Before The Jewish Wedding “Tena’im” is the actual Yiddish name for an engagement.In the culture, it carries a great deal of weight, and even more so than the American culture. It binds you in the realm of a legal Jewish status. There is a signing that takes place at what Read more →
Before The Jewish Wedding
|“Tena’im” is the actual Yiddish name for an engagement.In the culture, it carries a great deal of weight, and even more so than the American culture. It binds you in the realm of a legal Jewish status. There is a signing that takes place at what the Jewish people refer to as “the groom’s table”. The reading of the “Tena’im” is given either by a dear friend of the groom’s or a Rabbi.
Te’naim is a contract between the parents of the bride and groom.
It reverts back to the third century C.E.; It is predominantly done through the orthodox custom.
Eirusin refers to the ring being given. In essence, the bride cannot wed anyone else.
Kiddushin means the ring is now accepted.
Nissuin refers to the couple sharing a home together.
It ends with a festive party with the bride, groom, and their parents, as they celebrate the wonders of this new chapter. More often than less, it is kept private with direct family.
In a Jewish wedding, many traditions take place, which have been implemented for centuries, since biblical times. One in particular, is a well known custom in their ceremonies.
After the official signing of husband and wife, also known as the “ketuba”, the bride and groom follow their fathers and the rabbi into a separate room, referred to as the “bride’s chamber”. This is for the veiling of the bride, also known as “badekan”.
This tradition reverts back to many centuries ago, in the bible, when the apostle, Jacob, who put all his effort to marry Rachel, was left to discover that her father just so happened to do a switch on them, and offered up Leah, his other blind daughter to be his wife.
So, this of course breaks the American tradition of avoiding to see the bride before the ceremony. The Jewish people beg to differ, and many might agree, that centuries of tradition, would justify their desire to be sure ,that in fact, that their bride-to-be is not the sister, or the neighbor, for that matter.
We are so excited today to share with you an engagement photo shoot from one of our lovely couples, Sheena and Edgar. These two met at Cal State Fullerton while taking an art class. Edgar is from Nicaragua while Sheena is Persian-American and was raised in Dubai, and the couple wanted a wedding that exemplifies and encompasses their cultures. The couple loves to travel and have been several places around the world, and so their wedding will have different elements from around the world. Sheena has a love for all things vintage, lace, and Moroccan, so these are all themes that will be present for their wedding. The happy couple will be tying the knot this Saturday, April 6th at the Terranea Resort! Stay tuned to read about this amazing wedding and how it all comes together!
Photography by: Braja Mandala
We are head over heels for Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad’s 2013 bridal collection! This is a collection full of romance, delicate embellishments, and feminine shapes. The collection is described as unique and “inspired by the age of beauty.” Bows, big belts, and layers upon layers of soft tulle make up these dreamy dresses. We can already picture any one of our beautiful brides walking down the aisle in Murad’s delicate lace, detailed embroidery, and classic shapes.
All images from Wedding Inspirasi
One small but beautiful detail that most Indian brides share on their wedding day is a bindi, the red dot that adorns their forehead between their eyebrows. A bindi on the forehead is a sign of marriage, and this guarantees the social status and sanctity of the institution of marriage. As the Indian bride steps through the doors of her husband’s door with the red bindi on her forehead, the bindi is believed to bring prosperity. Why between the eyebrows? This area is the sixth chakra known as the seat of concealed wisdom. The bindi between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the body and control many levels of concentration. It also symbolizes good fortune, which every bride wants on her wedding day! The traditional bindi is red or maroon, and is applied skillfully with fingertips to achieve the perfect dot. One Indian proverb says “A woman’s beauty is multiplied 1,000 times when she wears a bindi”- so true for all our beautiful Indian brides!