A traditional Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals, symbolizing the beauty of the relationship of husband and wife, as well as their obligations to each other and to the Jewish people. The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah (canopy), a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together. Bride and Groom are usually escorted to the chuppah by their respective sets of parents.
Under the chuppah, the bride circles the groom seven times.
After the giving of the ring comes the reading of the ketubah (marriage contract) in the original Aramaic text. The ketubah outlines the grooms various responsibilities ― to provide his wife with food, shelter and clothing, and to be attentive to her emotional needs. Protecting the rights of a Jewish wife is so important that the marriage may not be solemnized until the contract has been completed.
The document is signed by two witnesses, and has the standing of a legally binding agreement. The ketubah is the property of the bride and she must have access to it throughout their marriage. It is often written amidst beautiful artwork, to be framed and displayed in the home.
At the end of the ceremony a glass is now placed on the floor, and the groom shatters it with his foot. In jest, some explain that this is the last time he gets to “put his foot down.” !
This marks the conclusion of the ceremony. With shouts of “Mazel Tov,” the bride and groom are then given an enthusiastic reception from the guests as they leave the chuppah together.
Then on to the Wedding reception at The Palm House Sefton Park where there is much music and dancing as the guests celebrate with the new couple; some guests entertain with feats of juggling and acrobatics.
A great day for Natalie and Craig. Mazel tov!
If you are having for a Jewish wedding ceremony and are considering a wedding video, come and see us at our studio in The Wedding House.