Are there any practices that accompany weddings (and the whole engagement/marriage process) that one has to be careful to avoid because of the prohibition of following in the ways of the non-Jews (chukos Ha'goyim)? For example: engagement ring, walking down the aisle, white wedding gown etc

  • this is perhaps too broad...
    – mevaqesh
    Sep 14, 2016 at 23:26
  • Maybe wedding rings.
    – mevaqesh
    Sep 15, 2016 at 5:13
  • Don't serve pig. Don't have a priest officiate. This list could go on forever.
    – Double AA
    Sep 15, 2016 at 13:30
  • walking down aisle has a mekor from Adam and Chava,white dress also makes logical sense,so no chukas akum
    – sam
    Sep 15, 2016 at 16:26
  • Many rabbis prohibit the band playing "secular" music during the wedding. An example of "secular" music would be Jackson Five (remember them?) music. Though, I have been to a few affairs where the bride and groom walked down the aisle to Beatles tunes. Offhand, I don't think too many rabbis there disapproved, but, then again, perhaps most of them didn't realize where the tunes came from.
    – DanF
    Sep 15, 2016 at 18:40

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Here is one:
Many Polish and Russian Rabbis felt that a Chupah should not take place in a Synagogue, as it became customary to exchange vows in a church, so it became Chukas Hagoyim. Many German Rabbis though felt that it is no problem, as it is done in Church only because it is a convinient assembly place, not due to religion or custom.

  • This would be much Mr helpful with some citations.
    – user6591
    Sep 15, 2016 at 1:04

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