Each chuppah I make is created especially for one couple and one wedding. There are no set rules for what a chuppah should look like; each couple has their own ideas about what will be most meaningful to them. The custom design process is intended to capture those ideas and translate them into a uniquely personal chuppah.
Although no two chuppahs are alike, each one is composed of variations on a set of common elements–materials and decoration, shape and color. This page describes the different options and choices that come together to make a custom chuppah design.
WHAT GOES INTO A CUSTOM CHUPPAH
1. MATERIALS + COLORS
I work exclusively with natural textiles, primarily silk, linen and wool. Silk is prized for its shine and ability to take color; linen is elegant with a soft sheen; wool is cozy and has rustic charm. All are lovely, traditional fabrics suitable for an heirloom chuppah.
Other fabrics available include wool felt, organic cotton, and hemp linens.
Silk fabrics are available in a huge spectrum of colors: over 100 shades including neutrals, darks, brights and pastels. Linens and wools are available in beautiful neutrals and a more limited range of additional colors.
With so many shades available it’s possible for a chuppah to be made to match almost any wedding color palette.
2. YOUR OWN HEIRLOOMS
Some couples choose to incorporate their own heirloom materials into the chuppah. It’s a great way to personalize the chuppah, give new life to a beloved heirloom, and involve family members in the chuppah’s creation.
Heirloom materials can include any textile item, from a mother’s wedding dress to a grandmother’s handkerchief collection. Photos and other non-textile materials can be scanned and printed on fabric.
3. SURFACE DECORATION
Appliqué is the process of applying pieces of one fabric to another to create an image or shape. I use appliqué for pictorial work and larger text, such as Hebrew lettering.
Embroidery is drawing or writing with thread. I use hand-embroidery for small details and finer text, such as the couple’s names and wedding date. Machine embroidery is used to accent appliqués and decorate edges.
Ribbonwork uses ribbon to create three-dimensional decoration such as flowers and berries.
Digital printing is the process of printing photographs, drawings or other images onto fabric for use in the chuppah.
4. SHAPE + CONSTRUCTION
A. SINGLE CANOPY
A single-piece chuppah of any shape, with decoration applied directly to the canopy.
- A versatile design that can be used with poles or a frame
- Ideal for use after the wedding as a bedcover, wall hanging or baby blanket
B. CANOPY WITH VALANCES
The most formal style of chuppah. Both the canopy and the valances can be decorated.
- Perfect for elegant spaces and larger venues
- Heavier than other chuppahs, so a frame is recommended
C. CANOPY + DECORATIVE PANEL
Two pieces: A backing canopy and a decorative panel that attaches with snaps or ties.
- The smaller panel is easy for the couple to keep and display
- As a family chuppah, the panel can be used with different canopies to change the color or size
D. DECORATIVE PANEL ONLY
Just the decorative panel from option C. Designed to be attached to or hung within a larger chuppah, such as one supplied by a florist.
- Easily displayed after the wedding
- A lovely way to personalize a standard chuppah
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