The Fully Customized Wedding Package
- Assessment of a detailed questionnaire the couple completes to help the Rabbi create a unique wedding experience.
- An in-person pre-wedding consultation with the Rabbi to communicate specific interests, preferences and areas of sensitivity that must be addressed during the ceremony.
- A fully customized ceremony that integrates traditional Jewish procedure with the preferences of the wedding couple.
- Unlimited phone and email conversations.
- Travel to the ceremony venue anywhere within the GTA area, with arrival at least 30 minutes prior to ceremony start time.
- Professional officiating of your ceremony.
- Collaboration with the Wedding Planner.
- Coordination with your Photographer and Videographer.
- Signing and filing of your marriage license.
A Minimalist Wedding Ceremony Option
This option provides couples with a legal/religious ceremony which is brief yet intimate.
- Professional officiating of a standard, brief, wedding ceremony at our Etobicoke office.
- The signing and filing of your marriage license.
- Party to include the bridal couple and up to six guests.
- Bring your own mini Chuppa for your guests to hold up for you.
When couples customize their wedding, they’re mostly focused on a checklist of elements that will make it a great celebration, a special time to remember and a moment when their friends and family can witness their union in love.
And rightly so. Assembling a wedding is no easy feat and few things can be left to chance. We know and understand that.
But what we also fully know and understand is that there is a very human dynamic that is part of the event. Family, relatives, friends, co-workers, and others must be welcome and comfortable at the ceremony and beyond.
Personalization is an ingredient we ‘re ever conscious of as people gather. We take special care through the pre-wedding process to learn about the people dynamic that will be present and how we can best address it if need be.
Sometimes this means spending time before the wedding with one of the parents or relatives to listen to them if they have a concern or anxiety, and to offer advice and counsel in return.
Other times, it’s a gesture or affirmation during the service that helps enjoin the new, extended families, in a symbolic or poignant way. And still, at other times, it’s something much more subtle such as a word to say or background to know about when introduced to an attendee, or a nod to a grandparent during an important part of the service.
Our goal is not simply to give you the wedding of your dreams. We want to ensure that each and every person who joins you on that day has a deep, personal and profound experience that they, themselves, will remember for the rest of their lives.
Out of Town Destinations
Over the past many years we’ve traveled to numerous destinations to marry wonderful people in the presence of family, friends, loved ones and others…
Whether it’s on a quiet coastal beach or in a resort in another country or in a city in another part of Canada, we have traveled (and weathered) those experiences well and can share our advice and counsel to make it a perfect event.
The cost of the wedding package is standard (as noted previously) but depending on the travel/stay time, a per diem may also be negotiated. Travel and accommodation for my wife and I are to be provided.
“It was wonderful…a simple yet very personal and joyous moment…the two of you made it feel so special…thank you so very much.”
“Thank you from all of us for a magnificent wedding ceremony. You were epic and we loved every minute. Much love.”
“From the bottom of our hearts…Thank you so much for making our wedding so memorable. You wrote a beautiful ceremony for us and every moment of it was from your heart. All of our guests are talking about how moving our ceremony was and how informative, clear and wonderful our Rabbi is!”
“Thank you for the anniversary wishes !!! And thank you for marrying us. We are forever connected !!”
“Our 25th wedding anniversary was coming up, and Scott asked Rabbi Gellman if he would help us renew our vows. Both Alex and Rabbi Gellman not only went above and beyond what we could have expected, but made an incredible ceremony involving all of our children, and many fellow cruisers. It was a magical evening that we will never forget, and talk about to everyone to this day.”
“The feedback from Mark and Lindsay’s wedding has been over the top. Your service was inclusive, spiritual, meaningful, and yet light and fun. I am very appreciative of the way you connected with the bride and groom and made all of the bridal party and guests feel we were part of something extraordinary. Thank you, thank you!”
“It was truly the nicest ceremony I have ever seen, I couldn’t have dreamed of anything better! The details put into each and every aspect were so beautiful, and our wedding day would not have been as special as it was if it weren’t for Rabbi David.”
“My new step Mother-In-Law cannot get over how much she has learned about Judaism! Thank you for your patience and humour.”
“It was the most beautiful and moving service I have experienced in many years. I was deeply moved.”
“How you connected with both of our families was so special. The time you took to consult with everyone was …”
Left— celebrating Brett and Arthur’s wedding ceremony in California.
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Jewish Wedding Customs and Traditions
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