The color of your wedding chuppah canopy can affect the look of your wedding photos

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If your wedding chuppah canopy is translucent and lets light through, then the color of the canopy can affect the color of the light that falls onto the wedding couple, much like a stained-glass window. An all-white canopy won’t affect the color of the lighting, but a translucent canopy with a lot of blue in it, for example, can create a slight blue cast on the wedding couple as well as the officiant and anyone else standing under the canopy. A pink canopy will lend the scene a hue of pink.

Wedding chuppah canopies made from light fabrics like silk or satin typically allow light to shine through onto the wedding couple below. More light shines through outdoors in the bright sunshine than indoors.

A good wedding photographer can take into account any effects of the color of your huppah canopy, and they can correct the color of the images during processing and printing, but you can help your photographer by telling them ahead of time if your canopy has a lot of color other than white.

The effect of the canopy color on the wedding scene isn’t an issue with heavy-weight, opaque canopies that don’t let light through. For example, heavily structured huppahs of the style typically available through synagogues often have canopies made from thick velvet lined with a second layer of fabric. You won’t get light shining through these canopies. Similarly, quilted canopies with a layer of padding between two layers of fabric also typically will not let light through.

In any event, it’s not a bad idea to tell your photographer about the huppah style you’re planning, and give them a chance to ask any questions they feel are necessary, so that they have all the information they need to produce the best images of your wedding ceremony.

And if you’re looking for a white or ivory chuppah canopy, you’ll find several options to rent or buy at Huppahs.com.

[Image: Português: Reflexo da luz de fim de tarde através das janelas da Sé de Lisboa (2011) by Espanhola via Wikimedia Commons]

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A tip to save on your wedding bar tab…

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Summer Bliss Wedding Punch. Source: Huppahs.com. (Photographer: Jason Weil)

Here’s a quick wedding planning tip that can save you some money on your drink costs, and it applies to all kinds of events. You already know that serving punch as your main alcoholic beverage can save you big bucks over laying out for a fully stocked bar. You can save even more –and help your guests before they head home—by reducing the amount of alcohol in the punch in the second half, or at least the last hour, of the reception.

One punch worth considering: Vintage Champagne Wedding Punch Recipe

And an and alcohol-free punch: Vintage Wedding Punch Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)

L’chaim!

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What kind of wine do you need for a Jewish wedding ceremony, and where do you get it?

During a Jewish wedding ceremony, the couple sips from a cup of wine after the introductory blessings and again during the recitation of the seven blessings. But does it matter what kind of wine? When we surveyed a group of wedding rabbis for their advice to couples getting married, the most popular response was to make sure that the wine under the huppah is kosher.

It can be red, white, or rose, but it should be kosher, unless your officiant tells you it’s not an issue for them.

How to Know Whether a Wine is Kosher

Kosher wines are produced under the supervision of a rabbi and in accordance with Jewish laws. The wine bottle’s label will indicate if the wine is kosher, and your wine purveyor can help you find kosher varietals.

If your local wine shop carries kosher wines, finding something suitable for the huppah ceremony will be easy. If not, however, or if you’d like something different than your local shop’s selection, you’ll have to do a bit more legwork. But with all the great kosher vintages available today, this is one wedding task that you can make a point of enjoying.

Find Kosher Wines Online

Today you can find great kosher vintages from around the world, not just from Israel but also places like Chile, Italy, Australia, and California. If you’re looking for some direction, Jewish Week publishes an annual list of the best kosher wines.

And if there are no kosher wines in your area, you can order kosher varietals online from a number of sellers. Here are just a few of the many online options:

Find Kosher Wines Locally

During the spring, in the weeks leading up to Passover, many wine shops and Jewish organizations will have wine tasting events. Officially, these events are for choosing wines for the Passover table, but they’re also a great opportunity to sample a range of wines for your wedding.

Kedem kosher winery new yorkDo you live in travel distance of a kosher winery? Why not make a day trip to try its offerings? And here I’m going to give a shout out to my local kosher winery, Kedem, in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. Their tasting room carries not only their own label, but wines from around the world.

And if you try out enough varietals before the wedding, you might even be able to use the bottles for centerpieces.

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Get inspired by this Aspen wedding chuppah with a mountain view

Floral designer Frances Harjeet shows how to take a birch branch frame to the next level with a silk canopy and profusion of flowers and greenery. From our sister site, Sew Jewish.

