By Robyn Rosen, September 21, 2010
The strictly Orthodox community has been advised to "reduce expenses" on simchahs to help families in financial hardship.
A letter from the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations suggests "no more than drinks and pastries" and limiting guests to family, close friends and immediate neighbours.
By doing so, "the burden of expenses will surely be eased. The rabbinate considers it their most particular duty to care for the well-being of the kehilla."
The union offers a "low-budget" wedding scheme where members can invite 150 couples for around £7,000.