#1: Attach Garland to the Edge of the Canopy
A garland of fresh leaves or flowers around the edge of the huppah canopy brings a bright energy to the wedding space. The garland should be fairly light-weight. Use light flowering branches, wildflowers, or herbs. You can DIY the garland or more…
#2: Attach Bouquets to Poles
You can evoke a world of different wedding styles depending on the types of flowers and other elements in the bouquets: romantic roses, shabby chic lavender, rustic sunflowers, wheat stalks tied with gingham ribbon, simple white hypericum berries, or bright pink and orange more…
#3: Drape Swags of Garland Between the Poles
If your huppah has valances, that is, fabric pieces hanging at the sides, draping garland from pole to pole in front of the valances creates an interesting visual interplay of color and texture.
This is another approach that works best with fairly light garland, otherwise the huppah can more…
#4: Scatter Flower Petals on the Ground
If your wedding ceremony is outside, scattering flower petals on the ground under the huppah evokes a sense of natural beauty that is easy and inexpensive to achieve. If you are getting married outside in the spring, you might be lucky enough to have nature spread a carpet of blossoms more…
#5: Hang Ribbons from Poles
Add color and movement to your huppah with long ribbons that catch the breeze. Ribbons make simple and inexpensive wedding decorations. They should hang one-third to one-half the length of the huppah poles. You can keep the look simple with one color, or combine ribbons in all the colors of your more…
#6: Wrap Garland Around the Poles
This is another huppah decorating option that works especially well for outdoor weddings.
If you are using a huppah or poles from Huppahs.com, attach the garland to the screw at the top of the pole with florist wire. Anchor it to the bottom more…
#7: Don’t Add Any Decoration at All
Your last option in decorating your huppah is to not decorate it at all, but to leave it unadorned and keep the emphasis on the people standing beneath the huppah and the ceremony.
What size huppah (chuppah) poles should you use?
In most cases, the best height for huppah poles is 8 feet. That gives you lots of space under the canopy, and this size works for most conventional hotels and wedding venues and for ceremonies held outside. The poles in the photo at left are 8 feet tall.
However, some small spaces require 7-foot poles, such as many inns, private homes, and cruise ship spaces. Huppahs.com has rented huppah poles for ceremonies in all of these types of venues.
Your contact at the venue or your wedding planner will be able to tell you the height of the ceiling in your ceremony space.
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Answers to the 6 questions we are most frequently asked at Huppahs.com:
1. Does Huppahs.com rent only hand-held huppahs?
Yes, all of our huppahs are hand-held. This most traditional style of huppah is easy to put up and take down, and easy to transport to where ever you need it.
2. What cities does Huppahs.com serve?
We lease huppahs everywhere in the U.S. We ship by FedEx.
3. Do I ship the huppah back in the same box it came in?
Yes. Repack the poles and canopy in the box they arrived in, and apply the pre-paid return shipping label.
4. When I return the huppah, do I deliver it to a FedEx office, or will FedEx pick it up?
You can do either – your choice. Drop it off at a FedEx location near you or call FedEx at 1.800.463.3339 to arrange a pickup.
5. When should I order my huppah?
At least 3 weeks before the wedding to take advantage of $55 shipping (which includes a pre-paid return shipping label). For the best selection, reserve your huppah 3-4 months before the ceremony.
We can get a huppah to you with less than 3 weeks notice, but the shipping cost will be higher. We’re a great last-minute huppah solution.
Check availability online or by phone at 301-300.0950.
6. What’s the best way to incorporate a hand-held huppah into the procession?
Most often, the huppah bearers lead the procession. The huppah bearers can also enter from the side of the ceremony space just before the procession begins. The arrival of the huppah is a breath-taking moment that focuses everyone’s attention on the ceremony…and your imminent arrival!
This morning I woke up to the sound of thunder and heavy rain on my window. By this afternoon, the weather was sunny and warm, but we’re expecting to wake up to heavy rain again tomorrow.
