generous space is furnished with beautiful hardwood floors and graceful, eighteen-foot-high ceiling. With floor-toceiling windows on the North and South walls, the Lobby offers grand views of the campus and piazza, surrounded by Midtown Atlanta. The Stent Family Wing provides a dramatic, light-filled space for any special occasion. Below the fan-shaped glass ceiling, the Robinson Atrium features granite floors and an elegant four-story ramp leading to the Museum's permanent collection galleries. The Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza offers a picturesque exterior view of the Museum.

(404) 733-4439

1280 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, Georgia 30309 WWW.HIGH.ORG/SPECIALEVENTS AMY.MARCELLANA@WOODRUFFCENTER.ORG

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HISTORIC ACADEMY OF MEDICINE AT GEORGIA TECH

In the heart of bustling Midtown Atlanta, the Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech is one of Atlanta’s most unique and elegant venues for special events. Built in 1941, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts beautiful composition and neoclassical architecture. Radiant with charm and elegance, the facility displays Doric columns, an entry portico, and a central rotunda with black and white Italian marble floors accented with the famous Czechoslovakian chandelier seen in the movie, “Gone with the Wind”. Matchless photo opportunities are abundant. The Historic Academy of Medicine offers OldWorld elegance and first-class service. We will assist you with everything you need to host an event of a lifetime.

Midtown 19,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 7 CAPACITY: 5-230 CATERING: Choose from a preferred list of caterers. Kosher catering available. On-site bar service INCLUDES: 250 Chiavari chairs, tables, baby grand piano, dance floor, basic audio equipment, V.I.P. suite, setup and break-down PARKING: Reserved and/or valet on-site parking can be arranged SPECIAL FEATURES: Historic Landmark, Italian marble floors, close proximity to Marta, walking distance to hotels, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Easy access to 75/85. LOCATED IN:

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(404) 894-1414 875 West Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30309

WWW.ACADEMY.GATECH.EDU INFO@ACADEMY.GATECH.EDU

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Downtown 180,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 50 CAPACITY: 3,000 CATERING: On-site catering with customized menus INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, hotel linen, dance floor, staging, podium, table numbers, votive candles and a designated banquet captain PARKING: Valet SPECIAL FEATURES: $65 Million renovation of all guestrooms, ballrooms, outlets and common areas. Three elegant ballrooms, including the largest hotel ballroom in Georgia at 30,000 sq. ft. Historic atrium style hotel LOCATED IN:

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HYATT REGENCY ATLANTA

Let Hyatt Regency Atlanta help you plan a remarkably successful event. Perfectly located in downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, Hyatt Regency Atlanta offers a sophisticated environment that is the ideal setting for your event, with more than 180,000 square feet of flexible event space, tastefully appointed guest suites and an inviting atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy. Our expert event planners are on hand to help you with all of the details, from personalized décor and custom catering menus to block room reservations and group activities. At Hyatt Regency Atlanta, our renowned service and extraordinary amenities will make your special event a time to remember.

(404) 460-6460

265 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30303 WWW.ATLANTAREGENCY.HYATT.COM ATLRA.CATERING@HYATT.COM

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JW MARRIOTT ATLANTA BUCKHEAD

Celebrate tradition with sleek sophistication at JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, the premier venue for your Bar and Bat Mitzvah extravaganza. Create the most memorable celebration possible for you and your loved ones in our Grand Foyer with a pre-reception cocktail party, then dance the night away under 16-foot ceilings and sparkling chandeliers. We offer a variety of event spaces, from private dining rooms to a breathtaking ballroom, complete with a symphony of personalized service. Our hotel partners with some of the finest kosher caterers in the Buckhead area to create palate-pleasing menus that honor dietary law, room service is available on the Sabbath and we will ensure every amenity is in place for a traditional Jewish celebration. It is with the richness of tradition and the promise of tomorrow you can count on our knowledge, expertise and meticulous execution to make your event a success.

Buckhead 22,300 # OF EVENT SPACES: 5 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: Onsite Kosher Style catering available with customized menus, offsite Kosher catering approved for specialty events INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, dancefloor, in-house staging PARKING: Valet or self parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Luxury full service with private event space, world class shopping in walking distance, full fitness center with steam and sauna rooms, close proximity to MARTA transit system LOCATED IN:

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(404) 262-3344 3300 Lenox Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30326

WWW.JWMARRIOTTBUCKHEAD.COM MEGHAN.RUGER@MARRIOTT.COM

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Downtown 160,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 10 CAPACITY: 2,500 CATERING: Onsite catering available with customized menus, offsite Kosher catering approved for specialty events INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, flatware, china, stemware, votive candles, dance floor, staging PARKING: Valet parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Three beautiful ballrooms, 50 story breathtaking atrium, The Spa, 24 hour Fitness Center, indoor/outdoor pool and terrace, amazing skyline views LOCATED IN:

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ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS

Make this occasion truly special and give your guests an experience they won’t forget at the magnificent Atlanta Marriott Marquis. We offer three elegant ballrooms, gorgeous décor and unforgettable service all in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Our flexible, customizable spaces provide options and intimacy so you can create the perfect backdrop while our event specialists work with local kosher caterers on a delectable menu everyone will be talking about. Marked by the 50-foot, color-changing sail of Pulse, the Marquis atrium will take your breath away. This, along with our 90+ luxurious suites with spectacular skyline views and indoor / outdoor pool offers family and friends an amazing setting to celebrate tradition while making memories to last a lifetime.

(404) 586-6079

265 Peachtree Center Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303 WWW.ATLANTAMARQUIS.COM MANDI.TISHMAN@MARRIOTT.COM

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THE MANOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Overlooking the beautiful North Georgia Foothills, our enchanted clubhouse features amazing stone detail befitting a European castle. The clubhouse at The Manor Golf and Country Club is truly majestic, featuring a scenic ceremony lawn. Your guests will proceed into our lavishly designed clubhouse with rich, old-world details and timeless European architecture. The Manor’s skilled culinary team has crafted delicious event menus that will satisfy your senses, and will always offer a customized menu that is sure to impress your guests. With several well-appointed rooms to suit the size of your event, we invite you to tour The Manor today.

