This weekend, we took on our biggest DIY project to date—there may have been fewer steps to this process than our invitations, but our chuppah is, by far, the largest project we planned to complete for our wedding! The chuppah is the canopy under which Jewish couples get married and is a symbol of the home they plan to build together; to read more about the symbolism behind the chuppah and our inspiration, read my previous post here.
After receiving quotes for chuppah rentals for $500 and up, we knew we wanted to try to build our own. We considered many different styles and materials, and while we loved the look of natural materials like birch tree trunks, we couldn’t find a local source and that put them out of our price range. After all, the whole point to this project was to save money! We drew up plans using materials that could be found at any local hardware store.
Being that we live in an apartment in a city, we don’t really have the space or resources to complete a project of this scale, so we made plans to visit my parents in New Jersey for a weekend. Not only could we take advantage of their DIY skills and knowledge, but also the space in their backyard. About a week before our trip, my mom contacted me to let me know she had found a source for birch logs (on Etsy, where else?) and they wanted to gift them to us for our chuppah poles. With this generous gift, we were able to recreate the chuppah of our dreams! How did we do it?
Poppa Tractor and Mr. Tractor drilled and sawed…
I measured and sanded…
Everyone fastened and evaluated…
And after several hours of labor, three visits to Home Depot, hundreds of trips up and down a step ladder, one giant drill bit stuck in a log, and many conversations regarding methods of stabilization (Mr. T—you were right!), we had an actual chuppah!
We are using a hand crocheted tablecloth made by Mr. T’s late grandmother for our chuppah cover, and the front will be decorated with a garland of greenery. We still plan to paint the lumber an off-white color to match the birch bark, but other than that, the chuppah is finished and ready for us to get married under in just a few weeks! We definitely could not have pulled this off without my parents and we are so thankful for their help! We will be selling our chuppah after our wedding, so if you are in the Massachusetts area and interested, please reach out via private message.
What was the biggest project you took on for your wedding?
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