In life, each person has their own view on religion. Whether you are a religious person, or don’t take part in religion at all, your wedding day will surround your traditions and the values that you have for your life.
If you are Jewish and choosing to create a traditional Jewish wedding, there are some wonderful traditions and songs that you can incorporate into yours.
Here at Philadelphia String Quartet, we are so humbled to be a part of all types of weddings! That’s why we have gathered some inspiration for your own Jewish wedding. To gain some great insight, be sure to continue reading:
· Bedeken – The Veiling. Before the wedding ceremony takes place, the groom will approach the bride for the bedeken, also known as the veiling. This lovely ritual expresses the love that the groom has for bride’s inner beauty, as he veils her face.
· Ketubah – The Signing. The Jewish prenuptial agreement that highlights the groom’s responsibilities to bride is known as the ketubah. The ketubah will be signed by the bride and groom and two witnesses before the wedding ceremony takes place and will be read to the guests during the ceremony.
· The Walk Down the Aisle. The groom will make his way down the aisle accompanied by both parents. Then, the bride will make her way down the aisle, with her parents following.
· Beneath the Chuppah – The Vows. The chuppah is the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony altar. Showcasing four corners, which symbolizes the home that the bride and groom will build together, the chuppah is where the couple will present their vows to one another.
· Circling. Beneath the chuppah, the bride traditionally circles around her groom either three or seven times, which is said to create a magical wall of protection from evil spirits, temptation, and the glances of other woman. However, some also believe that the bride is a creating a new family circle.
· Sheva B’rachot – The Seven Blessings. Often read in both Hebrew and English, Sheva B’rachot, also known as the Seven Blessings, will be shared by a family members and friends during the wedding ceremony. These blessings focus on celebration and the power of love.
· The Breaking of the Glass. Once the wedding ceremony comes to an end, the groom will step on a bag filled with glass, to shatter it. The breaking of the glass is said to represent the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.
· Mazel Tov! After the glass is broken and the ceremony has commenced, you will hear guests cheer “Mazel tov!”, which is said to symbolize good luck and an expression of congratulations.
· Yichud. For approximately 18 minutes, after the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds will take part in yichud, which is a seclusion ritual. During yichud, the couple will reflect in private on their new marriage, providing them with time to bond and rejoice.
· Music. Each wedding tradition showcased will add to the personalization of your big day and can be complemented with music. Some songs to consider incorporating into Jewish wedding are Sunrise Sunset, Balalaka, Dodi Li, Hevenu Shalom Alechem, and Siman Tov. Please feel free to listen to our audio to see the beautiful sounds that we can present at your wedding.
Every wedding should showcase wonderful traditions and beautiful music! If you are ready to book your Philadelphia wedding band, please contact us here at Philadelphia String Quartet. We would be honored to be your wedding band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as we can work with you to develop a personalized playlist for your big day.
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