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Just a few generations ago, bas mitzvah parties were unheard of. What sparked the change, what poskim have to say about it, and meaningful ways to mark the occasion.
For the chassan and kallah, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But for those who work behind the scenes — or in the forefront — to make the wedding happen, it’s a nightly occurrence. What’s it like being part of someone else’s very important day, again and again and again? How do these professionals keep the experience fresh and meaningful? And, with hundreds of wedding behind them, what can they tell us about this momentous event?
Sometimes the kol sasson and kol simchah of two families being joined metamorphose into voices so heated and loud that none of the joy can be heard. How can mechutanim avoid the bumps along the path to the chuppah and share a close relationship despite their differences? What can both sets of parents do to guarantee that when they meet at the wedding hall their mazel tovs aren’t spiked with underlying tension?