Alpharetta 5,049 # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 CAPACITY: 200 CATERING: Onsite catering, event packages, customized menus INCLUDES: Rental includes room/space, linen and glassware, set up and break down. PARKING: Complimentary SPECIAL FEATURES: Beautiful stone work and décor. Featuring outdoor event lawn, several room options to fit the size of your group with views of golf course and North GA Mountains. LOCATED IN:

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(678) 366-3886 15951 Manor Club Drive Alpharetta, GA 30004

WWW.MANORGCC.COM RSABAT@MANORGCC.COM

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Stockbridge 16,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 CAPACITY: 300 CATERING: Kitchen rental available INCLUDES: Tables, chairs PARKING: Free parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Beautiful natural setting viewed from covered veranda. Large windows allow natural light for daytime events and spectacular chandeliers for an evening glow. Only 20 minutes south of the airport and easily accessible from I-75, I-285 and I-675. LOCATED IN:

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MERLE MANDERS CENTER

Looking for the perfect meeting or event venue comfortably south of Atlanta? Merle Manders Center is classy and sophisticated enough for a formal affair, yet cozy and relaxed enough for a fun, laid back type of atmosphere. Whether you host your corporate meeting, conference, wedding, reception or special event at MMC, you can be rest assured that it will be a special event to remember. The impressive center is adjacent to the beautiful and serene Clark Park, which is a city park that has a flowing creek, over 2 miles of walking trails and 2 pavilions. The center has over 14,000 square feet of meeting space, with a 6,000 square-foot fully carpeted ballroom complete with a huge stone fireplace, 30 foot peaked wood ceiling, beautiful chandeliers with several lighting options and a variety of setup options.

(770)111389-5982 Davis Road

Stockbridge, GA 30281 WWW.MMCCEVENTS.COM EVENTS@CITYOFSTOCKBRIDGE-GA.GOV

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THE NEWNAN CENTRE

The Newnan Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that offers services ranging from conventions for businesses and organizations to more personal uses such as weddings and parties. Our cutting edge facilities feature two buildings connected by a glassenclosed pavilion which provide a unique venue for events such as receptions. One of these buildings houses a large ballroom that can be divided into four separate, smaller rooms. The Newnan Centre also features a boardroom facility, full kitchen for catering purposes and state-of-the-art audio/ visual infrastructure. From the beautifully appointed ballroom to the outdoor amphitheater, the Newnan Centre has what you need. Our professional and friendly staff will work with you to ensure your event's success.

Newnan 6,250 # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: Approved Caterers List INCLUDES: Rental fee is for an eight hour period and includes a one-time room set-up of tables and chairs PARKING: Onsite complimentary parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Beautifully appointed venue with stylish decor; indoor and outdoor event capabilities; convenient location with proximity to shopping, dining and accommodations LOCATED IN:

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(678) 673-5494 1515 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, GA 30265

WWW.NEWNANCENTRE.COM CAROL@NEWNANCENTRE.COM

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Marietta 6,000 1 500

Onsite INCLUDES: Dance floor, china, glassware, and house linens PARKING: Onsite complimentary parking, valet parking optional SPECIAL FEATURES: Indoor and outdoor ceremony space, large gazebo CATERING:

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OLDE TOWNE ATHLETIC CLUB

Celebrate your event at Olde Towne Athletic Club! Let our experienced catering staff guide you through all the planning details of your event, from the food and beverages to the hotels, flowers, music or other local vendors. Executive Chef Scott Murtha, a Culinary Institute of America graduate in Hyde Park, New York, along with our inhouse culinary staff is here to provide you with a custom menu that will make your event a first class success. We will help take the worry out of planning so you can relax and enjoy your very special event. Special Event Director Bob Cooper, who brings over 25 years of experience, will assist you in planning every detail of your event and will provide suggestions to help make your day absolutely flawless. Please call upon us for a tour of our facility, and the chance to make your event spectacular!

(770) 578-9901

4950 Olde Towne Parkway Marietta, GA 30068 WWW.OTAC.NET BCOOPER@OTAC.NET

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PIEDMONT ROOM AND GARDEN TENT

In the heart of Midtown Atlanta, with Piedmont Park as the backdrop, the Piedmont Room and Piedmont Garden Tent offer two distinctly different settings for memorable occasions. The Piedmont Garden Tent’s flowing white silk ceiling frames spectacular views of Atlanta’s Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park. Crystal chandeliers, Chinese lanterns and hundreds of flickering tea candles provide soft romantic lighting throughout the evening while a classic checkered dance floor invites guests to dance the night away. In the private Meadow reserved exclusively for Garden Tent events, the lush willow trees provide a naturally gorgeous backdrop to any occasion. Located on the second floor of the building, the Piedmont Room features soaring thirty-foot ceilings and twelve foot windows overlooking the city’s largest park as well as skyline.

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CATERING: Onsite, custom designed menus INCLUDES: Gold chavari chairs, variety of tables, ivory linens, tea candles, dance floor, optional staging PARKING: Complimentary self- parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Two distinct venues for outdoor and indoor events, breathtaking views and truly unique setting, convenient location with proximity to shopping, dining, and accommodations

(404) 249-0001 500 10th Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309

WWW.PIEDMONTROOM.COM LAUREN@PIEDMONTROOM.COM

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Midtown 8,500 1 400

CATERING: Preferred caterer list provided INCLUDES: Our inventory of tables and chairs that include 200 gold chiavari chairs and dark wood farm tables, security guard and event manager. PARKING: Free self parking, optional valet available SPECIAL FEATURES: Fabulous outdoor courtyard, amazing city views, original wood floors and ceiling, great lighting and ambiance

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SUMMEROUR

Summerour Studio is an old world refurbished factory overlooking Atlantic Station and Atlanta with a great skyline view! Summerour blends the past and present perfectly. This wonderful building is the main studio and office for Summerour & Associates architecture firm. The over 8,000 square feet of space is wide open with great windows to capture the view. As you arrive to Summerour you enter through arches into a beautiful cobblestone courtyard that rivals the villas of Tuscany. The main event space has many wonderful details that reinforce the architectural background of this great building, such as the original wood barrel vaulted ceiling and a hand carved Michelangelo replica staircase. Convenient to Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Atlantic Station and the interstate, consider Summerour Studio for your mitzvah.

(404) 962-8708

409 Bishop Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318 WWW.NOVAREEVENTS.COM MZANGER@NOVAREEVENTS.COM

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VECOMA AT THE YELLOW RIVER

Vecoma is Atlanta’s most secluded, charming and distinctive special events venue. Guests enjoy PRIVATE use of the lovely romantic lodge hidden in a 70 acre forest oasis. Included on the RIVERSIDE property is a huge back lawn perfect for large gatherings, ceremonies or games. Vecoma is a family owned business which specializes in the personal touch. In 1927 Venie and Cotton Mather completed a 6-sided cabin made entirely of stone and wood taken from the property. The lodge was named Vecoma, combining the first two letters of each of their names. The foundation and chimney of this family relic still remain next to the new reception hall built in 1996. The large deck on the back of the hall overlooks the woods, lawn and river. It is rich in history and natural beauty. Today, the family of Venie and Cotton Mather invite you to enjoy Vecoma as you celebrate your own historic and special event.

