Can We Use a Chuppah in Our Wedding Ceremony Even If We're Not Jewish?

Ceremony & Vows, Etiquette
chuppah for outdoor wedding ceremony

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Wedding ceremony traditions—whether Christian, Jewish, or not religious at all—can be difficult to navigate. That's why our experts are here to help answer your toughest questions in our daily etiquette post.

We're not Jewish, but we love the significance and look of a chuppah. Can we still use one at the ceremony?

Just call it a canopy instead of a chuppah, and of course you can have one. Wedding canopies are especially popular for outdoor wedding ceremonies, where they can help define the altar area. According to Jewish wedding custom, four attendants hold or stand by the poles, and a prayer shawl is draped over the top. Obviously, you'd omit these specific elements, but feel free to get creative with other details and embellishments.

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