1. begin Planning! Organizing a special event in Israel takes time and it is thus recommended that you start planning at least six months in advance, although starting a year in advance is not unusual (summer months are highly occupied).
2. Make A Detailed To-Do List! You can make your own to-do list by following the example here.
3. Set A (down-to-earth) Budget! A budget will help you stay within your monetary means and thus make the correct decisions as you go along. Remember, there are venues to be booked, decorations to be placed, food to be ordered, and professionals that need to be paid, just to name a few services that require payments in advance.
4. Location! It is of the essence that you feel entirely comfortable with the location you choose. Israel may be geographically small but it is culturally diverse, and the range of options provides something for just about every taste and interest. For example, you can celebrate a wedding by the beach, a bat mitzvah in a kibbutz, a corporate event in one of Tel Aviv's deluxe hotels, or a bar mitzvah in Masada. Keep in mind that distances are very short and if planned in the right way, you get the best of everything Israel has to offer.
If you find that you need some additional help choosing a location a great idea is to hire a local event planner as they are familiar with the area you have chosen and can be of great service.
5. Focus on what's essential:
Make sure your message is simple and straightforward so as to ensure success.
Be aware of your guests. For example, if most of your guests speak Spanish then getting a Spanish-speaking Rabbi is important so everyone can understand the ceremony.
Bar/bat mitzvahs and should be centered on the young man or woman and celebrated in a way that he or she can enjoy to the full.
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