Gwinnett 3,500 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 330 CATERING: Onsite catering with organic, vegan options, full alcohol license INCLUDES: Chairs, tables, dance floor, centerpieces, decorations, dinnerware PARKING: Ample free onsite parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Riverside, 70 acre forest oasis in a metropolis with total privacy, fireplace in a lovely lodge, indoor/outdoor events, huge lawn available for outdoor activities, large covered veranda, family owned LOCATED IN:

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(770) 972-6540 4400 Vecoma Lane Snellville, GA 30039

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Downtown 9,547 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: Choose from a preferred catering list of Atlanta’s finest caterers INCLUDES: Visit our website for a complete list of our inventory PARKING: Valet and self parking available SPECIAL FEATURES: Rooftop venue, breathtaking view of the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead skyline, indoor and outdoor space available, helipad, outdoor patio and firepits LOCATED IN:

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VENTANAS

Ventanas offers its dramatic floor-toceiling windows to reveal a sweeping view of downtown and midtown Atlanta - a view that soars from Stone Mountain to Kennesaw Mountain. Perched atop the 14th and 15th stories of the Park Pavilion building in Downtown Atlanta's Luckie Marietta District, Ventanas offers more than 9,000 inspiring square feet of premier indoor and outdoor rooftop space. Located across the street from Centennial Olympic Park, The Georgia Aquarium and the World of CocaCola, Ventanas offers an array of Atlanta entertainment opportunities. Spacious, lightfilled and designed for flexibility with help from our catering partners, Ventanas allows you to customize the indoor and outdoor entertaining space for a signature event, whether for 50 people or 500.

(404) 766-3867 275 Baker Street Atlanta, GA 30313

WWW.VENTANASATLANTA.COM SALES@VENTANASATLANTA.COM

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ZOO ATLANTA

Host the most talked about event in town at one of the most unique places in the city. Look no further for the perfect destination for your next social or corporate event! Located just minutes from downtown Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta offers a convenient yet unique setting for your next event. Offering year-round daytime and evening events from 20 to 5,000 people, and with eight venue options to choose from, Zoo Atlanta has a venue for every occasion. For more information on hosting your next event at Zoo Atlanta, contact our events team at 404-624-5650, or e-mail us at specialevents@zooatlanta.org. Give your guests something to ROAR about!

Atlanta/Grant Park 20,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 8 CAPACITY: 5,000 CATERING: Onsite Catering, Full Alcohol License INCLUDES: Our table and chair inventory which includes 200 white padded chairs, Complimentary Parking, Security PARKING: Complimentary, 800+ spaces SPECIAL FEATURES: Unique indoor and outdoor venue options amongst a lush landscape, some venues feature exclusive animal exerperiences. Close proximity to downtown and midtown, and easily accessible from I-20, I-75 and I-85. LOCATED IN:

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(404) 624-5650 800 Cherokee Avenue SE Atlanta, GA 30315

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BERKELEY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

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ABOUT: Berkeley Hills is one of Atlanta's premier country clubs specializing in beautiful events and corporate functions ranging from 15 to 300 people. Offering customized menus, exceptional service, elegant facilities, and personalized attention, our team of professionals will turn your ideas into a truly extraordinary occasion.

The Berkeley Hills Clubhouse features three private events spaces including our grand ballroom complete with vaulted ceilings, large picture windows, and a beautiful wrap around covered veranda overlooking our incredible golf course. Spaces can be used separately or combined for your private luncheon, dinner, or event. LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Duluth

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INCLUDES: Banquet tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware, glassware, and dancefloor CAPACITY:

300

(770) 448-8353 2300 Pond Road Duluth, GA 30096

WWW.BERKELEYHILLSCC.ORG AHOWARD@BERKELEYHILLSCC.ORG

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE ABOUT: In Tuscany the food is everything, a feast for all the senses. At Brio, we believe food and celebration go hand-in-hand. With our indoor and outdoor private party spaces, our delicious Italian fare and our attentive service, we will take you away to Tuscany and create a memorable event for you and your guests! We would love to accommodate your event, whether it is a rehearsal dinner, mitzvah, bridal or baby shower, birthday celebration, or corporate meeting. We can't wait to put all of our passion and experience to work for you! Come experience La Dolce Vita! CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Italian

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location has three private rooms and an outdoor terrace overlooking a lake.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Perimeter SEATS: 3 private rooms seating up to 50 guests. Semi-Private available for up to 70 guests.

(678) 587-0017 700 Ashwood Parkway Dunwoody, GA 30338

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THE FOX THEATRE Ballroom, Grand Salon, and Terrace have been completely renovated to their original grandeur. The Fox provides complete beverage service, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and we can suggest musicians, caterers, and other supporting cast. The Grand Salon includes the use of a beautiful outdoor terrace. Romantically lit and always enjoying a lovely breeze, the terrace provides your guests with both indoor and outdoor areas during your event. The Egyptian Ballroom boasts a built-in stage perfect for entertainment and state of the art LED lighting.

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Properly licensed and insured caterers are welcome.

INCLUDES: Support staff for nine consecutive hours, a uniformed police officer for the event, tables, chairs, risers, dance floor and cleaning. CAPACITY:

1,100

(404) 881-2100

660 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308 WWW.FOXTHEATRE.ORG JENNIFER@FOXTHEATRE.ORG Small left photo by Drew Newman Photographers; small right photo by Picture This! Photography

THE GEORGIA CLUB ABOUT: Create the perfect event at The Georgia Club and enjoy an intimate setting for a small get-together or large celebration with customizable floor plans for up to 300 people. The Georgia Club offers six venues with beauty and ambiance including two outdoor event gardens. Located minutes from downtown Athens, Ga, there is simply not another venue like it! The Georgia Club's award winning culinary team can provide you with customized menus or you can chose from one of the fantastic event packages. We invite you to tour our property and meet our trained professional staff that will help you plan, host, and enjoy the day you have always imagined. LOCATED IN: Athens CATERING: Onsite catering, wedding packages available, custom menus upon request INCLUDES:

Banquet tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware and

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300

glassware

(770) 725-3112 1050 Chancellors Dr. Statham, GA 30666

WWW.THEGEORGIACLUB.COM JHOLMQUIST@THEGEORGIACLUB.COM

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GORDON BIERSCH

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ABOUT: Gordon Biersch has been a staple in Atlanta for over 10 years. We can easily customize a seated or buffet dinner to suit your tastes and budget. We have convenient locations in Midtown and Buckhead. All of our menu items are made from scratch daily to ensure the freshest ingredients are brought to you and your guests. Our Event Team is easy to work with and will ensure that your guests have an exceptional experience from the moment you book your event.

