Post # 1
I had purchased a cheap ass arch from Hobby Lobby a few months ago.. i set it up last week and noticed that two of the rungs to assemble it are bent as hell and i cant get them to fit where they are supposed to…
so… i moved on to idea #2 and bought bamboo and chiffon thinking i could make an easy chuppah/bamboo wedding arch… kinda like Mrs Dolphin’s
can anyone give me advice on how to go about making one?
Post # 3
Here’s a DIY bamboo beach wedding chuppah.
Here is Mrs. Dolphin’s, which has at least some building instructions.
Here is a free-standing bamboo chuppah that could be used indoors or outdoors.
For other chuppah-building ideas, you can see these links:
- Mine (picture below and instructions at this link) was built on the frame of a portable popup gazebo. We live in DC and got married in Massachusetts. Our chuppah could be folded up and easily transported, and was also easy to set up once we got there.
- This one relies on putting each of the four poles into PVC pipe set into a flowerpot partly filled with concrete for stability.
- This one is based on using a lattice for the ceiling, which stabilizes the whole structure so as to make support for the bottoms of the poles unnecessary.
- This one has a wooden frame at the top, held up by lattices at each of the corners.
- This one has a PVC frame, anchored in concrete.
- This one is based on birch poles put into umbrella stands.
- This one is not free-standing, and would need to be held by four people during the ceremony. However, it uses bungee cords to attach the four corners of a tallit to the four poles, so that the fabric of the tallit won’t get torn if the pole-carriers aren’t perfectly in sync.
Post # 4
We purchased our chuppah from someone who made it. It’s four birch poles with wood bases that sit in large flower pots and are held steady by river rock filling the pots. There are hooks on top to attach the cover. However, the strategy of all other couples having their wedding done by our rabbi is to borrow our chuppah! So, I’d ask your rabbi if the synagogue or anyone else has a chuppah made already.
Post # 5
2dBride – I was trying to follow your link for the free-standing bamboo chuppah but it doesn’t seem to work. Do you know where I could find those instructions? Thanks so much for all your links!
Post # 6
@kirabee, it looks like the whole Kvetch site, on which that link is located, is down at the moment. I’m hoping it will come back up soon.
Post # 7
The link to the free-standing bamboo chuppah is working again.