Post # 1
We’re having an interfaith wedding with a riverside ceremony and would really like to have a chuppah. Where could we rent one for a good price? I got a quote for $400 from a florist for their most basic one (literally 4 poles and a white cloth, no flowers or decor) which seems ridiculous. I would pay $400 for something really nice with flowers and maybe a pretty cloth at the top, but not for something so basic. Does anyone have any suggestions for where to get chuppahs cheaper or does that sound like a reasonable price?
Post # 3
Hmm…that seems pretty reasonable to me, but we’re also paying A LOT for our chuppah (over $1000, although it will have birch legs, white cloth, flowers, ivy, etc.), which is kind of ridiculous, but we have to have one and don’t really want to go through the effort of making it ourselves or searching out other options. Is there any room for negotiation with your florist? Maybe there’s someone in your area who would be willing to sell you their chuppah? Or a party rental site near your wedding venue that might be able to rent one to you?
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey
You can definitely make your own chuppah — just four poles (birch limbs, piping, you can be as inventive as you’d like) attached to a piece of cloth (tablecloth, tallit, etc.) and anchored in pots (or just carried by four attendants). I think Mrs. Creampuff made her own chuppah. And there are more ideas in this thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/show-us-your-chuppahs
Post # 5
EEK – My brother used my grandfathers tallit, opened it up to its widest point and delicately connected it to beautiful dark brown bamboo poles. There are five of us so while he and my sister in law stood under it my two sisters me and one other brother each held a pole. It was very very pretty and NOT $400
Post # 6
It really seems to depend on the area. When we were looking in Massachusetts, we discovered that there was a party rental store that had a basic but free-standing chuppah available for only $80. It might be worth checking around with a few party rental stores to see if anything like that is available in the Philadelphia area.
Another possible source is a Jewish bookstore. Some of them will have a chuppah for rent.
That being said, I made mine for under $200, and was able to resell it afterward. Pictures of it (first set up in our yard, and then in use at our ceremony) are below, and instructions for making it can be found at this link. It was built on the frame of a portable popup gazebo, so it folded down to a small package for carrying. (We live in DC and were married in Massachusetts, so we had to be able to take it with us.)
Post # 7
i know they have chuppahs where we are getting our rentals from, i think for around $100. i don’t know how pretty it is. also they’re easy to make, like others said, you can just use four poles (my sil used bamboo poles) and put a cloth on top. i’ve seen someone use lace from her mom’s veil, grandma’s tablecloth, tallit. my brother sent out fabric squares to all of the guests and had them decorate them and a friend made it into a quilt.
Post # 8
Ours is just as simple as yours and is costing $700. So $400 sounds good to me. And we are getting ours through our florist.
Post # 9
$400 does sound like a fair price (after all, there’s a huge wedding markup on everything), but we made our own out of 8 pieces of bamboo poles from a garden store, a piece of muslin, my great-grandmother’s wedding lace, and four buckets. It probably took 6 hours (including staining the poles and figuring out what we were doing) and about $80.
Post # 10
You should ask yours/his synagogue or a local synagoge if you can borrow their chuppah (they will probably have one) and then you could just decorate it yourself with flowers from Costco. Im sure you could google how to do this!
Post # 11
My fiancée and I are working with a separate vendor for our chuppah which we got on a recommendation from a friend. Our florist wanted to charge us over $1,000 for a chuppah which is just crazy. This company has several different chuppahs at very reasonable prices and they set up, decorate and then breakdown an take away, all included. You can check out pictures at http://www.rentchuppahs.com. The lady’s name is Yani and she is very helpful. They are located in north jersey but are willing to travel as our wedding is in central/south jersey. Hope this helps.
A and M
Post # 12
I have the fabric for a chuppah. I made it for a friends wedding- they rented the poles and then I sewed the fabric.
I would be happy to take a phto and send it to you if you want. Please let me know.
Post # 13
You might be able to get one of those pop-up tents from like Wal-Mart or something (I know, not that glamourous, but MUCH cheaper!), and decorate it with fabric, flowers and beads. You might be able to even not have the fabric it comes with on it.
Post # 14
I’m just going to throw this out there….have you thought about building one yourself? Home Depot could be excellent, and 2x4s don’t cost very much. Then all you need are some stabilizing pieces and you should be set. Not sure if you or FI are handy with a drill! This could work out nicely, then wrap it up in fabric (check the bargain bin at fabric store) or spray paint white.
Post # 15
I tall depends what kind of Chuppah you want and what is your budget. We had our for $1000 including runner, columns and lights from Prestige Wedding Decoration.
Post # 16
We are renting our chuppah from our venue for 800$. It’s classic and elegant, we may add some flowers, not sure yet.