Green Wedding Chuppah Construction?
Do you have any directions for constructing a chuppah with birch poles? Thank you.
The answer to your question really depends on where you are having the ceremony and what you want it to look like.
Let me begin by saying that there is no requirement to have a chuppah at a Jewish wedding, nor is there a certain way it must be constructed under Jewish law. The chuppah represents the home the couple will create together and usually has four open sides and a covering of some kind. Other than that, the look and feel is up to your imagination and aesthetic.
In terms of construction, there are two parts to consider: anchoring and securing the canopy.
There are several ways to anchor a chuppah. The easiest (for you) is to have friends or family members hold the poles during the ceremony.
What style chuppah makes the most sense for you will depend on the location, season, and aesthetic of your ceremony. The more complicated the design the more logistics will be involved, which is why many couples choose to rent a chuppah (another green option). However, handmade or family heirloom chuppahs and chuppah covers are particularly beautiful and meaningful and are certainly worth the effort. I look forward to seeing what you and your fiance create.