April 13, 2011

“Shtick”: a best friend’s guide to weddings!

On your best friend’s big day, you want to show him/her how much you care, how happy you are, and you also want to play a huge role in making wedding really really special. When I got married, the caterers made a huge mistake, and arranged the tables so that the all our guests were sitting opposite from where we had placed them. That means that the old people – […]
April 13, 2011

Explaining the Ketuba:contract and blessing

  While the number of rituals for a Jewish wedding may seem countless, there are two that are essential – the erusin ceremony (in which the rings are exchanged) and the nesuin ceremony (in which the seven blessings are recited).  The first ceremony, constructed of nine simple Hebrew words, Harei at mkudeshet li b’taba’at zo, kdat moshe v’yisrael, translated as, “Behold, be consecrated to me according to the laws of […]
April 13, 2011

The Jewish wedding dictionary

Chatan – groom Kallah – bride Kittel – white garment that some grooms wear Kabbalat Panim – reception, takes place before the Chupa Tena’im – ceremony that takes place during the reception Badeken – the covering of the bride by a veil Birkat kallah – special prayer that bride says during the badeken, often it is written out decoratively and is displayed in the home Chuppah – the canopy Shehecheyanu […]
April 13, 2011

All about the Ketuba

— The wedding contract — A ketubah is a special legal document, the marriage contract, which is an integral part of a Jewish  wedding ceremony. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom in relation to the bride. It was set up in ancient times by the Rabbis to protect the wife in case her husband died prematurely or divorced her in which case she would lose her financial […]
April 13, 2011

Your Jewish wedding day customs

The Jewish wedding day can be the happiest day of your life.  It is also considered one of the holiest days.  It represents the moment before the Bride and Groom are about to end the first part of their life, and embark on the next part.  The Rabbi’s compare it to a personal Yom Kippur, a day of retrospection and a day when all the bride and groom’s past mistakes […]
April 13, 2011

The Jewish wedding ceremony 101

Kabbalat Panim The wedding celebrations open with a reception called “Kabbalat Panim’ during which both the bride and groom are greeted by family and friends. It is customary for the bride and groom to sit separately in adjoining rooms because they have     often had no contact for a week prior to the wedding and it is only at the huppa that they meet again. This separation period prior to the […]
April 13, 2011

Free and Fanstastically helpful wedding planner checklist!

Your wedding day is probably one of the most important days of your life,  and you don’t want to forget anything!  If you have one year, one week or one day left until your wedding it’s a good idea to use our tried, tested and highly acclaimed wedding planner checklist!
April 13, 2011

Is married life the easy life?

Based on an article by Rabbi David Clyman from Aish It’s is a myth that single life is hard, and married life is easy, the reality is that to get married and to stay happily married, entails hard work.  Ultimately in every marriage there will be painful issues to work out and disagreements are inevitable. Seeking pleasure Most people seek a pleasurable life. But often real pleasures have a price […]
April 13, 2011

Signing with Love on Jewish prenuptial agreements

The modern prenuptial agreement was developed in order to safeguard the rights of the married women, and it makes provisions for the possibility of divorce. By setting up the rules prior to the marriage in the form of a monetary contract, both spouses have an interest to negotiate a divorce in a dignified manner and thus get-refusal is discouraged. There are a number of different versions in America, Israel and […]
April 13, 2011

Breaking plates can be fun – the tena’im ceremony

Tena’im  is the Hebrew word for “conditions”.  This ceremony refers to a contract setting out the terms of the marriage. The Tena’im ceremony dates back to the third century C.E and it represents a mutual agreement between the bride and groom’s parents.  It concerns the date and financial arrangements of the marriage. Often, the signing of the “contract” is accompanied by an engagement party for the couple and their parents. […]