Preparing for a traditional Jewish wedding is a big to-do. The pre-wedding practices are very strict and often last at least a year, while the actual wedding ceremonies and festivities require more items for set-up and completion of the nuptials. If you are currently planning a traditional Jewish wedding, and you plan to have the wedding outside instead of indoors, here is a list of everything you will need on your wedding day, and where you can get it cheaply.
Rent Tables and Chairs
Numerous rows of chairs for your wedding guests need to flank a wide, aisle-like space where the groom can be escorted to the chuppah by his parents and the parents of the bride. To get enough chairs to fill out these rows and make sure you have more than you need, you may want to rent them. Many party rental stores rent tables and chairs for major events such as yours, and they can not only provide you with the chairs you need, but also with the tables for your wedding meal after the ceremony. Chairs rarely cost more than a few dollars each per day to rent, unless you rent "x" number of chairs at a flat rate, which may be cheaper yet. Talk to a company like Party People Rentals & Sales to learn more.
Borrow the Chuppah
The chuppah, or canopy under which the bride and groom are wed, is often constructed for you a few days before the ceremony. Some families prefer to save their chuppahs, and then reuse them for generations. If you are a non-Jewish person in this union, you may want to ask your future in-laws if they have a family chuppah they want you to use in the ceremony. Otherwise, it may be possible to borrow a chuppah from the temple that your future spouse attends. If his or her Rabbi from that same temple will be performing the wedding blessings and ceremony, then he may be willing to bring the temple's chuppah with him on the day of your wedding.
Buy a Cheap Wine Glass from a Thrift Store
At the end of your ceremony, the groom is supposed to step on a wine glass and break it. Some wine glasses do not break so easily under foot, but if you find a cheap set of wine glasses at a thrift store, and the glass appears rather thin, buy them. The extra glass or glasses can act as test glasses to see if the groom can easily smash one for the big day. Then save the last one for the wedding. Because you bought these from a thrift store, you will not feel quite so guilty about breaking something that might have otherwise been expensive.