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Bar or Bat Mitzvah Cost

How Much Does a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Cost?

low costCatering: $15-$125 Per Guestaverage costEntertainment: $200-$2,000+high costVenue Rental: $250-$2,500
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A bar mitzvah is a Jewish coming-of-age ceremony for boys reaching age 13, at which time they are celebrated as followers of the commandments. At age 12, girls may have a bat mitzvah ceremony and celebration, which is also a public declaration of faith. The ceremony is typically accompanied by a large reception, which includes a meal, entertainment or music, and cake.

Typical costs:

  • Invitations for a bar or bat mitzvah typically cost $1-$4. For example, Fine Stationery[1] offers custom-printed invitations for $1-$5 depending on the design and quantity ordered.
  • A bar or bat mitzvah venue typically costs $250-$2,500, comparable to the prices for a wedding reception venue. The number of guests greatly affects the venue size and cost.
  • Catering for a bar or bat mitzvah typically costs about $15-$125 per guest. The price varies based on the number of guests, the quality of food and if alcohol is served to adults. For example, Catering by George[2] in Houston offers a fajita buffet for $15 per person, with drinks and cake ordered a la carte. Elaborate tiered cakes can cost $1-$4 per slice, while a simple sheet cake from the local grocery store can cost 35 cents-$2 per guest.
  • Entertainment for a bar or bat mitzvah typically costs $200-$2,000. For example, Cohen Productions[3] in Peabody, MA, offers a $1,300 DJ package which includes three hours of music, an emcee, party lights, contests and prizes for guests. The company also offers add-ons such as karaoke for $100, a magician for $450, and the Dance Dance Revolution interactive video game for $1,300.
  • Photographers for a bar or bat mitzvah event typically cost $500-$3,000. For example, Walzer Photography[4] in Seattle offers an $800 bar mitzvah photo package which includes four hours of shooting, digital images on a CD, a 4x6 keepsake album, and online proofs.
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What should be included:
  • Blue Suit Mom[5] suggests starting to plan the bar or bat mitzvah party when the child is 10 years old, by contacting a synagogue or temple to prepare a child for the event. She also provides a suggested timeline for planning the rest of the ceremony and reception.
  • Judaism 101[6] explains what a bar or bat mitzvah is as well as why gifts are given.
  • Decorations may include flowers, balloons, and candles, as well as personal mementos celebrating the child's life. B'nai Mitzvah offers decorating tips[7] for bar and bat mitzvahs.
Additional costs:
  • Gifts for the celebrated boy or girl are a common expense for guests at the bar or bat mitzvah, and may include accessories, jewelry or books.[8] features traditional Jewish gifts for bar and bat mitzvahs for $50-$200. Shop Wiki has a buying guide[9] for gifts ranging from $20 to $100 that are geared toward 13-year-old girls.
  • Jewish Journal[10] suggests that one trend in bar and bat mitzvahs is to save money by having the party at home. The article lists additional cost-cutting tips like printing invitations on a home computer and asking friends and family to bring desserts.
Shopping for a bar or bat mitzvah:
  • Though many families don't stray far from the traditional mitzvah party with a ceremony in a synagogue followed by a banquet and dancing, this Jewish Journal[11] article suggests a summer camp theme with cabins, a hayride, and line dancing, as well as options like a casino night, a magic show, or rented virtual reality games. Mitzvah Chic is a book and a website with ideas for creating a unique and memorable bar or bat mitzvah party.
  • Bar Mitzvah 101 offers several menu ideas[12] for luncheon-style bar and bat mitzvahs.
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