There is a minhag among some people in recent years to wear a raincoat under the Chuppah. What is the source of this minhag? When did this minhag start? And is there anyone who specifically says not to do it?

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    I've heard about wearing a winter coat, since in Europe weddings were outdoors and it was often very cold.
    – Ypnypn
    Mar 27, 2014 at 23:41
  • @Ypnypn Have you heard of anyone doing that in warmer contexts?
    – Double AA
    Mar 28, 2014 at 4:49
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    IshPloniViKohen, adding evidence for such a minhag to the question will improve its value.
    – Double AA
    Mar 28, 2014 at 4:50
  • DoubleAA Yes; I've seen someone writing about wearing one indoors.
    – Ypnypn
    Mar 28, 2014 at 15:05
  • In Chabad, kallahs also wear a coat under the chuppah, regardless of the season. I'm not sure why.
    – SAH
    Jun 19, 2018 at 22:24

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I have seen people wearing a coat over a kittel at an indoor wedding. When I asked, I was told that it is a matter of modesty. The chosson is not claiming an 'exalted' status that might be implied by wearing the kittel. I was not given a source for this.

  • Nit'e Gavriel cites a reason for a chasan to wear his kapote (or bekeshe or whatever) over his kitl as opposed to only his kitl. I think it may have been something like this, but don't recall for sure now. But he wasn't writing about a coat.
    – msh210
    Mar 30, 2014 at 1:57
  • @msh210 Since these were 'yeshivish' weddings and they were bocherim, they would not have been wearing a kapote or bekeshe. I would guess that is why they wore raincoats. Mar 30, 2014 at 2:08
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    Not bachurim for long. :-)
    – msh210
    Mar 30, 2014 at 2:12
  • @sabbahillel - In Chabad, the kapote is worn first at the chuppah. In other Hasidic groups, a bekishe is worn even by young children.
    – ezra
    May 25, 2017 at 2:55

I was told the coats are worn (by both chosson and kallah, in Chabad) to confuse the yetzer hara about the identity of the couple. (I have no idea if this is the real reason.)


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