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ISRAEL: Roadside wedding announcements

November 3, 2008 |  7:52 am

Weddings_4Tired of the tacky glitz of the traditional halls wedged between warehouses and car dealerships in urban industrial zones, many seek out-of-city locations for their weddings and other happy events.

Increasingly, kibbutzim and moshavim are using farming or industrial land to build celebration halls to accommodate demands for a more natural, greener setting for weddings. It is a booming industry.

Most out-of-town guests need instructions for finding the relatively remote locations, notices often posted on traffic signs, lampposts and trees along the way to the site.

These are a few outdoor wedding announcements spotted on a single day along a 1-mile stretch of road.

Given what they look like all together, it's a wonder people show up at the right wedding.

Israel doesn't have same-sex marriage. But with the increasing popularity of unisex names in Israel, some of the signs leave you wondering.

Mazel tov!

-- Batsheva Sobelman in Jerusalem

Photo: Mishmash of wedding announcements west of Jerusalem. Credit: Batsheva Sobelman / Los Angeles Times.

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