Made-from-scratch California-inspired menu

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are two adjoining dining rooms that open into one large room, and two private rooms creating an event customizable to your liking.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Buckhead, Midtown SEATS:

Up to 150 guests

(404) 822-4236

848 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA 30308 3242 Peachtree Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30305 WWW.GORDONBIERSCHRESTAURANTS.COM CERNEST@CWRESTAURANTS.COM

LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT + BAR Located within the historic walls of The Georgian Terrace Hotel, Livingston boasts a warm ambient interior that sets the tone for a fabulous event. Guests will enjoy Livingston’s innovative cuisine featuring refined American classics with a twist of international ingredients. Livingston features a stunning mezzanine dining room and private dining room with views of the Fox Theatre that are perfect for a family style Shabbat dinner. Livingston is a convenient location to host a post-mitzvah breakfast or brunch for out of town guests that have traveled to celebrate this special occasion.

ABOUT:

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

New American

PRIVATE DINING OPTIONS: Private

Dining Room accommodates 20 seated, Mezzanine accommodates up to 50 seated and Main Dining Room accommodates 100 seated.

NEIGHBORHOOD: SEATS:

Midtown

Up to 140

(404) 898-8323

659 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308 WWW.LIVINGSTONATLANTA.COM INFO@LIVINGSTONATLANTA.COM

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ST MARLO COUNTRY CLUB ATLANTA

ABOUT: With multiple venues on property, St Marlo Country Club brings the beauty of the outdoors in. The clubhouse is perched above the golf course, creating a breathtaking view that is sure to impress your guests. St Marlo pairs first rate amenities with delectable cuisine and a well trained staff, making the perfect combination to help you host a great event. Our boardroom, dining room, bar and grill, and 2500 square foot banquet hall all feature large beautiful picture windows. For those seeking an outdoor event, our stone courtyard complete with fire pit and waterfall will be exactly what you are looking for. LOCATED IN:

Duluth

Full service catering and customized menus and packages are available. CATERING: INCLUDES:

Banquet tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware, and

CAPACITY:

150

glassware.

(770) 495-7725

7755 St. Marlo Country Club Pkwy Duluth, Georgia 30097 WWW.STMARLO.COM AMY.DONAHUE@STMARLO.COM

WATERFALL CLUB ABOUT: Nestled in the North Georgia Mountains, Waterfall Club offers some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found anywhere. Our exclusive private club was designed to be a refreshing retreat from the world of responsibilities and deadlines. The Lodge, tucked within the mountains, lies high above Lake Burton. Events are often held on the Lodge's premium porch where guests feel as if they are surrounded by the sun as it sets. Events are custom tailored with the perfect setting, menus, and services, ensuring you and your guests create memories that will last a lifetime. LOCATED ON: CATERING:

Lake Burton

Full service catering and bakery

INCLUDES: Banquet tables, chairs and linens included in rental fee. Access to championship mountain golf course, European spa, overnight accommodations, Lake Burton, and unmatched views of national forests

(706) 212-4000

CAPACITY:

250

1105 Waterfall Drive Clayton, GA 30525

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SOUTH FLORIDA

ATLANTIS

Whether your gathering is an intimate affair or a grand extravaganza, Atlantis Paradise Island’s event space goes beyond the ordinary, beyond beautiful, beyond exhilarating. You’re searching for the ideal destination for your next event … and you’ve arrived. Imagine a destination event like no other in a true Caribbean wonderland. Atlantis is the promise of an event that is beyond your wildest dreams, with magical settings and endless experiences and adventures to satisfy your every whim. It’s a guarantee of options – of venues intimate and grand, alfresco and enclosed, that will make your celebration exactly what you envision. It’s access to magnificent facilities and guest services beyond your imagination. You'll luxuriate in the hospitality, enjoy the vast selection of resort activities, delight in the breathtaking views and experience a world like no other. A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits.

Paradise Island 500,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 40 CAPACITY: 4,000 CATERING: Onsite Catering & Pastry Chef INCLUDES: House linens, banquet tables, chairs, tableware, and glassware PARKING: Most guests choose to stay on property. Valet parking is available. SPECIAL FEATURES: Beach venues, seaside pavilions, garden venues, Augustinian Cloisters, elegant ballroom space LOCATED ON:

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(800) ATLANTIS 1 Casino Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

WWW.ATLANTIS.COM

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PAVILION GRILLE

SOUTH FLORIDA

Boca Raton 5,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 250 CATERING: On-site catering with custom menus, Kosher caterers welcome INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, glassware, house linens, silverware, set up/ breakdown, custom lighting system PARKING: Complimentary self parking is available SPECIAL FEATURES: Indoor tropical setting, fountains, natural palm trees, canopy covered 2,000 sq. ft dance floor, close to hotels LOCATED IN:

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Pavilion Grille is the perfect location for memorable Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs, romantic Weddings and successful Fundraising and Business events. The spectacular indoor Atrium features tropical fountains, natural palm trees and a 2000 sq. ft canopycovered dance floor. The main Atrium has dining and dancing space for up to 250 guests. The private Grille Room seats up to 60 guests for more intimate celebrations. The Bar and Cocktail Lounge area is the perfect space for your guests to gather for drinks. An outdoor fountains setting is available for photography. You and your guests can look forward to a well-organized and memorable special event. For a personal tour and bookings please contact Liz Stark Perez at 561912-0000 or paviliongrille@gmail.com.

(561)301912-0000 Yamato Rd.

Boca Raton, FL 33431 WWW.PAVILIONGRILLE.COM PAVILIONGRILLE@GMAIL.COM

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SOUTH FLORIDA

SOFITEL MIAMI HOTEL

At Sofitel, we incorporate the French touch in everything we do from the warm welcome of a bonjour at the door, aroma of fresh flowers to tingle your senses, and a customized package made just for you. Our view will enchant you with one of the most mesmerizing sunsets transporting you to paradise. Come to Sofitel and experience true inspiration.

LOCATED IN: TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE: # OF EVENT SPACES: CAPACITY:

French Cuisine and Customized Menu Packages for all events, also specialize in exotic events such as Indian, Muslim, and Jewish weddings. INCLUDES: Variety of packages that include speciality linens, chiavari chairs, wedding cake, 3 to 5 course meals, etc. PARKING: Valet and Self-parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Gorgeous waterfront view, lush gardens and palm trees throughout outside areas, beautiful waterfall, 1920s art deco french style decor CATERING:

(305) 503-8317 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive Miami, Florida 33126

WWW.SOFITELMIAMIWEDDINGS.COM YVONNE.TAMAYO@SOFITEL.COM

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Miami 13,000 5 400

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Sofitel Miami is a luxury French Inspired hotel where your every whim is attended to and you are transported to Paris daily. We cater to your needs with tailor made service and award winning French cuisine that you so deserve on your special day.