The changing weather reminded me of a wedding where I delivered a huppah last summer. It was a sunny day with occasional fast-moving clouds, some of which dumped rain. The venue was a beautiful inn with gorgeous lawns nestled in the mountains of Virginia. The bride wanted the outdoor wedding of her dreams, but the wedding coordinator, worried about the rain, was pressing the bride to have the ceremony indoors and let the facilities folks start setting up chairs.
The bride insisted that they wait as long as possible before deciding that the wedding had to be moved indoors. We knew that the hand-held huppah could be used as easily for an indoor ceremony as an outdoor ceremony. The coordinator knew how long it would take to set up the chairs. At zero hour, the sun was shining, and the bride chose to have the wedding outside. The coordinator signaled the facilities manager, and the chairs were arranged within minutes. The last chair was put in place just as the first guest, the bride’s grandmother, arrived. I watched from inside. The ceremony was beautiful. As the groom kissed the bride, a gust of wind lifted the huppah canopy, and a light sun shower began to fall. Perfect.
I love a job where I get to cry happy tears on a regular basis.
The bride got the outdoor wedding she wanted, but only because we knew that the hand-held huppah could be used indoors or outdoors with equal ease (and I knew that my canopy fabrics are chosen in part to hold up well in case they get caught in the rain). A stationary huppah would have to have been set up well in advance of the ceremony, and inside because of the uncertainty about the rain. A stationary huppah probably could not have been moved inside at the last minute. In the case of unexpected rain, a stationary huppah might not be able to be moved indoors at all.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you and your coordinator will almost certainly be making back-up plans in case of bad weather. Using a hand-held huppah is the easiest way to weatherproof your huppah.
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The beautiful room in which we took the photos you see now at Huppahs.com is at Woodend Nature Sanctuary, owned by the Audubon Naturalist Society, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just a few miles from Washington, DC.
Woodend is consistently recognized by The Knot, Brides, and Washingtonian Magazine as a top wedding venue. The sanctuary has gorgeous indoor and outdoor event spaces that accommodate up to 150 people.
Audubon Naturalist Society is the oldest and largest independent nonprofit environmental organization in the Washington, D.C. area. When you hold your event at Woodend, you not only enjoy a beautiful setting, you also support the organization’s environmental education programs and their efforts to preserve open space and work for clean air and water.
See photos and get more information about Woodend Nature Sanctuary…
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Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society (Chevy Chase, Maryland)
Ribbons are an easy and inexpensive way to add color and movement to your huppah. They should be long enough to catch the breeze.
Huppahs.com, the leading national huppah rental company, now offers ribbons in this year’s most popular wedding colors.
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Take a look at Huppahs.com’s new line of rental huppahs, including three new designs:
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society (Chevy Chase, Maryland)
Photos: Jason Weil
In Judaism, a person’ wedding day is a day of renewal, a personal Yom Kippur. On the wedding day, the bride and groom’s souls are wiped clean. White is a symbol of the bride and groom’s spiritual purity. The bride wears a white wedding dress, and the groom traditionally wears a white robe called a kittel, or a tallit, a prayer shawl.
Huppahs (also spelled huppas, chuppahs, or khupas) became a part of the Jewish wedding ceremony during the Middle Ages in Europe, about the same time and place that men began covering their heads with kippot (yarmulkes). The Middle Ages sounds like a long time ago, but when you consider that Judaism’s history reaches back 5,000 years, the wedding huppah is a relatively young custom.
The earliest huppah poles were only a few feet tall. Four young men would hold the poles as they escorted the bride, who walked under the huppah, from her home to the synagogue.
Anyone can hold a huppah pole. That makes the role of huppah bearer, or unterferer, a great role to offer someone who you want to honor but who isn’t Jewish or isn’t comfortable reciting Hebrew during the ceremony. Of course, all rabbis have their preferences, so as with all aspects of a Jewish wedding, always double check with the rabbi who will be performing the ceremony.
