How to Select the Perfect Tuxedo for Prom

Prom’s coming and the ladies have probably already picked out their dresses! For a guy, choosing the right prom tuxedo is the likely the most difficult decision he’ll have to make – and it isn’t hard!  Be sure to order your tuxedo at least one month in advance. By ordering early you ensure you have the widest range of choices possible. Starting early also lets you spread the cost over a longer period of time.

If you have a date, determine how much coordination between dress and tuxedo is needed. Let her give you information about her dress and go for matching vest or tie with a complimentary tuxedo color. You want to look coordinated, but too much matching looks juvenile. Have some fun with this by considering sock color, pocket handkerchief, cufflinks or a lapel pin as possible matching items.

If you are going stag or with friends, you can let your imagination run wild! With the amount of variety in styles, colors, and cost, you will have no trouble finding something exactly right.

If you are looking for something that says “I’m too cool for conventional”, consider wearing a pair of the latest sneakers that match your accent color, or a skinny tie instead of the traditional bowtie. Looking for something entirely different? Try a patterned shirt with no vest and a solid, skinny tie to stand out.

Above all, make sure your tuxedo matches who you are – there will be lots of photo opportunities and you want to show off the true you. A light suit with a dark shirt can stand out in the crowd, just don’t go for the powder-blue 1970’s look. That has been overdone!

Take time to enjoy the process. Take friends along, or your date, and have fun!



How to Choose the Song for Your First Dance

Depending on the couple, choosing that special song that will play during your first dance as a couple can either be very easy or extremely stressful. Once you begin to realize how many options there are and how this one song is supposed to musically represent the two of you as a couple, pressure can begin to rise.

Maybe you’re a couple who are dreading the first dance. Or maybe you can’t wait for the chance to perform a specially choreographed routine. Or if you’re really unlucky, one of you is dreading it and one wants to put on a show! No matter where you find yourselves as your special day approaches, we have answers for you.

To start the selection process talk about what kind of mood you want to set. Are you having a very traditional wedding or are you more of the rebel type? Are you a couple who are constantly laughing and joking around? Or are you shyer and reserved? Your first dance song should reflect your style and taste. Once you know the mood you want to set figure out if there’s already a song that has special meaning for you. Think the first kiss, first “I love you”, or consider bands or concerts you’ve attended. Chances are one of those songs will fit the bill just perfectly.

After you’ve narrowed your list down to 3 or 4 songs, consider the tempo, the lyrics and the length of the song. Some songs just move too fast for a first dance feel and others last way too long. Still, other songs that have a beautiful melody have lyrics that don’t work for a wedding. This might be a good time to have a talk with your DJ. As a professional, they have worked at hundreds if not thousands of weddings and have seen everything. They can listen to your ideas and concerns and make recommendations that will work for both of you.

If you decide to do a choreographed dance you should get started 4-6 months in advance. That way, by the time the wedding day arrives, you will feel comfortable about the choreography and can focus on your partner and enjoy this special moment together.

If you’re nervous about your dancing skills don’t worry. If you can walk, you can dance. Try dancing with your partner at home until you feel comfortable together. Leave out the fancy moves and just enjoy being close.

Whatever you decide, keep in mind that the dance and the entire day goes by quickly. Before you know it you’ll be heading off to begin life as a newly married couple. Hopefully, your first dance will be the beginning of many special moments you will share on the dance floor.




How to Make the Perfect Wedding Toast

Sometimes in life, and especially at weddings, you’re called upon to do something you’d rather not do. Giving a wedding toast may be one of those things for you. But no need to worry. Follow these simple tips, be prepared, and you’ll do just fine.

The first thing to remember is that a large range of ages and relationships will be represented at the reception. Many of them don’t know each other and some of them may not know you either. So be sure to have your wedding DJ announce you and tell the crowd your name and how you are related to the couple.

Once you’ve been introduced, greet the crowd and make eye contact. You may want to briefly recognize any really special guests like the bride’s 87 year old Grandma, the groom’s Cousin Julie who flew in from China, and so on. Keep this brief though because the focus of your toast is the happy couple.

Whether you are the maid of honor or the best man or someone else who’s been asked to give a toast, keep things light, heartfelt and appropriate to the event. This isn’t a bachelor or bachelorette party. This is not the time to bring up past misdeeds, former girlfriends or boyfriends, or make rude jokes at someone else’s expense. Also, don’t share inside jokes that only a few of the guests will understand. This makes people feel left out.

So what should you say? I’ve created the following outline you can use to plan and practice your speech in advance.

