Jewish Wedding Ceremony Essentials
Between perfecting the guest list and finding the dress, planning any wedding can be stressful. Planning a Jewish wedding can feel even more daunting since a traditional ceremony requires several special ritual items, such as a Kiddush cup, a chuppah, a Ketubah, and benschers. Luckily, Judaica Webstore is your one-stop-shop for everything you need for your special day. Our vast selection includes something that will be a perfect match for any wedding theme or budget. We have compiled this handy list of everything you need for your wedding day, as well as a few of our favorites from each category.
Need a refresher on Jewish wedding lingo and customs? Check out our blog!
Under the chuppah, the blessing over wine is recited twice, which means you will need a Kiddush cup for the ceremony. The Kiddush cup used during the wedding ceremony does not need to be different from a cup used on Shabbat or holidays — in fact, buying an elegant and gorgeous Kiddush cup for your wedding is a long-term investment, as you can use your wedding Kiddush cup for years and years to come. We have previously rounded up our top 10 favorite Kiddush cups, like this white glass stemmed cup and this sterling silver Jerusalem Kiddush cup. If you do want a set just for your wedding day, check out this Sheva Berachot Kiddush set.
❤︎ We love this Sheva Berachot Kiddush cup set designed by Bier Judaica.
Wedding rings are one of the most important parts of any wedding, especially Jewish weddings. According to some, the ring must have a smooth finish on the inside and be made of something of value, like 14K gold or silver. The most popular Jewish wedding rings feature a quote from Song of Songs -- "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" -- like this 9K gold spinning ring, and this blue and gold enamel ring. If you want something customizable, check out this 14K yellow gold ring from Israeli favorite Anbinder.
❤︎ We love this diamond-accented 14K gold "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" ring.
Ketubah - the wedding contract
The Ketubah is the Jewish marriage contract that states the obligations of the husband to the wife and is signed by the groom and two witnesses. Many couples decide to choose a beautiful art-like Ketubah that can be hung on the wall of their home after the wedding. While the traditional wording isn't often altered, the design of the Ketubah is totally up to the artist. Our vast selection includes pomegranate, floral, paper-cut, and Jerusalem motifs, as well as traditional symbols like the Hamsa, the Tree of Life and the Star of David. If you would like to customize the wording, there are Ketubot for that, too!
❤︎ We love this round paper-cut Ketubah designed by David Fisher.
Kippah - the head covering
While under the chuppah, the groom traditionally wears a kippah. It is also commonplace at many weddings for to have kippot available for the guests. Some even choose to have the names of the bride and groom, as well as the date of the ceremony, embroidered or printed onto the kippah. White satin is the most popular choice as far as color and material; white satin kippot with a decorative trim, a silver Star of David, or a Jerusalem motif are classy choices. While more expensive, cotton and silk can add a touch of elegance to the wedding as well.
❤︎ We love this white satin "Mazel Tov" bride and groom kippah.
Tallit - the prayer shawl
In some communities, the groom will receive a new tallit at his wedding to wear throughout the many Shabbats and holidays during the marriage, as well as under the chuppah at the wedding. Some tallits are simple, like this wool white and gold tallit, while others are more traditional, like this Gilboa blue and white striped tallit. Others are more colorful and modern, like this Jerusalem-themed tallit designed by Yair Emanuel. In addition to wearing the tallit, some also choose to construct their chuppah (wedding canopy) using a separate tallit. If you choose to do so, make sure to buy Size 60 or larger. (Click here for more info on tallit sizing)
❤︎ We love this vibrant Seven Species tallit.
Other Wedding Essentials
While we have covered the ritual essentials for weddings, there are several other items across our site that can further beautify your ceremony, such as a designer glass + pouch for the glass-breaking, a gorgeous pillow for the bridal ring, and elegant stainless steel benscher holders for each table at the reception. For more help on planning a Jewish wedding, make sure to check our our guide to Jewish ceremonies!
❤︎ We love this dove mezuzah case that holds the glass broken during your ceremony.
If you're a guest looking for the perfect wedding gift, check out our guide here!