Weddings & Commitment Ceremonies

Although you might not find “something blue” on Ritualwell, you will find much that is “borrowed,” “old,” and “new.” Jewish tradition is rich in wedding customs, and we have attempted to bring you some samples from this delightful smorgasbord. You will find pre-wedding customs such as ten’aim (engagement), during which it is customary for the mothers of the couple to break a plate, the bedecken (the veiling of the bride and modern alternatives), and the tischen (literally, “tables,” where grooms and/or brides receive blessings and enjoy other rituals immediately prior to the wedding ceremony). You will also find several complete wedding ceremonies along with a breakdown of the constituent parts and alternatives for them, various ketubot (wedding contracts), ideas for tzedakah (charity), and much more. We also explore weddings and ceremonies not envisioned by the rabbis of old—interfaith marriages and weddings and commitment ceremonies between partners of the same sex.
 

Latest Rituals

a blessing of two people under a tallit
“Instead of color and shape and symbols or frame / I ponder what is holy…”
a ketubah with a voting badge hanging on the frame
This is a new interpretation of the traditional Seven Blessings used in a Jewish wedding ceremony.
two simple gold wedding bands
“We celebrate the triumph / Of love over hate”
queer couple - one in a white bridal gown and one in a blue suit - embracing under a chuppah with a rabbi wearing a rainbow tallit
“I wanted a way of acknowledging and bringing my own queerness into the wedding ceremony”
Blessing of Gratitude for Queer Ancestors & Community

“So dear this daughter / As she prepares to immerse”

With My Daughter at the Mikveh

“May you join together in songs of praise, songs of joy and songs of sorrow.”

Sheva Berakhot Interpretive Translations

Non-Theistic Jewish Wedding Blessings

Brit Ahavah – Covenant of Love: Non-Theistic Jewish Wedding Blessings

“Your love is running honey”

Back in the Garden

God is loving another

Gd is Simple

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