• 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


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!