Our very own Event Director / CEO, Carla Abramovici is well versed in many different wedding cultures but specializes in Jewish weddings. With unparalleled energy and a visible passion for all areas of the Event Planning Industry, Carla strives for perfection with every client and has made it possible for all “Bridal Couples” with any Wedding Budget to afford a Wedding Planner. With 15 years of Corporate Management experience, she brings to the table extraordinary negotiation skills, a solutions driven approach to the business and a passion for Event Planning & Customer Service. Carla has led the successful execution of over 400 unique weddings and she has experience in both the planning and execution of weddings and events for all cultures.
Mazel Tov, Darlings…..You’re getting married!!!
By now, you have set a date, come up with a preliminary wedding budget, and picked your theme and colour inspirations. Perhaps you’ve thought about how you want the invitations to look, you’ve auditioned or seen the band, and you’re well on your way to beginning your wedding planning journey. You are feeling like you need some support to get all the essential details in order so that it will turn your big day into a unique, timeless, and spiritual event. We’re talking minhag: the Jewish wedding customs that create a meaningful link between past, present, and future.
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A traditional Jewish wedding begins with a groom’s tish, Yiddish for table. The groom attempts to present a lecture on the week’s Torah portion, while his male friends and family heckle and interrupt him. Meanwhile, the bride is entertained in another room by her female friends and family. Bride and groom may lead the tish together in Conservative and Reform congregations. The tish is not supposed to be serious — rather, it should be humorous and fun. It’s a great way to introduce yourselves and set the tone for your wedding.
The Ketubah Signing
In Orthodox communities, after the tish the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) is signed by the groom, the rabbi, and two male witnesses. In Reform and Conservative congregations, the bride may also sign the ketubah. Despite its testimony that the groom has “acquired” the bride, the ketubah is all about the bride’s rights and her willingness to take part in the marriage. In fact, the ketubah belongs solely to the bride and is hers to keep as proof of her rights and the groom’s responsibilities to her under Jewish law.
The first time a Bride and Groom see each other in an Orthodox Jewish wedding is during the b’deken, or veiling of the bride. In other religions, it could be at the “First Look” in cases where photo’s need to be taken before the Ceremony. Both fathers and all the men lead the groom to the bride’s room, where both mothers and all the women surround her. The groom lowers the veil over her face, setting her apart from everyone else and indicating that he is solely interested in her inner beauty.
The chuppah, or wedding canopy, dates back to the tent-dwelling Jewish nomadic days in the desert. Historically, Jewish wedding ceremonies were held outdoors, and the chuppah created an intimate, sanctified space. The canopy offers one of the best opportunities to personalize your ceremony. Since there are no formal requirements for its size, shape, or appearance, you can make your own chuppah.
When the couple first enters the chuppah, the bride circles the groom seven times, representing the seven wedding blessings and seven days of creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world. To make the ancient ritual reciprocal, many couples opt to circle each other.
The kiddushin (betrothal ceremony) takes place under the huppah. It begins with greetings, a blessing over the wine, and a sip taken by the bride and groom. Next come the rings: The groom recites an ancient Aramaic phrase as he places the wedding band on his bride’s right index finger — the finger believed to be directly connected to the heart. In a double-ring ceremony (not permitted in some Orthodox weddings) the bride also places a ring on the grooms index finger while repeating a feminine form of the Aramaic phrase, or a biblical verse from Hosea or Song of Songs. The ketubah is then read aloud in English and Aramaic.
The sheva b’rachot, or seven blessings, consist of praise for God, a prayer for peace in Jerusalem, and good wishes for the couple. In Sephardic weddings, before the sheva b’rachot are recited, the parents wrap the couple in a tallis, literally binding them together. The rabbi doesn’t have to say all seven blessings. You can honor special guests by asking them to read — or even sing — some of the blessings.
Breaking of the Glass
Nothing says “Jewish wedding” more than the sound of breaking glass. But what’s the point? Depending on whom you ask, the breaking of the wineglass is, among other things: a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem; a representation of the fragility of human relationships; and a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever. It’s also the official signal to shout, “Mazel Tov!” and start partying. There’s no law putting the man’s foot to the task. If you’re game, bride and groom can break the glass together with one swift kick.
In a day filled with excitement, the yihud — or “seclusion” — is a standout ritual that lets you focus on the days true purpose: your new partnership. Immediately after the ceremony, Bride and Groom retreat to a private room for about 15 minutes of personal time. No in-laws, no seating charts, no photographer. Just you and your new spouse staring into each other’s eyes. In the olden days, bride and groom would retreat to a nearby tent for a little undercover action (lol). This isn’t done much these days, but it’s customary for newlyweds to seize the yihud moment and feed each other a bite or two of their first meal together.
The following is a testimonial of one of our Jewish/Russian couples who just celebrated their marriage this past July at The Avenue and had hired us for wedding planning and decor:
I had a vision of what my wedding will look like. My vision was very different from any other wedding I have seen, therefore I was looking for a decor team that can pull it off. After meeting with Carla at TSE, I felt that she understood what I wanted and hired her team to do the job. Everyone told me that things will go wrong during my wedding and not everything will be perfect. And that’s exactly what I prepared myself for. But I was definitely blown away when I first stepped into the hall, TSE was able to make my vision come to life. I truly stepped into my dream wedding. My decor was absolutely stunning and like nothing that I have ever seen before. Trade Sensation worked under tight deadlines and made it happen.
Stella and Sasha Fried