(And it’s not even Shabbat when I’m posting this!)
Long story short, my youngest cousin has just gotten engaged to a nice Israeli boy. She apparently really, really wants to get married at the Western Wall, and she wants to do it relatively soon. (As in possibly still sometime in 2012.) His entire family is over there, and is apparently willing to help with the legwork.
Is she completely insane? I mean I planned a wedding locally in 4 months for ~ 100 people, and that already felt pretty crazy, and I am no Bridezilla, and it was not a super-formal, scripted kind of wedding with 73 bridesmaids. Plus there are travel arrangements, etc. to consider. And possibly a certain amount of headaches in documenting that she is Jewish enough to have a Jewish wedding in Israel (our family hasn’t been anything approaching Orthodox since my 95-year-old grandmother was a child. Like my cousin’s parents probably have a ketubah, but it sure won’t be one signed by an Orthodox rabbi.) She told me she would be happy just to buy a dress and show up and let his mom handle the legwork, but I am worried that will not stick when push comes to shove. I pointed out that if she wants pretty much anyone at all to come from the States, they will need to make arrangments for vacation time, tickets are expensive, etc. She did listen to that bit, I think.
Also, if she gets married in Israel, I will try my darndest to be there. Any tips on travel, places to stay, etc.? I have traveled to a bunch of places, but not in Israel.