Wedding in Jewish tradition comprises of the Kiddushin or erusin (this marks the time for the couple before consummation of wedding occurs) and the nissuin (this marks the time after the ceremony when the couple begin their family life together. In jewish tradition the wedding day ceremonies is celebrated in grand style with a wedding meal followed by joyous dancing and celebration, guests treat the bride (kallah) and groom (chatan) as King and Queen on that day.
The ceremony begins with kiddushin when chatan gives something of value to kallah (usually he places a ring on her finger). It comes to a culmination when chuppah occurs. A traditional chuppah the couple come together under an open tent (open signifying their house is open to all people) under the stars (as said in the scriptures, “I will honor thy house for all people to see”).
Other important aspects include the Kabbalat Panim (restriction from seeing each other for one week before the ceremony) and badeken (veiling of the bride by groom symbolic of protecting and clothing her). Then follows blessings of betrothal and giving of ring (kiddushin) and reading of marriage contract (ketubah, afterwards it is kept framed in the house). Lastly they have Sheva Brachot (seven blessings), breaking of glass (symbolic of destruction of Temple of Jerusalem) and Yichud (private room where bride and groom break their fast).