While the focus of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration is the Mitzvah Child, it is also a great opportunity to recognize the special people in your child’s life. It takes a village to raise a child. Recognizing those who have instilled values, shared laughs, tears, holidays and life experiences makes a Mitzvah Celebration complete. A candle lighting ceremony is a wonderful way to honor family and friends that make up your village. Since there are many variations of a candle lighting ceremony, we consulted with Claudia from It Could Be Verse to learn about the different candle lighting options.
For more than 20 years, It Could Be Verse has turned your thoughts, feelings and emotions into warm, witty and wonderful poems, speeches and toasts. Their writing is original, distinctive and tailored to your individual needs. For a new twist on a candle lighting, It Could Be Verse offers the puzzle ceremony.Whether it’s honoring guests at your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah candle lighting or puzzle ceremony or making a toast at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding, birthday or anniversary or honoring/roasting a colleague at a corporate dinner, It Could Be Verse will say it for you with humor, taste and warmth.
We asked Claudia several questions about candle lighting ceremonies:
How many candles are in a traditional candle lighting ceremony? A traditional candle lighting ceremony has thirteen candles, but this number is flexible. Make sure you do what works for you and your family.
Candle Lighting Display from Top That Table.
Is there a certain order that a candle lighting ceremony follows? Usually the memorial candle come first because you don’t want to end the ceremony on a sad note. It usually follows with grandparents; aunts/uncles/cousins; great aunts/great uncles; family friends; the child’s friends which can be all together or divided between camp, school and/or sports teams; siblings and then parents. It Could Be Verse usually likes to add a candle at the end for everyone.
Candle Lighting Display from Susan Siegal & Company
What is a Puzzle Ceremony? A puzzle ceremony is a twist on a traditional candle lighting. It Could Be Verse enlarges 2 photos…..one of your child as a baby and 1 current photo. .The current photo is cut up into as many pieces as honorees. As each honoree called up, they place a puzzle piece onto the mounted baby photo, visually turning your child into who they are today. The parents place the last piece as they are the ones who have truly completed their child.
Puzzle Ceremony from It Could Be Verse.
What is a Past, Present and Future Candle Lighting? A Past, Present and Future candle lighting ceremony is a shorter version of a traditional candle lighting ceremony. Instead of lighting the traditional 13 candles, only 3 candles are lit – one that represents the past, one for the present and one for the future. The Past Candle can be a memory candle, for grandparents and/or other relatives. The Present Candle is lit by the child’s immediate family. The Future Candle is lit by the child’s friends.
Candle Lighting Display by Awesome Events
Do candle lighting ceremonies need to rhyme? There is no rule that candle lighting ceremonies have to rhyme. However, a rhyming candle lighting ceremony makes it easier to read and more enjoyable to listen to.
Candle Lighting Display by Flowers by Amore
Are there any other times at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to recognize family and friends? The Mitzvah Child’s parent usually give a toast at the celebration. While toasting the Mitzvah Child, this is a great opportunity to thank the guests for coming and being a part of your child’s life. It Could Be Verse also writes toasts, bimah speeches and more to enhance your celebration.
Another Puzzle Ceremony by It Could Be Verse
One of the hardest decisions to make when planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the venue. The venue sets the tone of your event and determines your overall budget. There are so many types of venues to choose: theaters, night clubs, country clubs, hotels, banquet centers and much more. Below are some of Mitzvah List‘s favorite venues:
At Mitzvah List, we love receiving questions from parents planning Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. We received an email from a Mitzvah Mom on a budget asking whether it was worth the cost of renting chairs or chair covers. Obviously everyone has a different budget and it is a personal choice of where the money should be spent. However, renting beautiful chairs or covering existing ballroom chairs makes a huge difference when it comes to décor. Look at the difference below:
There are TONS of options when it comes to chairs and chair covers. Chairs and chair covers come in a variety of styles and price ranges. Since there are so many options, we consulted with chair and linen experts, Paula Phaneuf from Uncle Buck’s Party Rentals, Iva Harrison from Affairs to Remember and Sharon Harte from Linens by Harte to find out about the chair and chair cover trends.
For over 30 years, Uncle Buck’s has been helping clients “make memories” for their families and guests. They offer an extensive collection of rentals including tents, tables, chairs, china, glassware, flatware, dance floors, staging, Chiavari Chairs, specialty linens, and much more. Uncle Buck’s prides themselves on delivering exceptional products and service to help make your Mitzvah memorable.
