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A Chuppah, Arbor or Arch?

Trying to decide the perfect structure to get married under? It can be hard! Should you go with a chutzpah, arbor or arch? What is the difference? Let’s find out!

The Chuppah

Chuppahs are structures we are used to seeing in many wedding photos, they are the canopies under which many people get married. These have religious history for being an important part of Jewish weddings. Depending on how strictly you adhere to the Jewish religion, the bride and groom cannot wear jewelry under the chuppah because it could cause a focus on material possessions. A chuppah consists of a cloth or sheet, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. The structure of a chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together and the sides are open to symbolize hospitality.

Photo One Exquisite Events and Design :: Photo Two Amy Burke Designs :: Photo Three Annemarie Wilkinson
Photo One Exquisite Events and Design :: Photo Two Amy Burke Designs :: Photo Three Annemarie Wilkinson

The Arbor and Arch

Unlike the chuppah, arbors and arches do not have any religious origins and are not required to have four corners or cloth. Arbors can be made in many different shapes and sizes and I have seen arches and arbors fashioned out of flowers or shells, wooden branches, twigs and material hung over tree branches.

Arches, unlike chuppahs and arbors, are typically only designed as a rounded structure. Arches can be made out of many of the same materials as arbors or chuppas, but usually have a little more of an elegant look than the boho look many arbor’s are known for.

Arbors

Photo One Balimoon :: Photo Two Abby Rae Photography :: Photo Three Amy Burke Designs
Photo One Balimoon :: Photo Two Abby Rae Photography :: Photo Three Amy Burke Designs

Arches

Photo One Trend&Co Flower :: Photo Two The Wedding Bliss Thailand :: Photo Three Amy Mancuso Events
Photo One Trend&Co Flower :: Photo Two The Wedding Bliss Thailand :: Photo Three Amy Mancuso Events

How to Make the Most out of Your Structure

Chuppahs, arbors and arches are a perfect way to capitalize on the beauty of your venue, orient your guests and communicate the “theme” or feel you want to convey during your ceremony. One of the most important functions for these structures is to “orient” your guests with the venue. If you are outside, it is hard to tell exactly where the ceremony will be happening. By placing a beautiful structure in the middle of a field, barn or even inside a ballroom, your guests will know where the action is taking place.

Inside, elegant wedding? Have soft tones, golden accents and draping silk! Getting married on a mountainside? Make your structure out of aspen or birch wood and add stunning mountain wildflowers to truly transport your guests to their surroundings. Super sappy couple? Decorate your structure with pictures and symbolism of your journey together!

Whatever you decide to go with for you ceremony, make sure you give it the time and attention needed to make it truly beautiful and meaningful.  It’s one of the most important aspects of your ceremony, you are saying your vows under/next to it!!