I attended a reform Jewish wedding on Shavuot and was wondering if the marriage is acknowledged and what the status of the children of that union are?

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    user2325, welcome to Mi Yodeya and thanks for your interesting question. I hope you stick around and enjoy the site. Note though that the wedding you attended may very well not have observed all the other halachos of a wedding and may not be valid anyway. And, in any event, children born to unmarried people are for most purposes perfectly valid (not mamzerim, bastards, anyway).
    – msh210
    Jun 3, 2012 at 20:15
  • Are you asking if the marriage is valid qua Shavuot or qua reform?
    – Double AA
    Jun 3, 2012 at 20:15
  • In my answer I assume the former, as it is the more unique question (and certainly less controversial!).
    – Double AA
    Jun 3, 2012 at 20:34
  • First or second day (assuming you're in the diaspora)? Reform doesn't hold by yom tov sheni, so the second day is a regular day in the reform community. Jun 3, 2012 at 21:01

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Shulchan Aruch OC 339:4 rules that one should not perform Kiddushin (betrothal) or Nissuin (marriage) on Shabbat or Yom Tov. However he notes that if one did so, even on purpose, it works and the couple is fully married.

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