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A traditional Jewish wedding ceremony takes place beneath a chuppah. For the first time, bride and groom stand before family and friends, beneath one roof. A wedding chuppah is a symbol of the new home the bride and groom will share as husband and wife.

The groom is escorted to the huppah by his parents. The bride is not given away, but is escorted to the chuppah by her parents.

Before the bride takes her place beneath the chuppah she circles the groom seven times, representing the seven days of creation, then stands to his right.

Chuppah Design

Four huppah poles, that can be either self-supporting or held aloft by four close friends, support a tallis or other piece of fabric. Chuppahs must be open on all four sides, just as Abraham and Sarah had their tent open, in all directions, as a sign of welcome. It is hoped that the bride and groom's new home will always be a warm and welcoming place.

Synagogues and florists may provide chuppahs that can be decorated with flowers, ivy and ribbon, though the roof must be fabric. Integrate the colors you've chosen for your wedding invitations, wedding flowers and wedding reception into your chuppah design. You can use the tallis of a departed family member, a heirloom piece of cloth, or have an artist individually design and create a chuppah especially for you.

Chuppah rental is an option if you do not want to purchase or have a wedding chuppah custom designed.

Depending on size and chuppah design, you may chose to have it framed or hung on the walls of your new home.

On your wedding day, imagine being married under a unique Huppah Quilt, lovingly created by the people most important to you. provides you with a Kit that lets you invite friends and relatives to create a one-of-a-kind treasure that recounts special memories and celebrates your love. After the ceremony, this heirloom-quality quilt becomes a wonderful wall hanging and a powerful symbol of your love.

Jewish Wedding Planner, 2007