Planning a Jewish wedding most times rounds off to what we planners love to call a stress-inducing phase. The only difference is while we cope with stress; the planning process of a Jewish wedding ceremony is exciting. Besides the details involved in the ceremony, every Jewish couple-to-be needs to be aware of some important factors widely known to a wedding ceremony.
Whether you are a Jewish-born bride or groom or recently introduced to Judaism, it would do you a lot of good to pay close attention to the list below. As it stands, this might be the only thing between you and ending with a flawed ceremony.
Pick A Date
I know it sounds cliché; “pick a date.” Isn’t that the first thing to do before planning a wedding? But have you stopped to think why this might be so important in a Jewish wedding preparation? This is because they are customarily taboos on Shabbat and a few other holidays. Of course, you wouldn’t know this since “we can just pick a date” right?
If you do not know about these special holidays, then make research on them to avoid your wedding ceremony being a taboo. Pick your dates with respects to these days and ensure it doesn’t fall between any two, to avoid a low turnout of guests.
Choose An Official
For a few Jewish couples, picking the wedding official comes easy. Either the bride or groom is maybe a devoted member of a congregation. But for those who are not Jewish community directly, it becomes a little bit had to find an official. Often, parents of either couple suggest an official from their congregation officiates the wedding in place of searching for a random official.
Okaaaaay, just in case you don’t fall into the categories mentioned above, you can still have a wedding without a rabbi. A Cantor can always take the place of the rabbi in officiating a wedding. Also, a publicly respected figure, serving in the Jewish community can officiate your wedding.
Prepare For The Jewish Wedding Rituals
Unlike most modern weddings, Jewish weddings have rituals that are compulsory during the ceremony. Specific common objects portray a great meaning to your marriage journey in the Jewish community. For instance, in a lot of Jewish weddings, Kippot is a key meal offered to the guests. Couples style them differently and according to how they wish to be perceived by their guests.
More importantly, no Jewish wedding ceremony is fruitful without the breaking of glass to end the ceremony. Nowadays, couples still keep a part of the glass particles in their matrimonial homes to change them into Judaica or candlesticks for illumination in their homes.