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Author/Educator Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer has created this site to help you
plan a wedding day full of honesty and integrity, joy and spirit.


A Hands-On Guide to New Old Traditions, Ceremonies Celebrations

by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer


Enrich your wedding with your own creative use of Jewish ritual and tradition.Wedding planning can be a stressful experience. Keeping track of all the details--deciding who to invite, choosing a caterer, arranging the reception -- can sometimes lead to a couple forgetting about the bigger picture and the significance of this day in their lives: A joyous occasion that should reflect not only your personality, but your values as well.

The Creative Jewish Wedding Book brings your complete wedding planning into focus. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer helps you express your individuality and spirituality on your wedding day. Whether your plans are traditional or alternative, whether you are planning your first or second marriage, she provides the tools you need to look at and think about ritual and tradition in new and innovative ways.

  • Insights and reflections from a broad range of couples who have created their own distinctive weddings
  • Practical hands-on techniques and ideas for creating many of the ritual objects connected to a Jewish wedding -- from designing your own ketubah, to making paper for invitations, to fashioning the chuppah
  • How to express your spiritual life and values through your ceremony
  • An up-to-date guide to wedding resources in the Jewish world

Inspiring and useful, The Creative Jewish Wedding Book can help you reclaim your wedding day from the whirlwind of details and bring out the honesty and integrity you desire in your wedding experience.

"Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer gets it! She sensitively captures all the poetry, magic, and meaning of Jewish marriage rites. At the same time, she guides us through the anxiety and agony of planning a wedding. A book I'll proudly share with brides and grooms (and in-laws!) for years to come."

--Rabbi Edward Feinstein (Conservative), and author of Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish Life

"An excellent guide for any Jewish couple--religious, secular, or cultural -- seeking to create a unique and meaningful wedding."

--Sheryl Paul, author of The Conscious Bride's Wedding Planner

"Courageous in its innovations while at the same time deeply reverent of tradition, this guide leads you through each step in planning a wedding with such spiritual joy that it cannot help but spill over into the ceremony, the celebration, and the marriage itself."

--Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer (Reconstructionist), author of Parenting as a Spiritual Journey: Deepening Ordinary Extraordinary Events into Sacred Occasions

"A wonderful resource for couples and their loved ones. It creates a wedding as an intentional, joyful, inclusive event to be treasured for years to come. It is a true invitation to celebrate with bride and groom, a wonderful mitzvah in Jewish tradition."

--Sandy Falk, MD, coauthor of The Jewish Pregnancy Book: A Resource for the Soul, Body Mind during Pregnancy, Birth the First Three Months