Hello Jewish Brides! I was just married in December and found very few program samples on-line. I could not figure out how to post my actual template on wedding bee.com but if you PM me, I can send you it in WORD. I used a tri-fold. Below is the wording from my program. I hope you find this helpful. Mazel Tov!!
Parents of the Bride
<Name> and <Name>
Parents of the Groom
<Name> and <Name>
Grandmother of the Groom
Matrons of Honor
In lieu of favors, a donation has been
made to Ohev Shalom in support
of Celebrations, an education program for children with special needs and their families.
Badeken- The Veiling Ceremony
Just before the ceremony, Daniel will lower the veil over Michelle’s face. The veil symbolizes modesty and conveys the lesson that however attractive physical appearances may be, it is the soul and character that withstand time.
Ketubah- The Marriage Contract
Prior to the ceremony, Michelle and Daniel will sign the Ketubah in the presence of their families, Rabbi Perlstein, and two witnesses. The Ketubah will hang in their home as a reminder of this day and their commitment to each other.
While it is traditional for the bride to circle the groom, Michelle and Daniel will share in this ritual, demonstrating that their relationship is one of equal partnership, balance, and mutual respect. The circles represent the seven wedding blessings and days of creation, as well as the beginning of a new family circle.
Chuppah- The Wedding Canopy
The Chuppah symbolizes the new home that Michelle and Daniel will build together. It is open on all sides to signify that friends and family will always be welcome.
Sheva Brachot- The Seven Blessings
The seven blessings are at the heart of the Jewish marriage ceremony. The blessings consist of praise for God, a prayer for peace in Jerusalem, and good wishes for the couple.
The Breaking of the Glass
The ceremony concludes with Daniel breaking a glass under his foot. The broken pieces of glass remind us that life is fragile and that even in times of great joy, we must not forget our people’s journey throughout history.
Immediately after the ceremony, Michelle and Daniel will adjourn to a private room to reflect on the ceremony and share their first few moments as husband and wife together.
To Our Guests
A Jewish wedding is not merely between two individuals, or their families and circle of friends; it is a cause of celebration for the entire Jewish people. We are honored to share our rich traditions and customs with you on this day. Thank you for being here and for your love, support, and friendship.
To Our Parents
We are both lucky to have grown up in homes filled with love, laughter and guidance. Your respective 44-years of marriage have served as shining examples for us throughout our lives. Your commitment to each other and your families has shaped who we have become, what we believe, and our ability to look towards a wonderful future as husband and wife. We cannot thank you enough for the happiness your devotion has afforded us. We hope to return this happiness to you through our marriage on this day and always.
In Loving Memory of