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!
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]
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 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.
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.
The 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.
Check 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.
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!
A client who recently reserved a Lace Huppah for his wedding asked us to send a photograph that showed the lace canopy up close and in more detail than the photos on the Huppahs.com website. We were happy to oblige and thought we’d share the photo with you here on the blog as well. Click on the photo above to see the larger, more detailed version of the canopy.
You’ll see the lovely, small-patterned bridal lace that makes up the canopy as well as the white braiding that delicately defines the edges of the valances.
You can get more information about the Lace Huppah and our other huppah styles at Huppahs.com. And to see if a Lace Huppah is available to rent for your wedding date, contact us through the Check Availability page.
Looking for a quick background on the wedding chuppah that’s both short and sweet? g-dcast made this video with you in mind:
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.
Orange County Choppers, of CMT television fame, now has an event space at their cafe showroom, and they unveiled it last night. The space has the cool, industrial feel you’d expect from a site associated with building customized choppers, and to get to the space your guests will walk past a collection of customized choppers in the gift shop. I’m a fan of saving on decorating costs by choosing a venue that already has a lot of personality, and this new venue makes a fun option.
For this space, I’d recommend the Ivory Silk wedding huppah.
The space is called the Hangar, and it’s located in the Orange County Choppers Cafe in the Orange County Choppers Complex in Newburgh, New York — that’s the Mid-Hudson Valley.
The flowers in the top photo are by Secret Garden Florist in Walden, New York.
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:
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]
When you’re planning a wedding on a budget, decorate with light. You’ll get big impact for a small investment, especially during these dark, romantic winter nights. Some pins to inspire:
At Huppahs.com we specialize in traditional hand-held wedding huppahs. Occasionally get questions about stands for turning our hand-held huppahs into huppahs that stand on their own. We thought we’d show you a DIY version of stands we’ve used in the past for local huppah rentals. Because they’re made from concrete, they’re not something that we can ship. But if you’re interested in making stands that work with our huppahs, this video shows you how to make stands that have worked well for us.
We made this video in cooperation with our sister site, SewJewish.com.
In this video you’ll learn:
* The types of containers that work best as stands.
* What the ideal mix of concrete and water looks like for making strong concrete.
* How to put it all together and get a good snug fit between your poles and the stands.
You’ll find more information about the Organza Huppah featured in this video as well as huppah poles for rent and for sale at Huppahs.com.
Update: You can now find the finished video here: http://wp.me/p1dXhN-24P
We’re working on a video to show you how to make DIY huppah pole stands — in connection with our sister site, SewJewish.com, and commercial sculptor Bill Bywater. We get lots of email requests for advice on making stands for huppah poles, and these are a version of the style we’ve used with local huppah rentals at Huppahs.com. We’re working to get the video up next week, but here’s an outtake. If you’d like to get an email when we post the video, we invite you to subscribe to the blog (there’s a sign-up box near the top of the column at the right).
Update: You can now find the finished video here: http://wp.me/p1dXhN-24P