In addition to this book, The Temple has created a handbook for Jewish wedding planning, A Bridge to Holiness, Planning Your Wedding. Click here to access this handbook (file is a PDF to download and print).
The custom of ceremonially “veiling the bride” comes from the story of Jacob, when he was deceived into marrying Leah instead of his intended bride, Rachel. To ensure against future confusion, the custom arose of the groom veiling the bride. The ceremony of bedecken is now more about intention and equality, time for a couple to look into one another’s eyes and ensure that they are ready to marry one another.
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