Liturgy, Rituals, & Customs of Jewish Weddings

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The rabbi or other guests may then address the couple, or this may happen at other points during the ceremony. The ceremony ends when the groom (or in some liberal ceremonies, both bride and groom) shatters a glass. Reasons cited for this custom are to quiet boisterous guests, to remind Jews of the Temple's destruction, and to allude to sexual consummation of the marriage.

The bride and groom then go to a yihud (seclusion) room, where they spend some time alone and eat a small snack together to break the pre-wedding fast.

The wedding feast that follows is a seudat mitzvah, a commanded meal--accompanied by good food, dancing, and singing--where it is a mitzvah (commandment) to help the couple rejoice.

After the feast, the grace after meals is recited over one cup of wine, and the seven blessings over another. The two cups of wine are poured into a third, from which bride and groom drink.

In the week following the wedding, bride and groom traditionally feast at the homes of friends and relatives, repeating the sheva berakhot after each meal.

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