(Closed) Candle Lighting CHuppah Table

posted 10 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
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127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Er, I’ve never heard of anyone lighting candles at a wedding with the exception of ONE TIME.  I have a friend that got married (Reform) and she convinced the Rabbi to let them get married erev Shabbat so they lit candles for Shabbat and everything.  They did it before dinner at the appropriate time, though…definitely not under the chuppah since they got married earlier during the day.  Also, I would think you wouldn’t light candles under the chuppah ever because then you’d have to move the candles and that’s sort of weird.

Usually the table for under the chuppah is to put the kiddush cups and wine.

Are you sure he meant candle lighting under the chuppah?  Can you explain more?

Post # 4
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1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My rabbi also mentioned needing candles for a candle lighting, but then when I told her that the venue won’t allow us to have candles, she said it wasn’t a big deal and that we would skip it. That being said, I had NO idea what she would’ve done with the candles!

We’re planning on just getting an additional high-top that we’re using for the cocktail hour and keeping it under the chuppah. Everything else I’ve seen is HUGE or like you said, looks like a folding card table.

Post # 5
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156 posts
Blushing bee

gah got here WAY too late, but maybe this answer will help another bee

 

direct quote from Anita Diamant’s “The New Jewish Wedding”:

 

“Somm rabbis ask that the couple provide a pair of candlesticks under the huppah, which are meant to symbolize the beginning of a home that will be filled with the light of Shabbat and festival candles. When the bride and groom have arrived under the canopy, two attendants might light one candle each while someon reads….lesson from Baal Shem Tov…” (109)

 

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