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WEST PALM BEACH MARRIOTT

SOUTH FLORIDA

West Palm Beach 18,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 17 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: On-site, kosher kitchen INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, floorlength linen, house centerpieces, expert Event Manager, food tasting. PARKING: Parking fees apply SPECIAL FEATURES: From memorable cuisine prepared in our dedicated Kosher kitchen to our Certified Event Planners, you can be sure that every detail reflects your individual style and upholds your cherished traditions. Your simcha will be as unique as you are, in the most convenient location for your guests. LOCATED IN:

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Invite up to 500 of your closest family and friends to celebrate your next big milestone in the largest ballroom in West Palm Beach. If your venue preference is outdoors, we offer a beautiful tropical 979 square foot tented area for up to 200 guests. Our dedicated 3,000 square foot Kosher kitchen is supervised by the Orthodox Rabbinical Board, allowing you to design a Kosher menu that reflects your individual style. Our professional staff will be sure to create an event full of sophistication and elegance, accommodating all of your Kosher needs. By working with our on-site Mashgiach, Rabbi Shaul Lugerner, your Kosher simcha will exceed all expectations.

(561) 803-1903

1001 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 WWW.WESTPALMBEACHMARRIOTT.COM IDA.KRANER@MARRIOTT.COM

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SOUTH FLORIDA

EPIC HOTEL ABOUT: EPIC Miami is the location of choice for private events but is the must-have for all types of social gatherings. The stunning design of our waterfront lifestyle hotel continues throughout our 14 event spaces, private dining venues, 16th floor pool deck and adjacent EPIC lawn. EPIC's distinctive and fluid spaces can host the most intimate of private dinners to parties of up to 500 guests under a festive tent along the water. We can offer what no one else can. The chef is on call to tailor the menu to your culinary sensibilities. Custom design a theme and put your twist on a contemporary or traditional gathering your guests will rave about. Chic embellishments of hand blown glass globes, high ceilings and a wrap around balcony set the stage. There's more where this came from and custom packages to offer. LOCATED IN: CATERING:

(305) 967-7319

Miami

Onsite

INCLUDES:

House linen, tables, chairs

CAPACITY:

500

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way Miami, FL 33131 WWW.EPICHOTEL.COM EVENTS@EPICHOTEL.COM

LAKESIDE TERRACE BANQUET AND CONFERENCE CENTER ABOUT: Lakeside Terrace Banquet and Conference Center is a newly renovated, 3500 square foot private facility with a temperature controlled patio, overlooking a tranquil lake and manicured landscaping. We schedule one event at a time which means you will “own the room" for the duration of your event and it will be all about you and your guests. We offer unparalleled service with exceptional gourmet cuisine for all types of events. Lakeside Terrace is conveniently located off the Turnpike and Glades Blvd. in Boca Raton and is on the same property as the Hilton Boca Raton Suites, a great advantage when accommodations are needed for your out of town guests. LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Boca Raton

On–site Culinary Staff - Non-Kosher

China, Glassware, Tables, Chairs, Dance Floor, House Linens, AV and WiFi available for additional cost INCLUDES:

CAPACITY:

(561) 483-8338 7880 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33434

WWW.LAKESIDETERRACE.COM CAROLYN.LASSER@LAKESIDETERRACE.COM

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TAMPA

THE VINOY® RENAISSANCE ST. PETERSBURG RESORT & GOLF CLUB

Nothing sets the tone for your special event more so than its surroundings. So when the most special chapter in your life requires an equally special hotel, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club provides the perfect storybook setting Acknowledged as the epicenter of social life in St. Petersburg when it opened in 1925, The Vinoy played host to presidents, world leaders, the social elite and some of the most celebrated St. Petersburg weddings. Here you and your guests are treated to warm and attentive service, a distinctive Mediterranean-style grandeur and delightful surprise that transcend the expected and defy the ordinary. It’s easy to see why this gloriously restored landmark has been beloved for generations. But what you’ll love is the Renaissance approach to making your day all about you.

St. Petersburg 42,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 36 CAPACITY: 300 CATERING: Onsite catering, customized packages INCLUDES: Tables, upholstered banquet chairs, standard Hotel china, flatware and glassware; black or white floor length linens, dance floor PARKING: Self and valet parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Historical waterfront property with bayview venues and elegantly appointed ballrooms LOCATED IN:

TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE:

(727) 894-1000 501 Fifth Avenue, NE

St. Petersburg, FL 33701 WWW.WEDDINGSATVINOY.COM VINOYWEDDINGS@RENAISSANCEHOTELS.COM

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RENAISSANCE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL PLAZA HOTEL

ABOUT: While located in Tampa’s upscale Westshore neighborhood and close to the area’s renowned Gulf beaches, the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel just might as well be an elegant private mansion perched on the Costa del Sol. Here, you are transported to a place of modern Mediterranean elegance and oldworld romance. When you hold your special event at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza, your guests will not only enjoy luxurious yet comfortable surroundings, but all of the facilities and amenities that this Westshore hotel has to offer: sumptuous guest rooms, an outdoor pool and a stunning open-kitchen restaurant. LOCATED IN:

Tampa Westshore

Our award winning culinary team will create personalized menus to meet all special requirements

CATERING: INCLUDES:

White or black linens, standard centerpieces, dance floor

CAPACITY:

450

(813) 313-3222

4200 Jim Walter Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607 WWW.RENAISSANCETAMPAWEDDINGS.COM MARIA.CAMPOS@RENAISSANCEHOTELS.COM

TAMPA AIRPORT MARRIOTT

LOCATED IN: CATERING:

TAMPA

ABOUT: With spectacular indoor and outdoor event venues, this newly renovated hotel is the perfect place to host any special event, from a lavish gathering to a more intimate affair. With customized menu options including a dedicated kosher kitchen, our hotel is able to accommodate events of all styles. Let us make your dream events come true and your planning a joy. As you work closely with our certified event planners, you'll choose from several customized packages and services, which will make planning your special event easier, satisfy your every wish and create the most unforgettable day.

Tampa

Onsite Catering, kosher kitchen on property

INCLUDES: Hotel centerpieces, round table seating, head table, sweetheart table, linens, china, silverware, staging, dance floor CAPACITY:

400

(813) 878-6505

4200 George J Bean Parkway Tampa, FL 33607 WWW.TAMPAAIRPORTWEDDINGS.COM JUDI.MORRELL@MARRIOTT.COM

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TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE HOTEL AND MARINA

When the most special moments in your life require an equally special hotel, the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina is the perfect place. Your guests will not only enjoy our spectacular waterfront location on Tampa’s Riverwalk, but the many facilities and amenities this city-center hotel has to offer: newly renovated guest rooms designed with a contemporary décor, a rooftop swimming pool and fitness center, and a 6,000-sq-ft spa offering a wide variety of services to help you relax and prepare for your big day.

