I haven’t mentioned it much on this site, but David and I are having a Jewish wedding. This means that we have a wealth of very rich traditions to draw on when we are creating our ceremony and reception. When most people think of Jewish weddings they think of a chuppah and the hora, but there are many more traditions then that. There is the Ketubah, the veiling, the circling, the seven blessings, breaking the glass, the chair dance, and the mezinka, just to name a few.
The challenge that I’m facing is this: fundamentally, Jewish weddings are a different kind of wedding then a Christian wedding, but they are also somewhat different from your average American non-religious wedding. When it comes to trying to plan a stylish and creative wedding the internet, and wedding blogs in particular are (at least for me) the place to go. But the internet has very little to help me plan a stylish Jewish wedding. I want stylish Jewish weddings to inspire me, and I’m working off exactly one: Randi & Jacob’s extremely awesome New York Wedding. You can’t even search The Knot for Jewish weddings, for goodness sake. I suspect the same is true of any other cultural or ethnic wedding: Hindu weddings, Muslim weddings, Chinese weddings.
So, I throwing this out to you, oh internets, and to wedding blog writers, readers, planners, and photographers. Have you had a cultural wedding? Are you planning a ethnic wedding? Do you have pictures of inspiring cultural weddings? Would you be willing to talk to me about your experience of putting together a wedding that wasn’t classically American or Christian? I’d like to collect inspiration, images and resources for couples planning ethnic weddings. And of course, purely selfishly, I want stylish Jewish wedding inspiration.
If you want to help with this project please email me at practicalwedding at gmail dot com. Email me with pictures, thoughts, or if you’d be willing to do a short interview with me about your wedding or planning process. If you know someone who might want to help, send them this link. I’ll be linking to this project on the top right of my blog as well, so its easy to find.
Lets do this thing, Internets!