Nope. Not only because a gazillion is a made up word, but also because you have options. Before we go over how much does wedding draping costs we need to discuss the basics. We have all seen chuppahs set up for ceremonies & sweetheart tables at receptions. So what is the price to rent a chuppah for a wedding?
learn the best way to get a amazingly cheap chuppah rental
There are many ways to personalize your pipe & drape canopy (we’ll cover some exciting tips in a little bit). You might have heard this ceremony drapery rental called a couple of different names. It is very easy to butcher the name of this draped canopy. We’ve even called it the wrong name back when we first heard about it.
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What You Will Learn about Renting a Pipe & Drape Wedding Chuppah:
— A Brief Introduction
1. Is it Hoopa, Huppa, Huppah or Chuppa?
2. How to Set Up Wedding Canopy Rentals
3. Square Canopy vs Round Wedding Chuppah
4. Fun Ways to Decorate a Wedding Chuppah
5. How to Light Up Your Pipe and Drape Canopy
6. Cheap Chuppah Cost vs. Expensive Prices
7. How Much Does a Chuppah Rental Cost
8. Where to Rent a Wedding Chuppah Online
It’s time to answer the long asked question… how the heck do we pronounce this thing? A chuppah is a canopy that is used to cover a formal part of a wedding or ceremony. You might see it referred to as any of the names above. You might have called it a wedding hoopa, wedding huppa, huppah, or wedding chuppa. Chances are most wedding coordinators have called it more than one of those names.
The phonetic spelling is hup ah. The first syllable is pronounced ‘up’ but with an ‘H’ sound in front of it. Then for the second syllable it is pronounced ‘uh’ kinda like ‘uh oh’, but only the first part. So all you do is combine the (2) syllables and you have the right pronunciation of the word! The most commonly used spelling is chuppah. You may see other spellings. It doesn’t mean they are wrong, this has several references available online.
So what language does the word ‘chuppah’ derive from?
This word comes from Hebrew, but a drapery canopy like this is also used in other cultures. For example, in the Indian culture they refer to this drapery setup as a Indian wedding Mandap (we rent those too). In the Western (American) culture we call this a draped canopy. It is used for the same purpose and is set up on a stage (once again for the formalities or a reception backdrop). The basic meaning is that it is covered in fabric and has 4 arches to suspend the drapery.
Now that we got the meaning out of the way, let’s talk about how a canopy arch can create a similar look. A chuppah can have a draped covering. Ship Our Wedding® provides wedding canopies for rent with open tops. If you would like to cover your top, simply rent (2) extra pieces of fabric and drape it over the top like a draped tunnel.
Rooms with low ceilings require less (if not any) ceiling draping
Your wedding canopy rental doesn’t have to have the upper area covered. As a matter of fact it is not preferred. The main reason why is because it reduces light (making your photos darker). Also a covered top might make your wedding canopy seem too closed in. We prefer the spacious look with more natural light. This will look better in your photos especially if your have a lower ceiling.
DIY Chuppahs keep you under budget & setups in less than 30 minutes
Wedding canopies and chuppah rentals look amazing when set up inside a banquet room. However, outdoor weddings and ceremonies can be tricky to set up this draped archway. The wind is a long time enemy of drapery. Any gusts of wind will catch drapery like a sail and can possibly blow it over.
This is the last thing we want happening at your upcoming event. We only recommend setting up your chuppah rental outside if you are an experienced wedding decorator that knows the limitations of drapery. If you are planning a small indoor micro wedding then you will have no problems at all.
You have options for your ceremony stage draping. There are (2) pipe and drape chuppah styles you can choose from. These have pros and cons based on budget, space, availability and cost. Let’s cover the main points you need to know before selecting the right shape for your ceremony canopy.
The square canopy is going to be the most readily available (pictured above). Because of this it will have the best price. The hardware is more reasonably priced by vendors so you get a better deal. The square canopy tends to take up less space (it will fit directly against a wall). If you are considering the footprint this takes up and the package pricing this will be your best option.
