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Example Text of a Jewish Wedding Program

The following is an example of a Jewish wedding program that outlines elements of the ceremony. This is particularly helpful to guests that may be unfamiliar with some of the traditions.

Before the ceremony...

The Ketubah

The Jewish tradition of the ketubah (the marriage contract) is over two thousand years old. Before the ceremony, the ketubah is signed in the presence of witnesses.The text of our ketubah describes our commitment to each other and our promises for our future life and family.The artwork on our ketubah is an original design by Amber. The main image of a tree reflects our "tree of life." It is full of symbols representing our past, present relationship and future.

The Ceremony...

The Kippah and Tallit

The kippah (yarmulke) is the Jewish head covering and the tallit is the prayer shawl. Both are worn as a sign of respect during ceremonies. The tallit that Josh is wearing today originally belonged to his great, great, great grandfather in Poland, over 150 years ago!

The Chuppah

The chuppah (wedding canopy) is intended to create an intimate, sanctified space symbolizing the home that the bride and groom will share together. The sides are left open to signify that all friends and family are welcome into their new life and home. Rosemary, which is growing at the base of our chuppah, has been a symbol of love and fidelity since ancient times and was often used in weddings. The roof of our chuppah is a large tallit from Israel.

(Read articles, "Build Your Own Chuppah" and "DIY Chuppah Cover Ideas" for more instructions on how to build your own chuppah, photos of a DIY chuppah and many ideas for chuppah covers.)

The Wine

During our ceremony we share a glass of wine from our new Kiddush cup (ceremonial cup). The wine we have chosen is a Fonseca 2000 Vintage Port. The sweetness of the wine represents the sweetness of our love for each other. Additionally, the year 2000 is the year we met.

The Breaking of the Glass

A broken glass cannot be mended. Likewise, marriage is irrevocable. It is a transforming experience that leaves individuals forever changed. While there are many other interpretations of this practice, it signals an end to the ceremony with shouts of "Mazel Tov!" (Congratulations!) Let the party begin!

(Read the article, "The Breaking Glass Jewish Wedding Tradition Meanings" for more information, meanings and history about this Jewish wedding custom.)

After the ceremony...

The Yichud

The yichud (seclusion) takes place immediately after the ceremony. The bride and groom retreat to a private room to share their first few moments alone together as husband and wife. We will be toasting each other with champagne and caviar!

Thank you all for coming and celebrating with us today. We love you all very much.

Special thanks to everyone who made this day possible.

It's your wedding, do it the way you want!

For more info, crafts and instructions for Jewish weddings, go to the Jewish Weddings main page.

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