(Closed) What to wear to a Jewish wedding??

posted 7 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsB-to-Be:  Is it a Reform or Orthodox wedding ceremony? 

Honestly I’ve only been to Reform, and its standard wedding attire.  Men will wear a kippah (or yamaka).   

If it’s in an Orthodox synagogue, men and women will have segregated seating I’m pretty sure.  I know they do for regular services, so I’m assuming that it would be segregated for weddings. 

More likely than not, you’re going to a Reform wedding.  It’s pretty normal – you don’t have to worry about covering your head or anything. You’ll be fine just standard wedding attire!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsB-to-Be: For Orthodox ceremonies you should:

  • Wear a skirt that covers your knees (not trousers)
  • Wear a top that covers shoulders and upper arms (elbows too in some synagogues)
  • Married ladies should wear a hat.
  • Men can wear pretty much whatever they like but should cover their heads.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had a half jewish wedding and unless they are orthodox (in which case I am 100% ignorant) wear whatever you would to any other wedding. “Church clothes” if you will. They will usually provide yarmulkes for the men and sometimes the women but it isn’t required for women to wear the doilies… sorry… they look like doilies!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mrs Hedgehog: Heehee! They do at that!

I grew up going to an orthodox shul, so while I’m not religious I know most of the weird and wonderful rules and customs.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Is the ceremony in an actual synogogue? if not you can basically wear whatever you want. 

If it is a synogogue and reformed I would still bring a shawl to cover your shoulders, although it’s not necessary.  If its orthodox it is definitely more strict as PP’s have said

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsB-to-Be: As long as you’re not wear a skimpy mini dress I’m sure no one will complain. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsB-to-Be: My mum had more than a little rant about the new wife of the son of two of the denizens of our local shul who turned up wearing a skimpy mini dress on Yom Kippur and then proceeded to take a cellphone call in the lobby during a break in the service.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Unless its strict Orthodox or Hasidim, just bring a cardigan or shawl for your shoulders during the ceremony and a skirt/dress that won’t show your butt if you bend over, hehee.  Your date should put on a kippah – usually they will be handing those out to the men as they walk in the door.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

A simple test with pretty high accuracy to determine what stream of Judaism the ceremony is at is to look at the name of the place.

If the name contains the word “Temple” then odds are it is Reform (All other streams believe that there is only one temple, the one in Jerusalem)

If the name contains the word “Synagogue” then odds are it is Conservative.

Any other name has equal chance being any stream.

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