How to Set Up a DIY Wedding Canopy

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A wedding canopy (also called a chuppah or mandap) creates a beautiful setting for exchanging vows. It’s also becoming more and more popular to use canopies for the reception. Wedding canopies add a romantic backdrop for the sweetheart table and create a unique focal point for the wedding cake table. Wondering how to get the look for less? We’ll show you how to set up a DIY wedding canopy. It takes a matter of 10 minutes for setup, and there’s no experience required!  As a benchmark, our DIY canopy rentals are $249 including the complete kit, 5-day rental, and free shipping both ways. Here’s how to set up a DIY canopy.

DIY Wedding Canopy

STEP 1: SETUP TRIPODS

Spread out the legs on each tripod. Position four tripods in a square formation.

STEP 2: ATTACH CROSSBARS

Place four crossbars on top of the tripods.

STEP 3: ADD DRAPES

Slide the drapes onto each crossbar. We recommend using four 5-foot wide drape panels per crossbar.

STEP 4: RAISE TRIPODS

Raise the tripods up to your desired canopy height (typically 8 – 10 feet tall).

STEP 5: GATHER FABRIC

Stand near a tripod. Pull two drapes from each side towards the tripod.

STEP 6: SECURE FABRIC WITH TIE BACKS

Secure the gathered fabric to each tripod using tiebacks.

YOU’RE DONE!

So that’s all there is to it for setting up a DIY wedding canopy!  The simple white drapes create an elegant look.  You can also add a glow of color by adding uplighting – just place one light near each corner of the canopy. Florals, greenery, and branches are another great way to dress up a canopy. Attach your decorations to the fabric using safety pins or fishing line. Check out some examples of these canopies in action below:

Photo by J&R Photography

Photo by Lisa Rhinehart

Photo by Lisa Rhinehart

Photo by Lisa Rhinehart

Gorgeous, right? To learn more about DIY wedding canopies and rent one for your big day, visit www.RentMyWedding.com/Canopy.