Post # 1
Hi all – My fiance and I having a Hindu wedding ceremony in the fall. Typically they occur under a “mandap,” which is quite similar to a chuppah.
Anyone know where I can rent a chuppah in the area? Or a relatively inexpensive mandap (all the South Asian wedding planners I contacted so far are super expensive)?
Post # 3
If you want to rent a chuppah/mandap, you might check out this list of places from the Jewish Information and Referral Service.
Alternatively, you could make your own. Here are some instructions online on how to do that.
- 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 attaches foot flanges to slate tiles for each corner of the base.
- 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 the cloth to the four poles, so that the fabric won’t get torn if the pole-carriers aren’t perfectly in sync.
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
Our florist had chuppahs to rent, so you could try that route. I have mine that I’d be willing to sell if you’re interested. It doesn’t have a cover (we borrowed one) so it’s just four pots and poles that fit inside of them. It’s in Maryland, just outside DC. Let me know if you’re interested.
Post # 5
they had chuppahs to rent at our rental place that we rented tables, chairs, plates, etc. you could try a place like that.
Post # 7
There is actually an online rental company called http://www.huppahs.com/ that is actually based locally – in DC! I have a Jewish couple that has rented their huppah from there, and they’re incredibly inexpensive. Hope this helps!
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Post # 8
Hello…I know several vendors that can help with Indian weddings…I, myself, am a planner that can assist you if you need it. I just did a really big Indian wedding and it turned out very well!