Whether you’ve been invited to a Jewish wedding and are looking for some idea of what to expect, or you’re just interested in Jewish wedding customs, then you’ve come to the right place. At Eden Catering we’ve hosted and catered to hundreds of Jewish weddings in South Florida. Our involvement with the Jewish community in the Hollywood area makes us one of the primary venues of choice for hosting any Jewish wedding. So, you might say we know a thing or two about Jewish wedding customs. Of course, before we share, we’d like for you to know that, as with any religious customs, there are some variations between conservative practitioners and Orthodox practitioners.
Jewish wedding customs start long before the wedding, and include traditions for how the engagement should be handled, as well as how the wedding date is chosen. A Rabbi is often consulted to choose a wedding date, as there are certain times of the year when a Jewish wedding cannot be held (Sabbath days and holidays). The bride and groom will stop seeing each other a week before the start of the wedding in order to increase anticipation and joy on their wedding day.
It is common for a Jewish wedding to follow a certain process, which begins with the signing of the Ketuvah, or marriage contract. The Ketuvah, which details the groom’s obligations to his bride, is signed by the groom and two witnesses. It is usually a beautifully decorated document, which many couples choose to hang in their home after the wedding. Some couples celebrate the signing with some liquor and light snacks.
The B’deken, or veiling, follows the Ketubah. It is during this custom that the groom first goes to see his wife (after the week long separation), in a room where she is waiting on a “throne” and greeting her wedding guests. The groom will go to her and cover her face with a veil, which is meant to separate her from the other women in attendance. Then, the couple will move on to complete their marriage ceremony under the chuppah, or open-sided wedding canopy. It is under the chuppah that the bride will circle her groom seven times, while the groom prays. This is also where the Rabbi, or a family member, will recite blessings over wine (sheva brachos) and all will give thanks to G-d.
Other Jewish wedding customs you may observe include the placing of the ring on the bride’s finger, the reading of the Ketuvah, and the breaking of the glass. Once the ceremony is over, a married Jewish couple may be escorted to a private room for some private time before the festive meal and celebrations begin. Jewish weddings are full of joy and celebration, much like any other wedding.
If you’re planning a Jewish wedding and still need a venue or a place that provides kosher catering, then you need to give us a call. We can provide it all for you. Our location is well-suited for Jewish weddings of any size and includes great spaces for both ceremony and celebrations. We can help set you up with all the right vendors, as well as provide wonderful ideas for themes. Just give us a call today to get started!