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A Guide to Hosting a Stunning Jewish Wedding at Riverview Ballroom


Jewish bride looking at her fiancé during their jewish wedding at riverview ballroom

A Jewish wedding is a deeply spiritual and joyous occasion that celebrates the union of two individuals and the joining of two families. Rich in tradition and symbolism, Jewish weddings are characterized by meaningful rituals and a festive atmosphere. Riverview Ballroom, located in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, provides an elegant and versatile setting that is perfect for hosting a beautiful and memorable Jewish wedding. Here is a comprehensive guide to incorporating Jewish wedding traditions at Riverview Ballroom to make your special day truly unforgettable.


The Chuppah Ceremony


The Chuppah is a central element of a Jewish wedding, symbolizing the couple’s future home together. This canopy, often adorned with flowers and fabric, provides a beautiful focal point for the ceremony. At Riverview Ballroom, we offer stunning outdoor and indoor spaces that can be customized to host your Chuppah ceremony. The breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the New York City skyline provide a serene and picturesque backdrop, enhancing the beauty and significance of this sacred ritual.


The Ketubah Signing


The Ketubah, or marriage contract, is a traditional Jewish document that outlines the couple’s commitments to each other. This document is typically signed in the presence of family and friends before the wedding ceremony. Riverview Ballroom offers intimate spaces where the Ketubah signing can take place, ensuring a private and meaningful experience. Our elegant decor and attention to detail create the perfect environment for this important tradition.


The Bedeken


The Bedeken, or veiling ceremony, is a poignant moment where the groom places the veil over the bride’s face, symbolizing modesty and the couple’s commitment to one another. This ritual can be beautifully incorporated into your wedding day at Riverview Ballroom. Our versatile event spaces allow for a seamless transition between the Bedeken and the Chuppah ceremony, ensuring that each tradition is honored with the respect and attention it deserves.


The Seven Blessings (Sheva Brachot)


The Sheva Brachot, or seven blessings, are recited during the wedding ceremony to bless the couple and their future together. These blessings are traditionally recited by family members or honored guests. Riverview Ballroom provides a sophisticated and serene setting for the Sheva Brachot, with our state-of-the-art sound system ensuring that every word is heard clearly by your guests. The elegance of our venue enhances the spiritual and emotional impact of this beautiful tradition.


The Breaking of the Glass


The breaking of the glass is one of the most well-known Jewish wedding traditions, symbolizing the fragility of human relationships and the couple’s commitment to stand by each other through difficult times. At Riverview Ballroom, this momentous event can be captured against the backdrop of our stunning views, creating a memorable and visually striking conclusion to your ceremony. The sound of the glass breaking, followed by the joyous shouts of “Mazel Tov!” from your guests, will echo throughout our elegant ballroom, marking the beginning of your new life together.


The Hora and Jewish Wedding Reception


The Hora, or celebratory dance, is a highlight of any Jewish wedding reception. This lively dance, where the couple is lifted on chairs while guests dance in a circle, brings a sense of joy and community to the celebration. Riverview Ballroom’s spacious ballroom and exceptional lighting and sound systems provide the perfect setting for the Hora and other traditional dances. Our team works closely with you to ensure that every aspect of your reception, from the music to the menu, reflects your cultural heritage and personal style.


Kosher Catering


While Riverview Ballroom does not provide in-house kosher catering, we collaborate with reputable kosher caterers to ensure that your dietary requirements are met. We work with esteemed caterers who specialize in authentic kosher cuisine, allowing you to provide your guests with a delicious and traditional dining experience. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your preferred kosher caterer to create a customized menu that aligns with your tastes and traditions.


Hosting a Jewish wedding at Riverview Ballroom allows you to incorporate meaningful traditions into a stunning and elegant setting. From the Chuppah ceremony to the Hora dance, our versatile spaces and exceptional service ensure that every aspect of your wedding is celebrated with beauty and grace.


Ready to celebrate your Jewish wedding traditions in a stunning waterfront venue? Contact us today to schedule a tour of Riverview Ballroom and start planning your unforgettable celebration.

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