We provide an A-Z of Simchas, that no function throwing host should be without! Make sure you get your FREE tickets to Simchas Live @ Allianz Park on Sunday 22 March:
Allianz Park, the home of Saracens Rugby Club, is not only a haven for sports fans, but can cater for any sort of party, from small intimate gatherings to whopping receptions fitting 2,000 people.
A well-known entrepreneur – who must remain nameless – recently held a party at Allianz Park, going all out with ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ theme. All the staff dressed up as fairies and there was an impressive man-made tree as a centrepiece.
That wasn’t all there was to wow the guests, though – they could also play with driving and racing simulators and were sung to by the cast of London’s Mamma Mia.
Not too shabby! “We pride ourselves on our blank canvas space, giving clients the ability to completely theme the rooms,” an Allianz Park representative declares, and with epic past themed events, from a Monopoly evening to a Wimbledon wedding, we can see why.
What a gorgeous idea – have something really beautiful created from the glass that is smashed underfoot at your chuppah.
Jason Blair, the only Jewish glassblower in the country, will provide you with a special glass in your choice of colour (and there are loads to choose from) to use at the chuppah.
Six weeks later, he will present you with a Kiddush cup, vase, mezuzah cover or other artefact blown using the shards from that glass. This is a really special memory of your special day.
HAIR & MAKE-UP BY AMELIA
Too many cooks spoil the broth, so it’s perfect to have your hair and make-up done by the same person. Amelia will do a trial first so you can make those all-important decisions, and will do it all again for you on the day of your final dress fitting, so you can get the complete picture before the big day.
Using mainly Mac and Benefit products, Amelia can look after the whole wedding or bar/batmitzvah party. She also does hair extensions and supplies hair accessories.
07908 880769, email@example.com
Bringing the bar to you! Brothers Tom and Phil Sargent provide premium mobile bars and bartenders for all manner of events.
The cocktail mixologists have great experience and will work to your brief to create the perfect cocktail menu to reflect whatever you’re doing at your simcha. I
f your venue already has a bar, you can just hire the bartenders. Either way, you can be sure of great cocktails!
Kosher ingredients can be used if requested.
Beales Hotel is a modern, unusual establishment in Hatfield with contemporary design and the capacity for large parties of 300 people. Established in 2004, the hotel is family-owned, with the Beales family running hotels through three generations since 1964 (so you know they know what they’re doing!).
Best of all, you can even sneak up to your bedroom in the middle of your party to change your shoes and top up your make-up, as the venue holds 53 stunning modern bedrooms. It’s not too far from central London, either – so it’s perfect if you want a country wedding feel, but just a few miles from home.
Imagine a beautifully lit marquee, perfectly laid out with tables covered in pristine linen, polished cutlery and gleaming glasses – it can’t fail to enchant your guests.
Casablanca hire is the company behind London’s most prestigious weddings and bar/batmitzvahs because it creates the perfect setting for a perfect day, including marquees, gazebos, tables, chairs, cutlery, glasses, linen, catering equipment, flooring, staging, lighting, PA systems and even heating. And don’t worry if you think you have an awkward outdoor space – they’ll have a marquee or gazebo to suit you perfectly.
A fantastic range of chairs, tables, linen and accessories can make your event look beautiful and this company boasts of having London’s cheapest prices, too – backed by a price beat guarantee. Chair Hire has worked with major venues all across London and offers a superior service – with timed delivery slots, full set up and installation.
By allocating a dedicated account manager to each job, you receive that important personal service from the initial point of contact right through to the event itself. Chair Hire has one of the largest stock holdings of hire furniture in the UK and operates 365 days a year.
To celebrate being part of Simchas Live, Chair Hire is offering 15 percent off your furniture hire order.
Just use discount code ‘SIMCHAS15’ at quoting stage. Valid until 22.09.2015.
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel
The five star Chelsea Harbour Hotel is a swanky place to hold a simcha by anyone’s standards. With views of the River Thames and Chelsea Harbour, it’s a picturesque and luxurious location for a party. If you’re looking for an intimate place in which to hold an event, there are several small rooms available, but you can also go all out, with the hotel able to cater for weddings of up to 600 guests.
