Mazel Tov Mezuzah
Ever wonder what to do with those glass shards that result when the groom smashes the glass in a traditional Jewish wedding? Turn them into a remembrance that will hang on your doorpost or decorate a menorah. A special easy-to-break colored glass is put in a satin bag that captures the shards when the groom “stomps.” Remove the shards carefully (with tweezers) and place inside a Gary Rosenthal hand-crafted Wedding Mezuzah or Menorah to remember your wedding each time you look at your door or on Hanukkah when you celebrate the warmth of the holiday. Inspiration Gallery, 1333B North Ave, New Rochelle, inspirationgallery.com, (914) 633-8508
Must-Read Bridal Books
You’ve already collected every magazine you can get your hands on (especially this one), so now it’s time to stock your bookshelves with everything you need to know about your wedding…and then some. Here is a collection of books and games you will want to keep–and pass on to your Maid of Honor:
The Bride & Groom Challenge (WS Publishing Group) -This game consists of two books, one for the bride and one for the groom, each with 100 playful, lighthearted questions, cleverly presented in one convenient package. Also included are rules, score sheets, and a tongue-in-cheek contract listing playful and entertaining prizes, including back massage or breakfast in bed for the winner.
Where to Seat Aunt Edna and 500 Other Great Wedding Tips (Hundreds of Heads Books)-
by veteran NYC wedding planner Harriette Rose Katz, give readers the do’s and never, ever, ever do’s when it comes to wedding rules. In the wedding-planning landmine of miffed feelings and possible bridal boo-boo’s, seating Aunt Edna is probably one of the more benign problems to negotiate, hence there are many other how-to’s included.
Something new (WS Publishing Group)-Wedding etiquette for the rule breakers, traditionalists and everything in between. This book is a must-read for potential “Bridezillas” and anyone negotiating the trials and tribulations of keeping everyone happy while finding a way to “own the day.” Q&As include questions like: What to do if your best man is dog phobic and the ring bearer is the bride’s Alaskan malamute? Yeah, that’s a problem…WS Publishing Group.
Available at major bookstores throughout the U.S. and online at Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.
The Wedding Painter
Move over, Toulouse-Lautrec. Imagine your wedding on canvas—a scene captured live by an artist as your guests twirl by in their finery or stop to peer over the top of the easel to check the art-in-progress. Now imagine that scene displayed on your living-room wall in living color—a keepsake to inspire you on your third, tenth, and fiftieth anniversary. You can go home with an original and unique rendering of your special day. Available through Hal Prince Music and Entertainment, Rye Brook (914) 937-4700 partydivision.com/FGA_painter.asp#start.