We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Joan.
We married on 2nd November at The Dan Eilat. The reception and chupah were held outside on the terrace and then we had a 3 course dinner dance for our 80 guests. It is a second marriage for both of us and we wanted something very simple and elegant that involved all our five children. We only decided to get married in June so had 5 months to organise everything. From the first email I sent Joan to the night of the wedding she was beyond compare.
Joan dealt direct with the Dan on menus, either emailing or faxing me almost daily to discuss everything. She found the photographer for us – who was fantastic. We have 900 photos and a 5 hour dvd and are having trouble chosing the 300 photos for the digitally produced album.
Joan recommended the band. They are out of this world. We had a real party that went on until 1am and every one of our guests said they had never heard a band like them. They actually fly to London and so Avi (the band leader) will always come and see you at home in London. Everything we asked for was as we wanted including “our song” which they had to learn and
practice!!! They included all our guests in the party and made sure everyone was up dancing all night. THere was a mixture of Israeli and mixed dancing and they really were the best band we have ever seen or heard.
Joan also dealt with a Friday night dinner the night after the wedding for 50 members of our family on a private terrace at the hotel with Cheva Brachot. It was also exactly as we wanted and was all arranged by Joan.
I work full time so basically handed everything over to her to organise, hairdresser (very important!!!), flowers, table decorations, bouquets, menus, and most importantly the paperwork to get married in Israel. We had quite definate ideas about what we wanted and every single thing was fulfilled from beginning to end. Joan arrived in Eilat on the Wednesday and stayed until Friday morning and she was quietly in the background the whole time making sure everything ran to time (impossible in Israel but she achieved it) and that every single item was as we wanted.
Joan was very quick to respond to every query I had. She was actually in London for a few days before the wedding so we had the opportunity to meet face to face which was helpful but even without that there really was no problem dealing with everything by email. She kept me informed at all times of what was happening and it was really only in the last couple of weeks that we spoke on the phone maybe once a week to check everything. You have to start dealing with the paperwork at the London Beth Din about 3 months before, then send it to Joan and then the last bit you will have to deal with yourself when you arrive in Israel so you need to be around a few days before the wedding. It was not complicated at all and Joan oversaw it every step of the way. Our Rabbi actually flew out to marry us and Joan dealt with him and the Rabbinate in Eilat to make sure everything was agreed prior to our arrival in Israel. Our visit to the Rabbinate took about 30 minutes and as Joan had dealt with everything and al the paperwork was there it was a simple procedure.
I know it is quite daunting to think about organising a wedding abroad but it really is not that complicated although I would not have attempted it without the services of someone like Joan. For us it was without doubt the
right decision and we have said in the two weeks since our return that there is not one thing or one second of the whole week we were in Eilat we would change. It is also so much more relaxed – we were lying by the pool on the morning of our wedding and had lunch with all our children before getting ready (our chupah was at sunset at 6pm).
If you want to speak to me directly by all means feel free to call me on my mobile 07971 466826 but we would both recommend Joan unreservedly.
Wishing you all mazeltov on your forthcoming simcha – relax and enjoy because it will all be over before you know it.