11.01.2011

The Jewish Wedding Checklist

Planning a Jewish wedding?  

We know the experience is joyful and gratifying, but we also know that it can sometimes be a little hectic.  Gallery Judaica is here to help simplify your wedding plans!

Here is a checklist that will help remind you of the Jewish ritual items you may wish to purchase in order to make your wedding ceremony even more exquisite:


 

According to tradition and ancient Judaic law, a bride and groom must agree to a contract in order for their Jewish marriage to be binding. This wedding contract is called a ketubah.  You first need to decide which ketubah text is right for you. Our ketubah text selections include Traditional Aramaic (Orthodox), Conservative, Egalitarian, Non-Denominational and Gender-Neutral.  


 

Once you have determined which ketubah text is right for your needs, you can select from our extensive collection of beautiful ketubot. From Danny Azoulay's and Enya Keshet's finely detailed papercuts, to Nava Shoham’s colorful works of art, to Betsy Teutsch’s Judaic nature themes, our online Judaica store makes it easy to navigate through a wondrous array of ketubah artists and themes. 





Traditionally, a glass cup is broken at a Jewish wedding as an act of remembrance, a gesture that helps to further illuminate the joy of your marriage.  The breaking of the glass is most often said to symbolize the destruction of the Temple, though some consider it to symbolize the end of the beloveds' single lives, and the beginning of their lives as one.  This new life is sweetened by the new Jewish custom of crafting Judaic wedding art from your pieces of broken glass.  


Have a look at the stunning wedding-glass art from Shardz, including their Beveled Wedding Mezuzah, Entwined-Rings Wedding Mezuzah, and Wedding Kiddush Cup, as well as the innovative Wedding Mezuzah designs from Gary Rosenthal.








"Kiddush" refers to the Jewish ceremony and blessings, which are carried out before the drinking of grape wine.  Kiddush is recited on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), many Jewish holidays, and special occasions.  The bride and groom drink from a Kiddush cup during the wedding ceremony.  Some Jewish traditions dictate the use of a single cup, while others call for two or even three.  We suggest you talk to your rabbi or wedding officiant to determine your needs.  
 





A Kiddush cup is most often made of silver, but contemporary artists have begun experimenting with a variety of materials.  Explore our selection of Kiddush cups, crafted in sterling silver, and pewter with hand-painted enamel






 
A Jewish wedding ceremony usually takes place under a beautiful chuppah, which is a large fabric canopy, supported by four poles.  The chuppah represents the home that the bride and groom will build as a family.  Many couples use a tallit as the fabric for their chuppah. Gallery Judaica now has a wonderful selection of Jewish wedding chuppah canopies. Choose from beaded organza, raw silk from Yair Emanuel, and traditional tallit chuppah.





5. Kippot

A kippa, also know as a yarmulka or skullcap, is worn during waking hours by men who practice Orthodox Judaism. In more egalitarian Jewish communities, a kippa may be worn by a man or a woman, usually while at synagogue.  The groom traditionally wears a white kippa during the wedding ceremony. Many of our tallit include a matching kippa. When planning a Jewish wedding, couples often elect to purchase personalized kippot (plural of kippa) for their guests, which have been imprinted with the bride and groom's names and wedding date.  


6. Tallit

During a Jewish wedding, the groom traditionally wears a tallit (prayer shawl), which is the garment worn during Jewish prayer.  In some Jewish traditions, the tallit (or "talis") is wrapped around both the bride and groom during the ceremony, to symbolize their unity. Gallery Judaica offers tallit to complement the style of any groom, and the bride by his side.






We also offer tallit shawls that are ideal for use as a Huppah canopy, as noted above. These talits are large (60" x 80") and serve beautifully as the symbolic roof over the heads of the beloveds as they marry. 












For more planning and gifts for the happy couple, 
visit our site.

Happy Planning! And Mazel Tov!

Gallery Judaica