Jewish Wedding Traditions: The Chuppah

The Jewish wedding ceremony is steeped in many rich traditions.  At Payne-Corley House, we recently had the opportunity to share in this beautiful event. So, we thought we would do some research into what these wedding traditions symbolize and mean.  

 

Our beautiful bride, Dory was resplendent in her Bridal gown as she approached the “Chuppah.”   The Chuppah or Wedding Canopy dates back to the nomadic tribal days of the Jewish people and means "covering" or "protection."  

 

In the Jewish ceremony, the bride and groom are escorted down the aisle traditionally by both sets of parents. In some cases, the groom is escorted by both the father of the bride and his father and the bride is walked down the aisle by her mother and the mother of the groom. It all depends on preference and family tradition.    Many Christian weddings recognize the beauty of this tradition and have borrowed the idea, electing for both mom and dad to walk the bride and groom down the aisle.  

 

Jewish Wedding Traditions Chuppah

 

 

The construction of the chuppah is simple: a cloth or tallit is spread over four poles.   In today's custom, many couples embellish the chuppah with flowers or other fabric.    Although it has many rich meanings,  The Chuppah represents the home to be built and shared by the couple.   Four friends and family members will hold up the poles of our chuppah, symbolizing the importance of family and friendship in supporting and strengthening our home.

 

The Chuppah is just one of many beautiful symbols in a Jewish Wedding.    In our next blog post we will take a look at a few other traditions.