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. Luckily, Judaica Webstore is your one-stop-shop for everything you need for your special day! Our vast selection of wedding essentials includes something that will be a perfect match for any wedding theme or budget.
To help you in your shopping we've 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!
The exchanging of wedding rings is one of the most important parts at a Jewish wedding. According to some, the ring must have a smooth finish on the inside and be made of something of value, like pure 14K gold or silver. Other popular Jewish wedding rings feature the romantic quote from Song of Songs "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" - like this 9K gold and sterling silver spinning ring, and this gold and blue enamel ring. Can't decide which style is best for you? Check out our guide to choosing the right wedding ring here.
Ketubah - the wedding contract
The Ketubah is the Jewish marriage contract that states the obligations of the husband to the wife and is traditionally signed by the groom and two witnesses, with more modern, egalitarian variations also available. Many couples choose a beautiful artistic Ketubah to hang in their home after the wedding, as a reminder of their lifelong commitment to each other. Choose your preferred Ketubah design from our collection and then the text that best aligns with your tradition - we have options from Orthodox to Conservative to Reform, with Ashkenazi and Sephardi variations and optional English translation.
Kippah - the head covering
A Jewish groom traditionally wears a kippah under the chuppah, and it is also commonplace to have kippot available for the wedding guests. Some even choose to have the names of the bride and groom and the wedding date embroidered or printed onto the kippah. White or light-colored satin is the most popular choice for wedding kippot, as it's both classy and affordable, especially if you're ordering in bulk for your guests. On the other hand, cotton or silk can add a touch of unique elegance to your wedding.
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 itself at the wedding. It's customary to wear a white tallit at one's wedding, or white adorned with simple stripes. In addition to wearing the tallit, some also choose to construct their chuppah (wedding canopy) using a separate, large tallit; if you choose to do this make sure to buy Size 60 or larger. (Click here for more info on tallit sizing.)
Other Wedding Essentials
Other items that can help beautify a wedding ceremony and add special Jewish meaning include a designer glass and pouch straight from Jerusalem for the glass-breaking, a gorgeous pillow for the bridal ring, a white kittel as worn by many Orthodox grooms, and a beautiful gold silk chuppah for the wedding canopy itself. And don't forget that we have a varied selection of special wedding gifts made in the Land of Israel for the lucky couple as well!
❤︎ We love this "O Jerusalem" wedding breaking glass, this silk chuppah from Israeli designer Yair Emanuel with a gold and pomegranate motif, and this dove mezuzah case by artist Shraga Landesman which is specially made to hold the broken glass from the wedding ceremony.
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