(Closed) Desperate for help with a chuppah frame – please help!

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

In Chicago there isn’t a chuppah rental place? I’m sort of shocked – isn’t there a huge religious community in Highland Park? I would suggest contacting the Chabad center, or another synagogue in the area to see if they have any sugestions also. Have you looked at this, or this, ?

Oh – and check out the local boards also, you might get some good suggestions from other Chicago brides!

Also my younger brother went to Northwestern! Go Cats!


Post # 5
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I dont have a suggestion of where to get something that large. For our  chuppah we are just using a garden arbor (painted white) that we will drape fabric and flowers and greenery over. Maybe you could do something like that?

Post # 6
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hmm…  Ours was 8′ x 8′, and I didn’t really see any smaller than that.

You might want to Google “DIY chuppah.”  There are lots of ways to make your own:

  • 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 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.

Hope this helps!

(Click on the photo to see a larger version.)

Post # 7
46604 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

1.Here is a link to a Northern California company:http://www.underthechuppahonline.com/

2.This company sells birch poles you could use:http://www.mcssl.com/store/naturesallinc/chuppaharbor-poles

3.Here is a 5’x5′ canopy:http://www.acecanopy.com/popuptent5x5-1.html

4.from the same company, you can buy poles and make your own-


5. You could use the frame from this shelter, set the poles in large garden pots to gain additional height, then use your own fabric on the top.


Post # 8
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@NUCatsBride: Ooooo ok! That makes sense. It seems like 2dBride & julies1949 have some great suggestions. Good luck with the chuppah and I hope everything works out!!

Post # 9
53 posts
Worker bee

Can you rent one? I was about to give you the link to our huppah rental place but I just saw they don’t deliver to your area. I imagine you could easily make one from 4 bamboo poles and a piece of fabric? You can have people hold the poles.

Post # 10
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I also need a chuppah, and I cant rent one, and I need it to be collapsible/hand held.

I’m not sure how well this is going to work yet, but my plan is this.

Get 4 poles of dowelling, decorate/paint or whatever. Screw in some of those screews with the little O’s at the end on all 4.

Between pairs, string some twine or fishing wire or something. Make sure they are the same length! This will form a sort of square at the top. Ill then drape fabric over the top and down two sides, a bit like a curtain or s screen. Does that make any sense?

This way it’s transportable, and will still stay in a square shape- just tell the holders to not pull in any one direction to hard!

Anyway it might be worth a go…

Post # 11
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 1997

Eastern Mountain Sports sells adjustable 1″ diameter tent poles. Affordable. able to easily travel with.  

The thinner part of the poles normally go into the ground.  Turn them right side up and you have a way to connect your Chuppah to the poles. 

4 people hold it up without tiring out their arms, measures as high as 8′.  Create your width by the size of the Chuppah fabric.

Decorate as you wish.

All my best,



Post # 12
3 posts

You can rent a huppah anywhere in the country that FedEx delivers to through Huppahs.com.

Post # 13
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

www.prestigeweddingdecoration.com/  they have beautiful chuppahs

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