There are many explanations out there for why a bride and groom break a glass during a Jewish wedding ceremony. Some say that doing so symbolizes the permanence of marriage, because as long as the glass remains broken the couple will stay together. Some believe that the loud noise of glass breaking keeps away evil spirits, or that the shards represent the many facets of happiness that marriage will provide.
Whatever the meaning of breaking a glass, those adding this tradition to their wedding vows should know that there are better, more “fool-proof“options out there than a cheap old wine glass: Colorful glasses that are specially shaped to break easily are available for just this purpose—even if you’re wearing heels! Some even come with a velvet bag to hold the glass shards—a very important safety accessory! Carol Attia of Under The Chuppah offers these special glasses and custom “Break-the-glass” or “Mazel Tov Bags” at her studio along with her chuppot.
After the glass is broken, some might choose to save the pieces as a wedding memento, keeping the shards in a sealed jar or assembling a mosaic. A mezuzah with a vial to hold the glass shards makes a lovely gift for the couple’s new home. You can even create your own kaleidoscope with a kit from The Gary Rosenthal Collection.
If you’re having a Jewish wedding, will you both break the glass together? Do you plan to keep the shards as a keepsake?
My mother, a true Anglophile, brought me up surrounded by more than a few of her favorite British things. The first real, hearty books I read as a child were Agatha Christie mysteries and Charles Dickens novels. Every Thursday was Masterpiece Theatre night featuring an array of her favorite actors from the UK, and I was probably the only 12-year-old kid in school who (at the time, don’t quiz me now) knew the entire history of the English Royal Family.
So of course my heart raced when I saw that Crown & Crumpet opened in the historic Ghirardelli Square of San Francisco. This is a traditional tea salon with a kicky twist. Just look at these photos and you’ll see what I mean. As owners Amy and Christopher Dean said themselves, it’s “doily-free” yet still evokes the same comfort, relaxation, and elegance of a real English tearoom.
As much as I love the Pump House in Bath and the adorable tea houses in Devon, I think this would be the ideal place for an unforgettable bridal shower or even a baby shower, if you want to think that far ahead! Count me in for afternoon tea!
Are you still lugging around that tired old suitcase your Aunt Stella gave you for a high school graduation present? You’re not taking that relic with you on your honeymoon, are you? Think of it: Your traveling outfits rock, your face is still glowing from your pre-wedding facial, you’re already sporting a deep bronze tan (thanks, tanning salon!) and you haven’t even made it to Maui yet. You look hot…so shouldn’t your luggage be haute, too?
Enter Halsea, the fresh, breezy way to tote your belongings from your hometown to Cancun. Halsea’s luxe luggage is the essence of upscale beach chic. With evocative names like “Crescent Bay” and “Boat Canyon,” Halsea’s ocean-inspired prints in colors reflecting the sea and sun ensure your roller bag will be easily recognizable among the generic black and gray suitcases on the airline luggage carousel. Beautifully constructed with pink satin lining and leather and cotton trim, Halsea is functional and attractive, strong yet feminine, modern and classic—just like YOU!
Halsea owner/designer Sally Bartz is one smart cookie. She’s written “How to have a Hang-loose Honeymoon: Five Tips for Packing Your Carry On”. Hint: Bikini? Yes. Flannel PJs? Uh, no.