We all know how important those perfect wedding photos are, so it’s a good thing you’ve got the penthouse floor to provide a panoramic background for those family snaps over London.
There’s a dedicated function team to help you with everything from the decoration to the music, and you can be sure that your guests will be comfortable and chic in one of the hotel’s 158 luxury suites – each of which have an espresso machine to help you recove from your all-night party!
This fab venue in St Albans has had a multi-million pound refit to create a superb contemporary venue. It’s a London-style nightclub without the London price tag, and with venue hire starting at £3,000, hiring the place to make your function is surprisingly affordable. Arranged over three floors, there’s loads of space to create a dream event in really stylish surroundings. Kosher caterers are welcome.
CUPIDS CHAIR COVERS
Transform the appearance of the humble chair into a high class feature of your function.
Cupids Chair Covers provides a choice of luxury twill or lycra chair covers and a vast range of colour sashes in beautiful fabrics – not only the classic organza and taffeta, but also delicate lace in white or ivory for a vintage look and hessian for a natural, rustic theme.
Chairs can be glammed up even further with diamante buckles.
This St John’s Wood based florist specialises in cutting edge flower displays created with superb artistry – and has been doing so since 1937!
Classic wedding flowers in the palest pastels, dramatic barmitzvah flowers in a riot of colour or the coolest monochromes – it’s all possible and the attention to detail will blow you away.
EAGLE EYED BRIDE
Uniquely shaped luxury invitations and place cards will elevate your function from the simply fabulous to the seriously sensational. Eagle Eyed Bride creates stationery with a premium look and feel, with lots of hand-pressed foiling details.
It also offers many other items to make your simcha pretty, such as decorations and photo booth props.
Eagle Eyed Bride is a recommended stationery supplier at five star venues, such as St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, the Corinthia and the Dorchester Collection. If it’s good enough for them…
FOUR PAWS DESIGNS
Debbie Hicks at Four Paws Designs totally understands just how important the invitation is – it not only gets the ball rolling but it needs to convey a lot of information in a small space! Her experience and design expertise allows this information to be easily presented and creative at the same time.
Whether the invitation follows a specific theme or needs to match a colour scheme, she can carry the design across all aspects of the stationery.
This includes the invitation, RSVPs, thank you cards, place cards, escort cards, table plan, menu cards, table numbers, bencher book covers and signing boards.
Take a look through her amazing portfolio and she will design something equally fabulous for you.
PHOTOGRAPHER GRAHAM CHWEIDAN
“‘We click with people’ is my signature line and what I believe. Having a rapport with the people you are photographing is key and allows us to create perfect images as permanent reminders of all of your simchas. With more than 30 years of professional experience, your images are safe in our lens.”
Super stylish, uber chic yet beautifully timeless, InfiniCube preserves your chuppah glass inside an acrylic cube.
This is a wonderful memento of your special day and makes a superb wedding or first anniversary present.
The finest quality crystal clear acrylic is used to make a really stunning ornament that you will be proud to display in your home.
The couple’s initials and wedding date can be engraved on it.
Institute of Directors
The Institute of Directors is well known for being a popular business venue, with thousands of members and their guests visiting every week – but it’s also a brilliant place to hold a simcha, with the Grade I listed building holding from 10 to 400 people for your event.
Situated in Pall Mall, the building is just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and the West End, and all its rooms reveal impressive Regency architecture and elaborate works of art, adding a touch of elegance to your event.
You can even rent out the building exclusively for the whole weekend, something that can’t be said of the majority of central London venues, and the Institute prides itself on providing a range of pricing options to suit all budgets.
It’s not only a great place to hold your simcha, but it’s also been used in the past to film movies including The Dark Knight, Gandhi and Foyles War – cool or what?
On a magical day, it makes sense to have someone who can add a little more to the experience and that is James Anthony.
He will entertain your guests, both at the reception and in between their dinner courses.
Blending street-style magic a la Dynamo, with mindreading and mentalism, James is handsome, charming and the coolest bloke you’ll ever see with a pack of cards.
Call 07989 568-304 or visit jamesanthony.co.uk
JD PRESTIGE CARS
If you have dreamed of arriving at your wedding in a Rolls Royce Phantom, Continental Flying Spur, Bentley Mulsanne, or even a Hummer then you need to get in touch with JD Prestige Cars who have a fleet of luxury vehicles that will make your day go smoothly as only their wheels can.
