I’m a big fan of the Israeli wedding experience, but as much as I love the music and the mayhem, I’m not a fan of the fact that you can’t get dolled up for it–even if its not your own occasion.
As many of you know, most people (except for the bride and groom and perhaps, the wedding party) don’t dress up for an Israeli wedding. There are various reasons for this. The climate is hot, the Israeli demeanor is casual (not corporate), and most just don’t want to bother–they’re there to celebrate, not to dress appropriately. So they show up in jeans and sandals.
(Throughout this post you will be seeing real Israeli wedding photos that I’ve collected to give you realistic depiction of how Israelis dress at weddings. Take note, religious weddings tend to be more formal than secular weddings.)
Back in 2007, Jewish journalist Sarah wrote about this phenomenon for New York’s biggest Jewish publication, The Jewish Week. It was also part of her blog post for Israel 21c’s blog Israelity in 2007.
“In Israeli society, dressing up doesn’t make you closer to the bride or groom, so why should they? Not wearing a suit or a gown doesn’t take away from their respect.” No surprise, then, that other guests may turn up in jeans and pressed shirts, or in their army uniforms.”