During a traditional Jewish wedding, guests should cover themselves. The male guests cover their heads with a skullcap known as yarmulke or kippah as a sign of respect.
Married women use lace head covering secured with a bobby pin or wear kippot. The couple provides the head coverings at the ceremony so guests do not have to bring their own. The couple wears a prayer shawl when the officiant is praying over them.
The henna event takes place the week before the wedding. The bride’s family members walk in first with gifts for the couple. The gifts comprise fruit baskets or baskets full of henna paste.
The Jewish Henna ceremony is different from any other; the henna dye is used differently. A half teaspoon of henna dye is placed in the palm of the bride and groom’s hands and tied with a ribbon.
The henna symbolizes fertility, good luck and protection against the evil eyes. For the ceremony, the bride wears a red and gold velvet caftan paired with a headpiece.
This piece passes down generation to generation, worn by all the brides in her family who were before her. The groom wears a Jilaba, a red hat and a white caftan.
Orthodox Jewish weddings need men and women to sit apart during the wedding ceremony. A mechitza is set up to divide the men and women. There are separate dancing floors too but this is only in some Jewish receptions.