The Fastest Way to Set up a Wedding Canopy The Fastest Way to Set up a Wedding Canopy

What You'll Need
Garden trellis
4 wooden posts
Stakes
Tough string
Nails
Hammer
Canopy fabric
Assorted decorations
Staple gun
Getting married under a private wedding canopy is a beautiful way to declare your undying love and devotion, however for last minute weddings, it is important that the set up of your canopy is quick and easy as well as fabulous. There are many different canopy designs to choose from but in the interest of saving time, the following canopy is a free-standing design that can be completed in less than an hour and still look absolutely beautiful.  
Tools and Materials Needed:
Garden Trellis 
4 Wooden Posts
Stakes
Tough String
Nails
Hammer
Canopy Fabric
Assorted Decorations
Staple Gun
Step 1--Cut Canopy Posts
Depending on how tall you would like for your canopy to stand, measure the length of your garden trellis and cut it to the size you desire. For most people, an 8 foot long, 6 foot wide garden trellis will suffice to accommodate both partners. Lay your wooden posts on the ground and measure them out to be the same size as your garden trellis. Cut each post down to size and lay posts and trellis next to each other to be sure that they are about the same length before proceeding.
Step 2--Decorate Canopy Fabric
Using your staple gun, begin to decorate the fabric you have chosen for your canopy. If you are using live flowers and plants, be sure to add these decorations to your canopy no sooner than the day of your wedding as live foliage will dry out and wilt if you leave them out longer than 24 hours. To decorate, each item can be easily stapled to the fabric. Leaves, fruit, flower petals , palm fronds, string lights, and more are all excellent choices that will make your canopy unique and true to your own style.
Step 3--Assemble Canopy
Two or more people are required for this part of construction to make the process as quick and smooth as possible. It is easiest if you begin construction of the canopy with it laying on its side, standing it up once it has been built. Use the garden trellis for the top of the canopy, and nail each wooden post through the four corners of the trellis to stabilize. You can add diagonal wood pieces across the joints for further stabilization before standing the finished structure on its legs and tying each post to the ground with stakes. Arrange the canopy on top of the assembled structure and staple the fabric down to each post to hide the wooden posts and make sure that it will not fly away during the ceremony by accident. Adjust fabric and decorations until it looks the way that you want it to, and you can now proceed have a beautiful wedding under your hand crafted canopy of love!
  

Getting married under a private wedding canopy is a beautiful way to declare your undying love and devotion to that special person in your life; however for last minute weddings, it is important that the set up of your canopy be quick and easy as wells as totally fabulous. There are many different canopy designs and construction options to choose from, but in the interest of saving time, the following canopy idea is a free-standing design that can be completed in less than 1 hour while still looking absolutely beautiful.  

Step 1 - Cut Canopy Posts

Depending on how tall you would like for your canopy to stand, measure the length of your garden trellis and cut it to the size you desire. For most people, an 8 by 6 foot garden trellis will suffice to accommodate both partners. Lay your wooden posts on the ground and measure them out so that they are the same size as your garden trellis. Cut each post down to size and lay the posts and the trellis next to each other to be sure that they are the same length before proceeding.

Step 2 - Decorate Canopy Fabric

Using your staple gun, begin to decorate the fabric you have chosen for your canopy. If you are using live flowers and plants, be sure to add these decorations to your canopy no sooner than the day of your wedding as live foliage will dry out and wilt if you leave them out longer than 24 hours. To decorate, each item can be easily stapled to the fabric. Add leaves, fruit, flower petals, palm fronds, string lights, tulle and whatever else you wish to give your canopy a unique design. Items like these and other natural or more exotic pieces are all excellent ways to customize your canopy to your specifications, making it true to your own style.

Step 3 - Assemble Canopy

Two or more people are required for this part of construction to make the process as quick and smooth as possible. It is easiest if you begin construction of the canopy with it laying on its side, standing it up once it has been built. Use the garden trellis for the top of the canopy, and nail each wooden post through the 4 corners of the trellis to stabilize.

You can add diagonal wood pieces across the joints for further stabilization before standing the finished structure on its legs and tying each post to the ground with stakes. Arrange the canopy on top of the assembled structure and staple the fabric down to each post to hide the wooden posts and make sure that it will not fly away during the ceremony by accident. Adjust fabric and decorations until it looks the way that you want it to.

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