The Conservative Wedding Ceremony
The Conservative Movement was founded in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.
In Conservative ceremonies, the bride and groom are honored by being called to read from the Torah (called an Aliyah) in the synagogue on the Sabbath before the wedding. This ceremony is called an Aufruf.
In some Conservative congregations, the bride may and the groom may read from the Torah if she reads Hebrew.
At the Wedding ceremony, the bride and groom sign the Ketuba. It is read as part of the ceremony and given to the bride; it is to remain in her possession throughout the marriage.
Wherever the wedding is conducted, Conservative ceremonies always will take place under a chuppah.
While most Conservative couples do not greet their guests before the wedding, many Rabbis do not bring the bridegroom into the bride's chamber for the badekan ceremony.
After the bridegroom declares, "Behold, thou art consecrated to me with this ring, according to the law of Moses and Israel," the Conservative bride usually replies, in Hebrew, "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine."
Conservative Rabbis will not officiate at the marriage of a Jew and a non-Jew, but will officiate at marriages between a Jew and one who has converted to Judaism.
Processional - all members of the bridal party take their places under the Chuppah