Yichud (Unity)

    Immediately after the ceremony, the couple retires to a room where they break their fast which they began in the morning. This is also an important time for the couple as it provides a few private moments to reflect on the day's events and share in one another's company. In biblical times, the Yichud was when the physical consummation of the marriage occured to make sure that the bride was a virgin and that the couple was compatible and could withhold the mitzvah of having children.