The pressure was on!  As the founder of a website that caters to the bar/bat mitzvah industry, with thousands of readers across the country, I knew people were waiting to see how my family would celebrate my daughter Carly’s bat mitzvah in November 2010.  When I was given her date 4 years ago, MitzvahMarket.com wasn’t even a thought, and I  had no idea where to begin.  Do I book a venue, put a DJ on hold, shop around for a photographer?

COST-SAVING IDEAS
All our party photography was done by SImon Elliot Events.  They also did a photo session with our family at our Temple a few days prior to the service.  Instead of having them create an album for us, they gave me high resolution photos on discs and I made my own album using the website blurb.com.

CREATIVE TOUCHES
As an alternative to the traditional candle lighting ceremony, we came up with “Carly’s Karaoke Candle Lighting.”  With the help of a pro – Poems by Carolyn – we wrote new words to 14 familiar songs that Carly recorded in advance in a studio at Simon Elliot Events.  Guests sang along with Carly as the new words played over the sound system and the words appeared on the DJ’s screens.  This made all our guests feel involved in the candle lighting ceremony.
For Carly’s entrance video, Simon Miller from Simon Elliot Events used editing magic to create a short trailer for the new reality series we called, “The Bat Mitzvah-rette!”  It was clever and short and was shown just before Carly was carried into her party by the dancers.
Simon Miller was responsible for many of Carly’s unique touches including her iSign-in board – a new feature they debuted for Carly’s party.  This exciting new service brings the sign-in board/book concept into the digital domain.  Using a special iPad podium, guests were able to write messages for Carly that were displayed in real time on a plasma screen in the lobby of our venue.