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There’s nothing that beats the feeling of knowing you’ve found “the one”—that perfect dress for your daughter’s bat mitzvah, sweet sixteen, quinceañera or prom. So why is it that dress shopping can be filled with so much angst? We asked three experts in the business for insider tips that will help you avoid some common mishaps, arguments, headaches and tears.
There’s something about the falling of leaves and the first scent of wood fires in the air that arouses our appetites. If you’re entertaining this season, you’ll do well to consider all the possibilities of including locally sourced produce, warm spices and rich, comfort foods in your menu planning.
“The aromas of fall food tend to go hand-in-hand with the weather better than in any other season,” says Scott Hoegel, general manager of The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, N.J.
Sure, nearly everyone and their mother these days is walking around with a picture-taking device known as a cell phone, but those tiny lenses have their limitations. Sometimes you need a good, old-fashioned camera to get the job done right. Except camera shopping isn’t what it used to be. There’s nothing old-fashioned about cameras anymore. That once-simple machine has gone super high-tech, with selections that include enough acronyms to brew alphabet soup for eons.
Fortunately, we here at The Main Event know a little something about photography. We asked one of our favorite pros, John Chan, of John Chan Photography, to offer some tips for sorting through the overabundance of options.
Most people don’t need any encouragement to ham it up for the camera. The digital files we generate for our customers from The Main Event’s photo booths certainly are a testament to that. (FYI, your clients know what you do in there!) Every so often, our staff will encounter someone who is a true “photo booth phobic.” They’re a lot less common, but their worries are commonplace and echo a question we’re asked from time to time: How do you prep with just a few seconds before the camera shutter clicks?
Look at any family’s photos from vacations or parties and many times you’ll find one very important member missing—mom. Sometimes she’s hiding behind the camera. (Someone has to be the photographer, right?) But other times, she’s just hiding.
We’ve all heard the excuses: “I haven’t lost the baby weight.” “It’s a bad hair day.” “I have no makeup on.” But who really worries about those things? The family’s worrier-in-chief, of course.
Stepping into the picture and being seen is something that more moms need to do both for themselves and for their children, say Margarita Daskalakis and Juarline Stavrinos, Mineola, N.Y.-based life coaches and co-founders of High Functioning Family.
Your child’s mitzvah ceremony is something he or she will remember for a lifetime, so the pressure is on to create the ultimate experience surrounding this milestone event.
The best way to ensure everything runs smoothly—and that you’re most likely to get your first choice for venues and vendors—is to plan and book each aspect of the party at the proper time. The Main Event asked event planner Donna Wexler of Merrick, N.Y.-based Designs by Donna for her expert advice on how and when to make your arrangements so your child’s special day is guaranteed to be one of his or her best.
It seems these days that almost every 13 year old can easily operate a smart phone connecting them with the digital world. Parents and friends love social media to post new pictures and share updates about their lives, especially their son or daughter’s big day of their Mitzvah! Take a look at some great ways social media can tastefully tie in to your Mitzvah party.
While planning your wedding, keep one thing in mind: this day is meant to celebrate the love you have with your new life partner and your future together.
Your first thought might be to pin anything and everything you like on Pinterest, and try your best to recreate it. While Pinterest is a great resource, there are many ways to express your relationship through the ceremony and the reception.
Weddings are like snowflakes—no two weddings can be exactly the same! Here are some creative ways to tell your story:
What our clients say:
"What an awesome job The Main Event did at my daughter's Bat Mitzvah! They came highly recommended and I can see why. The staff was both professional and courteous and Andre the photographer went above and beyond! The props were a huge hit and the choice of frames and accessories was impressive. At the end of the party I was handed every photo my family was in, they were all framed, in a keychain, mousepad etc. We were also given a mini album with some highlights from the day and a disc with every picture taken. Worth every penny we spent! I will definitely recommend their services to all of my friends and family."
—Jennifer, via Facebook
"I hired the Main Event not knowing anyone else who used them—took a chance and hit the jackpot! They were outstanding in service and their staff was warm, professional and gracious. I couldn't have asked for more and my party was a huge success thanks to them. The games and photo booth were all the top quality. I also hired their recommended DJ who was amazing. I would recommend this company for your next party/event without reservation."
—L. M., via Yelp
"I used Main Event for my daughter's bat mitzvah and I found them to be professional from start to finish. They are very competitively priced but high quality throughout. I hired a DJ and two motivators; I got lounge furniture, a photo booth and 2 screens and photography. Everyone from Main Event had a great attitude. They followed my schedule to a tee and played the music and montage flawlessly. The motivators were high energy, smiley and completely appropriate for bat mitzvah aged kids. I would definitely use them again."
—Felisa, via Google+