Are you planning an Orthodox Jewish wedding? Finding the right venue is essential to creating a beautiful and meaningful celebration. At Crest Hollow Country Club, we understand how important it is to get everything just right. That’s why we’ve put together this blog on choosing the right Orthodox Jewish wedding venue. We hope to help make your search easier so that you can enjoy every moment of planning—and celebrating—your special day. Our event planning team can help.
Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue
The right venue for your Orthodox Jewish wedding must accommodate your traditions while providing the atmosphere, amenities, and services needed to make sure your day is perfect. Here are some tips for finding the perfect venue:
Start with the Basics
Before you start looking at specific venues, it's important to have an idea of your general needs, such as:
• The size of the venue
• The number of guests
• The time frame you’re considering
• Essential guests’ availabilities
• Any special requirements you might have
Once you have a good understanding of your general needs, you can start narrowing down your venue search.
Indoor vs. outdoor spaces
Would you like an indoor or outdoor wedding? Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it's important to think about what would work best for your wedding. An outdoor venue might be more scenic, but an indoor space would offer protection from bad weather. Often, traditional venues offer the best of both worlds with indoor and outdoor options, including dining rooms, dedicated spaces for your ceremony, and unique cocktail hour settings for a distinct feel with all the conveniences of a full-service reception venue.
Keeping it kosher
It goes without saying that it’s important to make sure that the food served at your Orthodox Jewish reception is kosher. This means that it must meet certain dietary laws as set out by Jewish religious authorities. Many catering companies will be able to provide kosher options, so be sure to ask about this when you're inquiring about preferred vendors. And, of course, our event planning team can connect you to our exclusive network of vendors who can help you coordinate all the additional details, including florists, photographers and videographers, DJs, and other vendors to coordinate special touches for your special day.
Significance and Traditions of an Orthodox Jewish Wedding
Orthodox Jewish weddings are steeped in tradition, signifying the joining of two individuals in a lifelong covenant. This traditional ceremony is often held under a canopy known as a chuppah. The bride and groom stand under the chuppah to symbolize the home they’ll build together. Other meaningful moments include the breaking of a glass (to commemorate the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem) and the “public beckoning” or separation of arriving guests into different rooms; male guests with the groom, female guests with the bride.
The Orthodox Jewish wedding venue you choose should be respectful of all the customs that mean so much to you and your families. It should be flexible with timing and allow for traditional elements to be celebrated.
Many popular venues get booked up well in advance, so it's important to start your search early. Once you have an idea of when you'd like to get married, contact potential venues and inquire about their availability on your chosen date.
Experience & reviews
Reading reviews of venues is essential to selecting an Orthodox Jewish wedding venue. Past couples’ experiences will help guide your decision-making and expectations. Reviews can provide insight into the quality of service that you can expect from a venue such as Crest Hollow, as well as reveal any potential issues or problems that might arise during planning or on the big day itself. Check reviews on Google, Wedding Wire, The Knot, and even social media sites like Facebook. It's one of the best ways to get an honest, objective opinion to help you evaluate your options.
Orthodox Jewish Wedding Venue on Long Island, NY
With all the information above in mind, you can be confident that you’ll make the right decisions for your big day—for yourselves and your guests. Schedule a tour of Crest Hollow Country Club. Located in Woodbury, NY, on Long Island's scenic North Shore, Crest Hollow sits on 24 lush acres and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venue spaces to help create the perfect Orthodox Jewish wedding, steeped in meaningful tradition—and will surely add a unique and memorable touch to your special day.