“My first experience in the Brides Club was a 1-on-1 video chat with Karen where I essentially bombarded her with all of my questions, concerns and insecurities regarding planning a Jewish wedding. She responded with kindness, patience, and a genuine desire to help me. Her smile alone helped settle my nerves and I knew from that point on, I had at least 1 person to guide me along my journey.
As I continued on in Brides Club, I learned about the invaluable resource guides on the website. They gave me step by step instructions and advice to answer even more of my Jewish wedding planning questions. Moreover, Karen is always looking to expand and improve upon them so the benefits increased along the way. She quickly created a guide on photography when I inquired about it, and it's really validating to know that my individual concerns mattered.
Last, but not least, the incredible support from the women of the Brides Club on Facebook reminded me each day that I was in fact not the only one out there going through this. We get to rely on each other for ideas and advice; and now that I'm a Mrs., I am so happy to share what I learned with future brides.
This community is everything. I can't imagine planning my Jewish wedding without it. And looking back I feel really lucky and grateful to have had it as part of my journey.”
“Even though we used a wedding planner, I honestly couldn’t have planned my wedding without Brides Club and all your advice and recommendations. I found my dress, photographer and hair stylist (and used their discounts and gifts too!) all through Brides Club, and your advice and focus early on really helped clarify things for me.”
“Being an über-practical person by nature and knowing there's only one way to get things done right, especially when planning a wedding, it's always best to go straight to the experts.
This is Karen Cinnamon and Brides Club in a nutshell. Through every indecision and need for guidance or a good referral, Karen and the other brides have been so generous with suggestions, help and even a little entertainment on the side to break up the intensity of planning my wedding.
By far my favourite aspect of being part of this club was getting INSTANT answers to questions I had. No matter where you are, there is always someone online to bounce ideas off of. I wish I knew about Brides Club before I started planning, it would have saved me so many headaches.”
“My biggest drive for joining Brides Club was the whole acceptance of having an interfaith wedding.
I had already been following Smashing The Glass for months before I even got engaged, especially all the interfaith weddings. I came to a realisation that I could still have a Jewish ceremony and get married by a Rabbi even though my partner wasn’t Jewish.
The first thing I did after I got engaged was join Brides Club and it honestly has been the best decision I have made.
Not only did I find out that there are a lot more interfaith weddings happening than I originally thought but I also found out how truly amazing the community within Brides Club really is. We are definitely one big family wanting to help each other during difficult situations and celebrate all the exciting milestones throughout the planning process.
Without Karen and the Brides Club I wouldn’t be able to navigate our interfaith wedding between Jewish and Hindu the way we have. I can’t thank Karen enough for all the help and time she dedicates to all of us. She truly is incredible.”
“Working in events I believed planning my wedding would be a walk in the park, so when Karen invited me to join Brides Club I thought it was completely unnecessary. How wrong was I?!
Brides Club is not just a forum for brides to just discuss flowers, music and dress shopping (it can be, and having your tribe during this time can be super helpful) but for me it's the emotional support that has given me the strength to plan my wedding, my way.
Karen has taken me through this process in baby steps. Giving me hints and tips (along with the bride tribe) helping me tackle each moment bit by bit, eliminating all my anxieties.
Wow! Felt a bit emotional writing that. Karen, you're great.”
“I had been a fan of the Smashing The Glass blog and Instagram page long before I joined Brides Club. I enjoyed reading about the varied and beautiful weddings that were featured.
As a non-Jewish bride who is marrying a Jewish man, I was keen to learn about the intricacies of Jewish wedding traditions and the cultural norms.
As an outsider it has been a challenge adjusting to and handling certain expectations of me, and this was one of the main reasons why I joined Brides Club.
Karen and my fellow “Brides Club Sisters" have really helped ease my anxiety and given me practical tips on how to handle situations and people.
The community and Karen are incredibly supportive and Karen’s knowledge and advice is second to none; she’s super kind and thoughtful too!
I look forward to catching up on the action inside the Facebook community and it’s one of the first things I do when I wake up every day.
For anyone considering Brides Club there’s no doubt you should join- it’s a supportive, friendly and safe space which will help you create the wedding of your dreams!)”
“The personal outreach and appeal to a specific group of brides is what makes it so special. I got help with so many things such as in writing my speech, deciding on a veil, buying a smash glass (and knowing how to use the pieces after), designing a cake, picking songs, and many other elements I’m forgetting now! And the community is one-of-a-kind”
“Even though I had a wedding planner, it didn’t stop me from benefitting from Brides Club every single day. Karen helped me find my wedding venue, the vendors, the extras… it’s a miracle I didn’t find my husband on it too!”
“I’m really enjoying being a part of the Brides Club, and the best part has been how approachable you make the daunting amount of wedding information out there easier by breaking it up.
I can watch a video on planning my ceremony, choosing a ketubah, or nearly anything I search for on my lunch break or the way home from work! Being able to gradually educate myself through the weekly topics you choose has been a relief and actually allows me to make time for the wedding.”
“Smashing the Glass was a guilty pleasure of mine long before I got engaged (don’t tell my fiancé). Joining Brides Club was a no brainer - it’s a great community, access to the ultimate wedding guru (Karen) is invaluable and we’ve already booked three of our vendors with our 10% Brides Club discount, literally saving us thousands. My only regret is not joining sooner!”
“I can’t imagine what my wedding would have looked like without Brides Club. Simply put, being part of the club made our wedding happen the way we wanted it to.
Karen is so non-judgmental and just made me feel so relaxed. She turned my feeling of overwhelm into excitement, and provided a solution for every problem plus so many creative ideas I had never even thought of before.
Karen’s positivity and outside-the-box thinking got me on the right track and helped me move forward from engagement to planning a wedding.
With Karen’s guidance, I knew that the wedding would turn out amazing, even before anything had been done. Being inside Brides Club feels like being with a friend - someone truly invested in helping you and having your best interest at heart”