Maybe it’s because I come from such a large family, but we have a lot of wedding photos that include our chuppah! The family portraits, wedding party, and of course the entire wedding ceremony! Having a chuppah (a.k.a. huppah, chuppa or Jewish wedding arch) that we absolutely love made the pictures even more special. As an added bonus, our florist used the flowers from our chuppah to decorate the bride & groom table at the reception. This had the dual benefit of lowering our costs and adding consistency to our wedding decor.
The Chuppah is a traditional Jewish wedding canopy the couple stands under during the wedding ceremony. Huppah is Hebrew for covering, and that’s exactly what it is! The huppah can be a tallis held up by four poles, an extravagant display of flowers and branches, or anything in between. It symbolizes the new home the couple will share, open on all sides showing that guests are always welcome.
Because of its physical and symbolic beauty, many couples of all different cultures and religions choose to incorporate the chuppah into their wedding ceremony.
Planning to have a wedding chuppah but don’t know where to begin? Here are some of our favorites.
1. Traditional Designs
Tallit Chuppah Covering
The traditional chuppah is made with a tallis (prayer shawl) help up by four poles or birch wood, like this one from photographed by EXO Photography & Cinema. While it’s considered an honor to hold up a pole, they can also be fastened to the floor or grounded in a flower pot.
You can also modernize the traditional design by adding unique touches, like these hanging floral pomanders designed by The Showplace Floral & Event Design.
2. Family Heirlooms
We love the idea of turning the chuppah into a family heirloom you can cherish forever. Here are a few ways you can do this.
Queens Esther Hair Covers offers romantic, handmade wedding chuppahs made from tulle and bridal appliques. Brides can also get an elegant handmade wedding shawl to match!
Corinne Soikin Strauss from The Artist’s Studio uses watercolors to paint intricate symbols and designs, reflecting the couple’s personality in a chuppah to cherish forever.
Marlena Rubin Schwartzman of SilkHuppah designs hand-made silk huppahs and coordinating ketubahs. Her beautiful Tu BeShevat Chuppah commemorating the trees, flowers and birds of Spring was the inspiration for the coordinating Tu BeShevat Ketubah.
3. Fresh Takes on Floral Chuppahs
Ruby J Events created a visual masterpiece with this circular chuppah. The innovative design featured a floating ceiling that would remain in place to provide a focal point for the reception as well.
This stunning chuppah, submitted by Seaview Caterers, creates drama with strategically placed white flowers and high dome.
Wedding Canopy with Flowering Branches
In this example, cherry blossoms are accented with romantic lighting, as seen on DaringDevoted.com.
Modern Huppah Design
This sleek modern structure by Fleurs NYC is accented with bold red details.
Floral pomanders reflecting your wedding colors can make for a beautiful and unique wedding arch, like this one from Sweet Pea Event Blog.
Bright & Colorful
A clean row of dramatic blooms can be the statement piece of your wedding ceremony, like this example from Project Wedding.
Don’t forget to consider the setting. This wedding arch and the coordinating aisle decor beautifully reflect the colors of the surrounding water, sky and sand while creating a standout ceremony space! EXO Photography & Cinema captured the beauty and serenity of the moment.
4. Unique Details
We’re loving the trend of incorporating elegant chandeliers into the wedding ceremony decor!
5. Creative Lighting
This LED enhanced canopy by DaVinci Florist adds a striking look to the wedding ceremony.
6. Innovative Materials
Sculptural Work of Art
Sculptor Andrea Cohen of Chuppah Studio creates gorgeous art pieces, providing the perfect setting for your nuptials.
Wire Inspired Chuppah
This Wire-Inspired Canopy by Beautiful Blooms uses calla lilies to add softness and romance to the look.