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ar­ry­ing un­der the stars in the Holy­land is mag­i­cal, lay­ing the foun­da­tions for your fu­ture upon thou­sands of years of Jewish his­tory.

Gemma Har­wood from Lon­don is get­ting mar­ried in Is­rael in May and is plan­ning the wed­ding from her liv­ing room. “No one says that plan­ning a wed­ding is easy, let alone plan­ning one abroad,” she says. “But de­spite be­ing thou­sands of miles away, I’ve done the vast ma­jor­ity of my re­search on­line. Com­ing to Is­rael for a week in Fe­bru­ary al­lowed me to visit the rel­e­vant sup­pli­ers, venue and rabbi and have my hair and makeup tri­als”.

“Hav­ing some­one lo­cal to as­sist with the plan­ning is a must,” says Danny Kai­zler from ISRAevents, a lead­ing pro­duc­tion and event plan­ning com­pany in Is­rael. “The mar­ket works dif­fer­ently here and em­ploy­ing a wed­ding plan­ner af­fords the cou­ple the pos­si­bil­ity of ne­go­ti­at­ing the best deals with all the wed­ding sup­pli­ers”.

“Most cou­ples ar­rive in Is­rael for a wed­ding­plan­ning trip around nine months be­fore the wed­ding,” says Nikki Fen­ton, an ex­pe­ri­enced events plan­ner. “I take them to a com­piled short­list of venues, based on their bud­get and per­son­al­i­ties. Fre­quently, cou­ples who think they want a beach wed­ding fall in love with a for­est lo­ca­tion and oth­ers who wanted to build their venue from scratch, dis­cover a

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