When planning our wedding ceremony, we started by researching the history and modern interpretations of each traditional element to decide if it was meaningful enough to us to include in our ceremony. I’ve mentioned before about weddings in general that we don’t want to include anything just because “that’s what people do when they get married.”
Perhaps the most iconic image of a Jewish wedding is the scene of the bride and groom sharing a kiss under the chuppah, or Jewish wedding canopy. The chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will create together. I knew this much before we started, but the deeper we dug into the symbolism, the more it gave me happy chills imagining standing under it on our wedding day. Here is a passage that we chose to reflect our personal interpretation; we will have our officiating rabbi read a version of this, as well as include a condensed version in our programs. It’s a bit long, but stick with me—you’re all wedding saps like me, so I know you’ll enjoy it.