A Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah are Statements, Not Just a Party

A bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is an important life cycle event in the life of a Jewish family. It’s a day when both family and community come together to witness the child’s statement that he or she is ready to take on new levels of responsibility. The bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah invitation should therefore reflect not just the party, but the importance of this statement in the life of the young adult as well.

What Makes This Child Special?

When parents and I meet, I try to get a sense about their child’s personality and style. Who is this young person? What is he or she like? What makes this child tick? What are his or her interests and hobbies, and where does this child excel? How involved is he or she in Jewish life? Since the bar/bat mitzvah invitation is the first thing a guest sees about this special teenager, it’s important to make a good impression and get them excited about the upcoming event.

What Does Your Important Day Look Like?

When designing the bar/bat mitzvah invitation, it’s important to understand the family’s level of observance. Some families are more traditional, and the focus of the day is on the ceremony. Other families want to get right to the party, with good reason. Either way, the invitation should reflect both the child’s and the family’s personalities. It’s important to understand if the ceremony and party are going to be simple or elaborate, traditional or contemporary, at a local venue or a destination event, a large party or an intimate affair. All of these elements go into the design. The mitzvah invitation not only reflects the child, but should reflect the ceremony and celebration as well.

We Will Make the Invitation Come Alive

When thinking about the design elements of the invitation itself, there are countless possibilities that can reflect the child and family’s personal senses of style and taste. Metallic and shimmer papers add elegance. Suede paper can show a teenager’s soft side. Ribbon and other adornments can reflect a sense of excitement and fun. Layering different papers can show that the child has different sides to his or her personality.

The Beauty Is In The Details

Perhaps the most important way to make a statement on an invitation is through font selection. A font can say “whimsical,” “feminine,” “masculine,” “refined,” or any one of many other descriptions. Careful and thoughtful placement of fonts is essential to setting the mood of the invitation. I have hundreds upon hundreds of fonts to choose from, and each portrays a different feeling and state of mind.

Your Special Day Begins With The Invitation

Your bar or bat mitzvah begins as soon as your guests open their invitations. It sets the mood, creates expectation and builds excitement for your special day. Start planning your special day now. Email me at marlene (at) invitationmaven.com and let’s get started!