  1. Say your name again, how you know the couple and how happy you are to be here on this special day with family and friends. Now is a good time to recognize those really special guests if there are any in attendance.
  2. Direct your attention to the couple as you speak. It’s entirely acceptable to have a copy of your speech to refer to as you go. But don’t let your eyes stay there. Keep making eye contact with the couple.
  3. Now is the time to get personal. Think about how you know the groom or bride. Since grade school, as a co-worker, or in a softball league? Share something that is remarkable about the person that drew you in right away. If you can, share a memory of when the two met. Then share some nice remarks about their spouse. If you don’t know any, be creative. Even a disagreeable trait can have a positive aspect if you think about it.
  4. Finish your toast by adding a congratulatory statement and raising your glass to the couple. Need inspiration? You can check out this site for some sample endings.
  5. Be brief! There will probably be others toasting and everybody is ready to celebrate. Three to five minutes is perfect.
  6. One last thing…practice before the reception. Even just reading aloud from your notes a few times will make a big difference and help you feel more at ease when it’s time to toast.

Remember, you’ve been asked to give a toast because you are a special person in the couple’s life. Be sincere and enjoy the moment.


How to Choose Wedding Traditions

Whether you’re having a traditional wedding or something quite modern, it’s always fun to include some familiar wedding traditions. What traditions will you include in your wedding? Here are the meaning behind some of the well-known traditions. Take a look and decide which ones you’d like to make them a part of your special day.

Brides often wear a veil with their wedding dress. Some see this as just a beautiful accessory, but the wearing of veils began in ancient Rome, where the bride used the veil to disguise herself from evil spirits. In modern times, the veil may sometimes be a symbol of modesty and innocence.

The bridal party also has a long tradition. Groomsmen originated in the time when men had to actually capture the woman they chose to marry. They picked the most capable man to help them – the “best man”, and others to assist. Bridesmaids originated as a technique of confusing evil spirits as to who the actual bride was. Today the bridal party is chosen from friends and family to share the couple’s happiness and aid with wedding day tasks. Much less risky than playing “capture the bride”!

The meaning and origin of the ceremonial kiss that traditionally concludes the ceremony has different interpretations. In the Roman era, a kiss was used to seal legal bonds and contracts. It was also believed that this kiss allowed the couples’ souls to mingle together. Today, the wedding kiss is primarily seen as a form of endearment.

Early Romans broke a loaf of bread over the couples’ heads for fertility, creating the first wedding cakes. Superstition says that a bride cannot bake her own wedding cake or taste it before the wedding, or else risk losing her husband’s love. If she keeps a piece of the cake after the wedding, she supposedly ensures that he will remain faithful. Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of groom’s cake under their pillows. This might not be the best use of a delicious cake and is certainly more of a mess than just enjoying a piece at the reception.

As a symbol of luck, the newly married woman traditionally throws her bouquet to the unmarried women at the wedding. The one who catches the bouquet is supposedly the next to be married. Throwing the bride’s garter to the single men is a similar tradition. The groom must remove the garter from his new wife’s leg and toss it to the single men at the wedding. This man will be the next one to marry.

An older custom involved guests raiding the bride’s chamber for stockings. These stockings taken from her room would then be thrown at the groom. Whoever landed their stocking on the groom’s nose would be the next one to marry.

Whatever traditions you use, and there are many more, be sure they symbolize something to you and your loved ones. Consider adding something completely new to make your wedding truly your own.


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  • Estimated number of honeymooners: 1.4 million U.S. couples per year.
  • Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent take a honeymoon.
  • On average, the honeymoon is booked 4 months before the wedding.
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Prom Guide: 10 Major Myths About The Big Night You Shouldn’t Stress Over

Freaking out out about finding a prom date? Worried about how much your limo is going to cost?

Between all of the movies and TV shows about the big night, it’s easy for silly stereotypes and super high expectations to suck the fun out of what’s supposed to be an awesome celebration of your senior year of high school.

But you don’t have to fall into that trap. Here are 10 of the biggest prom misconceptions — and all the reasons why you should not, under any circumstances, lose sleep over them this year.

1. You Need To Have A Date
This simply isn’t true, no matter how much pressure you feel from your parents or your classmates about it. Admit it: having a date doesn’t always make the night more fun — and having fun should be exactly what prom is about. So stop stressing if you’d rather spend the night hanging out with a bunch of your best friends than worrying about an awkward date situation. You’ll still be making awesome memories.

2. Professional Photos Are The Only Way To Go
The best kind of photographs aren’t ones that are staged with cheesy photographers and cost an arm and a leg — they’re the ones you take of yourselves, laughing with friends and sharing in impromptu memories. Thanks to apps like Instagram, you can even take pictures on your cell phone and make them look professional and beautiful with a few simple clicks.

3. Limos Are The Only Means Of Transportation
There are a number of other ways to get to and from the prom without spending your entire allowance (and then some). Think outside of the box and don’t rule out other transportation ideas like old-fashioned cars, school buses, and even hitching a ride with friends or your parents.

4. Promposals Are Required Of All Good Dates
Promposals can be an adorable way to show someone you care about that you really, really want to take them to prom, but they’re not the only way to show your date how psyched you are to go with them. And if your potential date requires you to plan something so insanely over-the-top when you also have college applications and finals to worry about… well, they’re probably not worthy of being your date in the first place. Sorry.

5. Everything Needs To Be Traditional
Prom does not need to be one big, traditional experience based on annoying stereotypes and expectations from your parents. For example, instead of going with matching outfits and corsages, you and your date can explore other DIY options, and instead of going to a fancy dinner, you can head to a local diner with your whole gang.

