"Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as... as a fiddler on the roof!" - Fiddler on the Roof
The ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract, outlining the responsibilities of the bride and the groom. The ketubah is signed by the couple and two witnesses before the ceremony takes place, then is read to the guests during the ceremony.
A chuppah has four corners and a covered roof to symbolize the new home they are building together. The canopy will be made of Jamie's grandfather's tallit, or prayer shawl, and Bryan’s grandfather's scarves.
Breaking the Glass
As the ceremony comes to an end, Bryan will step on a glass inside a cloth bag to shatter it. The breaking of the glass holds multiple meanings. Some say it represents the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Others say it demonstrates that marriage holds sorrow as well as joy and is a representation of the commitment to stand by one another even in hard times. The cloth holding the shards of glass will be collected after the ceremony, and Jamie and Bryan will have it in their home.
Following the ceremony, tradition dictates that couples spend approximately 18 minutes in yichud (or seclusion). This wedding custom allows the newly married couple to reflect privately on their new relationship and allows them precious time alone to bond and rejoice. Jamie and Bryan will also be pinching themselves.