A chuppah – also spelled huppah, chupah, or chuppa – is a canopy under which couples stand to exchange vows at Jewish weddings. It’s symbolic of the loving home the pair will build together. As the centerpiece of the ceremony, a chuppah can be as simple or dramatic as a couple’s style. Some use traditional prayer shawls (tallitot) as their canopy while others are open to the sky above. Each one is as personal as the relationship the couple shares. We’ve chosen 26 of our favorite chuppah ideas, in styles rustic, modern, understated and glamorous to inspire you.
This chuppah designed by Kristin Banta Events invokes the spirit of its surroundings in Ojai, California. The peak-timbered structure marries nature and tradition as embellished with herbs and understatedly-chic lanterns and draping.
This light blue and lavender vision was brought to life by Yanni Design Studio at one of the magnificent spaces at the Hilton Chicago. The ornate structure was composed of branches and blooms and featured a flower-framed piece of Jewish art along its back side.
This chic couple, as dreamily captured by Chicago-based Andre LaCour Photography, had a fairytale-inspired wedding. Yanni Design Studio brought their modern glam vision to life with this show-stopping chuppah that features flowing white blooms and organdy ribbons weighted by sparkling crystals.
This gorgeous wedding at Ramscale Studios in Lower Manhattan featured a James Abel Events-designed chuppah with rustic yet modern flair. Its canopy was draped with a tallit — a traditional fringed prayer shawl.
This draped design was conceived and beautifully executed by Houston-based A Day to Remember event planners with florals from Plants N Petals. Cascading pristine white orchids soften the lit-from-within structure.
This whimsical wedding at the Adler Planetarium featured a ceremony under a greenery-adorned chuppah. Wrap It Up Parties worked with Fleur Inc. to design a stylish structure with Chicago’s skyline as its backdrop.
This elegant floral chuppah, as beautifully captured by Genevieve Lauren Photography, was transformed into a reception decor element by Chicago-based Atmosphere Events group. Their flexible design ornamented the head table with elegantly flowing flowers.
Table 6 Productions in Colorado created a beautifully rustic ceremony indoors. This chuppah, as designed by Vintage Magnolia, evoked the rugged Vail landscape with knotted timbers and organic greenery complete with windowed scenery.
Fogcutter designed a chuppah for this Muir Beach, California wedding that seamlessly blends with its gorgeous natural backdrop. Wildflowers frame the ocean view while a traditional tallit drapes the canopy of the beautifully classic structure.
The hills were alive with the sound of celebrating at this Colorado ceremony from Bella Design & Planning. The lush green landscape was the perfect setting for this wedding with its DesignWorks Events chuppah of birch branches and roses.
This wedding set in Chicago’s beautiful Galleria Marchetti features a modern HMR Designs chuppah. Transparent supports gave the vibrant florals in shades of violet and hot pink the appearance of floating above the happy couple, with the sky as their canopy.
Andre LaCour Photography captures how seamlessly this aisle and chuppah flow together with like design elements. Candlelight, greenery and luxe gold accents complete the intricately-detailed space at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
Chicago-based photographer KingenSmith captured this luxurious tented ceremony from a stunning angle. Rather than a traditional structure, The Party People and Kehoe Designs evoked a winter forest with their beautiful branched chuppah accented by white florals and crystal chandeliers.
Seemingly miles of white drapery with light pink sheer overlay made for a dramatic chuppah created by Kehoe Designs for this Great Events wedding. Chicago-based Bob & Dawn Photography & Design expertly captured the picture-perfect celebration.
This bride’s affinity for modern touches combined with loose florals led to The Lynden Lane Company‘s design for this Palm Springs garden-inspired chuppah. Keith J Laverty used greenery spilling over the top of the timbered structure to create a chic rustic feel.
With towering columns and exposed brick, this courtyard at Chicago’s Artifact Events has a glam rustic style that’s mirrored in the floral and greenery-adorned chuppah. Its canopy is composed to two prayer shawls (tallitot), adding to its beauty and religious significance.
This custom chuppah from Revelry Event Designers utilized mirrors to reflect with the beautiful visages of the water and sky in Anguilla. The structure at this Mindy Weiss Party Consultants-planned wedding was blanketed and strung with luscious florals by Jeff Leatham and his team.
This NYLUX Events-planned wedding ceremony utilized the stunning backdrop of New York skyline as seen from the rooftop at The William Vale in Brooklyn. The transparent chuppah featured suspended white florals and flowing greenery for an ethereal feeling.
Linda Howards Events brings us this stunning tented ceremony with floral design from Marks Garden featuring ivory blooms and greenery leading down the aisle to the beautifully ornate chuppah. The transparent tent allows the California sky to be rich blue canopy.
This arched chuppah is a vision in white, twined with luxurious roses from Marks Garden. The chandelier adds glamour to the Linda Howard Events-planned ceremony while the confetti toss brings a beautiful lightheartedness to The Beverly Hills Hotel spot.
LuvRox Photography captured this colorful chuppah at twilight, just as the floating candles lighting the aisle were illuminated against the Miami sky. Petal Productions utilized bright pink florals and a canopy of rustic woven branches for a perfect garden luxe feel.
Photographer Katie Beverly captured this chuppah twice and it’s equally gorgeous and glamorous whether lit by the sun or candles. Revelry Event Designers conjured a magical tented space at the London West Hollywood and Celio’s Design outfitted it with dramatic florals in shades of red and pink.
This modern mirrored chuppah from Chris Weinberg Events gets added drama from vined hot pink florals. The mirrored structure reflects the palm-treed tropical oasis at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort while the stark white canopy looks lit from within.
This NYLUX Events wedding made wonderful use of spring’s floral bounty of delicate cherry blossoms. New York-based Sterling Fell Floral created a stunning chuppah that managed to outshine the amazing skyline view from the Tribeca Rooftop.
This modern meets tropical ceremony by Chris Weinberg Events featured a sublime chuppah with transparent supports that treats guests to the Miami beachfront view. White puffs of florals line the aisle and tie in to the stylish canopy.
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