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‘Blue Lagoon’ Honeymoon

By Elyse Glickman

November 16, 2012 | 2:16 pm

Fiji offers an isolated paradise for destination weddings and honeymoons. Photo by Elyse Glickman

Islands and honeymoons are a time-tested match made in heaven. Perhaps that’s why so many newlyweds flirt with Fiji, a gorgeous archipelago nation in the South Pacific. 

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  • Jewelry District tips

    by Sophie Golub, Contributing Writer

    November 16, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Whether you are hoping to find that perfect engagement ring or a nice pair of diamond earrings, the Los Angeles Jewelry District can cater to those needs.

    With approximately 5,000 wholesale and retail jewelry shops and nearly 30 multistory buildings all within a six-block area on...

  • Cost-conscious weddings back in style

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 18, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    Lavish weddings featuring guest lists upward of 500 people were seemingly de rigueur in Southern California’s Iranian-Jewish community just five years ago. But the growth of six-figure simchas strained middle-class families, leading some couples to either call off a wedding or...

  • Over-the-top nuptials an Israeli specialty

    by Michele Chabin

    July 18, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Born into a poor Moroccan immigrant family that settled in the development town of Dimona, Yardena Ovadia always dreamed of giving her daughter a fairy-tale wedding.

    A millionaire who made a fortune doing business in New Guinea, Ovadia spent almost $2 million on the Venetian-themed...

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  • The unconventional dress

    by Lisa Alcalay Klug

    May 15, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    After Talya Ilovitz (née Strauss) got engaged, the hunt for a dress for her Orthodox wedding felt endless. She never imagined her best option would be a sleeveless white cocktail dress a few sizes too big. But after searching widely, every other possibility was either too expensive...

  • The bachelor party grows up

    by Elyse Glickman, Contributing Writer

    May 15, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    There are many things that come to mind when the words “bachelor” and “party” are said in the same breath, and often the sum of this equation is not pretty.  Despite Hollywood’s depiction of this rite of passage as a final gasp of protracted adolescence (from the Tom Hanks...

  • Garden wedding in Israel

    by Michelle Chabin, Contributing Writer

    March 14, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    When Miriam Sushman and her then-fiancé, Owen, were planning a summer wedding, they searched for an outdoor venue that would reflect their love of nature. 

    “Israel is such a beautiful country, and I couldn’t imagine not getting married outdoors if the weather was nice. Also,...

  • Marriage, family pressure and Jewish geography

    By Pini Herman

    March 14, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    What is the difference between a pit bull and a Jewish Mother? The pit bull eventually lets go.

    It’s an old joke, but one that speaks to the role of familial connections among Jews, which play a large role in how we consider the Jewish geography of weddings and marriage. Where...

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