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Guide to Wedding Ceremonies for Interfaith Couples

Chuppah

If you or a loved one from a Jewish background is planning a wedding, you probably have tons of questions. What are the components of a Jewish wedding? How can we create a meaningful and interfaith-friendly ceremony? The links in the outline below will lead you to information about the various ceremony components and what they mean.

If you are looking for Jewish clergy to officiate at your interfaith wedding, we can help with that too!

Modern-day Interfaith-Jewish Wedding Order

This can be adapted to your preferences, your officiant's or officiants' needs, or family preference.

Signing of the Ketubah prior to the chuppah ceremony, usually half an hour or so before the scheduled wedding start time. Or during the ceremony.

Chuppah Ceremony

Processional

Circling

Acknowledgement of Different Faiths

Blessing Over the Wine

Shehecheyanu

Blessing over Chuppah

Poems, Prayers and/or Reading

Reading of the Ketubah

Unity Candle

Exchange of Vows

Ring Exchange

Seven Blessings

Benediction

Breaking the Glass

The Kiss! (THIS ONE IS UP TO YOU!)

"MAZEL TOV!"

 Recessional

Yichud

Wedding party:

Typically includes blessing over bread and blessing over wine offered by family and friends, as well as the wedding couple and their parents being lifted up in chairs, a Hora dance and possibly a Mezinke dance.

 


 

Other Information

 

Hebrew and Yiddish for "good luck," a phrase used to express congratulations for happy and significant occasions.
InterfaithFamily

InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our new InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative providing coordinated comprehensive offerings in local communities.

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