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.
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.
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)
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.
The 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)