Tips for Creating a Huppah

A Huppah or Chuppah is a Jewish wedding canopy with a piece of cloth or any covering draped over four poles.  The Huppah represents the home that the couple will build. There are no Halakhic requirements as to how big it should be and how it should appear. However, it should be big enough for the bride and groom to stand under.

  • Decide on the type of Huppah you would like to have. Traditionally, a huppah is made out of delicately embroidered  velvet cloth.
  • You can be more creative with your Huppah design by using other materials. You can use an old tallit (prayer shawl). You can even use a tablecloth that has been in your family for generations, or other memorable family possessions.
  • You can also purchase a piece of fabric that will match your wedding color. You can adorn it with sequins and other embellishments.
  • Poles for your huppah can be purchased from Jewish wedding supply shops. You can also rent or borrow them from temples.
  • Jewish weddings are usually held outdoor. Make sure that the huppah will withstand any weather condition.
  • Many couples nowadays seek the expertise of florists to create a huppah out of flowers. This huppah design will enhance the romantic mood of the ceremony.

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