A Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration culminates years of hard work and preparation for you and your child. It is a unique event catering to both teens and adults, and can often be a challenge to plan due to party themes, multiple menus and building a timeline that accounts for special interludes such as video montages and special speeches and presentations.
Jennifer Hines has over 26 years of experience in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah planning industry. In fact, “Mitzvah” parties are her specialty, as she typically plans 20 or more every year. Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be a daunting task, and Jennifer can lighten the load with her expertise and guidance. She can navigate the venue selection, create a room layout complete with festive decorations and lighting, and she will be there from the start to the finish to ensure that you can relax and enjoy this Simcha with friends and family.
- Why Hire a Planner
- The Process
- You need help with time management to relieve the stress of planning the event alone.
- You need help creating a budget and sticking to it.
- You want your event to be creative and clever.
- You need access to top-notch, exciting, and trusted vendors.
- You need someone with expertise to advise you on your decisions.
- You need someone to negotiate contracts and get you the best deals.
- You need help with troubleshooting when issues arise.
- You need another set of eyes on the planning to pay attention to detail.
- You need the timing of the event to flow seamlessly.
- You want to enjoy your big day with your friend and family!
The best way to get the process started is with a one on one consultation. A face to face meeting with your event planner, where you can share initial ideas, ask questions and discuss concerns. Selecting a planner is a big decision and it is important for everyone to get to know one another.
Once hired, your planner will get started right away with the most important items first. Selecting a venue, entertainment and photography are usually the first items on the “to do” list.
There will be many phases to the process, some being more intensive, like the invitation selection, mailing and tracking responses. Other times will be loose and fun, like creating a logo and selecting signature colors.
Trust the process, and most importantly trust your planner for a successful event!
There are three packages offered so that you can select what fits best for you!
Full-Service Event Planning is typically started one to three years out. This package includes an extensive venue selection, budget creation and tracking, and a hand-holder for the tricky and tedious invitation process.
Mid-Level Planning is typically from the six-month mark. You select the venue, hire the vendors, and choose your own invitations. After that Jennifer jumps in and executes your theme, decor, audio-visual and lighting. This package also includes managing your vendors and contacts from this point on until the event.
Month Of Event Coordination is exactly what it sounds like. You plan the event and Jennifer hops in at one month from the event to “Tie A Bow” on it! Includes final vendor management, payment of invoices, guest seating consultation, floor plan consulting, and of course, working the event the day of. Jennifer will be there from start to finish to ensure your event goes smoothly!
This event was "on point"! What a lovely event from start to finish!
Rachel's Bat Mitzvah was a gorgeous blend of rose gold, silver, gold and pastel pink.
It was the cat's pajamas at this roaring twenties theme party!
Short answer? As soon as possible. You should secure your event planner, DJ, and photographer early on in the process, and then around 18 months out we can start looking at venues.
I do! My full-service clients will get a “countdown to event” timeline from me, and we will track our progress as we go along.
There is not a “one size fits all” approach to the timeline. Many factors come into play. Have your guests arrived at your event directly after the service or was there a break between service and party? Are your guests Shomer Shabbos and need to wait until the end of Shabbat to leave for the festivities? All of these details and more go into planning the right agenda for your event.
If you are having trouble coming up with a theme I will, of course, help you come up with just the right theme, color scheme, and logo for your event. This is one of the really fun parts of the planning, where we get the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child involved.
Musical entertainment is typically always a DJ, but not just any DJ. There are a select few that really know the ins and outs of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah event.
In addition to music, there are lots of fun vendors that we can add to make the guest experience even better!