Last week I experienced my first virtual Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Unfortunately, given the current circumstances, young children cannot celebrate their special occasions in a traditional way. Despite parties being canceled or postponed, some ceremonies can still be executed by doing them virtually. To be honest, I was very skeptical about doing the ceremony virtually, but in my heart I wanted to make this a memorable and special event.
I wanted for Yvonne to experience a unique day. To feel like a queen. I made the call to Yvonne’s father and he was thrilled to meet and listen to the alternative options we had to offer. It was an interesting experience. Time consuming, yes (since stores are all pretty much closed), but the vendors involved were amazing. Together (the family and I) as a team, had to come up with creative ideas in having to deal with social distancing and regulations. We are still all learning about what we can do in these cases so there were a few challenges. My big joy was the day of the ceremony; to see the smile and happiness of the girl, and her amazing performance. During her Alia la Torah, light rays struck her face. This was a picture that was worth a thousand words. She wasn’t at the synagogue, but God’s presence was felt. I wanted for her to feel the celebration as much as possible. I couldn’t let my frustration let her down just because I wouldn’t be able to work for several months. I should admit that it was a little weird. We were going to have to do several things differently, such as organizing the seating to be at a distance from each other with masks, but we all got excited with the fact that Yvonne will still have a beautiful ceremony. We realized how easy it used to be when you have everything accessible and you have suppliers that make your life much easier. When you have such a big selection of stores that can offer whatever you dream about to help you bring the client’s vision to life. Yet we still found a way.
All aspects were taken into consideration, and this is what we did to put the ceremony together:
After the ceremony, Yvonne returned to her home studies. I really wanted to spoil her and continue her celebration. During the day she got two deliveries, her favorite drink- bubble tea, and a beautiful cake stand with cupcakes, cake pops, macaroons and much more. Her huge smile and happiness were truly satisfying and joyful. Although this experience was new, challenging, and time consuming, it was very well worth it, as every child deserves to celebrate their milestones in a special way. We all worked as a team, taking into consideration all the restrictions; social distancing, using masks and making sure everything was as clean as possible.
I am sharing my story to you in order to encourage other families to continue planning their kids’ ceremonies. Don’t hesitate, god-willing we can still celebrate our loved ones with a big party in the near future, and we can still be creative and put something fun together that can still be safe. On a personal level as an event planner, my role is to re-invent the industry and educate clients under these new circumstances. Everything is possible but in a different way. It is complicated, and the celebrations will be smaller in scale, but they will still be emotional and special. We must go above and beyond, every child deserves it.
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