A Thimble of My Love: Ceremony Details

After wrapping up our portraits, our guests began arriving quickly. We had a table welcoming them to the ceremony with programs, our guest book, escort cards, and yarmulkes for the men to wear if they wanted to.

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A heart theme began to emerge toward the end of my planning process. First in our invitations, then when I found these adorable shoes for our engagementpictures, then finally in my last wedding magazine purchase- Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2010- I found this simple escort card project. I ran with it, and even found heart embossed yarmulkes.

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I just wish I had a sign inviting all the men to wear one! I thought my side of the family would think it was fun and wear the Jewish tradition, no question—-but it turns out they didn’t know they were allowed to! Lesson for interfaith weddings—communicate everything you can so guests know they can participate.

A line quickly formed and we experienced a bit of a delay…

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Eep! I had meant for the guest book and escort cards to be out for cocktail hour, not with the ceremony programs…

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But hopefully they were able to relax on the other side of the terrace when they entered the ceremony space…

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One more cultural miscommunication: Catholics leave the first two rows open for the bridal party to sit during the ceremony, but we had a mostly Jewish ceremony and our friends remained standing. Bummer for pics like this (and the late-comers standing in the back ;-) ). But it was smooth sailing from here.

I probably would have avoided little hiccups like these if I had hired a day of coordinator…or maybe if our site coordinator wasn’t MIA. But fortunately, our DJ/MC helped keep the schedule on track, and once the Rabbi started officiating, he explained the ceremony clearly for our non-Jewish guests.

Did you have a DOC to keep things on track? Interfaith brides: Did you see any cultural differences emerge before the ceremony even started?

Photos by Lorraine Daley Wedding Photography

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Mrs. Thimble

Location:
NYC/Philadelphia
Wedding Date:
October 2010
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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 3:49 pm

    Oh wow, everything is so gorgeous! I LOVE your heart mini-theme. And that’s so interesting about the cultural miscommunications: I would have never even thought about those details!

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    emma20130601 341 posts, Helper bee @ 4:30 pm

    Your details are amazing!! I was wondering where you got your guest book??

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:21 pm

    Love the heart theme that emerged, hearts make everything so cute!

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    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 6:24 pm

    @Emma20130601: I ordered the guest book through Adorama Pix- I liked their thicker, lay-flat pages. http://www.adoramapix.com/app/products/books

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:41 pm

    those heart yarmulkes are to die for. love the heart theme!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:59 pm

    Never stopped to think about it, but now that I think about it, yes it’s tradition not to sit in the front on catholic ceremonies, curious.
    Bummer those yarmulkes were not worn by everyone, they’re very cute.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:46 am

    We had a bit of a strange front row situation too — we saved seats for relatives but forgot to tell them so it was kind of bare!

    The heart yarmulkes are awesome.

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    missgracekelly 34 posts, Newbee @ 1:09 pm

    I saw your first pictures of the escort cards, and what a strange coincidence! We had those same escort cards and my sign said follow your heart to find your seat. Great minds think alike!

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    Berxerxes, Guest @ 7:20 am

    Who was your coordinator? We just signed for our wedding at pearl s. and I’m a little nervous about everything I’ve read about their site managers…

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    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 8:14 am

    @Berxerxes: We didn’t have a day of coordinator. Our caterer and Larry at OAA said we really wouldn’t need one. But we definitely wish we had one to handle a couple details that fell through the cracks.

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    Caitlin, Guest @ 9:45 am

    Hi! What a beautiful wedding! Can you tell me where you got the yarmulkes? Thank you!

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    traumaqueen 114 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:10 pm

    Did you order the yarmulkes online? If so, where did you get them? I’m looking for a good source for ours and I would feel best about ordering from a company where I have at least seen pictures of the finished product away from the company’s website.

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    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 3:23 pm

    @TraumaQueen: I took a chance on Yarmulkes.com and I loved the finished product =)

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    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 3:24 pm

    @Caitlin: Sorry I never answered you! I hope it’s not too late for your planning but yarmulkes.com is where I got them.

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