Post # 1
Mr. K is Catholic and I’m Jewish and while we are not very religious, we are including elements from both religions in our wedding ceremony, to include a chuppah. Because our wedding (ceremony & reception) will be taking place in an old inn, which has low ceilings) and Mr. K is 6’2″, I’m concerned about the chuppah being A. too tall for the ceiling height; B. too short for Mr. K to stand under; C. giving off an almost claustrophic feeling.
I’ve searched high and low and really had all of those concerns about every chuppah I had seen. That was, until I saw this:
I think the plexi-glass (?) on the top provides a nice open feel while the tea light candles gives it a sense of warmth. My only concern with this particular chuppah is whether or not our guests will think it looks like it’s on fire (from their seated view point). Your thoughts?
So, that brings me to my real questions: Our florist is able to provide a chuppah for us, but I don’t like it nearly as much as this one. I wonder though if I would be able to rent the poles and then provide them with the top/candles. Is it just me, or does the top piece seem to be a type of plex-glass? Secondly, if the florist isn’t willing to do that, how difficult do you think it would be to make something like this? I’m pretty crafty, but neither Mr. K nor I are overly handy.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Also, feel free to include any pictures of chuppahs you have seen that you think are spectacular too!
Post # 3
Ohhh, I think this is gorgeous! I’m Baptist and my fiance is Jewish, but we are having a very non-denominational ceremony so we aren’t going to have a chuppah.
I think you’re right, it does look like plexi-glass because I see a reflextion from some of the candles in it. I also love the candles hanging from the crystals in the back!
Now, I’m certainly not a carpenter, but I do think this looks pretty simple to make. It is essentiall just 8 pieces of cut wood nailed together. Plus, the fabric (at least for this one) is completely covering the legs and the seams at the top where it is put together… so it doesn’t have to be pretty, because you can cover it with fabric!
I think that you and Mr. K would be able to make this. If you aren’t comfortable with your own skills, I’m sure you know someone that would be able to help you out.
Good luck! If you end up making it be sure to post pics of the finished product!
Post # 4
Wow! that is really beautiful! i love it – i think you could easily make it with PVC pipe or wood, fabric and yes it looks like plexi glass to me – (wood might be a little more stable than pvc pipe, you will need reinforcent to get it to be sturdy) My husband and i (not handy people) built our photobooth out of curtains and pvc pipe.
here are some tutorials:
Post # 5
It’s beautiful and I think it’s doable as well.
My dad made a chuppah for us out of wood and it was beautiful and not too complicated. And much cheaper than the ones to rent.
It does look like a sort of plexiglass or plastic sheet to me. It’s almost like theirs is a giant frame actually, it might even be secured to the ceiling. I know a lot of Jewish brides have chuppah’s made from PVC pipe, which is pretty simple. The only problem would be that to hold a plastic sheet and candles yours would have to be very secure. Maybe using wire to secure it to the ceiling above?
Are either of your father’s handy? Or do they or you know people who could help you out? I think you can do it, but I’d be leary about it because of the fire. Or maybe you can use those little false candles–the battery opperated ones that flicker and look like candles but are just lights.
Post # 6
Hi! I’m making my own chuppah just because i really wanted to hang strands of paper cranes down it and ivory tulle.
Here is my first inspiration pictures
I was going to construct it out of white or clear PVC plumping pipes. seemed pretty simple. But NOW i think i’m going to do something like this
I like the look of the wood, it will be easier to construct. my Fiance will put (fence stakes at the bottom of the four pillars so that we can stake them into ground) Will be hanging ivory tulle on the front and back sides and the hanging strings of pink/orange/yellow/purple paper cranes on three sides (but not the front)
I think your picture you can construct the same wooden chuppah, paint it white. and lay plexy glass down on top to put your candles
I will be making this in the next couple weeks after i feel strong enough after my surgery as my wedding is in like 38 days haha I’ll post pictures
Post # 7
@shiney: Those are all beautiful inspiration pictures! Much better than the ones I had found. I would love if you could post a picture when you finish making your chuppah! My wedding isn’t until March 2012, so I have some time, but I’m trying to get as much done as early as possible.
Hope you feel better soon!
@kala_way: We’re definitely going to use the battery operated candles Some of the attendees are firefighters and I would hate for them to stop my wedding due to fire code violations! Lol
@Filly: I will absolutely post pictures if/when we make this!
@totheislnds: Thanks so much for the tutorials! With the help of those (and maybe some handy friends), I think Mr. K and I can do this!
Post # 8
@MrsKtobee: I am Catholic, and my fiance is Jewish—we are incorporating a chuppah into our ceremony as well! Question- do you mind telling me what your florist quoted you for providing a chuppah? I have no idea what to expect they would cost. I saw on some florists’ website in my area that they had one available for $900! I was shocked!
Post # 9
@AshleyM623: This is the picture that our florist sent us of the chuppah that they could provide.
They quoted a price of $200.00.
Post # 10
The base and poles of that are very pretty. I wonder if you could work with them to personalize it with your ideas?