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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

Game of Thrones Wedding Theme?

Game of Thrones food Aryas Tarts hors d'oeurves

If you’re thinking about a Game of Thrones theme for your wedding reception, you need to take a look at The Inn at the Crossroads (innatthecrossroads.com), the official Game of Thrones food blog by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, and their book: A Feast of Ice and Fire.

You’ll find a lot of fun food inspirations as well as recipes. Your reception might not have 77 courses like Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding feast, and maybe some of the rarified dishes like roasted aurochs and stewed rabbit might not be entirely practical, but you can find inspiring recipes for more mainstream menu options like leek soup, honeyed chicken, and poached pears.

Perhaps the recipes on the blog and in the book that are most useful for wedding menus are those that can be reinterpreted as cocktail reception hors d’oeurves, like fingerfish, sweetcorn fritters, and lemon cakes. For the photo above, we made canape-size versions of Arya’s tarts (remember the ones she stole from the kitchen in Harrenhal?) by placing Chelsea and Sarian’s delectable filling of goat cheese, apple slices, nuts, and honey on small, pre-cut pieces of puff pastry.

You’ll also find a number of drink recipes that could serve as Game of Thrones-inspired signature drinks, like mulled wine and Dornish lemonsweet with honey and vanilla.

And since this is a wedding huppah blog, here is the style of huppah I would recommend for each of the regions of Westeros and Essos featured in a Feast of Ice and Fire:

Lace Wedding ChuppahThe North: Simplicity Huppah
The South: Lace Huppah
King’s Landing: Battenburg Lace Huppah
Dorne: Organza Huppah
Across the Narrow Sea: Ivory Silk Huppah

Of course, you can find them all at Huppahs.com.

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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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Here’s a Closer Look at the Lace Huppah

Lace Wedding Huppah Canopy with Braid
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.

Lace Wedding ChuppahYou 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.

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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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Sneak Peek at the Sew Jewish Book Cover

We reposted this from SewJewish.com – to subscribe for the 18% discount on the book, sign up for the newsletter at SewJewish.com.

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Sew Jewish Book - The 18 projects you need for Jewish holidays, weddings, bar/bat mitzvah celebrations, and home

We’re still officially in draft mode, so the first person to spot any spelling mistake on this new cover for the Sew Jewish book gets a free copy. But we think we have a final version here, and we’re kind of excited. The design shows off six of the 18 projects in the book: a kippah (yarmulke), tallit with tallit bag, a matzah cover for Passover, a sweet little decorative Shalom pillow, and a wedding chuppah. The Sew Jewish book comes out in digital form in October at Amazon.com (Kindle) and the SewJewishShop.com (PDF). The blockbuster movie can’t be too far behind.

The subtitle sums it up: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home.

As a thank you to all the early supporters of Sew Jewish, we’re offering newsletter subscribers a discount of 18% –one percent for every project in the book– and…

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How to Make Stands for Wedding Huppah Poles [Video]

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.

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We’re Working on a DIY Huppah Pole Stand Tutorial Video

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

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Signature Cocktail Friday ~ Frozen Lemonade with Coconut Rum

Here’s a cocktail to take us through the second half of this summer wedding season – or for winter weddings in warm locales! Hat tips to Elisa Bosley of Cooking Light 2007 for developing it and Fawn Thomas of the Destination Wedding Store for finding it.

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Signature Cocktail

Cool tropical libation inspired by, a popular cocktail served at the Fish Trap Restaurant in Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups ice cubes, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut rum (such as Malibu)
  • Lime wedge (optional)

Preparation

  1. Place ice, concentrate, and rum in a blender; blend until slushy. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired

Resource

Elisa Bosley Cooking Light 2007

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Need a Wedding Gift? Make a Challah Cover that Matches the Couple’s Dinnerware

Maria shared this post from our sister site, Sew Jewish.

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Wedding china pattern

Find yourself looking at any wedding registries lately? How about using that registry as inspiration for a unique, handmade wedding gift: a challah cover that coordinates with the couple’s china pattern? The cover can become a highlight of the couple’s Shabbat and holiday table decor, covering the two loaves of challah bread, for years.

