Organising and celebrating a marriage


Each couple has their own special journey to their wedding day, with some finding it easier than others. Catford And Bromley United Synagogue are available to help and guide you on your way, especially when it comes down to the formal side of planning your wedding.

The following three steps must be put in place for your marriage to take place:

  • The marrying couple needs to have their marriage authorised by the Office Of The Chief Rabbi. This should be done as soon as you have set the date, confirmed the venue and the marrying Rabbi.
  • Both the bride and the groom need to contact their local Registery Office, to make an appointment to give notice of their intention to marry under Jewish auspices.
  • The groom must be a member of Catford And Bromley United Synagogue before the marriage is to take place.

For more information on the documents and information that you will require, please download the following PDF:

Once all the prior formalities have taken place, the marriage service can get underway. The ceremony follows this order:

  • The signing of the marriage certificate. Bedeken (The veiling of the bride)
  • The Chuppah (Marriage canopy)
  • The Bridal Circuits
  • Erusin (Betrothal)
  • The Placing of the Ring
  • The Nissu’in and Sheva Brachot (Seven Blessings) Breaking the Glass and Mazel Tov
  • The Civil Register
  • Yichud (Seclusion)

For more information on the marriage cermenony, please download the following PDF:

For further information please visit The United Synagogue website: