Mayan and Mola’s micro Jewish wedding in the face of COVID-19 | Photo by Jossef Si
In these uncertain times, one thing we’re finding really comforting is seeing how all strands of the wedding community are coming together to support each other. We see it every single day in our Brides Club, and we’re seeing it in all the new initiatives our wonderful Smashing The Glass Recommended Vendors have come up with to help couples whose weddings have been affected by the pandemic.
A digital change-of-date design by Liv & Luc
There’s no denying that this is a challenging time, but the outpouring of generosity we’re seeing these days is so heartwarming, and we want to share with you some of the creative ways vendors are working to help couples make the best of this difficult situation.
Kristin and Bryan‘s ketubah by The Ketubah | Photo by Perfect Circle Photography
Change the Date
A stunning suite of wedding stationery by E.Y.i. LOVE
If coronavirus has forced you to postpone your wedding, you may as well inform your guests in style. And luckily, a bunch of our wonderful stationers agree – and they want to help!
E.Y.i. LOVE – one of the finest bespoke luxury wedding stationers around – are offering a free digital design service to couples who need to let guests know they’ve been forced to postpone their weddings. If that’s you, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How cheery is this floral change of date card from Papier?!
Papier has a wonderful range of change-of-date or postponement cards – whatever your style, whether sleek and modern, whimsical, using a photo from your engagement shoot – they’ve really got all tastes catered for.
Liv & Luc are also providing complimentary digital save-the-date designs. They’ll pop your names and date into one of four gorgeous templates, and you can even mix and match your preferred colors and fonts. If you’d like one, get in touch and they’ll get you set up.
Malka Klein has created a free digital file for couples to download to announce that they’re rescheduling or postponing their weddings, and she’ll even add your names in calligraphy.
Dresses at Your Doorstep
A Berta gown from The Wedding Club | Photo by David Pullum from Salena and Stefan’s wedding
The Wedding Club, one of London and Birmingham’s very finest bridal boutiques – and a favorite among STG brides -have made a selection of sample sale dresses available for delivery right to your doorstep, available to purchase via email – perfect for any bride finding herself in need of a dress ASAP during this time of self-isolation whether it’s due to manufacturing delays or because you’ve had to move your wedding date up. The range of gowns on offer includes pieces from Pronovias, Berta, and many, many more. For more info and to see the styles and sizes currently available, email email@example.com
Take Away, but Make It Gourmet
Adam Nathan’s delectable canapés for Bethany and Gavin‘s wedding | Photo by Voyteck
Adam Nathan Catering – one of our very favorite London-based kosher-style caterers – has risen to the present challenge of, in his own words, “having to create new businesses overnight” by temporarily pivoting from events catering to home delivery. Yes, this London-based kosher-style caterer is now bringing his delectable Middle Eastern-inflected dishes right to your (UK) doorstep – at very reasonable prices. And it’s all kosher-style (so no meat+dairy), using kosher meat. Plus, everything’s freezable, so you can buy in bulk and save for later.
A gorgeous watercolor by Malka Klein
There’s nothing like a creative outlet for keeping stress down, and that goes doubly at a time like this. And we love that some of our vendors are providing opportunities for us to tap into our artistic sides.
Malka Klein, a mega-talented artist and calligrapher, is offering her Watercolor Calligraphy 101 Skillshare online course FREE (plus access to all other Skillshare classes!) for the next two months. What better way to spend quarantine than by picking up a new skill, right?! Plus, part of Malka’s aim with this course is to show everyone – yes, even those of us who know we’re “bad at art” – the relaxation and mindfulness art brings. Sounds like just what we need right now.
If you’re looking for something a little lower key – say, adult coloring therapy – ketubah designer the Ketubist has turned some of her past papercuts into free printable coloring books (including one that’s Passover-themed)! Find them (and be wowed by founder Talia’s artistry) on her site.
Lian and Amir‘s Enya Keshet ketubah purchased from Ketubah.com | Photo by Luz Weddings
So many of our amazing ketubah designers are working hard to make sure couples who’ve had to postpone weddings – or may be considering doing so – can keep their Jewish marriage contract stress-free.
For starters, online ketubah emporium Ketubah.com is offering to reprint ketubot free of charge with a revised date for those who need it. We’ve long been fans of Ketubah.com for their fantastic range of designs and top-notch customer service, and their response to coronavirus is no exception.
A beautiful ketubah by the Ketubist – see how the text is a separate component?
The Ketubist is also working to help couples whose wedding dates are now looking uncertain: they’ve created a seamless system involving replaceable ketubah text, where multiple versions can be prepared and sent out to the couple for them to swap in and out as appropriate.
Stephanie Caplan of The Ketubah created this anniversary piece using the text of a Rumi poem read at the couple’s wedding
The wonderful Stephanie Caplan, the artist and calligrapher behind The Ketubah, is now creating ketubot with the date left blank for couples whose wedding dates are now up in the air. In Stephanie’s own words, “It can be grounding to have one thing to say, yes, we are getting married!” and she’s here to make sure your ketubah can be that thing.
Stephanie is also applying her epic calligraphy skills to pieces like a couple’s vows, or a poem read at the wedding – these make the most incredible anniversary gifts! Check out some of her recent creations here.
Malka Klein is also providing ketubot without dates, and she’s making some of her designs available digitally so you can have them printed locally.
Calligraphy by Malka Klein
Malka Klein is also a calligrapher – and she’s offering digital calligraphy that couples can print on to labels and mail out to guests to give their envelopes that special personalized touch despite these times of social distancing.
Shelly and Harel‘s wedding, planned by Craspedia Events |Photo by Noa Magger
Wedding planner Yana of Craspedia Events is offering STG readers getting married in Israel who are postponing their weddings – or looking at potentially postponing – a free 40-minute consultation where couples can ask her any and all questions relating to postponement and get Israel-specific feedback from a professional perspective.
Isolating in Harmony
Judaica through the Mail
Looking to beautify your home, since it’s likely now the place where you’re spending 99.9% of your time? With UK-based online shop Contemporary Judaica, you can order the most stunning Judaica, all without breaking social distancing. We’re in love with their gorgeous lineup, and we bet you will be too.
Have you had a vendor go the extra mile for you when it comes to managing coronavirus-related wedding complications? Let us know in the comments!