Start with the china pattern and consider the couple’s personalities to choose the cover fabric, lining, and trim. We’ve put together written instructions as well as a video tutorial that shows you how much to buy and how to put it all together.

Because we like online shopping even when we’re not actually buying anything, we had some fun putting together a few examples to get your creative imagination flowing:

Vera Want wedding dishware

We found the brocade and lining fabric at Mood and the trim at Fabric.com.

Lenox china pattern

We found the velvet and toile fabrics at Fabric.com and the…

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Groom’s Mom Creates Beautiful Wedding Chuppah from Vintage Tablecloth

wedding chuppah from lace tablecloth

When Erika and Adam married earlier this month in romantic San Juan Capistrano, they wed under a chuppah canopy that holds deep family meaning. Adam’s mother, Marla, created the canopy from an heirloom tablecloth that belonged to Adam’s grandmother. It was a way to include the groom’s paternal grandparents, who are both deceased, in the wedding. “She was a very special person in our family,” Marla explains, “and loved Adam very much.”

To turn the tablecloth into a chuppah, Marla attached ties that were tied to huppah poles from Huppahs.com. “The cloth was of fine linen and leaf appliqués, approximately 110″ in length,” Marla explains, “It wavered ever so beautifully in the breeze and added a serenity and magic to the ceremony.” Marla turned to florist Lynne Lucente to create the final touch of flowers and greenery.

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Marla, chuppah creator and proud mother of the groom.

Erika and Adam’s outdoor ceremony was held at San Juan Capistrano’s The Villa. The groomsmen served as huppah bearers. “Having Adam’s groomsmen carry in the chuppah at the beginning of the ceremony was dramatic and completely sweet!”

Thank you, Marla, for sharing the story and photos of this beautiful chuppah!

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Don’t Forget Your Trousseau (?)

wedding trousseau list
Thought you’d like to see the list of trousseau items you’d probably pick up if you got married in 1960. Hats, gloves, formal wrap — Yes, I can see the gals of Mad Men opening a suitcase with just these items.

The list comes from the 1960 brochure of wedding tips from Miss America’s Wedding Invitation Line. You can see their recommendations for what to wear to your wedding here.

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Can I wear a black dress to a wedding or is there a thing about that?

Valentino black dresses
I don’t often get wedding etiquette questions, but today I got that one. Here’s my answer:

Dear Distressed About the Dress,

There is a long-standing custom to not wear a black dress to a wedding. Times are changing, but I would ignore this custom at your peril. It’s not worth being accused by people you care about that you are insulting the couple getting married or the occasion, and it’s not worth worrying during the whole celebration that anyone whose conversation you can’t quite make out on the other side of the room is talking about you.

Now, I did once wear a black dress to an evening wedding in Manhattan. That’s about the only time you can get away with it. An elderly woman asked me if I was a model. I should have said yes.

Final answer: Gurrrl, go out and and get yourself a fabulous new dress!!! If you want to keep your cash close, try Rent the Runway or Tradesy, which are both getting a lot of chatter these days.

And have fun.

– Maria

(Photo: A collection of black dresses by Valentino at the exhibition “Valentino a Roma” at Museo Ara Pacis in Rome. By Loquax via Wikimedia Commons)

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A Tip for Using Ribbons on Your Wedding Huppah

ribbons for wedding chuppah

Once you cut ribbon, the threads at the end can fray and look messy. Packing up the ribbon to get it to your wedding venue and tying the ribbon to your huppah can make the fraying worse. That’s not a fun look for your wedding. But you can prevent stray threads and keep your ribbons looking neat by sealing the ends with liquid fray check, which you can find it at fabric and craft stores.

After cutting the end of the ribbon neatly, apply fray check and let it dry. After it’s dry, trim the ribbon again to leave a strip of fray check that is no more than about 1/8″ (3mm) wide.

More tips for decorating your huppah with ribbons here.

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Who Stands Under the Huppah?

wedding at New York Prospect Park May 2012

The question of who stands under the wedding huppah is one of the more popular email questions we get at Huppahs.com. The answer is a matter of custom rather than Jewish law or strong tradition. Generally, the couple getting married and the officiant stand under the huppah. Parents and members of the wedding party stand to the sides.

