There are so many things you want for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, but the biggest thing is of course that they enjoy the event and think back on it fondly for their whole life. That’s a lot of pressure. Luckily, you have the tools to make the process a little easier. Take it a step at a time, and follow these tips to plan a successful Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Reach Out to Your Synagogue
If you haven’t done it yet, this should be your first step. Find out what steps and tasks your child needs to complete to prepare for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Most synagogues offer classes to help the child learn about their religious history and new responsibilities. Talk to your Rabbi about how long this usually takes, so you have a sense of the planning time you have available to you.
Frame Out the Large Choices
Next, build the framework for your party and use it to make the big choices that have to be solidified first. How long will the ceremony be and what time in the day should it happen? How long after it ends do you want the reception to begin, and would this put you at lunchtime or dinner. What season in the year will your child be finished with preparations and what other commitments do you already have that you need to schedule around? Do you want to make this a small, intimate party or a grand celebration? Use the answers to these questions to help you set the date and create a budget and to start on the menu and guest list.
Venue and Vendors
Once you have your date and time set for the reception, you can start to check out venues and vendors for the big event. Look for venues that have hosted Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in the past, so that they know what to expect and will be able to meet your needs and expectations. Next, start researching to find your vendors, such as the caterer, DJ, and Photographer. Again, look for vendors that have experience with this type of event, especially for the catering. While you’re looking for these vendors, finalize your guest list. Don’t forget to invite your child’s friends also – after all this is your child’s big day.
Prepare Your Speech
Don’t try to wing the speech. Take time writing and rehearsing it. Try to focus on the future and your advice to your child, rather than just reminiscing about the past, but also remember to acknowledge all of the work they’ve done to reach this point.
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