Visit :jdprestigecars.co.uk or call 020 8384 0795
Surprise your guests with singing waiters and chefs who appear as if from nowhere to entertain and enthral.
This fabulous act, performed by West End soloists, can be tailor-made to a Jewish theme with song options including Tradition, To Life, Mazal Tov, Hava Nagila and many more.
The Jewish Museum is a truly unique place to hold a simcha, as Judith Vandervelde, its senior educator, will tell you. Her son, Sam, had his barmitzvah in the museum last year, and Judith compared the event to having a barmitzvah ‘at home’ as it has such an intimate feel – although it can still fit up to 150 people.
The family, which has roots in Liverpool, organised a Beatles tribute band and gave their guests bagels to take home – but, best of all, their family and friends were free to roam the museum while the party was going on, meaning the event was not just confined to one room and had an educational dimension.
Located in Camden, it’s a new, exciting and unconventional place for your party.
Finchley based House of Williams is headed by third generation jeweller Jonathan Williams.
Check out a magnificent collection of wedding and diamond rings, all at wholesale prices and available in any colour gold, plus in platinum and palladium too. Time to dig deep and start choosing!
0208 446 8538 firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN LEWIS, BRENT CROSS
The most popular Gift List service in the in the country, with good reason! It offers a huge range of products (up to 350,000) and the famous Never Knowingly Undersold price commitment means you can be sure of the best prices.
All gifts will be delivered together on a day to suit – this will give you something to look forward to after the honeymoon!
Once you’ve chosen your gifts (online or instore), the list can be managed online so you can add or delete items and see who has bought what.
Guests can buy online, instore or by phone. They also have the option to purchase gift vouchers.
JOHN CARTER FLOWERS
John Carter and his team of talented florists design settings that are utterly spectacular, focussed on natural beauty and style.
Whatever your theme, venue and budget, they will ensure that your guests are truly wowed – and that the designs are remembered long afterwards.
For wedding flowers think elegant London celebrations with delicate lily-of-the-valley and roses, or country venues with blousy peonies, stocks and lavender.
John’s passion and enthusiasm are evident in every element of his work – whether it’s a single buttonhole or a glamorously grand event.
KISHARON PRINT & DESIGN SHOP
No matter how big or small your Simcha, Kisharon’s bespoke print service can tailor all your stationery to your requirements. The Kisharon designers have an indepth understanding of all simcha requirements and can guide customers through the whole process. Kisharon has the unique distinction of creating employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities within the orthodox Jewish community.
It’s all about capturing the moment with Klass Klips photography and video and with a team of really experienced photographers and videographers you can be sure that nothing will be missed at your event. Whether you want ten cameras or just one you will enjoy the same level of personal service from Harish Patel and his team.
The invitation is the first step on the road to your simcha so you need to get it right!
Hundreds of designs for you to choose from ranging from classic invitations to contemporary ones with elements such as ribbons and diamantes added here and there plus cute pocket designs, plus table stationery to match.
KP EVENTS LIMITED
Kati and Mish will take all the stress out of organising your function because they will do it for you!
It’s a highly personal service, and they will work really closely with you to help you choose your venue, caterer, band, photographer, florist etc and liaise with them all to bring it all together.
Kati and Mish have been doing this for 15 years so have bags of experience and a large team of highly recommended suppliers. No job too small – if you want to organise it all yourself but just call on KP to be there on the night to run the show so you can relax, this is another service they offer.
Everything you need for all the entertainment at your function, plus marquee hire and licensed security guards. Mobile discos with professional DJs, bands and solo artists plus a whole range of fun entertainment – rodeo bull, LED lighting, plasma TV screens, casino tables and magicians. Tell them what you want and they will sort it.
PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID MORGAN
“What makes a great simcha picture? I would say emotional moments are key. The photo above is a good example of what I mean by that.”
David Morgan 07896 663834
Middle Temple Hall
This imposing venue, which can hold up to 300 people seated, has not only had its share of celebrity events (the blessing of Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt was held there in 2012), but has also served as the backdrop for famous movies, with the engagement scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary taking places in one of its corridors, as well as scenes from The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible 5, Downton Abbey and Pirates of the Caribbean.
