history of the chuppah


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In Talmudic times, the chuppah, or marriage tent, was provided by the groom's father for the wedding ceremony and consummation afterward.  By the 16th century  the chuppah had evolved into 4 handheld branches. When a child was born, the family planted a tree, and its branches would be used years later for chuppah poles. The canopy was made from a garment, usually a talis or a veil.

Today, a chuppah is a fabric canopy attached to a 4- post temporary structure. It symbolizes the home a couple will create together.  It should be open on all four sides to symbolize a welcome home. Customarily, the canopy is beautiful yet modest, and may be any style, size, design or material a couple desires.