by Julie Begani, Julbilation Events on January 3rd, 2014

10  years from now you'll want to make sure you remember every moment of your child's special day.  That's why it is important to make sure you prepare a "shot list"  for your photographer to make sure all the "must haves" get taken.  There will be lots of candid and inspirational shots, but make sure you don't miss you photo op with granny!   Here is our list of suggested photos to take.  Also make sure you designate someone (either your planner or a family friends) to make sure the photos are taken who can check in with the photographer so you can ENJOY your day! 

Photos on Bima

Immediate Family
Immediate Family  + Grandparents
B’nai Mitzvah with each set of grandparents
B’nai Mitzvah with each set of aunt/uncles and their immediate family
Mom’s Family with B’nai Mitzvah (and mom/dad/siblings)
Dad’s Family with B’nai Mitzvah (and mom/dad/siblings)
Other Family/Friends shots
B’nai Mitzvah Reading Speech
Parent’s placing tallit on B’nai Mitzvah
Parent’s offering words of wisdom
B’nai Mitzvah and Clergy
B’nai Mitzvah holding Torah
B’nai Mitzvah receiving blessing from Clergy
B’nai Mitzvah reading from Torah
B’nai Mitzvah and immediate family gathered while reading Torah
Photos at Luncheon (optional)
Table Shots
B’nai Mitzvah Family with friends
Cocktail Hour
Candle Lighting (optional)
Father/Daughter – Mother/Dance
Adult Table Shots
All kids on dance floor posed for camera
Other key moments

**Julbilation has a many relationships with excellent photographers in the Central Florida area, call us today for a referral!**

Julie Begani
Julbilation Events

by Julie Begani on August 20th, 2013

There are many reasons it's important to hire the right professionals for your wedding.

First, to help your pinterest wall into reality that is unique and all about your style; second, to work within your deadlines and your budget; third, to bring their expertise and talent to the table; and last but most important to provide friendly, trustworthy customer service so you and your fiancée can have fun working with them. Luckily, with a little research and a few recommendations your dreams will become reality in now time because there are many many reputable wedding vendors that are at your service.

It's important to find people that are experienced at exceeding expectations, and the only fool-proof way to find them is through recommendation. You can choose to work with a seasoned wedding planner, like Julbilation- Events by Julie and take recommendations from our "tried and true" vendor list, or you can seek out recommendations you can trust from other wedding vendors, friends, family members, or co-workers.
To ensure you’re happy with your decisions:
Start looking on-line and in local magazines and resource guides for articles and information 
on wedding vendors in your area and see what jumps out at you. Tear out or print out relevant 
information.   Great suggestions to start -,, , or call/write Julbilation at 321.262.1148 or for our "tried and true" vendor list.

Contact the recommended professionals. Ask how long the businesses have been operating 
and how many weddings they’ve participated in. We think professionals need at least two full 
years in business and at least 10-15 weddings, b'nai mitzvahs, or other major events that include vendor management under their belt to be experienced enough to 
save you costly mistakes. 

Pay attention to how long it takes them to return any messages and how enthusiastic they 
seem about working with you. 

Ask for at least three recent client references and at least three professional references from 
companies they’ve worked with over the years, then check them. 

Meet with potential vendors in person when at all possible. See their photos, taste their 
cakes, and get an up-close idea of how you’ll work together. If you’re having a destination 
wedding you’ll need to trust your planner’s expertise or take extra care when checking 

Get everything in writing up front. Be sure the company has a plan to provide services in 
case of an emergency and to compensate you if the products or services are not delivered 
for any reason. 

Planning a wedding is supposed to be fun, not stressful for you and your fiance.  Make it fun by going on a date night to the restaurant you're rehearsal dinner will take place, plan a staycation at the hotel your guests will be staying, hop around town listing to the DJ's or bands you are interested in.  Most importantly if you feel overwhelmed, call Julbilation (321.262.1148 / and we can provide some consultation time and point you in the right direction if you want to handle all the details yourself. 

by Julie Begani on August 10th, 2013

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Location
What you need to know, whether you envision a chapel ceremony or a beachy bash.