But perhaps the hall’s most impressive event was its Harry Potter themed party, where it was transformed to look uncannily like the Great Hall, with candles hanging from the ceiling, all guests dressed in Hogwarts robes, headless and monster waiters, a Quidditch room with a themed bar, a palm reading/tea leaves room, a computer generated machine to pretend you are riding a broom and even a live owl brought in to fly around the room. Whatever your theme, Middle Temple can bring it to life like nowhere else.
Have you ever dreamed of getting married in a beautiful, elegant synagogue and then seamlessly walking to your wedding hall without the hassle of buses, taxis and parking? If so, then The Montcalm is for you.
Located seconds from Marble Arch Synagogue, the venue can fit up to 600 people, so there’s no need to worry about leaving out your great-aunt’s sister’s husband’s daughter.
Situated just by Hyde Park Corner and serviced by two grand marble reception areas and an opulent marble staircase, The Montcalm is a space sure to impress and delight your guests.
MR FOOD DESIGN
MR Food Design is as excited about your function as you are and brings knowhow and experience to the equation.
Chef Michael Rose has 25 years’ kosher catering and event experience.
Having satisfied the palates of many celebrities in his previous catering role at the BBC, Michael has no worries about keeping discerning Jewish guests happy!
Together with his team he creates the complete kosher catering and events experience that delivers a perfect and unique event every time.
Place Located on the Thames, the imposing One Whitehall Place is straight out of a glitzy movie, with doormen in top hats, an elaborate marble staircase, sparkling chandeliers and grand floor to ceiling windows.
The building is a living history book, its first stone having been laid by William Gladstone in 1884, and then served as home ever since to foreign embassies, the Ministry of Defence and even the secret services during the Second World War.
Part of the five-star Royal Horseguards Hotel, One Whitehall Place can hold wedding ceremonies in four rooms, whether the historic Whitehall Suite with its double-height ceilings or the more intimate River Room. And there’s no need to worry about anything going awry, as the venue provides you with your very own dedicated wedding planner to take care of every minuscule detail.
Add a little soul to your simcha by hiring Paris Ruel to perform. A versatile soul singer, performer and song writer, Paris can adapt to many styles including funk/soul, jazz, blues and rock.
He has played numerous well-known venues and appeared on TV.
You may already know Paris as the resident musician at Shaka Zulu, and he is widely known for his amazing falsetto, soulful vocals and natural charisma.
As well as performing solo, Paris provides quality entertainment ranging from a duo up to a full-size band.
PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL LANG
“A great simcha picture captures the essence of the event, whether that is a beautifully posed image or a moment caught candidly.”
Paul Lang 07711 096939
PHOTOGRAPHER GART PERLMUTTER
“I believe that a great simcha photo should capture both a unique moment and also show the emotion of the moment. When not photographing simchas, I photograph and teach what is known as ‘street photography’. This is all about capturing candid moments on the street that require both a trained eye and fast reactions on the part of a photographer. Both are attributes that I bring to my simcha photography.”
Gary Perlmutter 07773 322221
Lucy Barnett is new to the invitation market and can offer original designs ( very very quirky ideas) that no one else has seen yet). A professional graphic designer who spent the last 12 years working as an art director on fashion glossies such as Marie Claire, Red and Condé Nast Brides, and many more, Lucy loves to send an invitation
Call 07740 199 246 or visit www.rsvplucy.com
With 12 years of experience in executive kosher catering and event management at London’s five star hotels, Stephanie Rose has identified a gap in the market and gone all out to fill it with Salt Caterers.
Dynamic front and back of house teams all come from the five-star corporate and hotel field and their mission is to bring first class restaurant-style food into kosher banqueting.
Salt Caterers will be circulating a delicious snapshot of canapés at the show to whet your appetite, plus selling a selection of bagels and salt beef sandwiches.
Sheraton Skyline Hotel
Minutes from Heathrow airport, the Sheraton Skyline Hotel can accommodate up to 320 guests and prides itself on helping with everything, from the choice of flowers to discounted accommodation rates for wedding guests.
It’s a perfect choice of venue if you’ve got many foreign visitors – there’s no need for them to hop on the Heathrow Express or wait eons for a taxi! The venue will even roll out the red carpet for your guests’ arrival, so it’s glamorous from the word go.
