Pre Wedding Rituals
One of the pre-wedding rituals is Yom Kippur Viddui. In this ritual the bride and the groom make confessional prayers, in order to forgive each other for their pasts and start a new life afresh. Kabbalat Patim is the next ritual, wherein the couple is not allowed to meet from one week before wedding. This is followed by Badeken tradition, during which the bride and the groom see each other as the groom veils the bride. This takes place just before the wedding ceremony.
The wedding ceremony takes place under the ‘chuppah’, which is an open canopy. Here, the bride circles the groom seven times. This is known as ‘kiddushin’. After the blessings from the Betrothal, the couple drinks wine from the cup. This is followed by the exchange of the rings between the couple. The next ritual is the reading of Ketubah. It is a wedding contract written beforehand and signed by two witnesses. After this, the Sheva Berakhot ceremony takes place, wherein the rabbi recites the seven blessings over a cup of wine. Subsequently, a wine glass is placed under the bridegroom’s foot and he is asked to break it.
Post Wedding Rituals
The wedding is usually followed by Seudat Mitzwah, which is a sort of reception party. The Jewish wedding feast contains mouth watering delicacies for the newly wed couple. This is followed by Mitzwah dance, wherein everybody dances around the couple. Apart from the expression of joy it is an expression of support from the community towards the new couple.