Is it permitted to get married on Sukkot ?

Answer:

It is not permitted to get married during Sukkos (both on Yom Tov and on Chol Ha-Mo’ed), because on these days we are joyous with the time of the year, and we do not want another cause for joy to interfere with the joy of the festival.

See Shulchan Aruch (546:1-2) for details (it is permitted for a divorced couple to re-marry, because this does not involve the same joy as the first time).

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4 Responses to “Getting Married on Sukkos”

  1. Dear Rabbi,
    Please forgive this question because I believe the answer is no but my family is arguing with me about this. My sister wants to get married on October 12, 2014, which as you know is in the middle of Sukkos. Is it permissible for them to marry on this day? By the way, my sister, the kallah is ashkenic. The Chassan is Sephardic so I don’t believe that should make a difference but I don’t know. Can she marry or must she wait until Sukkos is over. Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely,
    Chaim

    • You don’t have to worry about asking the question, even if the answer is no.
      In this case, as you write, the principle whereby “we do not mix one simcha with another” applies even to days of Chol Hamo’ed, and therefore they’ll have to wait until Sukkos is over.
      There is no difference for this matter between Sephardim and Ashkenazim.
      Best wishes again, and I hope the matter will work out for the best.

  2. A distant relation is getting married on Chol HaMoed Sukkos in the USA- I do not know why this happened or why they did not consult a Rabbi. It is incorrect/inappropriate to attend such a wedding? What should one do in such circumstances?

    • Although it is inappropriate, I would not refrain from attending if your attendance is significant.

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