2/7 Inspired DIY Goodness: Make a Ceremony Canopy or Chuppah

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We asked the wonderful Kimberly from Inspired Goodness to share some budget-friendly DIY projects that her company made, after dying over them in a Real Wedding submission we received… and she delivered a huge bounty of budget (dare I say cheap?) do-it-yourself wedding inspiration! Throughout the week in this special series, we’ll be sharing her instructions for a fabulous ceremony canopy, ribbon wall, tissue paper garland, photo-display wall, and seed packet escort card favors all for under $500 TOTAL. Oh, you say you need invitations? Yeah, we’ve got them coming up, too! Better bookmark these pages, people… its some crazy amazing DIY action! Take it away, Kimberly!

We started working with Marquina and Dan after they were declared winners of our Lucky in Love contest on our blog, Inspired Goodness. As the winners, they were given full access to our resources and ideas. Our team designed a wedding influenced by Dan: an architect and planner who was focused on everything having a clear purpose and Marquina, a free spirit and burst of energy who provided inspiration for using bold colors, sophisticated materials and fun details.

Since Marquina and Dan were getting hitched at one of the newest venues in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an industrial and artistic area, I wanted to make sure we kept materials true to the roots of the neighborhood. Kraft paper kept the paper goods grounded with an organic feel and the abundance of terrariums and foliage were in perfect accent to the well know local nursery that shares the pier with the venue.

The venue, Liberty Warehouse, is located on the end of a Pier in one of the most up and coming areas in all of Brooklyn. Filled with small boutiques, shops and restaurants, the community feels like an urban garden oasis, stemming from the large amount of artist spaces and garden centers around.

It was key for us to look for local area vendors and with Ruth and Amanda of QuatreCoeur, we had ourselves an amazing floral team that brought many of the couple’s ideas to life. Taking on the job of creating terrariums, centerpieces and personal flowers, QuatreCoeur took the color palette and organic look Marquina and Dan were after and created something that really complimented the loft space.

In all, we spent a little over $500 for all the decorations.

The Ceremony:

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The wedding ceremony was held outside at the far end of the pier. The space is massive and overlooks one of the most signature NYC landmarks, the Statue of Liberty. It’s also close to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal; you can see a ship passing by before the start of the ceremony.

Decorations were kept to a minimum as to not detract from the amazing view. Our role was to create a canopy structure that acted as a background for the service.

Tutorial for Ceremony Canopy:

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1.  Quickrete: 1 bag for each planter
2.  Plastic Planters: do not try this with terra cotta unless you want broken pottery everywhere!
3.  Tall PVC pipes: we used (3) 8 foot tall pipes in a 1” diameter
4.  Short PVC pipes: we used (1) 8 foot tall pipe that was cut into three shorter pieces. This pipe should be one size larger in diameter than the other. 1.25” was used.
5.  Shade sail Canopy
6.  Large Eyelet Screw
7.  Large “S” Hooks
8.  Misc. Decorations for the corner of the canopy
9.  Sheet Moss: we used a few leftover pieces to cover the poured Quickrete in the planters
10. Extra cord / rope for securing canopy corners

(This portion should be done in advance of your event – at least 1-week prior)

Safety first: we recommend wearing protective eyewear, masks and gloves when working with Quickrete. This stuff is nasty if it gets into your throat! Plus it tends to heat up when mixed with water so gloves are important!
1. Cut the 1.5” diameter PVC pipe to fit your planter. Keep it 2-3” from the top of the container
2. Place each of the short pipes into a planter. Tape the pipe at the base of the planter into place.
3. Following the directions on the bag, pour the Quickrete into 1 planter at a time. Leave about 2-3” from the top of the container, about level with the PVC pipe.
4. Let the Quickrete dry at least 72 hours. Once dry, use sheet moss to cover the cement. Make sure to leave the center area free to insert the tall PVC pipes on-site.
5. Mark 4” down from the top of each 8 foot PVC pipe and drill a hold slightly smaller than the diameter of your large eyelet at that point. Thread the large eyelet screw into the pipe. A wrench should help you tighten this in place.
6. (Optional) Decorate your canopy at each corner. We used some leftover ribbon, and Tapioca Wood flowers.

(Day of installation)

1. Insert the tall pipe into the center of each planter. It should fit snugly into the pipe that is buried in the cement.
2. Setup your assembled planters in place. The canopy we used was triangular so we setup the three into this shape.
3. Attach your canopy to the eyelets at the top of each long pipe using an “S” hook.
4. Use the extra cord you brought along to secure the corners of each planter. When working in a windy area, this is essential.


1. A PVC pipe comes with manufacturer information printed on it. Use a sanding block to strip the ink off. It will give the pipes a finished, clean appearance.
2. Depending on the location where you plan to setup the canopy will determine the size container you use for the Quickrete. We recommend using something at least 12” wide x 12” deep.

Cost Breakdown:

1. Planters: $40 for 3
2. PVC pipes: $7
3. Quickrete: $16
4. Canopy: $90
5. Decorations: free, we used leftover bits from other events.
6. Sheet Moss: $20
7. “S” Hooks + Eyelets: $7
8. Misc. Tools: includes saw for pipe cutting, sanding block, tape: $20

Total Cost: $200

Stay tuned throughout the week, for more Inspired DIY Goodness from Kimberly Canale!
(all photos by Casey Fatchett Photography)

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