What is a Chuppah & Why Everyone Wants One?

The chuppah has hit the mainstream. If you don’t know what a Chuppah is, it can best be described as a wedding canopy – and it’s a hot item for so many reasons. Everyone one wants a stunning showpiece to get married under. This is where the most important part of your big day happens and where lots and lots of pictures will be taken. A beautiful chuppah makes even the simplest ceremony space special and can make a large room feel intimate and romantic.

A Chuppah traditionally has 4 poles and is topped with fabric. This structure symbolizes the home you will build together and is open on all sides to represent that the home will be open and welcoming to friends and family. Not only is a chuppah a wonderful symbol of the life you will build together, it’s also a beautiful accent to the wedding ceremony. It’s quite common for couples of all faiths to rent Chuppahs, or wedding canopies to dress up their ceremony space. Practically, a Chuppah can also give your outdoor wedding a bit of shade which any bride under layers of fabric can tell you in a big plus.


Since the Chuppah itself can be made out of any materials you choose, the sky is the limit on creativity. The most popular Chuppahs are made out of natural materials like birch, maple, mahogany and cedar. These natural Chuppahs not only look great, but are also sturdy enough for outdoor and indoor ceremonies. Couples that like a minimalist look can top it off with a simple piece of lace or satin, while others who are looking for a more traditional wedding look have opted for a chuppah fully dressed organza or satin. You can incorporate sentimental pieces into your Chuppah such as talits (prayer shawls) and family quilts, or create a canopy that can be passed on through the family as each member gets married.

Chuppahs look terrific with some accent flowers in the top front corners or with beautiful flower pots at the front feet of the chuppah.  It’s recommended to use arrangements you can move into the reception hall after the ceremony to get more use out of the arrangements.

The hot trend in Chuppahs right now is the Rustic look. You can use crates and lantern at the base of your Chuppah, as well as twigs and other natural elements to create this look. Adding twinkly lights on your chuppah for evening ceremonies is also a fantastic idea. If you are more into a traditional, more elegant look you can add crystal beading and a chandelier to get a high end look for very little extra cost. If you are looking for a showstopper you can consider an ultra-high end and glamorous acrylic chuppah that creates the illusion of floating flowers above your head.Another hot trend is to get double use out of your Chuppah by using it as a romantic space for your sweetheart table or as a canopy over the guest signing table. Chuppahs don’t have to be all white either. The most sought after Chuppah colour right now is sheer blush, but there are stunning example of creams, golds and blues that really pop.

In the Hindu culture a Chuppah is often referred to as a Mandap. Mandaps are often bigger, brighter versions of a Chuppah using golds, reds and pinks.Most halls and restaurants won’t have a Chuppah available for rent.  Some florists and companies that rent wedding decorations may have some for rent, or you can contact a specialist like Chuppah.ca. You can either rent the chuppah with setup and takedown included in the price for around $500 or opt to set it up yourself for around $300. Your can create a custom chuppah for under $1000 that can include lights, tons of fresh flowers and your colour scheme. A great source for Chuppah ideas is Pinterest and Instagram. Couples and designers from all over the world can inspire your Chuppah design.

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