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Parents’ roles and responsibilities at a Jewish wedding: a practical guide

A Jewish wedding is much more than a simple exchange of consent between spouses before a representative of the civil authorities. A wedding celebrated according to the rites of the Jewish religion is also, and above all, a spiritual, family and community connection based on traditions handed down from generation to generation. As your child prepares for his or her wedding, you too, as parents, will play an important role in the unfolding of this long-awaited big day. To help you prepare, we offer this non-exhaustive article in the form of a practical guide to the roles and responsibilities of parents at a Jewish wedding.

The symbolic role of guardian of traditions

Parents' roles and responsibilities at a Jewish wedding: a practical guide

It is you, the parents, who have passed on the customs of the Jewish religion to your children. Your duty now is to pass on the values and precepts associated with their union by taking on the responsibility of guiding them and advising them on various aspects of preparing for their wedding.

Your role will not end once your children are married! On the contrary, you’ll be the guardian of traditions and will do your best to ensure that they continue throughout the building of your children’s home. You will pass on family values to new generations, and ensure that Jewish customs are honoured and respected.

The practical side of wedding planning responsibilities

You have a vital role to play in planning your children’s wedding. Of course, the ceremony and reception will be in their image, but that doesn’t mean you should be excluded from the preparations!

Parents usually play an active role in planning a Jewish wedding. They help choose the venue, organise the reception, and participate in other logistical aspects, including a financial contribution to help the bride and groom make this their big day.

Your role on the Jewish wedding day: at the heart of emotions and tradition

The big day of your children’s wedding has finally arrived. Today is the day you’re going to let them fly with their own wings and leave them to their own happiness!

You may have helped to decorate the chuppah to give it a sacred and spiritual character. Now you’ll take your children there to celebrate their union and perhaps even give them your blessing. This is a very emotional moment, from which you give them the responsibility of building and caring for their parental and marital home.

Your role will also be important at the wedding reception, which you will have carefully prepared with the couple. It will be up to you and other guests such as the witnesses to give speeches and toasts in honour of the newlyweds. Why not prepare this with a few accomplices in the greatest secrecy and create exceptional memories for everyone?

Parents' roles and responsibilities at a Jewish wedding: a practical guide

Offering emotional support, your role as caring parents continues!

Preparing for a wedding is a special time of joy and stress. The bride and groom will be on edge and their emotions will be heightened tenfold. There’s no doubt that they can count on your unfailing support and kindness! The newly engaged couple need to know that they’ll always have your shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

Once they’re married, they’ll discover the joys and worries of building and maintaining a home. Here too, they can count on you, your experience and your love. You’ll be a role model for them, as well as a source of inspiration and comfort. Be there for them, welcome their emotions and support them when they have to overcome difficulties.


As you will have realised from reading this practical guide, your role as a parent is essential for the engaged couple. You’ve been guiding your children since they were born, and their leaving the parental home in no way means that you’re leaving their lives. As soon as you become engaged, you will take on different roles, but these too are part of the roles and responsibilities of a loving parent in accordance with Jewish religion and traditions.

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Autumn weddings on the Côte d’Azur: ideas and inspiration

The Côte d’Azur has more than enough surprises in store for you. An idyllic spot, bathed in sunshine and surrounded by the sea, the atmosphere is conducive to dreaming. Why not celebrate the happiest day of your life here? As well as celebrating love, all you have to do is let yourself be carried away by the gentle sound of the waves and the breeze. Every season here is a feast for the eyes, but autumn is something special. It’s a season like no other. What could be more elegant than to succumb to the charm of autumn colours, and what could be more original for a wedding? So the question is obvious: what about an autumn wedding? Here are a few ideas and inspirations to help you take the plunge and enjoy an autumn wedding on the Côte d’Azur.

The landscape as a source of inspiration

In the image of lush green nature, opt for the country style. The eternal white, synonymous with purity, can be combined with warmer colours such as red, orange or brown. On the guests’ tables, a few splashes of colour on the centrepieces, bouquets of flowers or accessories such as napkins will add diversity. Two warm colours combined with white make good combinations that will easily recall your theme. Add freshness with vegetation or foliage. This is nature at its best at your wedding. So opt for an open space, with a tent or marquee to blend in nicely with the surroundings.

Autumn weddings on the Côte d'Azur: ideas and inspiration

Romantic photographs of the bride and groom

The beauty of the Côte d’Azur makes for some incredible shots. A trip to the edge of the forest is a great way to develop the autumnal spirit. At the very heart of the flora and fauna, with leaves scattered by the wind, taking photos will bring you joy and happiness in this poetic and natural location. Your photos will be imbued with the autumn glow. The photo session will be a real asset to your wedding. Once again, to make the moment even more festive, a throw of fallen leaves is an interesting idea for taking photos. Instead of the traditional throwing of flowers or other ornaments, the leaves will frame you in colour.

Autumn weddings on the Côte d'Azur: ideas and inspiration

A menu with autumnal flavours

Presentation can also be seen on the plate, so why not make some reference to the surrounding decoration? Use seasonal fruit and vegetables or the colours of the season to decorate your dishes. There are also a number of ways to inspire your theme. You could, for example, present your starter in an empty pumpkin or arrange chestnuts at the ends of plates as decorative assortments. The possibilities are endless. Let your imagination run wild. Your taste buds and those of your guests will be transported all the more by the taste, and the visuals will be all the more astonishing. The autumn theme will be reflected in every detail. And don’t forget the showpiece, the pièce montée. Your wedding cake can take any shape you like. With its autumnal colours, it’s sure to delight your guests.

Hanging lights to brighten up your evening

As you know, the sun sets early in autumn. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, lighting is essential. Hanging lights will allow you to enjoy the sunset without paying any attention to it, because you won’t have to take shelter when night falls. What’s more, they’ll brighten up your evening. If you prefer the comfort of an interior, a rustic-style room with a retro feel will make the most of hanging lights like garlands. They will illuminate the exposed stonework of the old building more effectively. Finally, a firework display is an option to make up for the night that has come too quickly. It’s also a great way to add a little extra festivity to your wedding.

Whether your wedding takes place in autumn or has an autumn theme, take advantage of these ideas. Your wedding will be unforgettable in the magnificent landscape of the Côte d’Azur. The Mediterranean coast and its mysteries are yours for a wedding that will be talked about for years to come.

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