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According to the Torah, which is the Jewish holy book, the purpose of a marriage is to provide companionship to each other and the opportunity to have hot, steamy sex so that you can have children. In the older days, many weddings were arranged by the parents, but the bride was usually asked if the marriage was ok. Today, however, times have changed somewhat, but some marriages are still arranged.
Did you know that a Jewish wedding can occur any day of the week except the weekly Sabbath day, during any of the Jewish festivals, or during the three weeks of Passover and Shavuot? It's true! In fact, many Jewish weddings occur in the evening during a weekday. If you know a Jewish couple, be prepared to take some vacation time!
In a Jewish wedding, the bride customarily wears a white gown with a headdress and a veil. The exception to this are weddings that take place in Eastern countries, and then the wedding apparel is more culturally themed. In either case, the groom generally wears a white garment. This is to symbolize the purity of the relationship.
Before the ceremony, the groom undertakes a ritual where he takes an object from the rabbi, usually a handkerchief, and then returns it. This is called the "kinyan." After this, the groom and the invited guests sing what amounts to the guest book, which is called the "Ketubah." The groom is then led in by two male relatives so that he is facing Jerusalem. After that, the bride is led in by her mother and usually a blessing from the rabbi. In more orthodox ceremonies, the bride is led around the groom seven times as this is believed to ward off evil spirits.
The bride always stands to the right of the groom, not the left, and the rabbi recites the blessings for the marriage over a glass or goblet of wine. When he is done, the couple will drink from the glass. Then the groom places a wedding ring on the first finger of his bride's right hand and recites the marriage contract.
At the conclusion, the groom generally will crush a glass under his right foot as the rabbi imparts his final blessings to the newly married couple.
It is important to know the wedding ceremonies of all cultures because every bride describes to have her own perfect wedding, and some wedding require you to have a very specific address if you are choosing to attend. Talk to your local dress supplier today about the wedding you are attending and they will be able to fit you into the perfect dress!