Chuppahs, Arches & Arbors

I’ve been really into exploring arches, arbors and chuppahs lately, which for me, begged the question, “what exactly is the difference between them anyway?”

To clarify, I am Jewish and my fiancé is Catholic so we are having an interfaith wedding. I love the look of chuppahs and would like to have something “chuppah-like,” but I’ve seen so many different versions I am now utterly confused as to the difference/significance of each. Knowing that I wanted some sort of romantic/beachy/festive arch-like structure, I took to Google to investigate further.

According to wikipedia, a chuppah is “a canopy under which a Jewish couple stands during their Jewish wedding ceremony. It consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. A chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.”

So basically, the main difference between a chuppah and other arches and arbors you might see at a wedding ceremony is the religious significance and that the couple  stands completely under the structure.  It also must technically have four corners whereas many arches and arbors are singular structures that a couple might stand in front of versus completely underneath..

Arbors can be all different shapes and sizes and arches are typically rounded.

Now, onto the fun part.  Here are some lovely chuppahs, arbors and arches I’ve seen lately. What do you think?

string light chuppah

beach chuppah

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Photo Credits: Jennifer Blair Photography via Style Me Pretty, Katie Noble Photography via Style Me Pretty Elizabeth Messina via Wedding Chicks, Jeremy-Harwell via Snippet and InkBritt Croft via Southern Weddings

Allie is a native New Yorker who fell in love with Rhode Island after studying Journalism at URI and living by the beach. After several years in Manhattan working in public relations and digital media, Allie returned to the Ocean State and currently resides in Newport. She enjoys writing, music, yoga and any activity that involves sunshine and the ocean.

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