In all Jewish weddings that I have attended the actual wedding (Chuppah and kiddushin) precedes the dinner (seudat mitzvah).

Do the sources speak about having the dinner before the ceremony. I was recently invited to such a wedding.

The following not insuperable problems occur to me: chatan and kallah normally fast before the wedding so they would not eat at the meal; since they are not married yet, there would be no sheva berachot after the birkat hamazon.

  • Interesting question. For clarity, wouldn't the smorg be considered a "meal"? Most people eat more at the smorg than at the sit down meal, anyway. And most smorgs are before the chuppah. How would THAT be allowed based on your question? – DanF Jun 7 '15 at 19:18
  • If the family of the chatan is Sephardi, then they likely won't fast before, I believe that that custom is unique to Ashkenazi Jewry. – Noach MiFrankfurt Jun 7 '15 at 19:37

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