Affairs to Remember is your best source for elegant, yet affordable, table linens and Chiavari chairs. They offer you a great deal of personal attention and can help you pull your event together by offering event-planning expertise. With over 20 years of experience in Metro Detroit, they know nearly every venue. Affairs to Remember’s dedication to perfection will assure a beautiful atmosphere for your mitzvah.
Linens by Harte is a family owned and operated rental business that has served Metro Detroit for over 20 years. They offer a beautiful selection of chair covers, linens, napkins and place settings at competitive prices. At Linens by Harte, customer service and satisfaction is a top priority! They make sure that every event receives person attention. Let the Linens by Harte family assist you with all your rental needs.
These experts shared with us some of the most popular Bar and Bat Mitzvah chairs that are available:
Padded Resin Chairs: If you are looking for an affordable solution to chair rentals, Padded Resin Chairs are a great option. These chairs are a perfect solution for both indoor and outdoor venues. These beautiful chairs include padded seating surfaces which providing long-lasting comfort. If you are looking for more information on these chairs, contact Uncle Buck’s Party Rentals.
Chiavari Chairs: Chiavari are one of the most popular options for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Not only are Chiavari chairs affordable, but them come in a multitude of colors including: mahogany, silver, gold, white, black and clear acrylic. There are also many different cushion options available. If you are looking for Chiavari chairs Uncle Buck’s has them available in mahogany, silver and gold. Affairs to Remember has them available in clear acrylic, black, mahogany, silver, gold and white.
Farmhouse Chairs: If you are looking for a rustic look, Farmhouse Chairs are the perfect option! These wood chairs provide country charm without compromising modernity. These beautiful chairs are available at Affairs to Remember.
Ghost Chairs: Ghost chairs are a gorgeous choice for a modern Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Ghost Chairs are a contemporary twist on Louis XV armchairs. When placed in a room, these beautiful polycarbonate chairs seem to disappear creating an elegance like no other. Ghost Chairs are available at UDesign Ghost Chairs.
Louis XV Acrylic Chairs: If you are looking to replace the usual with something different, Louis XV Acrylic Chairs are the perfect choice! These timeless yet modern chairs are perfect for high end Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. Louis XV Acrylic Chairs can be used as accent chairs or if you have the budget, for the entire mitzvah party. For more information about Louis XV chairs, contact Affairs to Remember.
If you decide not to rent chairs, you can always cover the existing chairs at your venue. There are so many chair cover options available, it could make your head spin! Not only are chair covers available in tons of colors and fabrics, but for many chair covers, you can choose a coordinating or contrasting sash. Here are some of the most popular options in chair covers:
Polyester Banquet Chair Covers: Polyester Banquet Chair Covers are an inexpensive option to dress up your event. Perfect for round of square back banquet chairs, polyester covers come in many colors and can be paired with many different sashes. For more information on Polyester Banquet Chair Covers, contact Linens by Harte, Affairs to Remember or Uncle Buck’s.
Satin Banquet Chair Covers: Satin Banquet Chair Covers are similar to Polyester Banquet Chair Covers, but are made of satin fabric. These chair covers are available in many colors and give a flowing, elegant look to banquet chairs. Satin chair covers have a shine to them and beautifully reflect light. For more information on Satin Banquet Chair Covers, contact Linens by Harte, Affairs to Remember or Uncle Buck’s.
Spandex Banquet Chair Covers: Spandex banquet chair covers offer a sleek, contemporary look for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. These chair covers are available in many colors and can be used with or without a sash. Because these chair cover are spandex, these are the most labor intensive chair covers to put on. Spandex chair covers are available at Linens by Harte and Affairs to Remember.
Universal Chair Covers: Universal Chair Covers work with any chair as they can be tied at the back to fit. Because of its universal fit, they are very easy to use. Simply place over the chair, tie and go. These versatile chair covers are available at Uncle Buck’s, Linens by Harte and Affairs to Remember.
Chiavari Chair Covers: Chiavari Chair Covers can be sheer in design to allow the elegance and luxury of Chiavari chairs shine through or can be made from beautiful fabrics and embellishments. They’re often embroidered, ruffled, or feature a sash to add a bit of extra pizazz to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah. For more information about Chiavari Chair Covers contact Affairs to Remember.