The importance of having experienced suppliers next to you to realize your stress-free dream destination wedding in Italy.
Jewish weddings are full of celebration, history and culture. The ceremonies create a meaningful link between past, present, and future so as the dancing is some of the most frenetic dancing you will ever see, combining old traditions and newer ones. All these aspects are great items for a gorgeous wedding but I love to stress how important it is to have at your side the right suppliers to get the perfect celebration! Style A Wedding team is glad to have among its best partners Mark Tso of Mark4Wedding Photography.
He skilfully combines in his wedding photography the photojournalistic style and an artistic magazine style. As professional photographer that well knows rites and meanings of the Jewish Weddings he is also able to best capture images that show the real fun and emotion of the day.
More than any other wedding celebration, a Jewish wedding can be told through the meaningful moments that characterize it.
The Ketubah Signing
The marriage ceremony can’t take place until the Ketubah is signed.The Ketubah is often a work of art, ornately detailed with calligraphy and hand-painted images. This Jewish marriage contract represents the husband’s vows to his wife. It belongs to the bride as proof of her rights and the groom’s responsibilities to her under Jewish law. I love these pics where Mark Tso well captures the emotions of this intimate and important moment when the groom, the rabbi, and both the fathers meet around a table to sign the Ketubah
The Procession to the Chuppah and the Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony begins with a family processional, after which the groom makes his way to the Chuppah.
The Chuppah, or wedding canopy, dates back to the tent-dwelling Jewish nomadic days in the desert. Historically, Jewish wedding ceremonies were held outdoors, and the chuppah created an intimate, sanctified space. It offers one of the best opportunities to personalize your ceremony, since there are no formal requirements for its size, shape, or appearance. So a beautiful flowering chuppah arranged by our professional floral designers is a great chance to give a unique touch of style to your wedding ceremony. It’s the first roof the couple share, and the structure’s lack of walls symbolizes a home hospitably never closed to the community.
In Orthodox wedding the bride is covered with a veil before the groom arrives accompanied by both fathers and he only raises the veil for one short moment to see her face and recognize her. But in more secular weddings, the bride comes with her parents half way to the chuppah and then stands there alone, waiting for the groom to come. When he steps down the chuppah he covers her with the veil during the moving ceremony called the badeken.
Every girl wish to look her best on the wedding day, and Jewish brides are no different. But in this full of poetry act, the veil is placed because no matter how gorgeous the bride may look, beauty is fleeting, and more than everything character and spirit qualities are important. By veiling his bride, the groom is also making a commitment to protect, clothe and provide for his wife. I love this moment!
After the groom places the ring on the finger of his bride, the couple is wrapped in a tallis, literally binding them together.
Then the sheva b’rachot, or seven blessings are recited; they consist of praise for God, a prayer for peace in Jerusalem, and good wishes for the couple. The rabbi doesn’t have to say all seven blessings. You can honour special guests by asking them to read or sing some of the blessings, and this is for sure a special moment to capture. With the blessing on the wine, the groom is allowed to raise the veil and to give a wine to his wife saying: “Drink, my wife” \ “Shti, ishti”
Breaking of the Glass
Also if it isn’t part of the religious ceremony, but only a tradition, stomping on the glass wrapped in a napkin is a fun and unique way to end the ceremony! Breaking the glass is extremely symbolic, whether you consider it a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, or a representation of the fragility of human relationships, or again a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever.
Breaking of the Glass it’s also the official signal to shout “Mazel Tov!”
After the chuppah, the couple, surrounded by friends and family, retires briefly to a completely private room, cheder yichud, and are left alone for the first time. This time is also symbolic of the groom bringing his wife into his home.
After the Yichud the wedding is not over yet! There are other minhag left to make your reception a true simcha or joyous celebration. When the bride and groom join to their guests to start the reception, they are ceremoniously greeted with music, singing and dancing. A hallmark of the traditional Jewish wedding is that everyone is encouraged to participate in the dancing and merrymaking. While choreographed dances are tasteful and beautiful, the intense joy experienced at a wedding is expressed in the circles of “free dancing” which characterize traditional Jewish weddings. Really a funny and joyful celebration!
Your Jewish Wedding in Italy
If you’re getting married and you wish to turn your big day into a timeless, spiritual destination wedding in Italy, Style A Wedding can accompany you with the right tips. In Italy we have several officially recognised Jewish communities, each of them with one or more Synagogues and offering different services to the local community. The largest ones are in Rome, Milan, Venice, Trieste, Florence, and Bologna.
All communities in Italy allow ceremonies to take place both in the synagogue and outdoors at private venues. Documents you need are a certificate issued by an orthodox Rabbi who declares that the bride and groom are Jewish and belong to an orthodox community and a certificate issued by a Beth-Din stating that there are no impediments for the bride and groom to get married according to the prescriptions of the halacha. To make your orthodox Jewish marriage in Italy legally recognised you need to submit additional paperwork, which varies according to the nationality of the bride and groom. We can assist you with the procedure to get the needed documentation liaising with the competent Italian authority.
The Rabbi here in Italy can personalize your Italian Jewish wedding ceremony by including family ritual items such as a family kiddush cup, tallit or Bible. In the case of interfaith ceremonies, ritual items from both faiths can also be included so that the faith traditions of both families are honoured and celebrated under the huppah. Some slight differences in the ceremony from one community to another are possible so a meeting with the rabbi before the wedding is essential; another option is for you to bring your own rabbi.
Style A Wedding can help in creating stress-free dream weddings, thanks to a knowledge of Jewish traditions and requirements, and a trusted network of high level and certified suppliers like excellent caterings specialized in Kosher food and all the other professionals to fulfil your specific needs.
Contact us to realize your traditional Jewish Wedding framed by one of the superlative Italy’s landscapes.
Captured by Mark Tso of Mark4Wedding Photography http://www.mark4wedding.com/