Posts Tagged ‘Jewish Wedding’
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.
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Continue reading Kathryn & Hugo’s Jewish and Mexican At Home Wedding
For all of you non-Jews out there, a huppah is one of the key elements of a Jewish wedding. It's not just a pretty wedding canopy, it represents (among other things) the home of the newlyweds, open on the sides to the couples community, family, and freinds. In it's original form, a huppah was a prayer shawl held up by four poles, each supported by a friend or loved one. It's most traditional for a Jewish wedding to take place outside, with just the huppah and the sky as a covering.
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I have to write about this first, because it was absolutely the most spontaneous, thrilling moment of the day! It’s traditional at Jewish weddings for guests to entertain the bride and groom (in fact it's considered a special honor blessing - a mitzvah) but it’s my understanding that this is mostly done in Orthodox weddings, and we hadn’t planned it into the evening’s happenings. Our guests completely took us by surprise and put on an incredible show! They sat us in the middle of the dance floor and did all kinds of magic tricks, juggling, chicken fights, dancing, and even push-ups in between rounds of the hora! The energy and love was so incredibly festive and celebratory and joyful. All 150 guests were cheering and laughing and it totally epitomized what I had hoped the day would be like.
Continue reading Modern Jewish Wedding Tradtions I
Ketubah signing and Badeken
Before the ceremony, we did the traditional ketubah signing (Andy’s groomsmen had a Wii sports tournament to determine which one of them would be the witness!) and the veiling (badeken). After we signed the ketubah, our rabbi had our parents physically hand it to us to symbolize that they bless the marriage. I’m not sure if this is commonly done, but it was a beautiful moment.
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Yichud (private moment between the Bride and Groom)
Immediately after the ceremony, Andy and I stole away for a few moments alone together. Our caterer put together a “moment platter” so we could enjoy all the hors d'oeuvres that were served at the cocktail hour while we were inside, and of course, some bubbly. I highly recommend taking the time to do this, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Mezinka (celebratory dance for parents who marry their last child)
Andy is the last of his siblings to be married (his older brother is married to the lovely Lara of Southern Weddings), so we honored his parents with a mezinka. We had wreaths made for their heads and everyone danced around them to special music.
Continue reading Modern Jewish Wedding Traditions III