A Jewish wedding ceremony takes place under a chuppah, or wedding canopy, that has four open sides and a top covered with cloth. The chuppah symbolizes the couple’s home. Traditionally, parents and siblings stand by the chuppah for the wedding ceremony. But some couples choose to have them seated and instead have their bridal party stand for the ceremony. Some have everyone seated and only the couple and the officiant stand under the chuppah.
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