There are many aspects to a Jewish wedding. The ceremonies tend to vary, but the most common factors are:
- The ketubah which is a marriage contract that is signed by two witnesses
- A chuppah which is a wedding canopy that the bride & groom stand in during the ceremony
- The tisch is “a gathering of Hasidim around their Rebbe.” (courtesy of Wikipedia)
The placement of the Chuppah for this particular event was up in the air for a long time as it all depended on how the weather turned out. We had to keep an eye on the weather prior to the date & luckily, we were able to hold it outside. The sun even came out and made an appearance!
The bride & groom stood inside the Chuppah & this is where they got married.
After the outdoor ceremony, guests made their way inside for the drinks reception.
Once guests were sufficiently watered & fed (with canapes), they were allowed into the main hall for the rest of the evening.
In this final picture, you can see that there is a section that has been cordoned off. This is because men & women don’t mix when dancing. They have their own individual dance floors. The women were inside the closed space so the men were unable to see them dancing, while the mens dance floor is just next to the partition.
There was a partition placed in this section of the hall for the more important guests.
When it comes to Jewish events, there are – more often than not – external decorators and caterers brought in to make the event what it is. There are always LOTS of staff around to set the venue up. To put this into perspective, when we would put on our own event for 300 guests, we’d have around 15 waiters for the whole evening. However, during this particular event, there were approximately 20 staff minimum just to serve the food. A Jewish client knows EXACTLY what they want – there is no room for error. The caterers are 100% Kosher which means, when they come in, they cover every surface of the kitchen to make sure it is okay to use. During the food preparation, there tends to be a Rabbi in the kitchen from the initial food preparation to the moment the food is placed on the table. The Rabbi makes sure that everything is done correctly, following their own laws & traditions. They will also bring in their own cutlery and crockery as they have to use Kosher equipment.
A Jewish wedding, from my perspective, was one of the easiest types of events to hold as all I had to do was make sure that the venue wasn’t damaged. As long as there is security, someone to liaise with throughout the day & a rough time sheet that lets us know exactly what is happening, the event should go off with no worries.
If you’d like to know any more information about a Jewish wedding, please leave a comment & I’ll get back to you.
I’d like to apologise about the lack of posts. But I’m back. And I’m so excited for the future content I have planned.
Till next time ☺