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Silk chuppah canopy with white flowers

The open skies and vast mountain ranges of Aspen provide a breathtaking backdrop for this romantic wedding chuppah created by floral designer and event stylist Frances Harjeet.

Harjeet, whose firm Prema is based in Colorado, is known for her lush, romantic floral designs and impeccable styling. Her creations often emphasize our connection to nature.

For this chuppah, she paired a birch branch frame with a silk canopy from Sew Jewish and added a profusion of white blooms and cascading greenery.

Harjeet designed the florals for this wedding, and the wedding planner was Aspen-based Bluebird Productions. The photographer was Lucky Malone Photography.

Sending out a big thank you to Frances Harjeet for sharing these beautiful images.

Aspen Colorado wedding chuppah

[Images: Floral stylist: Frances Harjeet | Wedding Planner: Bluebird Productions | Photographer: Lucky Malone Photography]

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Why a Jewish bride wears a veil – It might not be the reason you’ve heard

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Popular lore says that the reason a Jewish bride traditionally wears a veil relates to the Bible story of Jacob’s wedding to Leah. That’s not quite right, although to explain the real reason, it’s a story worth telling: Jacob intended to marry a woman named Rachel. He worked for seven years for her father to earn the privilege. But Rachel had an older sister, Leah, who the father wanted to marry off first. So Leah stood in her sister’s place during the wedding ceremony, wearing a heavy veil over her face to hide her identity. Jacob didn’t realize the deception until the next morning. In the end he married his first love, Rachel, as well, but he had to work for her father another seven years.

The real reason the Jewish bride wears a veil derives from the moment Jacob’s parents, Rebecca and Isaac met: when Rebecca saw Isaac for the first time she covered herself with a veil.

Today, when the groom lowers the bride’s veil over her face before the huppah ceremony, he recites the words that Rebecca’s mother and brother said to her when she left to make her life with Isaac:

In Hebrew: Achotenu: At hayi le alfei revavah

In English: “Our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of ten thousands.” (Genesis 24:60)

What do the Jewish bride and groom wear?

[Image: Unidentified couple on their wedding day; Vienna, Austria. Martha Werner Collection, Leo Baeck Institute via Wikimedia Commons]

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Making your own wedding huppah? Here’s your head start

silk wedding huppah canopy
Are you thinking about making your own wedding huppah but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have a design in mind but don’t know how to sew? Sew Jewish can give you a head start with a plain white canopy you can personalize with silk paints, embroidery, applique, and any number of creative techniques.

Consider it a blank white canvas waiting for you to personalize and make uniquely your own.

The canopies are available in two fabrics: silk and bridal satin. The silk version is or five and half feet square. The satin version comes in a variety of sizes from six feet to seven and a half feet square.

What huppah design are you dreaming of? Silk painted pomegranates? Embroidered roses? Appliqued letters spelling out an inspiring verse? How about a bohemian-inspired tie-dyed huppah canopy? Of course, you can also use the canopy in it’s elegant white simplicity. The options are endless, and you already have a head start.

Take a look at the silk huppah canopy and the canopy in bridal satin.

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Our most popular wedding huppah is now available with a larger canopy

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The original Simplicity Huppah size that made this option so popular.

Huppahs.com is excited to announce that our most popular huppah, the Simplicity Huppah, is now available with a larger canopy. Until now, the huppah has been available with canopy of 60”x60”. Now it’s also available with a canopy size of 68”x68”, providing an additional seven square feet of floor space under the canopy.

This option is so new that we don’t yet have a photo of the larger size on the Huppahs.com website – the photo at the top shows the standard size that made this huppah so popular.

The Simplicity Huppah is made with a sophisticated low-luster bridal satin in a substantial weight fabric for excellent drape.

The canopy’s elegant simplicity has made this huppah a favored choice for all wedding venues, from five star hotels to country inns, synagogues, and city parks.

If you have your own huppah poles or huppah frame, both canopy sizes can be rented without poles. You can get more details about this option on the Huppahs.com website at Rent Wedding Huppah Canopy.

For more information about renting this huppah, in either the standard or new, larger size visit the website at Simplicity Wedding Huppah.

