Ribbons are a great, colorful option for decorating a huppah, and they work especially well for hand-held huppahs. Match the color of your canopy with white, ivory, or other color ribbon; add accents in a mix of your wedding colors; or add a profusion of colored ribbons to create a bright mix.
You can use the ribbons alone by themselves or add other elements, like flowers, greenery, or as Huppahs.com client Natalie did, tassels that make a statement.
In determining how long the ribbons should be, keep in mind that you want the ribbons to accent the huppah and the faces of wedding couple, so keep them shorter than half the height of the poles.
For a flowing affect, cut them to a length of six to seven feet so that when you tie them to the poles at their middle they fall three to three and a half feet.
And here’s another tip: Tie the ribbons to the poles so that the two ends of the ribbon are at least an inch different in length. This will make them more likely to flow a bit with a breeze than if the ends match up exactly.
How wide should the ribbons be? A good range to work with is 7/8″ to 1 ¼”.
You can find a range of ribbons at Huppahs.com on the Buy Ribbons page.