How to Plan a Jewish Wedding

Get ready to be swept off your feet and embark on an awe-inspiring journey to plan the most unforgettable and joyous celebration of your love! A Jewish wedding is not just a union between two individuals, but a true fusion of religion, culture, and tradition. With centuries of history and customs, planning a Jewish wedding is an incredible opportunity to honor your heritage and create a unique and unforgettable experience. 

From the spiritual and meaningful ceremony to the lively and energetic dance party, every aspect of a Jewish wedding is infused with beauty, depth, and pure joy. So fasten your seatbelts and get ready to discover how to plan the perfect Jewish wedding, one that reflects your personalities, values, and most importantly, your deep love for each other.

Happy couple in their Jewish wedding.
Photo by Divine Day Photography

Customs and Traditions

Jewish weddings are rich in tradition and customs that have been passed down through generations. These customs and traditions are deeply meaningful and serve to connect the couple to their heritage and to each other in a powerful way. 

Ketubah signing, a Jewish marriage contract.
Photo by DBK Photography
Bedeken a tradition where the groom veils the bride's face before the ceremony.
Photo by Eric Benchimol Photography
Breaking of the glass at end of a Jewish wedding.
Photo by @blumenthalphotography

Religious Ceremony

Jewish bride and groom getting married under the chuppah.
Photo by Shaun Menary Photography

The religious ceremony is the heart of a Jewish wedding, and it typically takes place under the chuppah. The bride and groom are escorted to the chuppah by their respective parents and are then joined by the rabbi, who officiates the ceremony. According to Benita Kam, This is the time they are the closest to God. The ceremony includes the recitation of prayers and blessings, the exchange of rings, and the signing of the ketubah.


Food as part of Jewish wedding where they serve buffet-style meals.
Photo by Ben Kelmer

Food is an important part of a Jewish wedding, and it is typically served in a kosher style. The menu may include traditional Jewish dishes such as matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, and brisket. The meal is typically served in a buffet or family-style format, and it may be followed by traditional Jewish desserts such as rugelach or babka.

Traditional Dance

Traditional dance during a Jewish wedding where the bride and groom are lifted up on a chair.
Photo by Divine Day Photography

The traditional dance at a Jewish wedding is called the hora, and it involves the bride and groom being lifted up on chairs by their guests and being twirled around in a circle. According to Benita, it is a separate dance for the bride and groom. The hora is a joyous and exuberant celebration of the couple’s love and happiness and is often one of the most memorable parts of the wedding reception.

A Jewish wedding is a beautiful and meaningful celebration that combines religious traditions with cultural customs. From the signing of the ketubah to the festive hora dance, a Jewish wedding is a celebration of love, family, and community. By understanding these customs and traditions, you can create an unforgettable event that reflects your heritage and celebrates your unique love story.

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