Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Top 4 Ideas to Personalize Jewish Traditions at Your Wedding

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Jewish weddings are heavy on tradition, but that doesn't mean that you can't make it your own! Michele Schwartz, founder and editor of The Modern Jewish Wedding and event planner from Austin Texas gives her top four ideas on how to personalize your Jewish wedding traditions:

• Choose your Ketubah text and artwork to reflect your personality. This ancient contract will have a prominent place in your home. Perhaps invite an honored friend or family member to write it or share a design.

• Design a chuppah that’s unique to you. Creating a chuppah with your fiance will be a special way for you both to create something symbolic and beautiful together. There are few legal requirements for this ritual object, except it must be open on all four sides.

• Create a Mezuzah from “Breaking the Glass.” After the glass is broken don’t throw away those shards. Instead, have your trusted wedding planner collect them and use them to create a Mezzuah for your new home or bedroom door. There are a number of beautiful, modern Mezzuzot that will compliment your style or d├ęcor.

• Create your own translation of the seven blessings. Reflect on the blessings and what they mean for your future together, and share that with your family and friends in your wedding program.

Photo Credit: IQphoto Studio

A special thanks to Michele Schwartz for her tips! Find out more about Michele and The Modern Jewish Wedding at

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