The Chuppah

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Incorporating traditional elements into your wedding day is a very important decision for every bride and groom to make.  How much? How little?  Which elements?  There are many questions to ponder when you're planning your wedding.I, for one, am not for a lot of traditional elements. In fact, I think m... read more

Incorporating traditional elements into your wedding day is a very important decision for every bride and groom to make.  How much? How little?  Which elements?  There are many questions to ponder when you’re planning your wedding.

I, for one, am not for a lot of traditional elements. In fact, I think my husband and I threw out almost every traditional element for our wedding, but I definitely appreciate the couple that does, especially when you are able to learn a little bit about their heritage along the way.

According to WikipediaA Chuppah is a canopy under which a Jewish bride and groom stand during their wedding ceremony. It consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony.  A chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together. While a Jewish marriage is still considered valid in the absence of a chuppah , a chuppah is typically a basic requirement for a Jewish wedding.  The chuppah represents a Jewish home symbolized by the cloth canopy and the four poles. Just as a chuppah is open on all four sides, so was the tent of Abraham open for hospitality. Thus, the chuppah represents hospitality to one’s guests. This “home” initially lacks furniture as a reminder that the basis of a Jewish home is the people within it, not the possessions. In a spiritual sense, the covering of the chuppah represents the presence of God over the covenant of marriage.

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This chuppah set at the side of an extremely calm lake is absolutely gorgeous.  This setting is beautiful!

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Or you could consider having your chuppah nestled in the sand on the side of the beach.  With the tan sand and the blue waters, this is a stunning backdrop for any wedding.

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I can really appreciate this chuppah set on a hillside.  The chuppah blends in so well. Decorated with natural elements, it looks just like it grew out of the ground – perfect and beautiful.

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A more contemporary chuppah in a hotel ballroom is just as gorgeous.   I think it is more about keeping the tradition and if you choose, you should incorporate it in your wedding day however you feel is best!

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