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Recently, an amazing Jewish wedding program infographic was posted in our Facebook group for Jewish interfaith weddings (planning a wedding? Join us!), and we all flipped over how pretty and easy to follow it was. What a perfect way to help guests who arenâ€™t familiar with Jewish weddings to understand whatâ€™s going on. Jewish weddings have many beautiful rituals, and I wanted to connect with the artist behind the program (Lingâ€™s Design Studio) to see where she got the idea and how she helps couples create inclusive wedding ceremonies. Spoiler: Sheâ€™s never been to a Jewish wedding! Whoâ€™s going to invite her so she can see it firsthand?
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Why is it important for couples to have a wedding programâ€”in particular couples who come from two different faith backgrounds?
Ling:Â Having a wedding program for a couple is more than just about what youâ€™d like to inform your guestsÂ with in regards to the order of your wedding ceremony; itâ€™s all about getting the â€śpersonal touchâ€ť to makeÂ it more fun nowadays. I have not been to a Jewish wedding before, but Iâ€™ve learned so much fromÂ creating the program from my clients. With two people coming from different faith backgrounds, itâ€™sÂ definitely helpful to have it to show your guests who are not Jewish what Jewish wedding customs are all about.
In this particular program, your guests will be learning Jewish wedding customs through the funÂ infographic. Itâ€™s a fun way to break away from the traditional wedding programs we used to have!
How did you start creating programs for weddings?
As I began to accept custom orders, I was asked to design a Jewish infographic design for a buyer. ThisÂ particular Jewish program was how it all started. Since then, the item became very popular in the JewishÂ community.
Are there any other customs or traditions that couples can include in their program aside from whatâ€™sÂ listed in the sample Jewish program?
Absolutely! Every wedding is different. Couple â€śAâ€ť may not have the same customs from their weddingÂ as Couple â€śBâ€ť. I often have buyers ask to add or omit some items from the program. If the coupleÂ provides me the info, Iâ€™d be happy to modify the program. (Please note that there will be additionalÂ charges depending on the complexity of the requests.)
Do you ever have couples ask for a program that describes multiple religions or cultures?
I havenâ€™t had that request yet but I do take any custom orders.
What are some other customizations people have asked for?
Some couples would ask to include â€śHakafot,â€ť â€śKiddush Cupâ€ť and â€śYichud.â€ť One buyer also asked meÂ to list out each blessing of â€śSheva Brachot.â€ť I also made a timeline, and added a thank you note.
What has been most interesting or surprising to you to learn aboutÂ Jewish weddings while creating these programs?
I learned that Jewish weddings are very cultural with many beautiful meanings for a couple.Â Most of the customs are about the couple and their family. It really emphasizes the connection andÂ union between the bride and groom. One of the interesting things is that I never knew that the rightÂ index finger has the closest bloodline to the heart before I created this program. I thought this was very special.
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