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I’ll keep this short and sweet: You’ll save 20% on wedding huppah canopies now through Wednesday, February 14 at Huppahs.com.
Are you looking for a canopy for your wedding huppah frame? Do you have huppah poles and need a canopy to complete the look? Huppahs.com has got you covered.
You can now buy custom-made wedding huppah canopies from Huppahs.com directly from their website.
The canopies are available in silk or bridal satin depending on the size of canopy you need.
Select from several standard sizes, or, if you need a size that’s not listed, contact Huppahs.com about a custom order. You’ll find contact information on Huppahs.com’s Custom Huppah Canopies page.
Get all the details at Huppahs.com.
A little destination wedding for these two Taiwanese Texans at San Francisco City Hall!… https://t.co/Cq3zF6ZQrS
— Anna Wu Photography (@annawuphoto) January 16, 2018
Are you thinking about getting married at city hall? Here are some top tips for making it happen:
1. Start with the Marriage License: Take the plunge by checking out the marriage license requirements for the city hall where you’d like to get married. You’ll probably find that there will be a window of time in which you can get married after applying for a license, with a waiting period of a few days after you apply and a date when the license expires.
2. Make a Reservation: Some days and times, like Friday afternoons and the days before holidays, are especially popular for city hall weddings, and the clerk’s office can get crowded. You don’t want to get shut out on your chosen day. If you can, reserve a day and time for the ceremony.
3. Checklist: Check with the city clerk’s office well in advance of the ceremony to find out what you’ll need to bring on the day. At a minimum expect to need the marriage license, personal identification, and the ceremony fee.
4. Bring a Witness: Bring a witness to sign the marriage certificate. Make sure they bring personal identification and anything else the clerk requires.
— SheenaIsAPunkRocker (@77MASH) January 14, 2018
5. Have Fun with Your Clothing Choices: Getting married at city hall gives you license to wear a wider range of styles than might be appropriate in a house of worship, so have fun thinking over your options. You can keep it ultra-traditional, of course, or something not at all associated with traditional wedding attire. Check out Marilyn Monroe’s chic traveling suit.
6. Add Special Touches: A bouquet of flowers and a boutonniere add that special wedding day feeling. Do flowers seem too formal? Treat yourself to a new tie or a chic little handbag to carry on the day.
7. Bring a Photographer: You’ll want photos of the day. Your friends and family will want to see photos of the day. If you’re not George Harrison and Patti Boyd being followed by a pack of paparazzi (sorry, no sound in the video above), you’ll need to arrange for your own photographer. Hire a professional or tap a friend with serious Instagram-worthy photo talent.
8. Raise Your Huppah: Just because you’re getting married at city hall doesn’t mean you can’t get married under a huppah. Just choose a style that travels well, like this handheld Simplicity Huppah.
9. Celebrate: Even if you’re not planning a big traditional reception, make a plan to celebrate, whether it’s dinner at a favorite restaurant, a picnic in the park, or a weekend getaway. How about drinks and hors d’oeuvres with a small group of friends and family at your apartment? Check out How to Throw a Wedding with Very Little Space or Cash.
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]
Ribbons are a great, colorful option for decorating a huppah, and they work especially well for hand-held huppahs. Match the color of your canopy with white, ivory, or other color ribbon; add accents in a mix of your wedding colors; or add a profusion of colored ribbons to create a bright mix.
You can use the ribbons alone by themselves or add other elements, like flowers, greenery, or as Huppahs.com client Natalie did, tassels that make a statement.
In determining how long the ribbons should be, keep in mind that you want the ribbons to accent the huppah and the faces of wedding couple, so keep them shorter than half the height of the poles.
For a flowing affect, cut them to a length of six to seven feet so that when you tie them to the poles at their middle they fall three to three and a half feet.
And here’s another tip: Tie the ribbons to the poles so that the two ends of the ribbon are at least an inch different in length. This will make them more likely to flow a bit with a breeze than if the ends match up exactly.
How wide should the ribbons be? A good range to work with is 7/8″ to 1 ¼”.
You can find a range of ribbons at Huppahs.com on the Buy Ribbons page.
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.
Do 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.
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.
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.
Sending out a big thank you to Frances Harjeet for sharing these beautiful images.
[Images: Floral stylist: Frances Harjeet | Wedding Planner: Bluebird Productions | Photographer: Lucky Malone Photography]
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)
[Image: Unidentified couple on their wedding day; Vienna, Austria. Martha Werner Collection, Leo Baeck Institute via Wikimedia Commons]
Choosing a hand-held huppah for your wedding is a wonderful way to honor four special people with the role of huppah-bearer. But how do you incorporate the huppah into the procession?
In Medieval times, when the huppah first entered Jewish wedding tradition, the huppah bearers met the bride at her home and escorted her to the site of the ceremony holding the canopy over her head. That’s not practical for most couples today.
For modern weddings, there are two main ways to incorporate the huppah into the beginning of the ceremony.
The first way is for the huppah bearers to bring the huppah into the ceremony space before the procession officially begins, either carrying the huppah down the center aisle or entering from a room to the side of the ceremony space. The appearance of the huppah sets the stage for the beginning of the ceremony, letting your guests know that the wedding is about to begin.