6. Fancy Prom Attire Is A Must
Dressing up to the nines and rocking tiaras, gowns and expensive tuxes isn’t necessary when planning your prom attire. The more comfortable you feel in the outfit you pick, the more fun you will have. Trust us.

7. You Need To Spend A Lot Of Money 
In order to have a good prom experience, it’s not necessary to spend a ton of money on, well, anything. Sometimes working with what you have — and being creative about it — can end up making the night more memorable. (See: sneaker photo above.)

8. You Need To Fulfill Your Date’s Romantic Expectations 
Whether it’s pressure from your date or it’s pressure you’re putting on yourself, you may feel like there are romantic (or sexual) expectations at the after-prom party that you have to fulfill. This is where prom-related movies and TV shows have it 100% wrong: whether you go to the prom with someone you have feelings for, or someone you don’t, it isn’t a reason to do anything you don’t feel comfortable or ready to do. Prom night is NOT the end-all-and-be-all of relationships. You have plenty of time to figure things out and prom will be way less stressful if you take all of that other stuff off the table completely. If your date is cool, they’ll understand.

9. Your Entire Grade Will Come Together And Be Besties
Usually at the end of a teen movie like “Mean Girls,” there will be a prom scene that shows everyone in the entire school coming together and getting along for just one night. While all know it in the back of our minds, it’s worth reminding ourselves: that’s just not reality. And you know what? It’s cool. Sometimes prom isn’t about having some big revelation about high school and life — it’s just about dancing ridiculously with your friends. Whatever.

10. You NEED To Go
One of the biggest misconceptions of all is that you absolutely must go or you will be missing out on some life-changing event. Here’s the truth: If you don’t want to go, you shouldn’t feel like you have to. In fact, skipping prom isn’t going to mean anything in the grand scheme of your life. It’s really not a “rite of passage” and if you know your life will feel less stressful staying home on prom night — do it. You know what makes you happy (and doesn’t) better than anyone else, so don’t listen to anyone who tries to tell you that you need to participate.

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Newlyweds are now taking shorter honeymoons than ever – in the past ten years, the honeymoon period has shrunk by half.

A study by hotel booking specialists from puts the change down to work pressure and rising costs. Is it the work pressure or the cost that is ending the two-week exotic honeymoon? Traditionally, UK couples routinely enjoyed honeymoons lasting two weeks in some of the most exotic locations on earth.


Estimated number of honeymooners: 1.4 million U.S. couples per year.
Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent take a honeymoon.
On average, the honeymoon is booked 4 months before the wedding.
Honeymoons comprise a $12 billion-dollar-a-year industry.
Couples spend an average of $4,466 on their honeymoon. That’s three times as much as the average U.S. adult spends on a vacation. Luxury honeymooners, which comprise 15% of the market, spend an average of $9,954 and vacation for 11 days.


The Best Gifts for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Have you been invited to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and don’t know what gift to give? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a very special occasion in Jewish culture, so of course, you want to get just the right gift. It is an occasion which is a mix between a once in a lifetime event in the life of a boy plus a big party and chance to celebrate.

It may help you make your decision by learning exactly what it is that’s being celebrated. When Jewish boys reach the age of 13, they become accountable for their actions which signifies their transition into manhood. This is an important rite of passage for Jewish boys and centers around the religious ceremony. However, some type of party or celebration is almost always included. Following tradition, family members and close family friends give a gift at the time of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Gifts can be very traditional in nature or can be less traditional and more modern.

  1. Books

Books that represent the Jewish experience and that bring the realities of the world to light are a popular gift at a Bar Mitzvah. Even though reality may be harsh, books that highlight show these aspects are seen as part of becoming an adult.

Examples are:

“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl

“DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai” by DK Publishing

“The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe: A Kaplan SAT Score-Raising Classic”

And for pure fun you can try these:

“Big Book of Jewish Humor” by William Novak and Moshe Waldoks

“Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor & What It All Means” by Michael Krasny

“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

  1. Money & Bonds

The Hebrew letters for the word life are “chai” which are numerically equivalent to 18. So checks given at a Bar Mitzvah are traditionally written out in $18 increments, although most young men would be happy to accept checks, whatever the amount! But it is fun to pay homage to that special tradition.

Another fun and very practical gift is Israel Bonds’ Mazel Tov Bonds and eMitzvah Bonds. These bonds support the Jewish state and can be redeemed in five years, right about the time the young man is getting ready to start college.

  1. Statement Jewelry

Believe it or not, many young men will appreciate the gift of a piece for jewelry that represents the Jewish experience. And there are many to choose from. Try a necklace with the “chai” symbol, which means life in Hebrew, a bracelet or keychain with their Hebrew name engraved or a Star of David pendant.

When you think of a bar mitzvah you begin to realize how this important spiritual rite of passage is really a connection between generations. So don’t get too caught up in the gift itself since most Jewish kids understand that their gift is the party! Relax, give from the heart, and join in the celebration with all your best.


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