Whether it’s reform or strictly orthodox, there are some Jewish wedding traditions that you will definitely see: a contract on display stating the intent to marry (called a Ketubah), the couple standing under a canopy or chupa, the drinking of wine, the breaking of the glass (as a remembrance of the destruction of the second Temple and the hope of all of us to bring all the broken pieces of the world back together). Traditional gifts are ritual objects for any and all the Jewish holidays!
A ketubah (plural: ketubot) is a Jewish prenuptial agreement. It is considered an integral part of a traditional Jewish marriage, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom, in relation to the bride. They can be ordered before the wedding to come in already calligraphed with the wedding couple’s date and family information. For last-minute weddings, we have ketubot on hand for sale to be filled in by the official at time of wedding.
Breaking the glass, a sure sign of a Jewish wedding. Progressive or traditional, religious or secular, Jewish weddings almost always include a breaking of glass. Rather than a light bulb, select a special colorful globe that can be turned into a memento within a mezzuah, picture frame, sculpture, Lucite block, etc. There are many ways to remember the significance of the wedding vow.