Jewish Weddings tend to be BIG events and while wedding ceremonies vary, common features of a Jewish wedding include the marriage contract (ketubah) being signed by two witnesses and a wedding canopy called a Chuppah.
So space is key – the bride traditionally walks around the groom three or seven times when she arrives at the Chuppah. The three circuits represent the three virtues of marriage: righteousness, justice and loving kindness. Increasingly, circling is being incorporated into Reform Jewish weddings and even same-sex couples are adapting this ritual for their ceremonies.
The groom then gives the bride a ring under the canopy and at the end of the ceremony the groom sometimes breaks a glass (or a light bulb as it’s thinner and makes a pop sound) with his right foot, and the guests shout “Mazel tov!” or “Congratulations”.
Then there is the “cup of blessing” in which a full goblet of wine is held up, a second goblet poured, then wine from both cups is mixed in a third goblet, and the bride and groom drink from this cup. Blessings are then offered to the couple. All in all quite a theatrical event with plenty of dancing and eating (although, for some, it is customary for the wedding couple to fast on their wedding day, which is a day of forgiveness, similar to Yom Kippur) being a significant part of the celebrations so we recommend the Saffron, Oyster Pearl and Cornish Cream marquees as they are ideal for such a big event.
Following the ceremony, the couple may opt to spend a few moments alone before joining their friends and family. This practice, called yichud (privacy or seclusion), can be a respite from the strain of being the centre of attention. For this, we would recommend the Mini Pearl tent as it offers an island of privacy and peace before the public celebration begins.
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