Jewish Wedding Accessories
For those of the Jewish faith, a collection of lovely accessories
The classic Jewish wedding is deeply rooted in tradition, and showcases the love between the bride, the groom, and their respective families.
The Jewish wedding day signifies that all past mistakes are forgiven as the couple merges into a new and complete soul. This holy day starts with the kallah (bride in Hebrew) and the chatan (groom in Hebrew) signing a Ketubah, or marriage contract that is usually beautifully decorated and ornate and memorializes the obligations of both the bride and groom.
The Jewish wedding day signifies that all past mistakes are forgiven as the couple merges into a new and complete soul. This holy day starts with the kallah (bride in Hebrew) and the chatan (groom in Hebrew) signing a Ketubah, or marriage contract, which is usually beautifully decorated and ornate and memorializes the obligations of both the bride and groom.
Generally, the Ketubah states that as husband, the groom must provide basic life necessities as well as honor and cherish his wife. Expectations and duties of the bride are also included. The Ketubah signing is a private event that takes place just prior to the wedding ceremony. Usually, the rabbi, bride, groom, both sets of parents, and two witnesses (normally the maid of honor and best man) are present at the signing.
Next, the couple will participate in the wedding ceremony, which takes place under a chuppah, or wedding canopy, with four poles draped with fabric that represents the first roof the bride and groom share together. The bride’s parents escort her down the aisle to the chuppah together. She then circles her groom seven times; symbolic of the seven days it took to build the world according to the Jewish faith. The bride will then take her place on the right side of the groom.
Kiddushin follows, with a cup of wine blessed by the rabbi and a sanctification blessing over the marriage. The bride and groom drink from the cup receiving the blessings from the rabbi.
The wedding rings are blessed last, just before the bride and groom are officially pronounced husband and wife. The groom traditionally does not receive a ring during the ceremony; however, most contemporary grooms will purchase one to wear after the wedding.
The Ketubah is recited aloud for the guests to hear. Another glass of wine is presented over which the rabbi recites the seven blessings; the bride and groom then drink from the glass. The couple faces the guests and the groom stomps on a glass wrapped in cloth (known as a Mazel Tov glass), signifying the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem and the end of the ceremony. Husband and wife walk down the aisle while guests shout “mazel tov.” After the ceremony the couple is whisked away to share a private moment together before entering the reception.
Your wedding day is the perfect celebration for incorporating your traditions and customs. Advantage Bridal has a selection of Jewish wedding ceremony accessories, wedding invitations and more to assist you with personalizing your wedding day.