The second option is to let the huppah bearers lead the procession, entering as the music begins and walking down the aisle slightly ahead of the wedding party. They don’t need to walk apart from each other and keep the huppah fully open. Rather, they can walk a comfortable distance apart from each other, as the width of the aisle allows. Then, as they reach the ceremony space and take their places, the huppah canopy opens to its full size, creating a dramatic moment to open the ceremony.
When the wedding ceremony is over, the huppah bearers remain until the couple, wedding party, and officiant have left the space. Then, they can follow the wedding party back down the aisle.
See Huppahs.com’s hand-held huppahs.
[Image: Under the Chuppa at Jewish Wedding from Jewish Encyclopedia (1901-1906) via Wikimedia Commons]
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.
When couples ask how tall a wedding huppah should be, they’re usually asking about how large a typical huppah is or how tall it should be to accommodate everyone that will stand under it. Generally, you need to take into account the height of the couple and the officiant and also allow for some draping of fabric in the middle of the canopy. And add some extra space above everyone’s heads to create a feeling of openness.
But there’s one constraint that’s easy to overlook: the height of the ceiling in your wedding venue. If you’re holding your ceremony outdoors, the sky’s the limit. If you’ll be in a hotel ballroom or the sanctuary of a large synagogue, there’s also probably no practical limit on the height of your huppah.
For a smaller space, however, it’s a good idea to check on the height of the ceiling. Country inns often have low ceilings, as do cruise ships, and intimate restaurants. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony and have an alternate indoor space in case of bad weather, give a thought to the height of the ceiling in the indoor space.
If you’ll be using a small indoor space and aren’t sure of the height of the ceiling, it’s a good idea to ask your venue or your wedding planner to check.
For these smaller spaces, Huppahs.com offers huppah poles that are 7.5 feet tall as an alternative to our standard 8-foot poles. See the huppah poles on the website.
Find out about huppah and huppah pole rentals at Huppahs.com.
[Image: South Yarmouth/Bass River Historic District by Jerry Johnson via Wikimedia Commons]
The veil is so important in a traditional Jewish wedding that it has its own ceremony, the bedeken, before the huppah ceremony, when the groom lowers the veil over the bride’s face. If you’re thinking of doing any wedding DIY, start with the veil. A simple, classic drop veil is easy to make by machine or by hand, and after the wedding you’ll have an especially personal keepsake.
The drop veil offers versatile style options just by altering its length. Let it fall just to your shoulders, or to your elbow, fingertips, or the floor.
You’ll find instructions for making a drop veil personalized to you and your style in the book Sew Jewish. And you’ll find 17 more sewing projects as well, including a kippah (yarmulke) and a wedding huppah as well as projects for Jewish holidays and your home, making it a great collection for your wedding and beyond.
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.
At Huppahs.com, we often ship huppahs directly to wedding venues, so we get a unique perspective on changing trends in venues. Five or six years ago we saw a big emphasis on unusual venues like museums, theaters, and zoos. But over the last few years we’ve seen a new trend emerging that has definitely taken hold: weddings at restaurants. Not restaurants for just receptions, but couples tapping a restaurant for both the ceremony and the reception.
Hosting a wedding at a restaurant makes sense for lots of reasons:
- The wedding couple only needs to decorate one space instead of two spaces, and…
- …because the space is already decorated, couples don’t need to spend a lot of time, money, and energy decorating the space. A few added focal points, such as flowers or wedding favors at the table settings, are all that’s needed. And the restaurant might already have vases or other decorative elements that you can use.
- Without the need for travel between different locations for the ceremony and reception, transportation is simpler and less expensive. Couples save the trouble of making a second set of travel instructions and invitation inserts, and guests have less to worry about.
- Restaurants have more of an incentive than hotels or catering halls to give you and your guests a good experience. As Matt Yglesias wrote in a Vox piece, hotels and catering halls don’t have a huge expectation that you or any of your guests will be back any time in the near future. But restaurants want to build a base of regular, repeat customers, which gives them a greater incentive to provide great service.
- Another point by Yglesias: There are restaurants at all price points.
Finally, if you have a restaurant that you love as a couple, then holding your wedding there already makes the event personal and special. You’re sharing something you love with people you love.
Choosing a huppah for a restaurant wedding
One of the biggest logistical challenges in using the same place for the ceremony and the reception, of course, is changing the space over quickly between the two parts of the wedding. If there are chairs to move, or a huppah to move, you’ll want to be able to do that quickly to keep up the momentum of the event. A hand-held huppah is perfect for restaurant weddings because it can be removed in no time, freeing up the space for the party.
Restaurant spaces are often smaller, with lower ceilings, than those in catering halls or synagogues. So when thinking about your huppah, be sure to check not only how much floor space you’ll have but also how tall the ceiling is. Instead of eight-foot poles for your huppah, for example, you might need to go with seven-foot poles instead.
At Huppahs.com you’ll find huppah poles in seven and eight-foot heights.
(Photo: Thanks to Alanna and Joe for sharing. Photo by Jacob Arthur.)
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 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.
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.