Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Recreation & Activities  > Bar or Bat Mitzvah

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

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.
Related articles: Wedding DJ, Wedding Caterer, Cake

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. Judaism.com[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.
Discounts:
  • 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.
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Tricks To Make Home Appliances Last Longer
Give your household equipment a little workout now and then, to make sure anything mechanical will perform well when needed. Periodic exercise can extend the usable life of many items. || Posted October 14 2013


5 Important Things to Know Before a Tornado Hits
This week the Midwest has been battered by tornados, which are one of the most violent and destructive type of storms nature has in its arsenal. || Posted November 19 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Bar or Bat Mitzvah
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Number of Guests: Venue: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.finestationery.com/shop/party/bar-mitzvah-bat-mizvah-invitations.html
  2.  www.cateringbygeorge.com/pdf/CorporateCatering.pdf
  3.  www.cohenproductions.com
  4.  www.walzerphotography.com/SeattleBarMitzvahPhotographers/Bar-Mitzvah-Photography/1...
  5.  www.bluesuitmom.com/family/activities/mitzvah.html
  6.  www.jewfaq.org/barmitz.htm
  7.  www.bnaimitzvahguide.com/bar.mitzvah.decorating.ideas.php
  8.  www.judaism.com/lifecycle/bmitzvah.asp
  9.  www.shopwiki.com/w/Birthday-Gifts-for-Thirteen-Year-Old-Girls
  10.  www.jewishjournal.com/bar_and_bat_mitzvahs/article/pinched_pocketbooks_no_bar_to_p...
  11.  www.jewishjournal.com/bar_and_bat_mitzvahs/article/unique_party_planning_isnt_chop...
  12.  www.barmitzvah101.com/BarMitzvah-433
More Recreation & Activities Topics
Check Out All Costs for Recreation & Activities How Much Does Scrapbooking Cost? How Much Does a Bounce House Cost? How Much Do Piano Lessons Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Entertainer
Paid: 250.00
I charge $150.00 for the first hour. It's 100.00 each additional hour. It really depends on cost of living, the skill level of the artist, and how much tax the balloon artist has to pay... [more]
-AnthonyStone
Balloon Twisting Cost
Yeast infection
Paid: 160.00
My 4 month old puppy had brown discharge and an odor coming from her ears. She was constantly scratching. Took her to her vet and explained; I know she has an infection in her ear... [more]
-Pokémon trainer
Pet Ear Infection Treatment Cost
Retainer
Paid: 20.00
I bought the warranty with my Invisalign through my orthodontist (do this... [more]
-Braeden
Retainers Cost
Only paid remaining deductible
Paid: 6500.00
My BCBS plan covered 100% of cost after deductible. My deductible was $8500 but I had already paid $2500 of that for previous medical procedures... [more]
-Predatorhousepet
Prosthetic Leg Cost
Rewire whole house with all included
Paid: 32909.00
Easy estimate for all of you, is stablish a category of houses. Cat 1: open wall, $13 per sqft Cat 2 Close walls, $16 per sqft and for cat 3, 2 story house, depending of age $18-$25 per sqft. Make your calculations... [more]
-JG Electric
Rewiring a House Cost
Cost of care
Paid: 0.00
Wow, some of these previous comments seriously concern me. We have a dentist carrying on about how much it cost for his entire education and the cost of building and supplying an entire office... [more]
-Jason B
Dental Implants Cost