Top your noggin with a wilder-style yarmulke

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Jessica and Jason. Photo by Jonathan Keller

Yarmulkes (or kippahs) are caps worn on the head, typically by those of Jewish faith. We have seen these many times in our real weddings, but I wanted to share a few interesting yarmulkes I found while digging around the internet. For those able to wear something a little more daring, I present these alternative (and sometimes out there) yarmulkes for your offbeat Jewish wedding.


rainbow yarmulke alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
A rainbow yarmulke would be pretty awesome for a Jewish/LGBT wedding. 


pokeball yarmulke alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
Everyone will know you've got Pokémon on the brain when a Poké Ball is keeping it stored up.


alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
This swirl style will either hypnotize your guests or make them think of candy. Either way is a win in my book. You are getting sleepy…


31SPzHbvImL. SS500 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
This happy face will make sure all your guests are having a nice day at your wedding.


kippot alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
These colorful yarmulkes are crocheted by hand — love the colors!


drinking from the kiddish
Noah wears a similar super colorful style. Photo by Eugene Spiegel

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Comments on Top your noggin with a wilder-style yarmulke

  1. Can someone give me a yarmulke lesson?
    How are they supposed to stay on your head? I see Noah there is wearing a little hair clip…

    • You usually use bobby pins or barrettes (the kind Noah is wearing above is the most common). Some actually have a little velcro or hair comb on the inside that helps if the wearer has the right type of hair. Men who are growing balder by the day often start to wear bigger kippot (plural of kippah) to keep them on with nothing to clip them to.

    • Also, some types are larger and more hat-like, such as this one. They stay on pretty well, because they fit over the whole top of your head and come down about 2″.

  2. Super cute 🙂 I’ve made my Fiancee a 2-sided Kippah, one side had cats, and the other side was more formal with a shiny blue. They are super easy to make, I’m hoping to make another one for her for our wedding 🙂

    • Please send us a DIY guestpost about this – I want to learn how to make these!

  3. These are pretty tame to all the ones I saw in all the shops in Israel. There were many variates to suit anyone and everyone so much so that I never stopped to take pictures because it was a normal thing. Guess the Holy Land is a little more offbeat than people give them credit for (and no, it was not just in Tel Aviv, they are even in the very strict communities in Jerusalem).

  4. You forgot the most obvious alternative of all, PROPELLOR BEANIES.

    Oh yeah. We’re having ’em.

    Also, this barely (barely!) scratches the surface of funky kippot. Do a google image search for bukharan kippot, and check out the colorful embroidered awesomeness available.

    (And for anyone looking for larger kippot but don’t want the square format that you see in the Bukharan versions, Jews from assorted African traditions typically wear larger ones that conform to the shape of one’s head.)

    Edit: Here’s a wiki on the Bukharan Jews, if anyone’s interested in this tiny central Asian culture who make some bitchin’ yarmulkes:

  5. For my wedding a friend of mine made a kippah out of wire and beads, I am going to attach my birdcage veil to the kippah for my head-wear.

    She makes them out of all types of beads and different wires, you can check them out here:

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