(Closed) Jewish Wedding – Glass Breaking

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you don’t want to get a special glass for breaking, I would recommend using a light bulb.  They are much easier to break than a drinking glass.  Because there is a bit of a vaccuum in them, they make a satisfying “pop” when broken.  And since it is inside a pouch, no one sees it anyway.

Even the special glass sold for breaking is much harder to break than a light bulb.  We had a kind of embarrassing pause in our wedding, when the two of us (plus my son) did everything but jump up and down on the glass to get it to break.

Post # 4
5890 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

what 2dBride said.  regular glasses can be quite difficult to break, and i think most people use lightbulbs.

Post # 5
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

The special breaking glass is much thinner than regular glass and thus easier to break.  Also, they come in many pretty colors and you can have the glass pieces put into a mezuzah to hang in your home.  (google “wedding glass mezuzah”)


Post # 6
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

We went the lightbulb route but I love the idea of buying a special glass and then having the pieces made into something, like Meowkers said! Wish I’d know about that before the wedding!

Post # 7
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Meowkers:  Trust me, the special glass is not all that much thinner that regular glass.  I started contemplating just throwing ours out the window, because we had so much trouble breaking it.

However, if you do use the special glass, we found an Etsy seller, Enid Traisman, who will make the shards into a fused glass mezuzah for $46.

Post # 8
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey

If you like the idea of using the glass in a mezuzah or some other art piece after the wedding, but don’t want to shell out $30 for the special glass from a company like Shardz, you can use a colored lightbulb, which will be easy to break and still yield pretty glass.  Just make sure you wrap it in a thick napkin or a cloth bag before you step on it, so that the glass pieces don’t fly everywhere!  😉

Post # 9
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 1997

Hello All,

The Judaica Artists chose to create a special glass making it easier for the Groom to step on and not hurt his foot.  The straw string bag replaces the white napkin keeping all contained. 

The beauty of the glass, yes, to display Judaica in your home as instructed to be proud of your hertiage. 

Most important, remember the symbolism of the breaking glass – not only to remember the destruction of the Temple, but also its symbolism on the strength of your marriage is above the frailness of the glass.

Think of all the details displayed that makes your day beautiful.  Now think of all of those details that will only become a memory and captured in photos.  The breaking glass goes home with you reminding you of whats real with the person you married.




Post # 10
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We just used a lightbulb as well!

Post # 11
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We ended up buying the special glass because we were too lazy to go to the store and look for a really delicate wine glass. I think that a thin wine glass would be easy to break – FI’s sister used one for her wedding.

Post # 12
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My husband broke a regular wine glass. He’d been using it for the past 6 years every night, so it was pretty sturdy. He was wearing rubber soled Chacos for the wedding and was worried about breaking it, but the whole thing smashed with no problem. Our rabbi did recommend a lightbulb, but the husband really wanted a glass, and we were not going to spend $$ for a special glass or even a delicate wine glass. Pick one up for 50c at a thrift store, or pick up two if you want to practice.

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