This list only contains the items required for the religious parts of the marriage ceremony

  • Chupah
  • Wedding ring
  • Ketubah (Marriage Contract)1
  • Private chambers which can serve as the "Yichud Room"2
  • Kosher wine3 (preferably white wine. The bridal gown need not be adorned by a red wine stain!)
  • "Kiddush" cup for the wine4
  • Glass cup to be broken
  • Cloth in which the glass cup is wrapped before it is broken by the groom
  • List of people honored with being witnesses and reciting blessings under the chupah
  • Veil for the bride
  • Kittel (white frock worn by Ashkenazi grooms under the chupah)
  • Candles for those escorting the bride and groom to the chupah (and matches or lighter to light the candles)
  • Mechitzah (divider which separate the men's and women's dancing circles)
  • Prayer book or paper containing the blessings recited beneath the chupah
  • Grace after Meals pamphlets for all in attendance5


In certain communities — Chabad included — the tenai'm (engagement contract) is publicly read at the reception which precedes the chupah.6 If following this custom, add these items to your list:

  • Tena'im (Engagement Contract)7
  • China or glass plate (to be broken after the public reading of the tena'im)
  • Cloth in which the plate is wrapped before it is broken

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

Some have the custom of placing a sterling silver spoon on the threshold of the Yichud Room before the couple enters the room.

  • Silver spoon