Part 1 The “Betrothal” or “Erusin” section of the ceremony
The ketuba/marriage document is signed by two appropriate witnesses prior to the ceremony
Bride and Groom are under the huppah/wedding canopy
The opening blessing over the “fruit of the vine” (kosher wine/grape juice) marks the moment as sacred
The Erusin/Betrothal blessing is recited
The groom rings the bride with a statement of sanctification
The ketuba/marriage document is read
The officiate often addresses the couple with some personal remarks
The Sheva Brachot/Seven Blessings finalize the sanctification of the couple-hood
The groom breaks the glass, and the couple exits the huppah/wedding canopy
There are common variations of the standard ceremony today, depending on your rabbi. Many times, a traditional ceremony will include a dual gifting of rings and accompanying statements. Often a couple will opt to include personal statements around the reading of the ketuba/marriage document. Of course, there is always the option of inviting dear ones to recite the Sheva Brachot/Seven Blessings in Hebrew or English, depending on capacity. There are more ways to personalize your wedding ceremony, so be sure to check back for more on that topic soon!
The ketuba is usually signed as a prenuptial moment; it can be private or public as the couple wishes. That said, some couples opt to sign it under the huppah!
There are some important rules about who can serve as witnesses for a traditional Jewish wedding, so check in with your officiant if a fully kosher ketuba is important to you!
Most, but not all Jewish officiants, welcome a double ring ceremony. Some have requirements about how it is done in the ceremony.
White wine or grape juice under the huppah conceals spills from nervous hands…especially if a white garment is involved!
There are countless options for the translations to the Sheva Brachot. Be sure to ask your officiant what is their typical preference, and make sure that it works for you.