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A Special Wedding Canopy

Marriage, Yes; Jewelry, No.

Some Jewish sects forbid the bride and groom from wearing jewelry under the chuppah, as their marriage should be based on a love of the other person, not material possessions [source: Shulman].

Jewish weddings typically take place under a chuppah, which is an open canopy supported by four poles. It's the first roof the couple share, and the structure's lack of walls pays tribute to the open tent the biblical figures Abraham and Sarah shared. Their home was never closed to the community, and they greeted all their guests openly and hospitably [source: Jewish Wedding Network].

The ceremony begins with a family processional, after which the groom makes his way to the chuppah. In many ceremonies, the bride circles her future husband seven times before joining him, which symbolizes her building the walls of their new life together [source: Shulman].

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