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Jewish Wedding Tradition

The wedding reception or festive meal, seudah.

It is a mitzvah for the wedding guests to bring happiness and joy to the newlyweds after their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. The chatan (groom) and kallah (bride) are to be treated as king and queen.

You've put endless time and energy into wedding reception planning. Now comes the fun part. You've signed the ketubah, stood beneath the wedding chuppah, and said your Jewish wedding vows. Beautiful flower arrangements adorn the tables, the wedding reception cards are in place, and the wedding photographer is catching each and every wonderful moment. Now it's time to relax, kick-back and enjoy your wedding reception.

Get ready to sing, dance, eat and be lifted in your chairs to the singing of the Hora!

Whether your reception is a simple, but elegant, backyard garden party or a lavish black tie affair, a wedding reception is a time to celebrate your marriage with family, friends and loved ones.

Before the meal begins, there will be the - Ha-motzi - the blessing over the bread, usually hallah. The honor of giving the blessing is often bestowed upon a beloved grandfather or uncle.

If there will be a formal brides table the seating would be as follows. Starting from the left it would be, usher, bridesmaid, usher, bridesmaid, best man, bride, groom, maid or matron of honor, usher, bridesmaid, usher, bridesmaid.

If you chose not to have a wedding reception receiving line, make sure you walk around, as a couple, and greet your guests at each table.

After you and your guests have consumed a delicious meal, danced until your feet are sore and clinked glasses to celebratory champagne toasts, it is time to cut the wedding cake. The bride, using a flower decorated cake knife, makes the first cut assisted by the groom. He feeds her the first bite, she feeds him the second. The cake is then cut and served by the wait staff.

At the conclusion of the wedding reception, either the rabbi, cantor or honored family member will recite the seven blessings over wine.

Kosher wine can be purchased for those who maintain a kosher diet.

Jewish Wedding Planner, 2007