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How to incorporate a hand-held huppah into the wedding procession

Under the Chuppa at Jewish wedding from the Jewish Encyclopedia (1901-1906)
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]

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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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A Wedding Chuppah for All Venues: The Simplicity Huppah

Simple elegant huppah

While finalizing the reservation of a Simplicity Huppah yesterday, I realized that of all our rental huppahs, we’ve probably shipped this style huppah to the widest variety of wedding venues, from backyards to bistros and hotel ballrooms. Its clean, classic design fits just about any setting (and like all of our huppahs, it’s easy to transport and set up anywhere).

Just for fun, we went back through the files and revisited some of the varied venues where couples have wed under Simplicity Huppahs:

You can check the availability of our Simplicity Huppahs for your wedding day or get more details at Huppahs.com. Or see all our huppah designs.

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Outdoor Huppah Inspiration: With a Love Like That, You Know You Should Be Glad

San Francisco huppah

"...We circled each other. We did, in fact, feel our lives intertwining..."


With friends taking part in the Jewish wedding traditions, Meg found true bliss in the loving atmosphere of her intimate wedding. Their huppah is a tallit suspended by hand-held poles. Thank you for sharing, Meg. Read more…

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