3 Things to Consider

1. How many guests do you want, and how mobile are they?

Is your dream wedding small or a Broadway-worthy production? Your answer may determine the location. Why? Even though the day is about you, it’s also about your guests. How many out of town guests will you have?  Will you have an entire weekend of events or just one day? If relatives are elderly, can you expect them to make it safely to the beach? You won’t be able to please everyone, but consider making a concession or two if it means your loved ones will attend.

2. Do you want a religious ceremony?
Fifty-three percent of couples who wed in 2013 did so in a church.

A few things to consider:
A traditional religious ceremony may have to be held in a place of worship, on certain days or times, so be sure to ask up front. (In that case, book the date at your place of worship before you book your reception location.) Also, some religious establishments frown upon elaborate decorations or flowers as well as skin-baring dresses, so inquire about these details.  Most clergy want you to talk to them about possible dates, instead of saying "we are getting married on this date, will you do it?".  They are an integral part of your wedding, include them in the process. 

If you and your fiancé have different religious beliefs, consider having the ceremony at a neutral location, like a reception hall. Talk early on with both families about your decisions.
If organized religion does not play a role in your lives but you want to incorporate a spiritual element, consider hosting the ceremony in a natural setting, such as a beach or a park (Julbilation can pull necessary permits or negotiate rental fees)

3. How much work are you willing―or do you want―to take on?
Depending on the location, you may have to do some heavy lifting. Before you commit to an “I do”-it-yourself undertaking, weigh the pluses and minuses of these settings:

A unique location:  There are  many options in Orlando - Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, HIghland Manor, Mission Inn, Casa Feliz, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, and so many more.  These venues don't provide you with much except the wedding space so make sure to think about the extra help you may need coordinating the rehearsal and ceremony or who will make sure the vendors are arriving on time and setting up as requested?   Julbilation can help here - we can create a custom package for you that can include executing a you timeline to make sure your day perfect or working with you the entire way to create a stress free unique wedding for  you and your guests. 

A reception hall: The establishment usually has a one-size-fits-all feel, but its staff is probably well equipped to take care of the dirty work for you, which may include room setup and cleanup.  Make sure to ask about who will open the door for the bride or who will roll out the aisle runner just in time.  Julbilation's ceremony coordination may be just right for you if your hall provides setup for your reception and cocktail hour. 

Posted on June 25th, 2012

What to include in an amenity basket for your event

Don't leave your guests running to the drug store....

A wonderful touch to ensure your guest’s comfort is to include an amenity basket in the restroom. An amenity basket can solve a myriad of problems form a stopping a run in panty hose, provide head ache relief, sew on a button, freshen your breath, or soothe your throat from a cough.

When you walk through your venue ask if they provide or amenities basket and/or if they have a problem with you leaving one.  If you planb on creating the basket yourself, make sure there is enough room on the counter in the restroom when you do a walk through. You may need to bring a pedestal or small side table to place the amenity basket on if there is not enough space available .

A decorative hat box covered in ivory fabric, a cute container decorated to your theme, or even  sleek tray or basket will work. The following list is a great start to any amenity basket:


Lint brush
Deodorant spray (so we dont share the roll)
Hairspray (pump - non aerosal)
Individual mint hard candies/losenges
Clear nail polish
Various sizes of nude color panty hose
Alka seltzer individual packets
Band aids
Mouth wash and cups
Sewing kit
Feminine napkins
Anti static spray
Saline eye drops
Individually wrapped Tylenol
Bobby Pins/Hair Ties
Individual flossers
Suttle body spray

Deodorant spray
Hair Gel
Men’s cologne
Individual Tylenol
Alka Seltzer
Saline eye drops
Lint brush
Sewing kit
Mouth wash and cups
Band aids
Individual flossersIndividual flossers
Individual mint hard candies/losengesIndividual hard candies/losenges

Amenity basket contain items that will allow your guests to fix a mishap or become more comfortable and even better, most all of these items can be purchased in trial size from the dollar store.  Think of items that may come in handy throughout the evening, and remember to wait until the last moment to put it out. Often times the items disappear quickly. A scented candle, floral bouquet, nice hand soap and towels are a nice accompaniment.  

Posted on June 20th, 2012

The Jewish Ketubah
Traditional Hebrew wedding ceremonies begin with the bride and groom signing a marriage contract, called the Ketubah. The agreement, which once assured the bride's legal status, states the expectations and duties of the couple once they are married. This beautiful, ornate document will be framed and displayed in the couples' home.

