Today, most couples are perplexed about the Jewish wedding canopy (Chuppah). Where do they get one? How do they make one? What size should it be? In the past and present, it is either the temple supplying a traditional, over sized tallit or the florist would create a Garden of Eden with flowers along with a piece of cloth. Though those options are not bad ones, now it is necessary since couples are seeking more options. More personal, more creative, some more modern intertwined with traditional and also affordable. I have researched and discovered that there are not too many companies or artists offering those options. Too assist with the demand, I created what I call a traveling one, the Rabbi Andrea Frank of www.jewish-wedding-rabbi.com Free Standing Chuppah. It has certainly traveled as much as me. It is offered for an additional cost when couples are using my rabbinical services to officiate their Jewish Wedding or Spiritual Wedding Ceremonies. Presently, the oversized Tallit with wedding Blue stripes. Looking to add beautiful, embellished fabric designs that keep the symbolic theme of Judaism with creation. You can say, a nature theme.
I have seen beautiful Jewish wedding canopy designs that can compliment a couple on their wedding day when receiving their blessings under the Jewish wedding canopy. Since it is the central focus of all Jewish wedding ceremonies, today a couple can design their own if they feel creative enough, or family members with artistic skills are designing for the wedding couple as well. I have seen beautiful quilted ones, as seen below.
After I officiate a Jewish wedding ceremony, I am usually the last to leave the ceremony area other than the catering staff taking down and setting up for the wedding reception while the guests are in another room for the cocktail hour. The beautiful Chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy, created by the florist is dismantled and where it ends up I am not quite sure. The couple only has the memory of standing under it for their ceremony and memories in their wedding photos. Is that enough? For some yes, for others, no.
Why Should a Couple Own Their Very Own Chuppah?
When a couple places the importance of having their very own wedding canopy, it becomes a part of the them beyond the ceremony. It becomes a family heirloom to be past on from generation to generation. I am touched when a couple includes an existing or soon to be, family heirloom in their wedding ceremony. Couples today are not aware that they are creating their own heirlooms with their new Kiddush cup and can now include a personalized Jewish wedding canopy. Generations after them will find those ritual items becoming a significant part in their Jewish wedding ceremonies.
Our future generations depends on us to keep the customs and traditions
of our heritage present in our ceremonies.
For each generation that does not, the future is dim
and the light of Judaism will be less bright in their lives.
The following material or items that the rabbi seen used for a wedding canopy.
- Table Linens: a family preserved a very special table linen that along with its owner, survived the Holocaust. It blessed a Great Granddaughter on her wedding day as she stood under it with her groom
- Embellished fabric
- Quilting – only using the top layer for the canopy and the second layer sewn after the wedding to complete the quilt.
- A wedding dress
- Pieces of fabric where many extended family members and friends design a square representing the couple. Then the squares are sewn together creating the wedding canopy chuppah
- Painted fabric – if you have the talent and know how, oh wow! Rabbi Andrea will see her first painted silk wedding canopy in the early fall.
Extra fabric strips sewn on to create the ties to the chuppah poles.
Share Your Beautiful Chuppah Online for the Chance to Win a Prize
We are planning a contest to find the most beautiful, meaningful, creative chuppah designs ever to grace a Jewish wedding.
Do you have a photo of your chuppah? Can you describe how you made your chuppah, what makes your chuppah so meaningful, or the story of how your chuppah has been passed down through the generations in 100-500 words? If so, you may want to consider participating in our upcoming Chuppah Contest.
A form will be added very soon with the opportunity to upload your wedding chuppah photo.
Jewish Wedding Canopy – The Chuppah is an important element for Jewish Weddings