Here's a quick run-down on Jewish wedding traditions.

Jeremy Enness

Days before the ceremony, it is tradition for the synagogue to have the groom bless the Torah. This blessing is called "Aufruf" and represents that the Torah will lead the couple in their married life.

On the day of the wedding, it is tradition for the bride and the groom to fast and pray. Prior to the start of the ceremony, some couples participate in "Badeken" where the groom places the veil on the bride.

The couple is then escorted to the huppah. One of the essential features of a Jewish ceremony is the "huppah." This is a special canopy under which the service is held. There are many meanings associated with the huppah. Firstly, one meaning coincides with the notion that this is the house the couple is building together. It may also signify an open door to their new life as husband and wife. It can also represent a sign of God. The huppah also indicates community. The huppah is composed of four poles and it is carried by people of great significance to the bride and groom.

Under the huppah, the bride will circle the groom seven times. During the ceremony, the "Ketubah" is read and in turn the bride accepts. Blessings are made over wine. Then a glass is broken by the groom with his right foot.

After the huppah, the couple retreat to a room to end their fast. This is called "Heder Yichud" and it represents the consummation of marriage.