How To Plan A Jewish Wedding – A wedding is one of the most awaited and special occasions that two people have been waiting for since they met their soulmates. It’s a big day when a couple starts a new chapter of their life and builds new relationships among families. Planning a Jewish wedding is an exciting and somehow stressful deal for anybody involved. From traditions to readings, several aspects hold a deep significance in a Jewish wedding. In this blog, we will offer you a detailed guide on How To Plan a Jewish Wedding with Jewish customs and traditions for a meaningful and memorable experience.

In Judaism, marriage is considered a contractual bond between a Jewish man and a Jewish woman creating a relationship in which God is directly involved. At the Jewish wedding, various beautiful customs and rituals are performed to make the ceremony enchanting, spiritual, and joyful. If you are also planning a Jewish wedding, then the below checklist will help to create a smooth wedding, reflecting your faith in Judaism and creating a spiritual connection.

Ceremonies Performed in Jewish Wedding

Even if you never attended a Jewish wedding, you may be aware of (seen in movies) the most famous ritual, “Breaking the glass.” However, there are also many beautiful, centuries-old rituals followed in Jewish weddings to celebrate the union of two souls. These customs are :

Pre- Wedding Rituals

1. Celebrating the Wedding Couple

Before the wedding ceremony, close family members and friends surround the wedding couple (who are in two different rooms, so they do not see each other before the wedding) with wishes and blessings. It is one of the ancient Jewish rituals known as Hachnasat Kallah (Celebrating the Bride) and The Groom’s Tisch (The Groom’s Table), and guests visit based on gender.

2. Breaking Plate

In Jewish weddings, breaking a plate symbolizes a serious commitment to each other. Just as the breaking of the plate is final, their engagement is also final and undeniable.

It also symbolizes the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and foreshadows the breaking of the glass, which is also part of the ceremony.

3. Signing the Ketubah

Ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract (Historically, it was a legal document) that protects the bride’s rights after the marriage. Signing the Ketubah is one of the oldest Jewish wedding customs, having been followed for two thousand years. In this tradition, the couple signs the Ketubah under the witness of a few close members, such as parents, close friends, and the wedding officiant. This ceremony takes place in a separate place before the wedding.

4. Bedeken

Bedeken usually means “To Veil”. It is also one of the meaningful traditions followed before the Jewish wedding ceremony. The tradition symbolizes that the groom admires his bride for who she is inside. There is also a story of Jacob’s wedding behind this ritual. Jacob was tricked by his father-in-law and mistakenly married the wrong woman. (Some said it was his sister). She had been wearing a veil, and after the ceremony, he found out she was not Rachel, the woman he loved and wanted to marry.

During The Ceremony


The wedding ceremony takes place under a chuppah, or wedding canopy, also known as “the Couple’s first home.” It represents God’s sheltering presence in the wedding couple’s lives. The presence of family members under the chuppah represents that family and friends will always be welcome in the couple’s home.


This ritual is followed mainly by Ashkenazi Jews ( who originated in eastern and central Europe). In this ritual, one partner circles the other seven times before entering the canopy, referring to the seven days of creation and symbolizing that marriage is also creation.

Erusin or Kiddushin (Betrothal):

This ritual includes two blessings: Erusin or Kiddushin. In Erusin, the traditional blessing is recited over a cup of wine and then served among the couple and their parents. In the second blessing, the couple sanctifies together in Kiddushin. Couples also exchange rings as part of this ritual.

Other rituals, like reading the Ketubah and breaking the glass, were also followed during the Jewish wedding ceremony.

After the Ceremony


Yichud means “Togetherness”. This custom is usually practiced among Ashkenazi Jews, in which the couple may proceed to the private room for a few minutes to share the excitement as a married couple.

Seudat Mitzvah

Seudat Mitzvah is a celebratory meal in Judaism. As per Jewish law, wedding guests or attendees are commanded to celebrate, dance, and have fun, including the Hora, to make the meal memorable and increase the joy of the couple on their special day.

Mazel Tov! A Start To Finish Guide on How To Plan A Jewish Wedding

Whether you are aware of Jewish Customs or just started learning about Judaism, the following will help to create a meaningful wedding experience for both spouses and families.

1. Selecting the date

Traditionally, Jewish weddings are not organized on Shabat, Jewish festivals, or High Holy days such as Rosh Hashanah, Kippur, Shavuot, and many more. Try to choose a date that matches both family preferences. You should consult a Jewish calendar and a rabbi so that you can choose a date for a wedding that aligns with Jewish customs.

