(Closed) Chuppah

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Here is Wikipedia’s explanation:

A chuppah (Hebrew: חוּפָּה‎, pl. חוּפּוֹת, chuppot, literally, “canopy” or “covering”), also spelled hupah, chupah, or chuppa, is a canopy under which a Jewish couple stand during their wedding ceremony. It consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. A chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.

In a spiritual sense, the covering of the chuppah represents the presence of God over the covenant of marriage. As the kippah served as a reminder of the Creator above all (also a symbol of separation from God), so the chuppah was erected to signify that the ceremony and institution of marriage has divine origins.

The “chuppah” may also represent the tent of Abraham, which was open on four sides. Hospitality is considered a cornerstone of the Jewish home.

The couple does not have to make it themselves.  In some instances, a synagogue will have one for the use of couples getting married there.  In others, a couple will rent one from a florist, a rental place, etc.  However, just as with other aspects of a wedding, some couples have DIY ones, either in order to save money or so that they can keep the chuppah (e.g., as a wall hanging) after the wedding.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

lots of non-jews incorporate chuppas into their ceremonies (i think miss ribbons wrote about doing one although she and her fiance are not religious, although i believe she said he was part jewish), or at least wedding arches or canopies because it creates a visual focal point at the end of the aisle.  you can totally have one!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

This is just my feeling, but I have a problem when folks just want to do something because it looks nice.  There is real meaning behind a chuppah, to just want to use one for no other reason I’m just not fond of.  There are certainly lovely canopies or arches that may be more fitting, but personally, unless it’s being used within the guise of tradition, I’m not a fan of haphazard use.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you’re incorporating it because of how it looks, rather than because of the symbolism, I would just call it a canopy rather than a chuppah.  However, the same structure can be a chuppah, a mandap, or a canopy, depending on how it is used.  I know that at least one Hindu bride used my instructions for a chuppah to make her own mandap.

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Hi there,

My fiancée and I are working with a separate vendor for our chuppah which we got on a recommendation from a friend. Our florist wanted to charge us over $1,000 for a chuppah which is just crazy. This company has several different chuppahs at very reasonable prices and they set up, decorate and then breakdown an take away, all included. You can check out pictures at http://www.rentchuppahs.com. The lady’s name is Yani and she is very helpful. They are located in north jersey but are willing to travel as our wedding is in central/south jersey. Hope this helps.

A n M

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