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Who qualifies as a chupah "witness"?

The kiddushin1 part of the wedding must be witnessed by two "kosher" witnesses — i.e. non-related, Torah-observant adult males. These...

What should I know before I go shopping for a wedding band?

Here are a few tips: 1) The wedding band must belong exclusively to the groom—it is his gift to his bride. Often times, the parents of the groom (or...

Why is the wedding ceremony held under a Chupah canopy?

According to Torah law, marriage is a two-step process. The first stage is called “kiddushin". Kiddushin is commonly translated as betrothal,...

Can you provide me with a short description of a traditional chupah?

Editor’s introduction: following is a brief self-guided tour of a traditional Chupah. As traditions may vary from community to community, it is...

The souls of deceased parents attending their childrens weddings

Rabbi Naftali Silberberg: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...How may I be of assistance? Gavin: hi Rabbi Naftali Silberberg: shalom Gavin: i...

A discussion regarding various chupah customs

Rabbi Naftali Silberberg: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... Rocky07: hi, im getting married in a month and i have a few questions about the...

What is the "Yichud Room", and what happens in there?

• Immediately after the chupah, the bride and groom proceed to the “yichud (seclusion) room,” where they spend a few minutes alone....

What customs are observed by the bride and groom on their wedding day?

– Our Sages teach us1 that on their wedding day a bride and groom are forgiven for all their prior sins. Consequently, the day of their wedding...

What happens at the wedding reception which precedes the chupah?

Before the chupah it is customary for the bride and groom to host separate receptions; one for the men and one for the women. Hors d'oeuvres, light...

What is the procedure for the "bedekenish" ceremony?

The groom is escorted to the bridal reception room, in the same manner as he is escorted to the chupah, and he covers his bride’s face with a veil....