The Jewish Ceremony 
The dawning of the wedding day represents the happiest and holiest day in one’s life. All past wrongs are forgiven as the couple will merge into one new, complete soul.

On this day the Bride and Groom fast from dawn until after the completion of the marriage ceremony. 

The Chupah 
A Jewish wedding ceremony is performed under a Chupah; a kind of special wedding canopy where cloth is spread over four staves (it can be as elaborate or plain as you want it to be).

The Bride is escorted to the Chupah by her parents. The Groom will already be there, having been brought by his parents. Upon arrival, the Bride is to circle the Groom seven times with her mother and future mother-in-law.

The number seven is symbolic of the days of creation. The Chupah represents the couple’s new home, in which the Groom now welcomes his Bride. The Bride stands to the right of the Groom and the Rabbi recites the marriage blessings over a goblet of wine.

Both the bride and groom then drink from the glass. 

The Ring 
The ring that is exchanged between the couple should be perfectly round and not adorned with stones or other such fancy additions. A ring is the more modern alternative to the coin that used to be exchanged at the ceremony.

It is a condition that the ring must belong to the Groom. When he places it on the finger of the Bride, he recites “Behold, you are betrothed unto me with this ring according to the laws of Moses and Israel”. By accepting his ring, the Bride becomes his wife. 

Now comes the reading of the Ketubah (marriage contract) in the original Aramaic text. The document is signed by two witnesses. It has the standing of a legally binding contract.

The reading of the Ketubah acts as a break between the first part of the ceremeny – Kiddushin (betrothal) and the latter part (marriage). 

Breaking The Glass 
After the ceremony, a glass wrapped in cloth is placed on the floor where the groom stamps on it. There are varying interpretations of this ritual. Most commonly it is interpreted to be symbolic of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. When this happens, the guests are invited to exclaim “Mazel Tov”. 

The ceremony is followed by a thoughtful period of solitude for the new husband and wife. The couple spend a short period in yichud (seclusion) where they may then choose to break their fast.

Once the couple leave the locked room, they will meet the guests at the reception. Jewish wedding receptions are very lively occasions with dancing and music.

It is also tradition that Jewish weddings are not usually to be performed on Sabbaths or festivals.