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN:

Downtown Tampa

CATERING: Customized

plated dinners and buffet dinners

INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, stage, dance floor, house floor length linens, table numbers, votive candles, complimentary suite for bride and groom and more!

(813) 221-4900

CAPACITY:

1,100

700 South Florida Avenue Tampa, Florida 33602 WWW.TAMPAWATERSIDEWEDDINGS.COM MICHELLE.GRIFFIN@MARRIOTT.COM

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ISLA DEL SOL YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB TAMPA

ABOUT: An Isla Wedding...Where all your wedding dreams come true. Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club is a treasure waiting to be discovered by couples looking for the treatment you expect from a private club even if you're not a member. Our services include a professional event planner that will pamper you with the personal service and style you deserve! Book your rehearsal dinner poolside or indoors overlooking our private beach with a spectacular sunset view. Our expert staff will guide you throughout the process, from creating a custom menu with our executive chef, to selecting a photographer, florist, and or vendor. LOCATED IN:

St. Petersburg

CATERING:

Onsite only, kosher style available

INCLUDES:

Tables, chairs, house linens, cake cutting

CAPACITY:

220

(727) 906-4752

6000 Sun Boulevard St. Petersburg, FL 33715 WWW.IDSYCC.COM ASKIPPER@IDSYCC.COM Main image by Basia Mille Photography

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THE CONFERENCE CENTER AT THE MAIN LIBRARY

Main photo by Vincent Pierce Photography; small bottom image: Production Services by Sight & Sound Productions

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The Conference Center at the Main Library is no cookie cutter venue. Unique, inviting spaces all under one roof provide endless possibilities for everything from intimate parties to large, overthe-top celebrations. Flexible banquet rooms with mood lighting and attractive interiors are easily transformed into something eclectic, thematic, romantic, dramatic—whatever your heart desires. With stylish architecture at every turn, enjoy hors d’oeuvres in the artadorned Gallery or mix and mingle over cocktails in The Lounge at 303 North. The light-filled Atrium with its Grand Staircase features the most impressive bridal photo spot in the city! So if you want the storybook ending to your big day, book a classic—The Conference Center at the Main Library, downtown Jacksonville’s unique event destination.

(904) 630-1947

303 Laura Street North Jacksonville, FL 32202

JACKSONVILLE

Downtown Jacksonville 20,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 12 CAPACITY: 400 CATERING: Choose your own caterer and bartender. Convenient catering and prep kitchens are available for use on site. INCLUDES: Packages include event supervision, chairs, equipment and furniture rental, technical and audio/visual support, etc. PARKING: Parking options include metered parking and nearby parking lots and garages. SPECIAL FEATURES: Classic architecture with modern amenities. Tropical landscaped Courtyard with elegant water feature. Spectacular Grand Staircase. LOCATED IN:

WWW.JAXPUBLICLIBRARY.ORG/CONFERENCECENTER JPLCONFERENCE@COJ.NET

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Ideas from recent real Bar/Bat Mitzvahs 75 Real Bar/Bat Mitzvah features are the source of some serious inspiration for Bar/Bat Mitzvah moms. We've hand selected each of the following real Bar/Bat Mitzvahs particularly for their style, unique details, great vendors and amazing imagery. They're an honest representation of current trends, venues in action and an event vendor's work. Bonus! Look to these spectacular parties for ideas and examples, but don't feel the pressure to measure up. Remember your child's personal style and pull from each as you see fit.

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REBECCA'S BAT MITZVAH

Columbus, Ohio

Elegant tones of purple arranged in pallets of ombre bouquets of flowers lent an air of festive commonality among the different events leading up to Rebecca’s Bat Mitzvah dinner celebration. The affair began with a Bat Mitzvah-eve Friday night dinner, followed the next morning by Rebecca’s Bat Mitzvah service and luncheon. When guests arrived that night for dinner they were greeted by a picturesque tent on the banks of the Scioto River. Dinner consisted of Cameron Mitchell’s Brined Airline Chicken, snap peas, oven-roasted potatoes and salad. The kids’ buffet boasted pasta with various fun sauces, sliders, tots and all of Rebecca’s favorites, including a Buckeye Ganache chocolate cake. A large white dance floor surrounded by lounge areas sprinkled with purple accents and Rebecca’s initials waited for guests to come and dance the night away to the soulful tunes of Mobile DJ Entertainment. Fun gifts of goofy hats and inflatable guitars were the perfect favors to take over the photo couch where Rebecca and her guests posed for photos to last a lifetime.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Benjamin Scot Photography EVENT PLANNER MMJ Events CUPCAKES Enticing Icings and Custom Cakes TENT O'neil Tents & Party Supplies

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SAM'S BAR MITZVAH

Atlanta, Georgia

Sam is a special guy, a friend to everyone he meets, and a MAJOR sports fan. Oh, and not to mention, he loves anything and everything to do with brands and branding. And so his parents wanted to plan something extra special for Sam, creating his very own brand, SD Sports. The entire Bar Mitzvah celebration centered on this crazy unique theme with guests entering the Westin Buckhead to find Sam’s SD Sports product display, a customized product and apparel line, featuring some of Sam’s sports equipment and life-sized images of him “posing” with his products. Upon entering the SD Sports Ballroom, guests were ushered across a black and white checkered dance floor where the kids spent the first hour of the event dancing to the tunes of DJ Eddie and the dancers of Atlanta Fever Entertainment while the adults enjoyed a cocktail hour. The kids even got to pose against a green screen and design their own airbrush t-shirts. Following the cocktail hour, Sam made a grand entrance alongside the Atlanta Drumline, a very special surprise from his father.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Chuck Robertson Photography VENUE & CATERING The Westin Buckhead Atlanta EVENT PLANNER Your Party by Karen, LLC VIDEOGRAPHY Dewitt Smith Video Productions

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Photo by David Christensen Photography

