While a decade or two ago customized Ketubahs were reserved for the elite, they have certainly become a must have for couples getting married these days. It’s not only about the beautiful designs that can later be used to decorate your home while reminding you of your wedding, it’s also the actual matching of your Ketubah to your customs and traditions. Every Edda has its own Nosach for the Ketubah, and it gets even more interesting, as you can choose a short or long version to be read in either Hebrew, English or the original Aramaic. If that isn’t enough customization for you, different streams of judaism use different phrasings. An Orthodox Chuppah doesn’t sound the same as an Ultra Orthodox one. A customized Ketubah makes you feel special, as if those magical moments were sewn together to perfectly fit your ceremony, because that’s indeed the case.
Some couples choose to get a goblet for the wedding and not use the one that the Rabbi brings. This is because this new Goblet will initially be used by the Rabbi for all of the Brachot in the Chuppah. It’s the same cup that the groom will say Bore Pri HaGafen on and will hand over to his bride to drink from. While this Kiddush cup, or goblet, holds a significant role in the Chuppah itself, knowing that the couple can later take it home and use it for many years to come, adds many layers of meaning to it. Just imagine the newlyweds in twenty years from now, sitting at a dinner table full of kids, telling them for the umpteenth time that this is the same goblet they drank from at their very own Chuppah.
When choosing the glass to break at the Chuppah, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions.
First, will you be interested in using the shards as decorative items later on? Many couples keep their Chuppah glass shards to be combined in Mezuzahs, vases and even picture frames. If the answer to this question is Yes, go ahead and choose a glass that will break into relatively large pieces and pick a color that you like.
Second, are you planning on wrapping the glass in tinfoil or fabric before stepping on it? Many glasses come with a cloth designed to keep the glass in place and contain all the shards.
Halachic requirements dictate that a smooth gold band, free of engraving or gems is the symbol of marriage to be given during the Chuppah. However, many couples these days bend the rules of the band and Rabbis are totally going with it. As long as the band’s inside is smooth and simple, it qualifies as a wedding band and can be used for the Kiddushin.
Many wedding venues provide their own Chuppah, ticking that item off of your to do list. In case you’re organizing a self made or social wedding, you may use any fabric you like to cover your Chuppah. Different Eddot hold various traditions on this subjects. While some go for a plain white sheet like fabric, others choose a large Tallit made especially for Chuppahs and still others choose printed fabrics. Printed fabrics contain a rich world of judaica imagery including motifs like Jerusalem, love, unity and the Star of David.
Let’s first remember that getting married is a wonderful present on its own. Aside from that, presenting your bride or groom with a gift during or after the wedding is a heartwarming way of thanking them for all the time and effort put into planning the event, and of course, a show of your love and joy for the happy union. Newlyweds often get eachother a piece of jewelry, a watch, a Tallit or a set of Gemara. Browse through our Love Jewelry collection to find a variety of options perfectly suited for this occasion.
A mother and father in law’s show of appreciation towards the person marrying their child can take the relationship a long way. Many in laws present their new Kallah or Chassan with a piece of jewelry, a watch, a Tallit or a set of Gemara. If you’d like to make sure your new Kallah or Chassan feels cherished, make sure to get them a personal present rather than something for the new home. Browse through our Love ewelry collection to find a variety of options perfectly suited for this occasion.
You’re getting married and would like to show the parents of your bride or groom how much you appreciate their support? First of all, you deserve a round of applause! Presenting your new spouse’s parents with a gift around the wedding is a great way of starting your long term relationship and be sure they will cherish the thought and effort. Browse through our Gifts for Parents collection to find a variety of options perfectly suited for this occasion.