After years of planning, a longtime dream of Askonim is becoming a reality in Lakewood.
Crews this week began to clear the land in Lakewood where a magnificent hall is being constructed to ease the burden of Lakewood families making Chasunahs.
As prices of weddings continued to rise, Askonim gathered to brainstorm, and the Chasunah Initiative was created.
“The prices were just out of control – even Takanah weddings,” one of the Askonim who spearheaded the project exclusively told TLS. “The Chasunahs here will be by far the cheapest in town.”
The wedding hall building, being built on Oak Street, was donated by the Schron family in memory of Marta Schron, and the hall will be run by several Askonim and a committee.
“There is no profit being made on this whatsoever,” the Askan said.
The hall itself will be hiring chefs, photographers, and everything else needed for the wedding, and it is expected to save at least $5,000-$7,000 on the wedding night.
“Our goal is to use this as a platform to launch other cost-efficient initiatives, such as for gowns, Sheitlach, Shabbos Sheva Brachos, jewelry and more. We want to bring down all costs across the board.”
Construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks, and completion is expected in about 18 months.