Congratulations, you've decided to tie the knot in Israel. Let's say you
are 12 months prior to the event and you are at the stage of finding
your perfect venue. If you are local and most of your guests are from
the same area, you will probably find yourself a venue nearby. If your
guests come from two different geographical areas, it's best to look for
"something in the middle" – not too far away from both sides.
But what if you are coming from overseas?
this is the case, the location of your wedding determines not only the
mood (rustic, sophisticated, beach), but also the overall vibe. As
Jerusalem has many locations to offer and Tel Aviv as well. Having the
wedding in these touristy cities will make the life of your guests
easy. There are various levels of hotels and plenty to see and do
there. If you wish to have a desert and beach combo wedding, Eilat,
being a vacation city, will suit you well.
But if you choose to
have it somewhere else (for instance, on the coastline north of Herzylia
or south of Tel Aviv) you should think about alternative accommodation
options for your guests and the distance from prime hanging out
Set the date
you want to have an outdoor wedding, the best months are June and
September. If you choose a location that includes both indoor and
outdoor areas you may want to broaden the period to April-June or
September-November. Unfortunately, the best weather tends to correlate
with the tourist season, when there are typically crowds and higher
rates all around. If you choose to marry during high season (Passover
and Succot), you’ll want to reserve hotel blocks and venues immediately
and send out save-the-dates 10 to 12 months in advance so guests can
book their flights and accommodation before prices skyrocket.
in mind that the summer in Israel is hot and humid in July and August,
which can be uncomfortable for guests who are not used to this kind of
weather, and of course take into account the Jewish laws forbidding
marriage during certain dates and Israeli memorial days.
guests are either in college or have children who study in school, you
should check holidays and exam schedules before you set your wedding
When to invite
need to give your guests as much advance notice as possible so they can
allocate holiday time, ask for time off work, get the best travel deals
(the earlier they book, the cheaper it will be) and make any childcare
For these reasons it is important that you send out
save-the-dates nine to twelve months in advance. Formal invitations
should follow at least two or three months before the wedding.
always a good idea to set up a wedding website to keep guests up to
date with details. Let them know if you’ve set aside blocks of hotel
rooms and how to book them, what the itinerary of the event will be,
what to pack and so on. Only give them the info they need and save some
surprises for the trip.
Caring for your guests
sure your guests have all the information they need to get the most out
of their visit to Israel. Hannah Blustin, founder of Pomegranate
Travel, luxury and tailor-made Israel experiences, advises "With the
recent proliferation of boutique hotels, to-die-for restaurants,
visitor-friendly wineries, and the unearthing of new historical and
archaeological sites, times have never been better to show off the
country you love in style. This is your chance to inspire your
international guests, many of whom might not have been to Israel for
years, or perhaps ever. For wedding parties, we often arrange guest
trips with stays at hidden gems of hotels, and highlight the cultural
and geographical diversity of the country, leaving people blown away by
the energy and abundance of this tiny place."
Arrange for a van or bus to pick your guests up from the airport and shuttle them to the hotel.
is a nice gesture to book at least one excursion or activity. For
instance, a guided day trip to Jerusalem and the northern Dead Sea could
be a good idea if you're based in Jerusalem.
Another option is
an afternoon in Jaffa and South Tel Aviv, a preferred junction where
east meets west and history merges with the present. It could also be a
good idea to organize a walking guided tour of Neve Tzedek or the area
around Rothschild Boulevard.
If you or your friends want to
explore the developing culinary scene try booking culinary walking tours
in the markets or have a fun morning/afternoon in an Israeli cooking workshop.
your guests are here for the weekend, why not put on a traditional
Friday night dinner so they can observe the uniqueness of Shabbat in
You might consider booking tickets to the night
spectacular at the Tower of David (Jerusalem) or an evening of Karaoke
in the new Plugin club (Tel Aviv).
If you are all staying in one hotel you should reserve lounging chairs by the pool for a morning get together swim and brunch.
Be sure to include warm and welcoming touches (and plenty of fun aside from the wedding) to keep guests happy.
together welcome bags. Offer things like a map and a list of local
attractions, an itinerary for wedding-related activities as well as
bottles of water and snacks for the room. Toss in some fun stuff too
such as flip-flops, towels, beach mattresses, visors, Matkot (if you are
near the beach), sunscreen and even a spa gift certificate.
Who is paying?
one is going to expect you to pay for their travel. You should only pay
for the wedding and any other events that you arrange. If you do
arrange something and invite guests, it’s proper destination wedding
etiquette to cover the costs of that event as well as transportation.
on a wedding in Israel is a sure-fire success for a memorable day that
you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. It is well worth the
extra planning to make it all perfect for the couple and their guests.
Eldar is the owner of SIGNATURE EVENTS boutique which specializes in
weddings and special events. With over 18 years of experience she brings
you interesting insights when coming to plan your dream event in