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Traditional Wedding Honoree List

Traditional Wedding Honoree List

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  • An emcee for the chupah ceremony1
  • A cantor, or any man with a pleasant voice, to sing the hymns recited beneath the chupah
  • Two witnesses for the betrothal
  • One who reads the ketubah (marriage contract) aloud2
  • Six3 men to recite the Sheva Brachot beneath the chupah4
  • One who leads the Grace after Meals following the wedding reception
  • Six men to recite the Sheva Brachot which follows the Grace after Meals

In many communities it is customary to sign the tenai'm (engagement contract) and/or the ketubah at the prenuptial reception. This presents a few more opportunities for delegating honors:

  • Two guarantors5 to sign the tena'im
  • Two witnesses to sign the tenai'im
  • One who reads the tena'im aloud at the prenuptial reception
  • Two witnesses to sign the ketubah

Other:

At Chabad weddings, the text of the letter which the Rebbe would customarily send to every bride and groom is read beneath the chupah.

  • One who reads the Rebbe's letter

Some have the custom of requesting a designated representative Kohain (priest) — to bless the bride and groom with the Priestly Blessing.

  • A Kohain to administer the Priestly Blessing

It should be noted that while these are the standard honors delegated during the wedding, many have ingeniously found many other opportunities throughout the wedding ceremony and reception to honor additional guests. Be a trend setter; start your own wedding tradition!

Footnotes
1.

This individual should be someone who is somewhat familiar with the proceedings of a chupah.

2.

This honor, as well as the honor of reading the tena'im at the pre-chupah reception, should be reserved for one who can fluently read the Aramaic text.

3.

Under mitigating circumstances, the first two blessings of the Sheva Brachot can be recited by two individuals — thus gaining another slot for an additional honoree.

4.

The last blessing, known as the brachah ach'rita, is considered the most prestigious, and is normally reserved for a special individual.

5.

One person serves as guarantor for the groom's obligations, the other for the bride's obligations.

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Anonymous Monsey via plazachabad.com January 19, 2015

Many also sing Im Eshcacheich before breaking the glass. Yeckis have a minhag to sing shir hamalos at the end of the chupa. So you can add more honors. Reply

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