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Modern Twists on Popular Jewish Wedding Traditions

You’re substantially informed with a many melodramatic Jewish matrimony tradition — a stomping of a glass, where a husband breaks a glass, everybody shouts “mazel tov,” and a wedding’s cocktail hour begins. To go over potion breaking, here are 7 Jewish matrimony traditions estimable of care (and modernization) for we and your groom, either you’re formulation a Jewish or an interfaith ceremony.

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Kabbalat Panim (Greeting Faces)

Every bride wants to feel like a black on her matrimony day. Did we know that a judgment is a Jewish one? In ancient ceremonies, a bride sat on a throne-like chair, and friends and family of a bride would come adult and hail her. A complicated refurbish is to supplement a small pre-wedding jubilee and painting for a bride and her gals, like a mani-pedi session. Toast a bride with a small bubbly to make it special.

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Circling a Groom 

Hakafot is a small like “Ring Around a Rosy.” This tradition symbolizes a origination of a new dedicated family circuit. The bride circles her husband 7 times as she enters a chuppah. In complicated weddings, we’ve seen a bride and husband round one another, formulating a dedicated space around any another underneath a symbolism of their new home, a chuppah.

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Chuppah, that means covering in Hebrew, is a many tangible pitch of a Jewish wedding. Designing a chuppah with your fiancé is a special approach for we both to emanate something mystic and pleasing together. Unlike many other Jewish protocol objects, like a tallit or mezuzah, there are no authorised mandate for a chuppah. In other words, it can be mystic or fun, ornate or simple. Most importantly, it can paint who we are (or aspire to be) as a couple. You can make your chuppah only far-reaching adequate to reason a dual of we and your officiant, or we can make it ample and entice your whole matrimony celebration to join we underneath a canopy. You can have a freestanding chuppah, or we can entice respected family and friends to reason it over you.

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One pleasing tradition says that a Jewish matrimony rope should be elementary and consecutive gold. A well-spoken ring portends an comfortable life, and a smoothness of a Jewish matrimony rings represents a wish for an secure marriage. But diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and contemporary Jewish rings might embody a small bling.

In a matrimony ring ceremony, a husband places a Jewish matrimony ring on a right index finger rather than a left ring finger — according to Jewish tradition, this finger has a closest bloodline to a heart. Once a rite ends, though, many Jewish brides pierce a matrimony ring over to a some-more obvious ring finger.

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Create a Mezuzah 

A mezuzah is a Jewish pitch that is placed on a doorframe in a Jewish home. Make your mezuzah additional special by including a damaged potion from your matrimony ceremony. After a rite ends, have your matrimony planner or coordinator collect a potion shards, that you’ll afterwards insert inside a mezuzah. There are a series of beautiful, complicated mezuzahs that will element your character or décor.

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Left: Green Copper Wedding Glass Mezuzah; right: Ani Li Dodi Wedding Glass Mezuzah

Seven Blessings

Finally, an critical partial of a matrimony rite is a recitation of a Sheva Brachot (the 7 blessings). In really normal families, a matrimony accepting ends with a same recitation of a 7 blessings before a depart of a bride and groom. Rather than intone a normal 7 blessings for a second time, have guest give their possess written blessings to a matrimony couple. The blessing we remember a many from this tradition during my wedding: “May we always be happier than we are right now!”

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Yihud means seclusion. Traditionally, it was inapt for unwed group and women to be alone together, so as shortly as a bride and husband exited a chuppah, they would go immediately into a room of seclusion, symbolizing their new standing as a married couple. No photographers, videographers, or mothers allowed! Look into one another’s eyes, take a low exhale and pause, reveling in a moment. Also cruise enjoying some of a food and drinks that we won’t have time to suffer once we join your reception, that will already be in full pitch when we travel by a doors.

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—Michele Schwartz, CLCEP

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Michele Schwartz is owner and editor of The Modern Jewish Wedding and an eventuality planner in Austin, Texas.

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