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 are forgiven as they merge into a new, complete soul.
For this reasons there are many customs and signs associated with Yom Kippur on the wedding day.
* The chatan and kallah traditionally fast (from dawn until after the completion of the marriage ceremony).
* In the afternoon prayers the Chatan and Kallah traditionally recite the Yom Kippur confessional prayer.
* At the ceremony, the chatan wears a kittel, the traditional white robe worn on Yom Kippur.