Planning an interfaith Catholic-Jewish wedding comes with a few challenges, but it also comes with some perks. One of these perks is the fact that Mr. MC and I get to design our own ceremony using pieces of our separate faiths—I love the idea of combining our backgrounds into one customized ceremony that is unique to us!
Mr. MC and I still have a lot to learn about the different Catholic and Jewish customs, but we’ve already decided on a few elements that we’ll definitely be including in our ceremony.
Chuppah (Jewish tradition): The chuppah, or wedding canopy, is the focal point of most Jewish ceremonies. The chuppah was explained to me as a symbol of the home the bride and groom will build together, although I’ve learned that older interpretations of this are different from that explanation. During the ceremony, the bride and groom stand under the chuppah and are normally accompanied by the officiant, bridal party, and immediate family (some of whom may actually be holding the chuppah up). We’re going to build our own free-standing chuppah and stand under it with just our officiants.