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The Latest Royal Engagement Upends 2017’s List of Top 10 Blog Posts


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement at the end of November totally upended our list of top ten blog posts for 2017. For the first eleven months of the year, the most sought-after posts were those that answered basic questions about planning a Jewish wedding, like “What do the Jewish bride and groom wear,” and “How tall should the huppah poles be?” But since Harry and Kate made their intentions official four weeks ago, posts referencing Buckingham Palace receptions and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton shot up out of the background to take half of the top spots.

Couples planning weddings appear to be googling for royal inspiration for wedding dresses and wedding menus, in particular. And while we don’t yet have many details from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding, we can look to Will and Kate for inspiration.

As we look back at Huppahs.com’s all-time collection of blog posts, these ten claimed the top spots for popularity in 2017:

10. Your Own Royal Canape Reception: Kosher-fied Menu and Recipes – On the morning of William and Kate’s wedding, Queen Elizabeth threw them a canape reception. Over the following two weeks we posted recipes for kosher versions of nine of the canapes, including such tasty tidbits as poached asparagus spears and smoked haddock fishcakes. This post links to them all.

9. The Jewish Wedding Ceremony, Step by Step – Starting with the bride’s reception and the groom’s table, through the huppah ceremony, and finishing with yichud, this post lays out the parts of a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.

8. DIY wedding dress in Grace Kelly style from Vogue Patterns – Kate Middleton’s wedding dress drew comparisons to Grace Kelly. This post links to sewing patterns for wedding dresses with silhouettes and details inspired by the iconic dresses of these two brides.

7. 5 Tips for Creating an Inviting Wedding Pie Dessert Buffet – A down-home outlier among the royal posts, this dessert option started trending several years ago and continues to charm.

6. Wedding Menu Fit for Royalty (You!) – A master class from Buckingham Palace on how to feed a crowd.

5. Wedding DIY: How to Decorate a Table with Garland – A collaborative post of Huppahs.com and FiftyFlowers.

Buckingham Palace Beefeaters4. Wedding Recipe: Garlic-Herb Crusted Beef Roast for a Crowd (Meat) – A British classic for your own wedding menu.

3. How tall should the huppah (chuppah) poles be? – The answer to this perennially popular question.

2. What do the Jewish bride and groom wear? – Why it’s all about white.

1. Recipe: Roasted Rosemary Potatoes with Garlic for 50 (Parve) – As the most popular menu item from the Buckingham Palace dinner reception menu, the humble potato takes the top spot among blog posts, in the form of a practical and flavorful selection for your own wedding menu.

I’m already looking forward to finding out about the wedding trends that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will inspire in 2018.

[Photos: Official Buckingham Palace engagement photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by photographer Alexi Lubomirski.]

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Join us Sunday for a Facebook live event about chuppahs

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Have questions about the chuppah, Jewish wedding canopy, at weddings? Join Rabbi Jillian Cameron of InterfaithFamily/Boston and me, Maria Bywater of Huppahs.com, LIVE as we chat about everything you didn’t think you needed to know about the wedding canopy – chuppah! From logistics to artistry to incorporating interfaith family members in the process and everything in between, come with questions or just to listen.

This Sunday, October 29, 11:30AM EST on the InterfaithFamily.com Facebook page.

Add it to your calendar, and join us!

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Finding Your Huppah

Interfaith Family Wedding Chuppay
Planning a Jewish or interfaith wedding? I share personal tips for finding a huppah that fits you and your wedding style in my guest post now on Interfaith Family’s Wedding Blog: Chuppah: Your First “Home”.

[Image: Screengrab of the blog post at InterfaithFamily.com]

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Get Inspired by this Outdoor Wedding Tablescape from Top Chef

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Planning an outdoor wedding reception? For a tablescape that celebrates the outdoors while delivering major style, take this Top Chef table for inspiration. It’s built on a sophisticated layering of color, pattern, and texture:

  • Tablecloth with a large leafy botanical print.
  • Wide table runner in a natural hue with unfinished and slightly frayed edges (You could DIY this with a length of plain weave natural fabric, like hemp)
  • Rafia placemats.
  • Dark amber water glasses.
  • Sideways glass vases holding pink flowers to give the setting a modern lift.

This screenshot, by the way, is from Top Chef’s 14th season, in South Carolina, at an estate that housed the restaurant and home of Edna Lewis, a luminary of traditional Southern cooking.

Maria BywaterMaria Bywater is the designer behind Huppahs.com and author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home.