Ketubah's can be purchased online or at a local temple gift shop.  There are many different types of ketubahs with a variety of design elements for all couples (interfaith, orthodox, egalitarian, etc).

After the couple have signed the Ketubah, the groom lowers his bride's wedding veil after studying her face. This wedding custom recalls the biblical story of Jacob, who married the wrong woman when she covered her face with a veil. 

In the Jewish tradition, the wedding ring should be simple, a band with no details, no stones, and nothing engraved, with nothing to distinguish the beginning from the end. The rabbi, groom, groomsmen, and Jewish male guests traditionally wear a white-colored cap called a yamulkes.

The Traditional Jewish Wedding Ceremony
The wedding ceremony begins with a procession of the wedding party members. At the wedding site, both sets of parents escort the bride and groom down the aisle. The marriage ceremony is performed under a special canopy, called a huppah, which represents God's presence, shelter and protection.

After exchanging wedding vows, seven marriage blessings are read. The groom then steps on a wine glass, to symbolize the fragility of human happiness, a hallmark of Jewish history. It is also traditional for the bride and groom to be alone together for a few moments immediately after the ceremony. This tradition, called yichud, originated so that the marriage could be consummated, but now it is observed as a lovely time to be together before the reception. There is rarely, therefore, a receiving line at a Jewish wedding.

Favorite Jewish Wedding Dances
Wedding receptions are joyous celebrations, with much singing and many traditional dances. A lively Israeli dance called the Hora is performed at the wedding reception. While they hold on to either end of a handkerchief, bride and groom are lifted into the air on chairs by their joyful guests, as they are celebrated as 'king and queen of the night'.

A lovely Jewish custom called the "Krenzl" -- which means 'crowning' honors the bride's mother when her last daughter is wed. The mother is seated in the center of the room and is crowned with a wreath of flowers, then all her daughters dance around her to a very lively Yiddish song. The Mizinke is a dance of celebration reserved for both parents who have just seen their last son or daughter married. The guests encircle the mother and father, while bestowing them with wedding flowers and kisses.

Another traditional dance is called "gladdening of the bride." All of the guests at the reception circle the bride while they dance and sing praises about her.

A Jewish wedding would not be complete without a sumptuous meal to satisfy the entire wedding party and guests.

Posted on January 17th, 2012

No Women Allowed:
Why do the girls get all the fun? The guys can get together for a pizza party and give stereotypical “guy” things like power tools. Another option is to have an outing, such as golfing or bowling, and give gifts based on these activities.

Seasonal/Holiday Shower:
Include gifts to get a couple started on decorations or other items used for special occasions. For example, if you have a summer theme, gifts could include lawn chairs, grilling utensils, tiki torches, citronella candles, a croquet set, a bocce ball set, etc.
Organizational Party:
For that Type-A bride that thrives on lists and bins, help her out with organizational items such as calendars, plastic bins, drawer organizers, hanging shoe bags, etc.

Around the Clock Shower:
Each guest is given a time of day (or hour of the day) to use as the basis for the gift they give. For example 8:00 am may give a toaster or coffeemaker, 6:00pm a frying pan or dishes, 9:00pm movies and popcorn, etc.
Lingerie Shower:
This party is appropriate when only women will be present. Gifts could include frilly nighties, boxers and t-shirts, lacy bras and panties, baby doll pajamas, bathrobes, and certificates for beauty treatments.

Game Night:
Guests could enjoy board games or even partake in a mock “newlywed game.” Gifts include different board games to start or add to the couple’s collection.
Travel Shower:
If the couple likes to travel, gifts can include travel guides, travel-sized toiletries, luggage, camera film, etc.

Wine & Cheese Tasting Shower:
Attendees are asked to bring two bottles of wine, one for tasting and one as a gift for the bridal couple. Toasts to the bridal couple are given by the guests as they sample the wine. The wine & cheese shower is most appropriate for couples who already have many items for their home and of course, enjoy wine.
Room-of-the-House Shower:
The host(s) provide the bride’s decorating style and color information with the invitations, and leave the rest to the guests.

Tea Party:
If the bride really enjoys tea, than this is the perfect opportunity to throw a party where all the women may sit around sipping tea and eating crumpets. Gifts could include specialty teas, tea cups, kettles, doilies, or just things off the registry.
Lingerie Shower: