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Planning a Jewish Wedding

Planning a Jewish Wedding

Planning a Jewish Wedding

Mazel Tov! So you’re newly engaged? Well, welcome to the wonderful world of wedding planning. Whether you are a devout Jew or not, there are many customs and traditions that you try to incorporate into your big day to keep tradition alive. Some of these ideas include the following:

1. Choosing the Date

Sabbath falls on a Friday night, and devout or strict Jewish people view this as a big no-no. Jewish weddings are generally prohibited on Shabbat and festivals–including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot- and many other holidays. Because many of these dates fall during prime wedding season (spring-summer), it’s important to check an accurate Jewish calendar (such as www.hebcal.com) before you select a date.

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Planning a Jewish Wedding

2. Choosing a Ketubah

If you’ve already acquired a marriage license through your county/state, you understand this document represents your union as husband and wife in the legal sense. Well, in Jewish culture, you sign yet another license as well. Traditionally, a ketubah served as a kind of premarital contract, outlining a bride’s ongoing rights: food, clothing, and even sex should be provided during the course of the marriage. The ketubah also specified her rights in the case of her husband’s death or their divorce. Many contemporary couples choose to veer away from the traditional ketubah text and its implications and instead choose a text that expresses their hopes and commitments for their marriage.

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Planning a Jewish Weddingvia Gallery Judaica

3. Selecting a Huppah

If you have ever attended a Jewish ceremony, you’ve probably wondered what the large canopy covering the couple and officiant is. Well, that is a huppah. It creates a sacred space that is both open for all to see and private and intimate for the couple beneath it. It symbolizes their new home together.

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Planning a Jewish Weddingvia The Knot

4. Breaking the Wedding Glass

At the conclusion of the blessings, the groom breaks the glass with his right foot, as an additional remembrance of the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Traditionally, this custom was also incorporated into the ceremony to remind everyone that even at the height of one’s personal joy, we must, nevertheless, remember the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. The breaking of the glass symbolizes the breaking of our hearts in remembrance.

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Planning a Jewish Wedding

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5. Traditional Jewish Wedding Dance Options

Two of the most traditional and well-known Jewish wedding dance numbers are the Hora and the Mezinke Tanz (Krenzl). These two dances are often done during a Jewish wedding reception.

During the Hora, the bride and groom are lifted above the shoulders of guests. Sitting upon chairs, they may wave handkerchiefs at each other or hold onto the ends of a single handkerchief. Be careful not to drop them! While hoisting the two in the air, a large circle of guests dances around them clockwise or counterclockwise

The Mezinke Tanz is a dance that arose out of the traditional Krenzl. Krenzl, which refers to a crown, occurred when the last daughter was married. This is a special dance for the mother as they adorn her with a crown of flowers.

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Planning a Jewish WeddingHeidi Vail Photography

 

International Wedding Traditions by SimplyBridal

International Wedding Traditions by SimplyBridal

International Wedding Traditions by SimplyBridal. The idea of marriage is a cross-cultural idea, but each country, religion, and culture has different and special ways to celebrate the union between two lovers.  Many traditions involve the consumption of libations, others fire (the eternal flame of love), food, and the breaking of glass/vase. SimplyBridal has collected a handful of traditions from different countries around the world to explore and share with the wedding community.

International Wedding Traditions

3 Ideas to Make Your Day the Wedding of the Year

The modern bride and groom want to make their wedding personalized and fun. While there are plenty of wedding traditions worth following, there are also a lot of unique extras you can add to the day to make it more memorable. Check out these fun ideas, and your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come.

 A New Twist on the Garter Toss

The garter toss is a timeless wedding tradition, but how many times have you seen the groom throw the garter toward the ceiling only to have it drop straight to the ground, feet away from all of the single men? Well, here is a fun and easy solution. Before tossing the garter, place it on a football and let the groom toss the ball to the guys anxiously waiting.

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Entertain Your Guests Before the Ceremony

Most wedding guests kill time before the ceremony by reading the wedding program, but most programs can be read in a few seconds. Why not add a little humor to your wedding program? Include some fun facts about the wedding party and explain any unique moments you’ve added to the ceremony. If you’re really worried about guests getting bored, include an activity such as a trivia game or crossword puzzle.

Meghan Andrews Photography

Rethink the Bar

Candy bars and ice cream bars have caught on as wedding dessert options, but we have another fun idea: a cereal bar. Simply fill some pretty glass bowls with your favorite types of cereals and let guests help themselves. This is a great late night snack, and it will be a hit with the kids.