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Jewish Wedding Traditions & Customs

I just wanted to share a post from my events blog, Wediquette, with some Jewish wedding traditions I've seen/read about. What are some others that you've seen? What were the circumstances (location, denomination of Judaism)? Hope this is helpful to you as you're planning!



Re: Jewish Wedding Traditions & Customs

  • It seems like you have a decent number of traditional Jewish wedding traditions on your blog post.

    There are a few others that I love in a traditional Jewish wedding. At the beginning of the wedding (typically during the cocktail hour), the bride and groom greet guests separately. The bride sits on a beautiful chair surrounded by her mother, grandmother, and the groom's mother and grandmother. The groom meets his guests at an event called the Chatan's Tisch. There he signs the Ta'nayim (betrothal contract) and the Ketubah (marriage contract). Afterwards, he gets danced out of the room surrounded by all the men present for the Chatan's Tisch. The groom approaches the bride and he puts the veil over her face. This tradition stems from the Bible when Jacob marries Leah instead of Rachel and did not realize it until after the marriage was already consummated. The fathers then give blessings to the bride and the groom gets danced out of the room again. 

    Since the day is considered to be a personal Yom Kippur, a man wears a kittel under the chuppah. He wears this on his marriage day, Yom Kippur, and he is also buried in it. In my family, it is also a custom to wear the kittel at the seder table on Passover. 

    Hope this helps! 
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