LINENS CANDELABRAS CHAMPAGNE FOUNTAINS CHINA GLASSWARE FLATWARE TABLES CHAIRS DANCE FLOORS TENTS

www.TLCRENTS.com

(404)873-0833

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CARLY'S BAT MITZVAH

Atlanta, Georgia

Snow fell from the ceilings as Miss Carly walked into her enchanted evening celebration, her new handdesigned dress made to fit her sweet personality to perfection. Whimsical images of trees projected onto the walls accentuated the fantastical theme of the evening, accentuated by crystal-draped wrought iron trees at the center of each table. Soft candlelight, moss and orchids covered the base of the trees, the sense of nature brought indoors the crowning touch of Carly’s posh Atlanta affair thrown by her parents. One hundred carefully chosen guests were treated to a meal to remember followed by a gourmet chocolate fountain with marshmallows, pretzels, graham crackers and all sorts of goodies. Vibe Entertainment provided amazing tunes for Carly and her friends to dance the night away alongside dancers from Dance Heads. T-shirts boasting Carly’s unique logo made amazing favors that each guest were invited to take home with them. It was a special event for a special girl and an evening that won’t ever be forgotten.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Mitzvahmanphoto.com DJ Vibe Entertainment EVENT DESIGNER A Legendary Event SNOW MACHINE Atlanta FX

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ALY'S BAT MITZVAH

Atlanta, Georgia

A chic beach event with tones of lime, turquoise, aqua and bright yellow greeted friends and family as they arrived at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North for Aly’s Bat Mitzvah celebration. This sophisticated Atlanta event was the perfect tone for this energetic teenager, whose love of seaside fun is a huge part of her life. The “Beach Ball” included a simulated tidal wave robo-surfer, a twelve-foot beach ball that doubled as a seating chart, and green roadway signs that directed guests to different stations throughout the event. BEE – best.event.ever did an amazing job pulling the theme together, and Aly couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw all her plans brought to life. Guests enjoyed an heirloom tomato carving station, including beefsteak, kumato and Romas, and all sorts of delectable toppings, and fun from Atlanta Fever Entertainment followed the meal. Guests were gifted with two-toned beach bags and Atlanta’s signature Sublime Doughnuts, complete with a special A-shaped doughnut designed just for Aly. Frankly, some of the coolest favors we’ve ever seen.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Shawna Herring Photography EVENT PLANNER BEE - best.event.ever DECOR Let's Celebrate PHOTO BOOTH Smilebooth

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BENJI'S BAR MITZVAH

Alpharetta, Georgia

Following a Friday night dinner catered by the incomparable Shane’s BBQ, Benji and his family woke up Saturday morning full of excitement for the big day. After the Bar Mitzvah service at the synagogue, guests enjoyed a Kiddush Lunch. March Madness was the theme for Benji’s dinner celebration, complete with a basketball court dance floor with a personalized logo and tables decorated with college team memorabilia. The seating chart even paid homage to a final four bracket. Basically, one of the coolest themes a boy could ever ask for. Benji has been a serious basketball fan pretty much since birth. His parents recently found a video of him with a basketball in his hands at only ten months old! Once everyone had gathered at The Metropolitan Club, adults were treated to a meal of classic southern cuisine including a gourmet grilled cheese bar, while the kids enjoyed their own buffet of burgers and pizza and well, all the things Benji loves best. Following dinner, a DJ kept everyone hopping on the dance floor, playing the perfect combination of new hits and older favorites.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Mitzvahmanphoto.com VENUE The Metropolitan Club EVENT PLANNER Atlanta Party Connection STATIONERY A Paper Passion

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CELEBRATE MILESTONE MOMENTS IN STYLE. C R E AT E A N U N F O R G E T TA B L E E X P E R I E N C E W I T H A F R E V E N T F U R N I S H I N G S .

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SARI'S BAT MITZVAH

Atlanta, Georgia

The Bat Mitzvah celebration for Atlantan teen, Sari, was the perfect combination of elegant and youthful touches, the feminine and rustic décor paired with unique and unexpected twists that had guests talking for weeks afterward. Tones of blue, turquoise, teal and lime were used to create an atmosphere unique to Sari’s personality, the prominent focal point of the event a large marquee of letters spelling Sari’s name adding an extra special touch. The venue, Summerour, lent a lovely Italian atmosphere, complemented by burlap wine covers that doubled as table numbers. The Italian vibe carried over to the food with a gourmet pizza buffet, served alongside family-style salads and custom-flavored gelato. Sari’s celebration took fun to the next level in a big way with strolling performance artists, face-painted fire-eaters and hula-hoop performers who kept the energy high and the guests entertained well into the evening. And who could forget the energetic tunes and fun provided by DJ Crazy Boyz? Sari’s celebration was the perfect culmination of an unforgettable day and an event she’ll never forget.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ric Mershon Photographers VENUE Summerour Studio EVENT PLANNER BEE - best.event.ever RENTALS Peachtree Tents & Events

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YOUR SPECIAL DAY, ENJOY IT YOUR WAY. At West Palm Beach Marriott®, our service, space and flexibility will allow you to make your dreams come true. Enjoy a delightful cocktail reception in our naturally lit pre-function space and a spectacular dinner in our beautiful ballroom. From acclaimed Kosher cuisine prepared in our dedicated Kosher kitchen to our Certified Event Planners, you can be sure that every detail reflects your individual style and upholds your cherished traditions. Your simcha will be as unique as you are, in the most convenient location for your out-of-town guests. Book your event today by calling 561.803.1903.

WEST PALM BEACH MARRIOTT

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BEN & JARED'S B'NEI MITZVAH Lifelong friends, Ben and Jared have been pretty much inseparable since pre-school. So when plans for Bar Mitzvahs commenced, it only made sense that the two whose birthdays are close together would share the milestone with one big party. By the time they invited their friends, and each of their parents’ friends, the guest list pretty much rocked at about 300 people. And so, naturally, the entertainment was awesome to match. The celebration at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta was themed after the popular Ben and Jerry’s ice cream brand, only this was Ben and Jared’s party, and what could be better than that? A custom Ben and Jared’s logo was created, complete with caricatures of the boys, and printed on signs that looked like ice cream containers used as table centerpieces. The theme carried throughout the room to the delight of the guests, especially the ice cream sundae bar. A seated lunch of salmon and chicken marsala for the adults and a kid-friendly buffet was a hit, everyone feasting to their hearts' content before DJ Keith Schroder brought everyone to the dance floor.

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ADAM'S BAR MITZVAH

Atlanta, Georgia

Airbrush tattoos, a green screen for cool pictures with guests, Dippin' Dots ice cream, all encompassed by sportsthemed decor. It’s no surprise that Adam and his guests were wowed by the Bar Mitzvah celebration held at the Dunwoody Country Club. Each of Adam’s guests received customized basketball jerseys with a specially designed logo for Adam on the front, many of which were enjoyed during the party where everyone savored an excellent meal catered by the club. Adam’s favorite sports are basketball and soccer, so there was no shortage of memorabilia from his favorite teams and pastimes. DJ Keith and dancers from Horizon Entertainment got the party started, everyone spending the majority of the evening on the dance floor and making memories to last a lifetime. Speaking of memories, Blue Orchid Promotions produced an out-of-this-world video montage of Adam and his family which was presented alongside a candle-lighting service. The whole event was just what Adam and his family hoped for and guests talked about the experience for weeks to come.

