The Seven Blessings At A Jewish Wedding
The Seven Blessings are a beautiful, integral part of the Jewish wedding ceremony. Known in Hebrew as the Sheva Brachot, the bride and groom receive these blessings under the Chuppah while sharing a glass of wine. The blessings are the backbone of the Jewish wedding ceremony and remind everyone present of the joy in the moment of uniting the bride and groom before G-D.
Traditionally the blessings are read or sung in Hebrew in a chanting under the Chuppah. There are many creative ways to honor the tradition while personalizing the blessings to make them more "you". A personal favorite is to have each blessing chanted in Hebrew. After the traditional Hebrew blessing, have a close family member or friend read a non traditional blessing that is unique to the couple. It really creates a beautiful scene to hear seven close family and friends creatively bless the bride and groom with their personal, heartfelt words.
Often, the final blessing is sung by everyone present to celebrate the Jewish community and tradition being strengthened by the marriage of the bride and groom. The seventh and final blessing is a poetic song of joy and celebration; "let there soon be heard in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of gladness". To hear everyone sing the final blessing creates a sense of communal encouragement for the bride and groom. Not only is it beautiful, but it is inspiring for the bride and groom to feel so much audible love from their family and friends. If you want people to be able to sing along, it's a good idea to write the blessing in the wedding program so people can follow along.
The Sheva Brachot are also recited following the Grace After Meals during the wedding reception. This is another perfect chance to honor close relatives by giving them the opportunity to recite a blessing. It really brings people together to see loved ones participating in the event. Often the cup of wine is divided into two different glasses, which represent the bride and groom. Then the wine is joined together by pouring both cups into one new glass.
Whether you plan to recite the traditional Sheva Brachot in Hebrew or have a contemporary version featuring friends, it presents a beautiful opportunity to honor the bride and groom. It is not only humbling, but also inspiring, to see your closest family and friends join together in support of your new life!