SHELTON OIL PORTRAITS
Lovely as photos are, there is nothing like a real portrait to capture the memory of how a couple looked together on their special day and artist Anthony Shelton is the man for the job.
Based in Weybridge, Surrey, Anthony specialises in family and wedding portraiture for posterity. A perfect gift.
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Ottolenghi and JW3 at Zest have brought sunny, colourful Middle Eastern cuisine to the UK and now we even want it at our functions.
Shuka takes all those beautiful dishes that work so well in Tel Aviv, gives them a high-end, London twist and serves them at your simcha. Authentic elevating flavours and combinations plus expert culinary knowledge combine to create something special.
All menus and dishes are bespoke – the Shuka team listens to each client’s wishes and vision for their perfect event and then delivers!
SLIDING VINYL DJS
Is 20,000 songs enough for your function?!
That’s how many Sliding Vinyl DJs have on tap for your guests to dance to.
The smartly dressed team is expert at judging the right music for the audience, but you can have the freedom to choose as much of it as you wish; they are also receptive to requests on the night.
Sliding Vinyl DJs have played alongside Bryan Adams, The Sugababes, Lionel Richie, Jools Holland, Eric Clapton and Diana Ross at some of the UK’s leading venues and international nightclubs including Pacha, Space and the Ministry of Sound.
Having a beautifully creative and totally delicious candy buffet at your function will make you the most popular host in town!
Sweetie Factory has got posh pick ‘n’ mix down to an art form with stunning displays tailored to the style of the function. Beautiful apothecary jars, crystal dishes and even vintage vanity cases are just a few of the vessels and props used to theme the display.
It can be beautifully feminine or coolly contemporary as you wish, and designed to work with any colour scheme. Kosher sweets can be used.
The UK’s leading lit table centre and event styling company is continually developing and utilising new technology to bring the wow factor to functions.
The MOBOs and the Sony Radio Awards have used Table Art and so can you! Products are designed and manufactured in-house so if you want to customise one of over 40 stock designs or have a completely bespoke item this can all be done.
There is also a range of complete styling packages including the unique and innovative Dream Circus (see website for details).
THE HIT SQUAD
The ultimate music and lighting package for your function, with a magician, balloon artist and party photography all included at a phenomenal price.
Jezz Baker has years of experience in making a function look and sound terrific and keeping everyone thoroughly entertained.
This really is your one-stop shop for setting your party to life.
THE LONDON BALLOON BOUTIQUE
Nothing puts the fun and festive element into a function like a balloon display and The London Balloon Boutique does it really well.
Founder Kelli has even travelled to a balloon convention in the United States to seek out new ideas and inspiration!
Table features, entrance displays and wall coverings can all be done to suit your theme.
TIGGITY BOO STATIONERY
A hugely happy name for a company that specialises in creating unique, individually designed stationery and accessories.
The invitations they make for you will give your guests a first glimpse of the style or theme of your wedding and the possibilities are truly endless.
So whether you want something quintessentially traditional, stylishly vintage or gorgeously glam, they can create the perfect stationery for you.
Tiggity Boo also caters for corporate and charity events, christenings, birthdays, balls, galas and parties.
TREASURE ON THE WALL
A photo collage is a unique way of capturing life’s special moments and occasions.
Treasure on the Wall takes your photos, professionally enhances, restores and crops them and then places them into your chosen collage design (there are lots to choose from).
Handmade with love, care and attention, this is the perfect gift or personal statement piece for your walls.
UNITED SYNAGOGUE KOSHER CATERER FINDER
Did you know that there’s a team at the United Synagogue that can help you find the perfect kosher caterer for your event?
There are more than 50 KLBD licensed caterers to choose from, and whatever the size, style or budget for your function, each one provides great service, high-quality food and excellent value. This service is completely free!
Loraine Young 07538 794 898 firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDDING LETTER HIRE
This is a great idea – a range of beautiful illuminated 5ft letters to light up your function! You can add bling and sparkle to the venue with individual letters or whole names and there are even vintage letters to create 1920s chic if that’s more your style. Any word or phrase can be created and there are also numbers for special birthdays.