2. Choose a Venue

Jewish Weddings are often held in the synagogue, a chuppah, marriage canopy, or any meaningful venue. Many couples often prefer to organize their wedding at a beach, hall, scenic park, or another outdoor setting. Always book a venue that can easily accommodate and welcome your listed guests and other requirements. The wedding venue should align with all your preferences smoothly and contain basic amenities.

3. Hiring a Wedding Officiant

A rabbi plays a significant role in officiating Jewish weddings. While planning for a Jewish wedding, talk to an experienced rabbi in advance to learn about the Jewish wedding traditions, rituals, and ceremonies. Also, ensure his/her availability on the planned schedule.

Rabbi Ron Broden is recognized for conducting Jewish weddings with meticulously planned details that meet your specific needs. From planning a date to the final wedding day, we will guide you in every step to bring added meaning to your big day.

4. Arrange the services

A wedding is not only special and important for the couple but for both families as well. Before finalizing any services, it’s better to discuss their needs to make them valued and respected. For instance, if your partner belongs to another tradition or even comes from a different country, it is important to know their culture so that they and their guests feel comfortable at the wedding.

Schedule a meeting with your partner’s family and understand their requirements like food preferences, cultural dance, music, etc., and much more to create a lovely and vibrant Jewish wedding.

5. Plan the ceremonies

A Jewish wedding is filled with beautiful traditions that require some dedicated time to perform and understand. Coordinate with your rabbi to plan and understand the order of the ceremonies. The Jewish wedding is incomplete without reciting prayers and readings. Couples and families can also include special readings or blessings for a customized ceremony.

Rabbi Ron Broden is also popular for officiating customized Jewish weddings that reflect the couple’s and family’s beliefs, values, respect, and love towards the Jewish faith.

6. Wedding Attire

Wedding couples, especially brides always remain excited and conscious while selecting their wedding outfit. As we know, excitement makes every little moment special. Before shopping or booking for wedding attire, couples should select wedding attire that respects Jewish traditions. Out of concern for modesty and respect for tradition, a long and fully covered wedding gown for the Jewish bride might be the best choice and a yarmulke for the groom to go with a classic suit.

7. Cross Check all the details

From date to catering services to venue, don’t forget to double-check all the services from the days before your wedding. Try to maintain effective communication with your family and your partner’s family to understand and arrange their preferences on time.

Stay updated with your rabbi to know about his/her availability, special requirements, and arrival to ensure everything will run smoothly on your big day.

Wrapping Up!

The blog aims to offer an in-depth guide on how to plan a Jewish Wedding. Planning a Jewish wedding is an exciting and challenging deal for anybody involved. From date to venue to customs, multiple aspects play a major role in creating a successful Jewish wedding. Before finalizing any details, it’s essential to discuss with your family and your partner’s family to know their needs and make them feel respected. This will help to make the relationship stronger and more beautiful. Always hire a reliable and experienced rabbi like Rabbi Ron Broden. We will officiate your Jewish wedding that aligns with your preferences for a personalized, spiritual, and memorable Jewish wedding.

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Plan A Jewish Wedding

Q1: How to Find the Right Rabbi for a Jewish Wedding?

Ans: If you are searching for a professional and highly experienced rabbi for a Jewish wedding, then you can contact Rabi Ron Broden’s Jewish Ceremonies by dialing (917) 210-5807 or sending him an email to

Whether it’s a traditional Jewish wedding or an interfaith wedding ceremony, we will make your special day, memorable and joyful.

We will closely coordinate with the couple and families to understand their specific preferences and other elements that they wish to include in the ceremony, reflecting their beliefs, values, and respect towards their faith.

Q2: In which locations do you mostly conduct wedding ceremonies?

Ans: Rabbi Ron Broden has years of experience in conducting wedding ceremonies in the Tri-state region but will not hesitate to travel to your desired location. We have conducted numerous wedding ceremonies in Bermuda, Aruba, Spain, Italy, Croatia, and throughout the United States.

Q3: How much does a rabbi cost to officiate a Jewish wedding?

Ans: To officiate your wedding, the estimated cost of a rabbi generally starts at around $850 but can be higher depending on the officiant. Also, travel time and cost can be a consideration. But our fees are generally competitive and lower than the other officiants.

Q4: Is it compulsory to hold a Jewish wedding at a synagogue?

Ans: Well, traditionally, a Jewish wedding is held at a synagogue. But you can also choose a hall, restaurant, hotel, scenic parks, or other meaningful venue for your wedding.

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