At Temple Emanu-El, we strive to make each wedding a reflection of the decorum, dignity and beauty associated with our historic sanctuaries and congregation.
While in some areas we provide guidelines, we also try to honor the expression of each couple’s uniqueness.
M.J. Wiesnowski, Something in Blue, New York City
If you are a temple member and would like to hold your wedding in one of Emanu-El’s sacred spaces, then contact our Wedding Coordinator in the Temple Office. Once a date has been secured, you will be asked to arrange a preliminary meeting that will last a little more than an hour, at which we will begin addressing the many details required to plan your wedding. (A meeting with the bride, groom and one of our rabbis to discuss the ceremony also must be set up well in advance of the wedding.)
Following is a list of the main topics to be discussed at your preliminary wedding meeting:
• Location — Fifth Avenue Sanctuary or Beth-El Chapel
• Rehearsal date and alternate
• Number of guests (estimated)
• Members of the wedding party (number, relationships and responsibilities)
• Special seating requirements/problems
• Where the bride will dress
• Transportation to and from the synagogue
• Wedding-day logistics and schedule
• To see or not to see — bride and groom before the wedding
• Photo session scheduling
• Location of reception
• Names of witnesses
• Traditions — chuppah, ketubah, Kiddush cup, breaking of glass
• Musical choices
Also, please note:
• Temple Emanu-El requires that the bride, the groom or either set of parents (if the bride or groom is under age 25) be members of the congregation in good standing.
• One of our temple organists will play at your wedding and rehearsal unless other musical arrangements are made. The fee for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 is $550.
• There is never any charge for rabbinic or cantorial services for members of our congregation. However, it is appropriate after the wedding to express your thanks to the officiating rabbi by making a donation to the temple in honor of your joyous event.
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