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    How to Build Your Jewish Wedding Registry

    Ready to start your Jewish Gift registry? Click here.

    So you're planning the Jewish wedding of your dreams. Mazel tov! It's never too early to put together your Jewish registry. It's one of the most fun parts (besides cake testing. Mmmm, cake.) 

    Jewish Wedding Registry

    But where do you start? First of all, don't browse alone. Bring your fiance and shop together! These should be gifts you both love. Also, think of the long-term. While you may still go over to your Aunt Rebecca's house for Passover Seder now, down the road you may want to host with your own children. Invest in gorgeous Judaica now that you'll have for years. Your guests want to get you something special that will remind you of them every time you use it. Now, what to get?

    Start with these essentials:


    Shabbat - we usher in the Jewish Sabbath by lighting candles and blessing the wine and challah. 

    apples and honey

    Rosh Hashanah - we dip apples in honey for a sweet New Year!

    Lasercut Vine Seder Plate in Black

    Passover - we commemorate the Jewish exodus from Egypt with a Seder (order) meal


    Hanukkah - we light the menorah and play dreidel to commemorate the miracle of the Maccabee's oil lasting 8 days

    Jew Steel Mezuzah

    Other Judaica


    Ready to start your Jewish registry? Start here.
     
    If you have any questions at all, message or call us!

    Top 10 Cool Jewish Wedding Gifts

    Jewish Wedding Gifts

    Wedding season is in full effect! We love love here at ModernTribe and for any couple beginning a new Jewish life together, there are certainly essential items that make perfect Jewish wedding gifts. We've rounded up our Top 10 Jewish Wedding Gift Ideas - both the useful and the fun!

    Shop all wedding gifts here.


    A gift card to ModernTribe in a lucky increment of 18 also makes a great gift! 18 is the numerical equivalent of the Hebrew word "chai" meaning "life"!

    A beautiful, personalized Jewish wedding gift. The text reads: "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." They will cherish this forever!


    challah board
    Gifts for Shabbat are the perfect traditional wedding present, and this modern yet classic wood challah board from Nambé brings a whimsical joyousness to your Shabbat table!


    Marriage is all about compromise, but sometimes you want to throw your hands in the air and say Oy Vey! This pillow is perfect for the couple with a sense of humor.


    For the couple that loves to host!  The pomegranate-shaped trivet is filled with blooming wildflowers of Israel. Pretty enough to keep on a table all year!

    In silver or black, starting at $165. Shop the  Blooming Pomegranate Trivet by Melanie Dankowicz here!

    kiddush cup kate spade
    How stunning is this kiddish cup by Kate Sapde? A classic gift with a modern design and a funky green color.


    Smashing the glass is a traditional part of a Jewish wedding ceremony, and we have lots of gift options for couples wanting to preserve the shards. But these handmade Joy Stember Shabbat candlesticks are one of our favorites, and an opportunity to create a family heirloom to be passed down for generations.


    Bless the couple with joy and happiness, love and friendship. A mezuzah blesses the home and this acrylic design is a sentimental gift that any Jewish couple will treasure.


    For the minimalist couple! This Shalom panel wishes them a lifetime of peace. 


    menorah
    Hosting Jewish holidays is all part of starting a new life together. This travel menorah can come with you and is a fresh design that's designed and made in Israel.


    And the number one cool Jewish gift is...Moon Path Shabbat Candlesticks by Israeli designer Laura Cowan! We love how these candlesticks can also be used as candy or nut dishes and are based on the movement of the moon. Kind of romantic, right?

    DIY Jewish Wedding Invitations by Lucy Foley Exclusively at ModernTribe.com

    Moderntribe Jewish Gifts is proud to bring modern design to Jewish weddings with invitations with our DIY Jewish Wedding Invitations by graphic designer Lucy Foley exclusively on Moderntribe.com.

    Each of the three design templates: star, tree and dove - are unique interpretations of Jewish motifs that can be downloaded by the DIY bride to make everything from invitations to place cards to menus. The editable templates include matching invitations, RSVP cards, place cards, favor tags, table numbers, program/menu, accommodations, and directions cards.

    All that is required to make your Jewish wedding stationary is a computer, printer, and your chosen paper. Download the templates, edit the text, including the font type & color, and print.Instructions are included and we are here to help if you need us!

    Yes, You Can Register for Judaica for Your Jewish Wedding

    You know your parents' friends are going to buy you Judaica anyway... you might as well get what you want!

    You're engaged, you're planning your wedding, and at least one of you is Jewish. So when you have some downtime from choosing the caterer or finding an officiant, you can do something fun for yourselves - register! And the best part is that registering for gifts for a Jewish wedding can take on a new dimension. Sure, you'll request the basics: crystal, china, towels, a bread machine. But also can take this opportunity to suggest that friends and family help you start out your new life as a Jewish couple with some beautiful Judaica that you may even want to pass down to your children someday...or at least some items that you'll be proud to display in your home during the holidays.

    First, take inventory of what you already have.

    Did you already get a kiddush cup for Shabbat dinner at your bar or bat mitzvah? Do you have a set of candlesticks from your great-grandmother that you already prefer to use to light holiday candles? Or are you starting out fresh and need everything and anything that is available?

    Next, make a list of the holidays that are most important to you.

    Which ones will you really want to celebrate in style, year after year? Then research places offer the Judaica that fits your style and that allow you to create a registry that can be sent to family and friends.

    For what items would you register?

    A sample registry for a Jewish couple just starting out will likely include:
    • A seder and matzah plate for Passover
    • A menorah for Hanukkah
    • Some decorative dreidels and other items for Hanukkah
    • A kiddush cup for use on Shabbat
    Candlesticks for use on Shabbat and other major holidays
    • One or more mezuzahs
    • Decorative items such as groggers for Purim
    • An apple and honey plate for Rosh Hashanah

    Tip: Include a variety of prices.

    The important thing with any registry is to give your guests items for any price range. Feel free to add some extravagant items just in case one person is feeling generous or a group of your friends want to chip in for one big gift, but make sure to also select some smaller, simpler items. This is your opportunity to ask for Judaica that matches your personal style, so choose carefully. Have fun - and mazal tov!

    More In Search of a Jewish Wedding Brand That Doesn't Suck


    Copyright Allebach Photography

    Continuing from yesterday's post, here are some other resources I found in my search for independent bride imagery. Bust Magazine, the magazine of record for the indi-woman, in which we advertise ModernTribe, sponsored an event called Unbridaled in Philadelphia on January 10th. Now, this is the kind of wedding expo I wish was around when I was planning my wedding. If you live in Philly, they have a list of Unbridaled vendors for you to check out: everything from independent bakeries, florists, photographers, dress designers, stationary designers -- all, I assume -- who will cater to your off-beat style and won't try to sell you bows and roses (unless, that's what you want, of course).

    I clicked through some of the photographers and was most impressed with Allebach Photographers (a photo of theirs above) whose style is definitely edgy even when they aren't shooting tattooed brides (although, this seems to be a favorite of theirs and they have a blog for photographs of their tattooed brides.)

    Also, somehow I found myself here at Offbeat Bride whose tagline is "Alter your thinking." Ariel Meadow Stallings, the founder of the site, has a book too: Offbeat Bride: Tafetta free alternatives for Independent Brides and an alternative community to The Knot: Offbeat Bride Tribe.