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 huppah that we absolutely love made the pictures even more special. As an added bonus, our genius florist, Masters & Co, used the flowers from our chuppah to decorate the bride & groom table at the reception. We felt that the time we spent deciding on the chuppah design really paid off!
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, like this one from Grace Ormonde. While it’s considered an honor to hold up a pole, they can also be fastened to the floor.
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!
Another creative option for a chuppah you can treasure forever is a quilt. Yad Yael Chuppahs creates quilted wedding canopies with exquisite designs, such as the one pictured above. Yael’s pieces will add to your special day, and can be used after the wedding as wall hangings, baby blankets, or as a bed quilt. You can even use the quilt for your child’s bris or baby naming!
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.
3. Fresh Takes on Floral Chuppahs
Ruby J Events creates a visual masterpiece, bringing the garden into this synagogue sanctuary.
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.
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.
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