Huppahs (or chuppahs) are a traditional wedding element in the Jewish Religion that symbolizes the house that will be built around the new couple and their marriage. More and more these days, though, we are seeing huppahs in wedding ceremonies of every culture and religion. This may be because the meaning behind the traditional huppah is a beautiful one and also because it’s a great way to add structure to your altar, provide a frame for the ceremony and looks great in pictures! No matter what the theme or decor of your wedding, there is a huppah The most common huppahs are built of some sort of wooden structure like aspen, bamboo, willow or a simple stick that is held by the couple’s family. They are decorated in groupings of flowers or draping fabrics and can go as simple or elaborate as you desire. Either way can be equally as gorgeous when implemented perfectly.Images by mymbkphoto.com, Gulnara Studio & John the Photographer(source) Another decorating option is to dangle strings of crystals, candles, or other item you hold close to your heart like the paper cranes to the left!
Images by Q Weddings & Cory Paris Photography
No matter what look you spring for, the options are endless for personalizing it to your taste. If I can give you one word of wisdom when preparing a huppah , though, just remember to create your structure to withstand the elements!! I can not reiterate enough how much you do not want your ceremony interrupted by a falling limb so take wind and other weather into MAJOR consideration! Or else, just leave it to the pros. Have fun creating your amazing ceremony!