Jewish Weddings, laden with tradition
were once Something Old
now theyre Something New!
By Michael Pasternak, founder of The Amazing
Bottle Dancers, www.bottledancers.com
After attending countless weddings and Bar Mitzvahs
and noticing a cookie-cutter sameness to them all I faced
My production company had a worldwide reputation for
creating some of the most memorable corporate events in the industry,
but how could my bride and I make our own wedding unique? Wed
planned a very modern affair, but something was missing a touch
of tradition reminiscent of the Old Country.
This led to an evening filled not only with beautiful
symbolism, but something even more romantic than we imagined. The good
news is, for your special day, it doesn't have to be either-or. You
can hire the hottest contemporary band or DJ, and include a few touches
of tradition as well.
In olden days after the Sabbath ended, villagers
escorted the bride and groom to the ceremony carrying candles, magically
lighting their path. We recreated this wonderful tradition for the short
walk from the cocktail reception to the outdoor ceremony. It was breathtaking,
and seemed to connect everyone as well.
For our Wedding March, wed always wanted
Pacabels Canon, but after months of crashing weddings
to check out halls and vendors, we quickly got Paco-Belled out! So,
we took another page from the Old Country, where Klezmer musicians always
led the wedding procession.
As everyone sat waiting for the ceremony, the
unmistakable sound of the clarinet, violin, accordion, and bass fiddle
filled the air. The joyous music had the bridal party walking down the
isle with big smiles as the guests clapped in time. What a difference
from Pacabels formal, graduation-like march
It was truly
a celebration! It was perfect. It was different. It was us.
Following the musicians were four Chuppah-holders.
Instead of a preset gazebo, we opted for a tallis (prayer shawl) held
up by four poles artfully twined in flowering vines
to the weddings of our ancestors!
Finally, we wanted something extra-special
an unexpected spark and a touch of fun as a prelude to our wedding
hora. The Amazing Bottle Dancers were born.
This old-country wedding tradition dancers
balancing bottles of wine atop their hats in a cross between Zorba,
the Greek and Cirque Du Soleil truly dazzled the guests. What
a hora it was! What a wedding it was
a day we will never forget.
Make sure your special day, regardless of your
culture, is everything you want it to be. Fill it with beauty, romance
And by the way, a little tradition never hurts!