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The veiling of the bride — the bedeken — is an Orthodox Jewish ceremony where the bride and groom's families meet and the groom confirms that the bride is his intended, then covers her face with a veil.

This is truly a joyous event (as the video below demonstrates) with guests singing a lively Jewish wedding song as the groom walks into a room escorted by his father and the rabbi to meet the bride who sits on an elevated platform. When the groom reaches the bride (who he may not have seen for several days), her veil is lifted, words are exchanged and her veil is replaced.

The bedeken is a great segue for the much more solemn Jewish ceremony which follows.

Also spelled badeken OR bedekin.



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