A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a special day for your son or daughter. You want to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Event planning can sometimes get hectic or overwhelming as you work out the minute details of a big day. However, if you plan and make lists, the process will be much easier. One of the best ways to prepare for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or event planning for any particular day, even a wedding, is to have a timeline starting a significant amount of time before the big day. For a Bar/Batmitzvah, the rule of thumb is to start planning at least two years before your child’s ceremony. Your checklist should be broken up into time intervals. In other words, after a certain amount of time goes by, specific goals on your list should be checked off or completed. Keep reading for a concise Bar Mitzvah countdown and checklist that will help you to organize your child’s special day.
The 2-3 Year Mark
At this point, you should have a date for your child’s rite of passage. Why plan so far ahead? Synagogues often have a lot of bookings. Ideally, you want to celebrate your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah close to their birthday. You don’t want to have to wait another year to two years to celebrate!
You should also start thinking about what truly matters to you and your family. Do you have a big family? Do you have a small family? Family size will determine how small the venue needs to be or how intimate the gathering should be. Is your family not orthodox? Maybe the Bar/Bat Mitzvah will not take place in a synagogue. Once you have the perfect location, you can start putting a deposit down and give them the ceremony date. Will the catering options need to be kosher?
At this stage, you can also recruit friends and family which can make event planning fun and you’ll feel less bogged down. You’ll feel secure asking those who may have planned a Bar/Bat Mitzvah before. You can ask them for advice and learn from their experience. Once ideas spread, you can create a budget and spend the next two-three years saving.
3-5 Months Before
By this time, your catering options should be mapped out. Do a taste test with a caterer. Send out invitations as people often need time to prepare. Arrange the candle lighting ceremony. You can plan a photo shoot with your child and use blow up photos for decorations. Hiring a videographer is necessary if you need your child’s entrance captured.
1 Week Away
If you’re at this stage, congrats! The big day is almost here. Give your caterer a final guest list. Have a final dress rehearsal and make sure that everything fits. Double check that everything is in order with all vendors involved such as makeup artists or hairstylists.
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