One of the most beautiful moments of any wedding is the time when the bride and groom are officially pronounced husband and wife. For Jewish couples, this takes place under a chuppah (huppah), or wedding canopy. Though the inclusion of a chuppah is traditional, the chuppah itself can be anything but! In an age of endless possibilities, choosing a chuppah is no exception. Let your personality and interests guide you to a chuppah that is uniquely yours!
Photo: Ciro Photography via The Event of a Lifetime
The Modern Couple
Photo: Event & Styling by Swank Productions
We’re seeing many couples choose a modern take on the old tradition, with sleek alternatives to the chuppah featuring flouncy or floral decorations. A sharp, rectangular canopy structure is both different and striking, and definitely modern. You can stick with a monochromatic palette of black, white and gray, and if anything, include one color for a pop!
The Artistic Couple
Photo: Custom Chuppah from The Artist’s Studio
Depending on your color scheme and personal taste, the chuppah itself can take on many different looks. A really unique idea is to have the chuppah custom designed. You can incorporate your wedding theme, favorite colors, meaningful symbols or text to create a piece of art. Your taste in art is a great reflection of your personality, so why not express it on one of the most important days of your life? This can also become a beautiful and meaningful wall hanging for your new home together!
Marlena Rubin Schwartman from SilkHuppah.com specializes in incorporating traditional Jewish symbols and places that are meaningful to the couple into a beautifully-designed custom silk chuppah, complete with valances. Take a closer look at the amazing details.
The Fun Loving Couple
We’re huge fans of creatively using balloons, so we almost lost it when we saw this STUNNING display on Style Me Pretty. Take it on as a DIY project, or consult with a balloon expert for picture-perfect execution. Either way, a balloon chuppah will clearly reflect your fun-loving attitude, and leave a lasting impression on your guests.
The Romantic Couple
Photo: Design by In Full Bloom
For the hopeless romantic, a floral chuppah is an excellent and timeless choice. Picking flowers already included in your wedding in romantic hues of whites, reds, pinks and/or purples will be the perfect fairy tale-esque inclusion to your big day!
Photo: Bob Gail Special Events
If you’re a nature-loving couple, go green with your chuppah choice! Branches and leaves, when done right, will come off both rustic and elegant, and don’t need a particular season to succeed. The look of bare branches on a sunny, summer day is just as gorgeous as a lush green arrangement in the middle of winter!
The Nostalgic Couple
Melisa Imberman from The Event of a Lifetime has done many different types of chuppahs; from simple to elaborate, traditional to modern, freestanding to hand-held. She’s incorporated a tallis of someone special in some chuppahs, which is always special and meaningful. But the most original chuppah she’s done is a Sign-In Chuppah! She placed the chuppah (fabric incorporating the wedding colors) in the cocktail hour room and asked the guests to write a message to the bride and groom, in place of the traditional guest book. The fabric was then attached to four poles and the couple was married beneath their guests’ well wishes.
The Jetsetting Couple
Photo: Palm Tree Chuppah by Nancy Swiezy Events
Whether you’re having a destination wedding or something closer to home, if you love to travel, show it off! Exotic materials ranging from palm trees to silks are a great way to express your love of travel no matter where you wed.
The Couple with Mutual Interests
Photo: H&H Photographers
If you and your loved one have similar interests – maybe you bonded over baseball – your wedding day is the perfect occasion to show this to your guests. After all, it led to a wedding! Remember to be elegant and steer clear of going too gimmicky, but the addition of hobby paraphernalia to an understated chuppah is absolutely ok, and even encouraged!
The Traditional Couple
Photo: Event & Styling by Swank Productions
If after all of these suggestions you realize maybe traditional is what you’re after, there’s absolutely no problem with that. There’s a reason why it’s been the standard for centuries. Four poles or branches holding a cloth or tallis hanging high above you as you exchange wedding vows is a classic choice that stands the test of time.
Regardless of what you choose, selecting a chuppah that reflects your personality and wedding style will personalize the ceremony and give guests a glimpse into who you are as a couple. Do you have a unique chuppah you’d like to share? Contact us if so!