Post # 1
I am hoping someone can give me some chuppah advice. My florist is creating my chuppah and I have a talis but it is not long enough to create a chuppah that will include our parents. We have decided to sew the talis onto a larger piece of fabric but I am wondering if anyone has any ideas about how large the chuppah whould be when trying to include our parents. I don’t want it too large as our friends will be holding it. Also if anyone has any suggestions on fabric that would be great!
Post # 3
When you say your florist is creating your chuppah, do you mean they are providing the sticks Your friends will hold or are they providing a structure upon which the tallit will be draped?
i would imagine it would be very pretty to find a somewhat sheer fabric like a crystal organza. The talllit could be tacked to it with large hand stitches so it could be detached without harm.
i have seen several heirloom tallit rip when they are used alone because the poles pull unevenly when held up by people, so it may be wise to attach it to a fabric. I recommended the sheer because I think it allows the tallit to show off better…natural light comes through. I would securely sew an elastic loop on each corner of the fabric. That way there is some give and take as the poles are moved.
As for size, why don’t you try to mock up on the floor 7 people standing and measure the area ( bride and groom, 4 parents , and rabbi/cantor). I wouldn’stresses too much about size, often the parents are standing under the edges.
by the way, I once saw a couple that used a beautiful sheer Lacey curtain panel and then tacked a talliit on tHe underside…sometimes curtain panels or tablecloths are easier to find in a size and fabric you want and are often cheaper than by the yard.
all the best…