The Burton-Melnick wedding ceremony, held on December 23, 2000, included the wrapping of the couplesí wimpel around them by both sets of parents. With the performance of this ritual, their parents lend affirmation to their new joint identity in the eyes of Israel and the Jewish community. Before dinner and dancing, instead of encircling their wedding cake with their wimpel , they chose this special placement (see photograph to the left) showing it with wedding pictures of their grandparents. Melissa, once a member of the Mosaic Law family, has taken the custom to West Hollywood, CA., where she and her husband, Steven, reside.
Embellishment of the wimpel prayer is done with careful placement of symbols relating to different aspects of the prayer. A basic Hebrew script is utilized, providing strength in its simplicity. Many wimpelin begin with the unfinished look of any project that is a work in progress, in this case, the life of this newly married couple. Text is included regarding the date and location of their marriage.