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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
(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)
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.
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.
The 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.)
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)