30 Stunning Chuppahs From Jewish Weddings

The moment you say “I do” will be ingrained in your memory for the rest of your life—a wonderful memory that's also captured by your photographer (and if you have a videographer, them too!). So you’ll want to make sure your altar is truly something special. Planning a Jewish wedding? One of the most important parts of the ceremony is the chuppah.

What Is a Chuppah?

A chuppah is a canopy under which a couple stands for the duration of their ceremony, traditionally joined by both sets of parents and the officiating rabbi. It represents the new home that the newlyweds will build together, symbolized by the cloth covering and four poles that outline the structure.

A chuppah is a beautiful way to honor tradition while also expressing who you are as a couple and creating a focal point for the ceremony. From classically-draped chuppahs to those adorned with bold blooms or lush greenery to those with a unique spin on design, there are countless ways to assemble the altar of your dreams. "Spend some time researching not only chuppas but garden structures and modern canopy beds," advises chuppah designer Holly Vesecky. "Look around at inspiring materials and different shapes to give it a custom feel." You can even pay tribute to your ancestors by incorporating an heirloom cloth into the canopy or include friends and family by asking them to physically hold up the posts in a show of their support—just be sure that the construction is always handmade, so as to uphold tradition.

Meet the Expert

Holly Vesecky is a florist and principal of Hollyflora, a full-service floral design studio. She has been creating floral masterpieces and chuppahs for over 15 years.

Looking for some chuppah inspo for your own ceremony? We've rounded up 30 of the most picture-perfect chuppahs from real weddings around the world.

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