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

A: Just call it a canopy instead of a chuppah, and of course you can have one. Wedding canopies are especially popular for outdoor 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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