Destination Weddings

If You’re Thinking Of Tying The Knot Abroad

Special To The Jewish Week
12/10/2013 - 19:00

♦ Plan to marry in a civil ceremony in the U.S., preferably before departing for the religious ceremony. After a destination wedding, you may be married in the eyes of God, but not according to city hall. Most foreign countries have red tape that makes legal marriage for foreigners difficult or outright impossible. This ranges from lengthy waiting periods — for witnesses as well as bride and groom — to blood tests and  citizenship requirements. In many countries, the legal officiate must be a representative of the local government — or even of the state church!

Destination Weddings, With A Jewish Twist

Picturesque outdoor chupahs, from Cyrus to Spain to the Yucatan.

Travel Writer
12/10/2013 - 19:00

Jews have a certain advantage when it comes to wedding geography: all you need is a chupah and a rabbi.

“In ancient times, the wedding was outdoors,” notes Rabbi Barbara Aiello, an Italian-American rabbi who leads a congregation in Calabria, Italy and officiates at weddings throughout Southern Europe.

A wedding on the beach at the supposed birthplace of Aphrodite, in Cyprus. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Zimakova
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