Jewish Wedding Traditions: the Chuppah
The chuppah or huppah is the traditional canopy under which the bridal couple stays during the Jewish wedding ceremony, and symbolizes the home that the new family will build together.
The traditional chuppah consists of a cloth suspended on four poles and it is often decorated with flowers and greenery. The cloth can be a traditional tallit (prayer shawl) or any other kind of cloth: embroidered velvet or silk cloths or quilted chuppot are also used.
Orthodox Judaism recommends that there be the open sky above the chuppah, but this is not mandatory for all communities, and at some weddings, the chuppah is arranged indoors. I have collected for you some of the best ideas for indoor and outdoor Jewish ceremonies in Italy for your inspiration.
And now let me share with you the most stunning Jewish weddings planned by Exclusive Italy Weddings.
Outdoor Jewish wedding in Venice
An outdoor ceremony in the gardens of Hotel Cipriani in Venice: this gorgeous chuppah was decorated with hundreds of white roses and pale pink peonies.
Castle Wedding in Tuscany
This breathtaking chuppah was completely covered with white roses and greenery. Other photos of this amazing event at Castello di Vincigliata near Florence can be seen in this post.
Castello di Vincigliata is no longer available for events, see other amazing venues for your wedding in Florence.
Outdoor Jewish Wedding on the Amalfi Coast
The chuppah was arranged under the Tea Room Pavilion in the gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, one of the most exclusive wedding venues in Italy.