Wearing a kittel at a wedding

By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, May 25, 2014

At my wedding, I wore a new M & S suit with a white robe on top called a kittel. 

This way, I matched with my wife’s outfit. Wearing a white kittel is also supposed to help the bride and groom match spiritually, too. White symbolises purity and freedom from sin. Your wedding day is like a little Yom Kippur, a day when all previous mistakes are forgiven and we get to make a new start.

However, along with a fresh start, the kittel also reminds us of the inevitability of death.  For the kittel is the traditional death shroud.

What’s death doing at a wedding? Even at our happiest moments, we are meant to remember our mortality.  In the end, it is our good deeds that we will leave behind us.

A kittel has no pockets. This symbolises the idea that bride and groom are marrying for love rather than for the material possessions that either may be bringing into the marriage.  

Last updated: 9:45am, May 25 2014