• How Much Should A Bar Or Bat Mitzvah Cost?

    Our handy spreadsheet allows you to keep track of your mitzvah expenses–and hopefully contain them!

    By Chrissy Makris

    A child’s bar or bat mitzvah is a special religious ceremony celebrating thirteen years in the making; a day many Jewish parents dream about since their child was teetering around in diapers. While many families tend to keep their budget between $15,000 and $30,000, it’s very possible to plan a modest bar or bat mitzvah for just a few thousand dollars by getting creative with your resources. Not that it’s a rarity for some affluent families to shell out over $100,000 for an extravagant event in New York City, either. If these numbers leave you feeling a little schvitzy, fear not! Our comprehensive list will help you get organized, begin your planning process, and figure out a realistic budget that best suits your family.

    Service

    Rabbi $
    Synagogue $
    Cantors $
    Tutor $
    Yarmulke/Tallit $
    Other $
    Total Cost $

     

    Friday Night Dinner For Relatives & Out-Of-Town Guests

    Total Cost $

     

    Party

    Transportation $
    Venue/Caterer $
    Rentals (if separate from venue) $
    Alcohol (if separate from caterer) $
    DJ/Band/Entertainment $
    Flowers/Décor/Lighting $
    Challah $
    Cake $
    Party Favors $
    Montage $
    Other $
    Total Cost $

     

    Kiddush

    Total Cost $

     

    Photography & Videography

    Photography $
    Videography $
    Total Cost $

     

    Sunday Brunch

    Room Rental $
    Caterer $
    Total Cost $

     

    Stationery

    Save-The-Dates/Invitations $
    Programs $
    Table Cards/Seating Cards $
    Thank You Cards $
    Postage $
    Total Cost $

     

    Party Planner

    Total Cost $

     

    Clothing

    Mom $
    Dad $
    Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child $
    Other Siblings $
    Total Cost $

     

    Hair/Makeup

    Mom $
    Bat Mitzvah Child $
    Other Family Members $
    Total Cost $

     

    Miscellaneous:

    Total Cost $

     

    Total Cost Of Bar Or Bat Mitzvah:   $

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