Jewish Wedding Terms

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Traditional Terms




Kabbalat Panim–reception

Badeken—covering the bride

Chuppah–marriage canopy

Kiddushin–groom giving ring to bride

Ketubah—marriage contract

Yichud– union

Sheva Brachot–seven blessings

Seudah–the meal

In orthodox weddings, it is customary for the bride and groom not to see each other a week preceding the wedding.

All orthodox weddings begin with Kabbalat panim. The men and women sit separately. The groom greets the men and the bride greets the women.

In the Badeken, the groom goes to the bride and puts a viel on her face which she will wear till after the chupah.

The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah. It resembles the home of Abraham and Sarah that was open from four sides to accept guests.

In kiddushin, the groom gives the bride a ring. The bride does not give a ring to the groom in Jewish orthodox weddings.

The ketubah, is read after kiddushin. The sheave brachot are than recited and a cup of wine is given to the bride and groom.

In yichud, theĀ  bride and groom are escorted to a private room.

The seudah is usually segregated, but some people allow men and women to sit together during the meal and have segregated dancing.


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