Lit. "oneness." Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the wedding couple often disappear to a private place for yichud. In this seclusion they affirm the unity they have achieved in their hearts and souls under the chuppah. This special time allows them to share their first moments alone as partners before the celebration begins.
Lit. "conditions." Refers to an engagement and betrothal document signed by both families stipulating terms and the date of the wedding.
Lit. "crowning." An Eastern European wedding tradition in which the mother (or mothers) are crowned, usually with a wreath of flowers, to celebrate having just seen their last child wed.
An Eastern European ceremony celebrating the marriage of the last child in a family. Seated on chairs in the center of the dance floor, the parents are presented with bouquets and circled by the company in a dance that celebrates the completion of their parental responsibility.
The 33rd Day of the Counting of the Omer when weddings are traditionally permitted.
Ceremony in which one partner (traditionally the groom) gives the ketubah to the other partner (traditionally the bride) thus "acquiring" the other.