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New: Silk Wedding Huppah Canopy at Sew Jewish

silk huppah canopy
In addition to the huppahs available to rent at Huppahs.com, I’m excited to let you know that we are now offering huppah canopies for sale through our sister site, Sew Jewish.

These silk canopies are dyeable, which means that you can dye them, use silk paint on them, applique, embroider, stencil — use lots of different techniques to make them personal and unique.

Find all the details at Sew Jewish: Silk Huppah Canopy.

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This new shipment of silk is going to become an exciting new offering at Huppahs.com

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September 2, 2016 · 1:01 pm

Drop Veils – A Classic Is New Again

Sew JewishThe drop veil. A classic. Expresses many moods, depending on the length. Pair it with a tiara or a garland of wildflowers. Or wear it on its own. It’s easy to make your own, tailored to fit you and your style. Find instructions in Sew Jewish, available on Amazon.com.







Make your own drop veil. It’s one of 18 projects in Sew Jewish, available on Amazon.com.

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How to Make Your Own Huppah and More Jewish Sewing Projects

SJ Paperback Etsy Featured ImageCheck it out: Instructions for making your own version of Huppahs.com’s most popular huppah style, Simplicity, can be found in the book Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations and Home. The book is by the designer behind Huppahs.com. Find it on Amazon.com.

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Are you thinking about making your own huppah? Or sewing your own veil? You’ll find instructions for these Jewish DIY wedding classics, as well as 16 other essential Jewish sewing projects, in the new PDF book Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations and Home by Huppahs.com founder, Maria Bywater.

Get it in the SewJewish shop on Etsy!

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2 Hanukkah Party Treats

I love this idea for a Hanukkah wedding cocktail reception: Serve little dreidel game kits as an one of the hors d’oeurves. They do look like hors d’oeurves when passed among your guests on a tray, and they make cute wedding favors for a Hanukkah wedding.

Great DIY favors for a winter wedding.

This post from our sister site, Sew Jewish, also links to a fabulous hors d’oeurves recipe for sweet potato pecan and goat cheese bites. So yummy!

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Hanukkah dreidel game party favor diy Hanukkah Dreidel Game Favor project with printable dreidel game instructions from the book, Sew Jewish.
Hanukkah is almost here! We’ll soon be lighting menorahs, eating latkes, and spinning dreidels.

The Sew Jewish book includes instructions for making dreidel game party favors, little pouches to fill with a dreidel and pieces of sweet chocolate gelt. The book even includes printable dreidel game instructions to tuck into the pouches (versions for both outside and inside Israel). The pouches stand up straight, so they look great displayed on a side table or tray before you hand them out to guests.

In fact, when grouped together, a tray of the standing party favors suggests a plate of holiday hors d’oeurves, specifically those pouches of filled and twisted phyllo dough purses. If you’re having a Hanukkah cocktail party, have some fun and hand out these dreidel game favors to your guests on a…

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The Chuppah Explained in 62 Charming Seconds [Video]

Looking for a quick background on the wedding chuppah that’s both short and sweet? g-dcast made this video with you in mind:

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New: Organza Wedding Huppah Canopy Available to Rent

Organza wedding chuppah

We’re pleased to announce that our Organza Huppah canopy is now available to rent without poles, for couples who already have poles. Huppahs.com ships huppah rentals everywhere in the United States. Get details about the Organza canopy at Huppahs.com’s Rent a Huppah Canopy page.

And if you’re looking for a complete huppah, you can still rent the canopy with poles. Find out more at Organza Huppah.

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Winter Dreams of Warm Summer Weddings

As I write this, most of the northeastern U.S. is stuck at home because of a January icepocalypse. Which makes this the perfect time to start musing about warm summer weddings. Some of our favorite summer backyard wedding pins:

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How to Throw a Wedding with Very Little Space or Cash

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One of my favorite Huppahs.com stories is about the couple who rented one of our huppahs for a wedding in their tiny apartment. They raised the huppah on the balcony and threw the reception inside. Slate’s latest party planning video, How to Entertain with Very Little Space or Cash, reminded me of that story. You might want to plan a wedding with a few more frills than the party in Slate’s video, but if you’re ready to get married, and you’re working with a small apartment and a small amount of cash, this quick video can show you how to make the party happen. And we’ve got your huppah.

[Image: Screenshot of Slate.com]

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