Planning a Jewish Wedding in the Perfect Country
Italy is the perfect country for Jewish wedding, with Florence,Venice, Naples and Rome all having impressive synagogues with a rich historical past. It is also possible to say ¨I do ¨ under a chuppah in any one of the wonderful private locations with breathtaking views, secret gardens or imposing halls that can be found all over Italy.
A Jewish wedding celebrated in Italy inside a synagogue will have the civil marriage recognized, as Judaism is one of the religions that has achieved agreements with the Italian state.
If choosing a Synagogue in Italy to celebrate the wedding, the Rabbi there will take care of the bureaucratic part preceding the wedding meaning that once the couple return home their marriage is not only recognised under Jewish law but is also legally binding.
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Italy’s synagogues are 100% Orthodox and only celebrate Orthodox ceremonies.
To plan an Orthodox wedding in Italy you first need to visit your own rabbi in your home town who will prepare the necessary religious documentation to present to the Italian Rabbi.
Planning a Jewish Wedding – Preparing
Many couples who have a Rabbi who has known the family for many years prefer to bring him along to perform the Wedding celebration, in this case you will need to have your Civil Wedding celebration before, this can happen either in Italy or in your in your own country, at optimum weddings by Dyana Dessar can help you find the best solution for your personal situation.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO PREPARE FOR YOUR WEDDING IN ITALY:
A letter from an Orthodox Rabbi stating that you and your fiancé are both Jewish and are not currently married (Theudat Ravakut and Yahadut);stating that you are free of any obstacle to get married according to the Jewish faith. If you want a civil wedding in addition to the Jewish one you must submit an official state document certifying the “nulla osta” to your marriage. Additional documentation may be required, the Rabbi responsible will tell what is needed if necessary.
Beside the required documents in original copies, by way of tradition it is suggested that the groom brings a simple ring for the bride and that the bride brings a new Taliith for the groom. These are wonderful old traditions
The Rabbi will tell the couple the parts of the ceremony that they will need to repeat, declaring the intention of the groom to take his bride as his wife according to the laws of Moses and Israel.Both the bride and groom will then sign a marital contract, the Ketubah in which you will declare to take upon yourself all the legal and moral obligations towards one and other as established by the laws and the customs of Israel.
A Jewish wedding can also take place outside of the Synagogue although for those who wish to stay inside a temple there is a wide choice across Italy with many found in the central-north, where the ancient ghettos are more present. In these areas are some of the most beautiful synagogues in Italy:
- Venetian area: Venezia, Verona e Trieste
- Piedmont, in Casale Monferrato and Torino Lombardy Milano and Mantova (close to Lake Garda) Trentino Alto Adige: Merano
- Emilia Romagna: Ferrara, Bologna and Modena
- Tuscany: Florence, Siena
- South of Italy: Rome and Napoli
The synagogues in Italy are really very special and very beautiful. They have richly decorated interiors of different eras and therefore with architectural styles ranging from Baroque to Rococo to Neoclassical.
To suit every couples requirements it is possible to arrange and serve a fully kosher meal or a “kosher-style” wedding menu at most locations.
Just imagine getting married in the medieval town made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Close to Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, Verona is home to one of the largest synagogues in Northern Italy. Set in the historical center, with imposing exteriors, exquisite marble, magnificent arches, and original 19th-century furnishings and paintings inside. The Verona region is also home to a 1st-century Roman amphitheater.
Here you and your guests can enjoy concerts and large-scale in-season opera performances in a setting like no other.
So you can tell that Italy is certainly the perfect Country to plan a Jewish wedding !! Contact us for more information and now is the time to start planning for late 2021 or 2022.
This very informative blog was written for us by Roberta our office in Florence with first hand knowledge of these beautiful synagogues and the real possibilities for creating the most magical Jewish wedding that could be imagined.