Jewish Wedding, by Moritz OppenheimThe inclusion of the officiant under the huppah is a relatively new development. If you look at etchings of early huppah ceremonies from the Middle Ages, when huppahs as canopies first became part of the Jewish wedding ceremony, only the bride and groom stood under the huppah. This is consistent with the idea of the huppah representing the couple’s home and shared spiritual space.

Because we’re talking wedding custom rather than law, there is room for exceptions. At the wedding of ultra-orthodox royalty earlier this year, dozens of people stood under the huppah. But that huppah was probably at least 25 feet wide on each side. And they had 25,000 guests.

(Photo: Wedding at Brooklyn’s Prospect Boat House under an Organza Huppah. Thank you to mother of the groom, Nancy Gershman.)

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Planning a Restaurant Wedding? A Hand-held Huppah Is a Flexible Space Saver

East River Bar Brooklyn New York NY

This season at Huppahs.com we’re shipping an unprecedented number of wedding huppah rentals directly to restaurants. For couples planning small weddings, restaurants make great wedding venues. Decorating needs are minimal, and the caterer is already on site.

But space can be limited. If you’re using a huppah, you don’t want one that takes up valuable dance floor space and you don’t want to hold up the party while a crew dismantles it.

As I wrote recently on Twitter, for a small venue like a restaurant a hand-held huppah makes the perfect solution. It can be moved in and out of the ceremony space quickly and easily. Having people hold the huppah poles enhances the sense of intimacy of a small wedding. And for especially intimate spaces, Huppahs.com offers the option of short, 7-foot poles, which are a great alternative to generally taller, stand-alone huppahs.

Visit Huppahs.com’s website to check huppah availability for your wedding date.

Hat tip to Joe and Alanna for sharing the photo of their wedding reception at the East River Bar in Brooklyn, New York.

(Photo: Jacob Arthur)

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New! Wedding Huppah Canopies Now Available to Rent Without Poles

Simple elegant huppah
Well, this is big news! Huppahs.com now makes two of its popular wedding huppah canopies available to rent without poles. Perfect if you already have poles and are looking for a beautiful, high-quality canopy.

The Simplicity Canopy, pictured above, is fashioned from a high-quality bridal satin. The fabric’s subtle sheen and substantial hand create a simply elegant canopy that works wonderfully in any wedding venue.

Rent Ivory Silk Huppah CanopyThe Ivory Silk Canopy, shown in detail at the right, has the refined texture characteristic of 100% dupioni silk. The light ivory color cultivates a warm sophistication.

Get more details and find out if these canopies are available for your wedding date at Huppahs.com.

(Photo: Jason Weil for Huppahs.com. Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society; Chevy Chase, Maryland)

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Bet You’ve Never Heard of these Jewish Wedding Customs

barley

In honour of the bridal pair an old Persian custom was followed in Talmudic times, and nuts and wheat were cast about the path in which they strode. Barley was sown in a flower vase a few days before the wedding as an emblem of fertility, and was thrown over the young couple, as in modern times.

Modern times? Well, if that’s not any modern times you’re familiar with, that’s because these descriptions of nearly forgotten Jewish wedding customs were written circa 1896, by Israel Abrahams for his book, Jewish Life in the Middle Ages. Thanks, Mr. Abrahams.

What do the Jewish bride and groom wear?

(Photo: From this week’s barley harvest, the first ever at 4 Pines Farm)

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3 New Books for Your Summer Reading List

July: The summer reading season officially begins. To get you started, a trio of new books about love and marriage:


Brooklyn Love
“Three Orthodox Jewish women who are caught between crushing guilt of defying their mothers and their desire to be “normal” are there for each other as they try to figure out who they really are . . . and what they really want.” -Amazon.com


I Am Forbidden: A Novel
“Markovits immediately draws the reader in to a family saga of faith and longhidden secrets, set among the Hasidic Jews of eastern Europe and spanning four generations. A stunning novel; highly recommended.” —Library Journal


The Imposter Bride
“A powerful story of identity, loyalty and loss, of the lies that haunt us and the truth that makes us whole again. Evoking the postwar era to underscore timeless theme, Richler’s elegant prose resonates.” –Pam Jenoff, author of The Ambassador’s Daughter

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