The huppah serves as a visible representation of the home, both physical and spiritual, that the bride and groom will share as a married couple. Traditionally, the bride creates their shared spiritual space as she steps under the huppah and circles the groom.
The huppah’s structure evokes a tent — specifically, the tent that was the home of Judaism’s first couple, Abraham and Sarah, 5,000 years ago.
A huppah (also written chuppah or huppa) has a fabric canopy held aloft by four poles or a frame with four legs. The huppah is open on all four sides, as the tent of Sarah and Abraham is said to have been because of their great hospitality.
Miri and Hank share a deep sense of engagement with the environment. The couple met through Habonim Dror, a youth-movement that supports making green choices. “We spent many summers at camps enjoying the beauty of nature.” Because of this, Hank and Miri strongly support environmental causes.
When it came time to make their love for each other official, they were not going to leave their love for nature behind, but they were planning to marry in the middle of January. How to have a garden wedding, surrounded by the natural environment they both love, in the middle of winter? The answer: Miri and Dan celebrated their wedding in the middle of New York’s Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, at the Palm House, which resembles a conservatory with its large pane windows on the gardens — and night sky — outside.
Source: The Green Bride Guide
Photos: Perfect Photo and Video
Natural poles with soft ribbon stripes.
Cari and Dan’s wedding at Blue Hill Farm in New York shows how details from nature can create a sophisticated style.
Their unifying approach: Set natural elements against a backdrop of stripes.
The keys to making this motif sophisticated:
- Strive for high quality in the natural elements.
- Keep the stripes soft, not bold.
Let’s break it down. Take a close look at some of the details that make Cari and Dan’s wedding decor work:
- White ribbon wrapped around the wooden huppah poles.
- Striped ribbon of natural fibers laid across wooden chairs.
- Informal table bouquet contrasts with the straight lines of the place cards.
- Inlaid stripes on the hors d’oevres trays.
- The groom’s boutonniere, a masculine arrangement of natural elements, finds contrast in the tie’s softly suggested stripes.
Photographer: First Comes Love Photography
Florist: Sandy Clotheir
Source: Style Unveiled
"...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…
A.’s huppah, crafted by her Mom from huppah squares made by family and friends, became a way for her non-Jewish family members and friends to feel intimately connected with her wedding ceremony. Standing underneath the huppah, it felt to her like a shower of blessings and love.
Wedding photo taken by Davina + Daniel of New York and Montreal.
You can find more beautiful photographs from this wedding, with inspirations and ideas for outdoor weddings, at Elizabeth Anne Designs.
The photographer behind these breathtaking images is Heather Gilson. She and her photographer husband, Jon, are based in Seattle and Hawaii.
Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) in Washington, DC held its annual award dinner last week, which makes this a good time to give a shout out for JUFJ’s event planning guide, Green & Just Celebrations. The guide goes beyond the basic buy-local green wedding tips. JUFJ helps you dig deep, so that your once-in-a-lifetime wedding purchases can be as green and just as you can make them. Among the topics covered are buying rings and negotiating the venue contract.
Most of the vendors in the buying guide are local to the Washington, DC area, but some are national organizations that you can find online. And the ideas work where ever in the world you raise your huppah.
By the way, at the award dinner, JUFJ honored four Washington, DC and Maryland area activists:
- David Cohen, co-founder of the Advocacy Institute.
- Carla Furstenberg Cohen, civil rights activist and founder of the independent Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose. Carla passed away a couple of weeks before the award ceremony.
- Gustavo Torres, founder of CASA de Maryland.
- Elissa Froman, legislative associate for the National Council of Jewish Women. As a student at The George Washington University founded the GW Jewish Progressive Political Association.
See our list of unique Jewish wedding vendors in the Washington, DC / Silver Spring area.
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