(Closed) DIY Chuppah

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi there! We’re building our own as well!  We hope to keep the costs down very low by using a vintage tablecloth or simple linen fabric, as well as staining thick wooden dowels to serve as the chuppah poles.  And we’re also planning on using umbrella stands to keep it freestanding.  My only concern is finding attractive umbrella stands.  We’re having a quite modern and “un-poofy” wedding, so I don’t want them to be so ugly that we need to cover them in fabric!

We’re starting this project this weekend with a trip to the hardware store, so I’d also love to see anyone else who is making or already finished making their own!

Post # 4
1154 posts
Bumble bee

I’m also looking into this/planning to do this.  So please keep us updated!  I haven’t done anything yet but will post when I do.

Post # 5
2463 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we’re doing this too! we just bought a large tallit for the cover that fi will also use after the wedding for when we go to services, but we’re kind of at a loss as to where to get poles. we looked at home depot a couple weeks ago but couldn’t find anything we thought would work 🙁 fi thinks we can just find bamboo poles outside (he knows a couple woodsy areas nearby with bamboo) but i’m not sure…we’re planning on having our groomsmen carry it and hold it, so we don’t need to think about stands, but we’ll have to play around with it. i think we’ll tie the tzitzit to holes we drill in the poles? it’s all kind of vague…this is the inspiration picture we’re going off of: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ueAF75ccxp4/SOFnSOMlG_I/AAAAAAAABTU/-jtz_cA-mBs/s1600-h/chuppah.jpg

Post # 6
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

our family friend made our chuppah- he’s very handy so i have no clue how he made it. his son used it and covered it with the bride’s mother’s lace veil, and then their daughter used it and covered it with tulle, and we covered it with a tallis from each of our grandfather’s.

my brother and sil also made their chuppah. they used bamboo poles and sent out a square of fabric to all of the guests for them do decorate and a family friend sewed it together as a quilt, which is now hanging in their home.

Post # 7
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We made ours.  Because we live near DC but were getting married in MA, we needed one that could be transported easily.  Ours was built on the frame of a portable popup gazebo.

Post # 8
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

we are taking on this project as well but have yet to start. omg we need help! hehe…

Post # 9
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

We’re taking on this project also, I’m thinking of somehow incorporating drift wood into it. If not, bamboo/wood shoots of some sort, with fabric draping and/or flowers.

Post # 10
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

For those of you just beginning this process, some links on making a chuppah:

  • Mine (picture above 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.

Hope this helps!

Post # 11
10 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

@2dBride:  I appreciated so much the chuppah posts on here, so I wanted to add my chuppah to the mix.  We had 7 foot wood poles with eyescrews on the top, and we sewed a 90 sq inch white organza (sheer) tablecloth with vine flocking and satin trim to the eye screws.  We put the poles into 4 cement umbrella stands from Home Depot, and then put 2 plants in front of each of the front umbrella stands. 

We paid $60, but if circumstances were different it would have cost slightly more:  poles (borrowed from a free-lending society that specializes in chuppah poles), tablecloth ($20), 4 cement umbrella stands (shared with another couple, but it would have been about $80 if it was just us; we donated them afterwards to the chuppah pole free-lending society), and 4 potted plants (borrowed from table centerpieces, so we would have had them anyhow, but they were $64 from Ikea). 

Here are the umbrella stands:  http://tinyurl.com/9m4yapu

Tablecloth is no longer sold, but I’m so glad that I got organza because the sheerness with flocking (that’s the embroidered vines on it) made the light really good.  I didn’t have a good picture of just the chuppah with no one under it, but here’s a slightly blurry one.


Post # 12
49 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

@brooklyn_newbee:  This is exactly what I had wanted to make for my wedding! 

We ended up having to pay $$ and get one from the florist instead because we couldn’t work out the logistics since our wedding was in another state and didn’t have time to get everything together. 

Great job!

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