What other information do I need to know for the ceremony?
- Microphones - If possible, a lapel mic is preferred so that Rabbi Sarah can be hands-free during the ceremony. An additional handheld mic or standing mic can be used for the 7 Blessing readers or additional readers during the ceremony.
- 7 Wedding Blessings - At the time in the ceremony, Rabbi Sarah will invite all 7 Blessing participants to come up to offer the blessings. Rabbi Sarah will provide a copy of the readings for them to use. Please notify participants in advance what they are reading and what number reader they are. Once 7 Blessings are complete Rabbi Sarah will thank them and they will return to their positions or their seats. Option to use a standing mic or handheld mic for readers. May have more than one reader for each blessing. Other options: to have a standing microphone placed in from or to the side of the chuppah for readers to go up to.
- Circling: Once escorted down the aisle, partner 1 will wait for partner 2 in front of the chuppah until partner 2 arrives. Then each partner will circle the other partner counterclockwise. This is an ancient tradition symbolic of sealing protection around another person. Circling is done in front of the chuppah as an extension of the processional. Options to for circling 7 times or 3, 3, and 1 (each circling 3 times with 1 as a “do-si-do” or around the interior or exterior of the chuppah together). Rabbi Sarah will review these options and how to do it. Once the couple has completed the circles they will come under the chuppah and stand in front of Rabbi Sarah. Music should continue through the circling. Rabbi Sarah will wait for the music to fade out before inviting guests to be seated and offering the opening remarks.
- Sides for the Wedding Couple - In a Jewish Wedding the groom is on the left and the bride is on the right (when facing the chuppah) which is different from most weddings in movies and most Christian weddings. However, it is up to the couple where they would like to stand during the ceremony.
- Standing at the Chuppah - some couples choose to stand under the chuppah by themselves with Rabbi Sarah. Some choose to have the wedding party standing to the sides of the chuppah (on a diagonal, facing the audience and slightly inward towards the couple). Some choose to have parents and/or family members stand at the sides of the chuppah (forming the sides of the chuppah). These are options Rabbi Sarah will review with you.