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JOSH'S BAR MITZVAH

Atlanta, Georgia

There was so much about Josh’s Bar Mitzvah celebration that literally made it the most rockin’ party we’ve seen in a long time. The theme of the event was Joshapalooza, and the guest of honor definitely delivered. Josh is a huge rock music fan and a drummer, so it was the perfect start to the event when he joined his father’s band on a stage constructed especially for his event and played three different classic rock tunes that had the guests singing and dancing along. It was the perfect start to the night, setting the tone Josh had hoped for all along. Table seating cards designed to look like backstage passes directed guests toward dinner where they enjoyed an array of Josh’s favorite comfort foods like fried green tomatoes and pulled pork and biscuits. Everyone was treated to an ice cream sundae bar for dessert. The rest of the night found Josh and his guests on the dance floor, the DJ and full band karaoke keeping everyone on their feet.

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ALLESSANDRA'S BAT MITZVAH Guests knew ahead of time the fun they were bound to have at Miss Allessandra’s Bat Mitzvah at Hampton Hall even before the big day arrived. Invitations were delivered inside ornate Tiffany-blue boxes, the chevronpatterned paper tied with ribbon and a delicate starfish charm. The ocean theme carried over to Allessandra’s big day with elegant, organic tones of her beloved ocean-side home scattered throughout. Guests entered to enjoy a cocktail hour with signature drinks for the adults and mocktails for the kids. Tunes by the DJ, Sir Andrew of Other Brother Entertainment, and dancers appeared to sweep everyone onto the dance floor, complete with a starfish logo with Allessandra’s initials. A meal of filet mignon and crab cakes was served to the adults, barbeque and sliders to the kids. But the fun was all in the details for this event, from the escort cards tied to seashells, to a boardwalk style activity room complete with an airbrush t-shirt artist, a kettle corn station, and a photo booth. Oh, and Allessandra’s favorite part? The sweets room of course, filled to the brim with all kinds of colorful confections!

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JARED'S BAR MITZVAH

Atlanta, Georgia

Following an elegant Bar Mitzvah service, Jared and his family wowed guests with a celebration that knocked their socks off! A sleek, navy "JR" logo greeted guests at the door, and while the adults began the evening mingling and enjoying cocktails, Jared and his friends had a blast in a smaller ballroom of the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, playing various arcade games including Pop-A-Shot Basketball, air hockey, and simulated golf. After that, kids and adults together entered an even larger ballroom for the main festivities: a sight that left everyone wide-eyed and speechless! The Bar Mitzvah boy's logo flashed on giant screens set up above gleaming, multi-level dance platforms complete with LED lighting. An abundance of sweets including lollipops, rock candy, and gummi worms was offered at the candy bar, giving guests a sugar-high that sent them flying to the dance floor. Sunnie Dae of Rhythm Entertainment provided a fun, hip-hop atmosphere for all, and after various dance contests were had and won, all gathered their tokens from the party and bid Jared farewell!

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ALYSSA'S BAT MITZVAH

Fort Myers, Florida

Miss Alyssa arrived to her Bat Mitzvah celebration to see her name in lights. A lover of all things Broadway, the girl of the hour has starred in a few shows herself and loves the world of lights and glamour more than anything. Guests entered the event at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on an aqua carpet, where a photographer waited to take photos of each of them with Alyssa. From there, they picked up their “tickets� which also doubled as place cards at a box office created by Alyssa's mother. The Broadway theme carried throughout the special evening, with a guest book fashioned out of classic Broadway posters and a marquee placed above where the star of the show was seated. The meal, prepared with extra care by Tastebuds Custom Catering, was served in stages with appetizers served on rolling carts throughout the cocktail hour, followed by the Big Number featuring brisket, prime rib, and chicken roulade. Next was the Chorus, which featured potatoes filled with herbs, and then the Sky Line which included seasoned organic vegetables. Dessert included handmade chocolate cakes, cookies, and chocolate mousse. Guests enjoyed a long night of dancing to Broadway tunes and classics. www.OCCASIONSONLINE.com

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MURRAY'S BAR MITZVAH

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Get ready for a Bar Mitzvah so big that eleven trucks were dispatched from Atlanta all the way to Chattanooga for the spectacular "All About Murray" weekend! Murray designed the logo for the event himself, and the sharp, contemporary symbol was seen everywhere: on custom neon signs, wine bottle labels, socks, and a myriad of giveaways including sunglasses, Rubik's Cubes, and bow ties! Desiring to give back to the community, Murray and his family bought kitchen items to donate to the Jewish Federation's Community preschool, tools which Bold American crafted into some unique centerpieces for the Kiddush luncheon. After Murray's grand entrance speeding down a ramp on his mountain board, the party started! Guests dined on fare including homemade flatbread pizzas and sushi, followed by milkshakes, a candy bar, and a three-tiered silver cake for dessert! The delicious cuisine brought energy to an all-time high, and Krazy Boys had no difficulty drawing people of all ages onto the dance floor to rock all night long!

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Looking Back

RABBI BARRY ALTMARK Rabbi Barry Altmark has been officiating weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs for over 20 years. He received his degree in Religious Literature from Cal State University at Northridge, studied Rabbinic Literature at University of Judaism and received his ordination from JSLI in New York City. Here he gives us a glimpse of his Bar Mitzvah back in 1970 and shares the best advice for families today.

2014

1970 WHEN WAS YOUR BAR MITZVAH? " My Bar Mitzvah was April 18, 1970 at Temple Solel in Woodland Hills, California." WHAT WAS YOUR BAR MITZVAH PROJECT? "My Mitzvah project was to collect enough green stamps to purchase a film projector for the City of Hope Children's Hospital." WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT YOUR BAR MITZVAH? "I remember three major things about my Bar Mitzvah. First, I was terrified and couldn't look out in the congregation for fear of fainting. It was during Passover and there could be no cake or bread. Then, during the final preparations, the rabbi asked me to become the temple Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor, and this is when I knew I wanted to become a rabbi." ANY ADVICE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PLANNING BAR/BAT MITZVAHS TODAY? "I recommend that each family study and participate in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah together. This can be a wonderful family affair. Also, relax, don't stress out, study hard and you'll be just fine."

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Occasions: Mitzvahs Edition 2014  

The annual Occasions: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide is the ultimate go-to guide for planning mitzvah milestone in both Georgia and Florida. Designed...

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