The round canopy pipe and drape is a less common form of ceremony draping (pictured above). This requires very long awkward pieces of equipment that most vendors don’t have in inventory. The round chuppah comes at a price premium because of this. It looks more striking than a square chuppah, however this will take up more spacing. If you have limited room left with your wedding seating chart, then this might not make sense. Typically round chuppahs are double the price of square chuppahs.
There are many ways to add small touches to personalize your chuppah. We have seen clients take glass globes for candles & that with signage, hashtag cut outs and pictures from the back. These little décor elements are great because they enhance the background of your photos.
One of the simplest ways to bring in your theme is with different colored draping. This is so important that we have dedicated an entire video to the different draping colors and how they work together above. Use complimentary colors or something that stands out. Some chuppah drapery colors will work better than others. This can also work in your uplighting colors with different colored drapery. Do you want to know about uplighting on a canopy? Keep reading, we cover this topic in the next section!
DIY tip, only use silk flowers to avoid wet streaks that can discolor chuppah draping
Another popular yet easy way to dress up your wedding canopy draping is with floral accents. Bundle them on the fabric that is bunched to the upright pole. Take a long wreath or garland and have it cascade down from the top and sides. We love seeing hanging wisteria floral woven into the top décor of a square chuppah. Silk flowers make excellent thrift shop wedding decorations.
The last decorating tip we have is to light up your chuppah. This can be done one of two ways. The most obvious way is with wireless uplighting on the (4) legs of your ceremony arch rental. Place the uplighting on the bottom and have them shine up to change the color of your draping. Read our article on the best uplighting colors to choose from.
Besides wireless uplighting, you can also use a hanging chandelier. This can either be suspended from the front crossbar or directly in the center. It will be easier to mount the chandelier to the front crossbar. We have provided a video below as a great DIY resource on how to hang a chandelier from a backdrop.
If you are wanting to hang this in the center, you will need to use aircraft cabling and turnbuckles. If this is beyond your skill set, then mention the project to someone more handy and they will know exactly how to do this. It is very easy just wrap the cable between 2 opposite crossbars, the turnbuckle holds this in place. You will also have to run power across this same cable.
We have even seen eventeers take very thin white Christmas string lights to hang from the crossbars before hanging the fabric. This gives a soft amber glow to the drapery and makes it light up for your photos. If doing this, we recommend using frosted string lights to improve the look. These are available for an affordable rental price.
What makes a pipe and drape chuppah cost expensive is the labor involved from your vendor to set it up. When you hire a vendor they have to cover their cost which includes overhead, office space, utilities, gas, insurance, employees, yadda yadda. This is what can put a chuppah for rent out of budget from local vendors.
If you setup a chuppah yourself then you will bypass pricey vendor fees
What can you expect when renting our DIY chuppah draping:
1. it will arrive at least (2) days prior to your event date
2. Scan the QR code on your invoice for fast setup tutorial videos, photos & tips
3. Have 2 people help & it will take roughly 30 minutes to set up your DIY canopy
These can range from $600 – $1600. We actually had a floral company contact us because they needed a wedding canopy last minute and their local drape supplier was charging them over $1200. Since our rentals are do it yourself, you can rent a cheap chuppah for a fraction of the cost.
View our wedding chuppah rental above that cost less than $400
Do it yourself draping is exactly what budget brides need. Just think about the other places you can put the money you are saving. This is one of the most positive benefits of going DIY. We love to help empower couples this way they can plan a celebration they deserve at prices they can afford.
So we have covered how to rent a huppah… or is it hoopa 😉 How to correctly pronounce the word chuppah. You know that there is a slight difference between a wedding canopy and a chuppah. Some fun ways that you can spice up your drapery with décor and uplighting. What makes a chuppah cheap and why some cost a fortune. Lastly, we covered how to set up DIY chuppah rentals for a fraction of the price.
Do you have questions about chuppahs, go ahead & ask away in the comments below