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More mandap questions + update

So my florist said she would charge us $500 just to rent and set up the frame she has (no fabric, no flowers).  Since that's considerably more expensive than making one out of PVC in the design I prefer, we're going to do our own frame still and set it up the day before the wedding.  I'm probably going to buy fabric to drape the mandap, and our florist will do the draping and decorate it for me the day of the event.  So, first of all, what kind of fabric have those of you who've done your own used?  Any advice on where to get it inexpensively?  I've seen some stuff online, but any recommendations would be very much appreciated.  As for the frame, I'd been planning to do the concrete flower pots/cans as a base.  Yesterday I called a company about the connectors, though, and asked them if they have anything that works as a base.  They said they didn't have bases per se, but that they have external mounting caps that we could possibly screw into a piece of plywood.  We'd then put the pvc frame into the caps and connect it with a little pvc cement.  Here's a link to their website, the caps are in the far right column, four rows down:http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/pvc.shtml Has anyone ever seen/used a similar product?  Thoughts on whether this will hold the weight of the pipe and fabric?  It seems much easier to me than the concrete to make, just not sure about the sturdiness.

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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    For the fabric - do you have a Joann's near you?  I think that's where D2M got her fabric from and you can usually get good coupons online.  As for fabric, I'm not sure...maybe a silk or chiffon would work best?As for the frame for our DIY vara pooja mandap, we got the pvc piping and connectors from Home Depot.  You can find everything you need at either home depot or lowes.  We basically had a four post square frame with a "roof".  We used three-way connectors for everything.  Here's a pic of the frame....http://tinyurl.com/r99385 Since ours was just at home, we didn't have any need to nail it down, but it would definitely be a good idea to screw the structure to a piece of wood so it's secure. As for the weight of the fabric, I don't think that would be a problem.  We used fairly heavy leaves for the majority of the structure and didn't have any issues with the weight.Here's the finished product - http://tinyurl.com/m4ys83 HTH!  
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks as always!  I'll check out Joann's.  On the base, I think the difference between our structure and yours, Meghana, is that we don't plan to run the pipes along the bottom.  So ours would be more like a tent and less like a PVC cube.  And therefore a little less sturdy, perhaps?  
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    katie978katie978 member
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    edited December 2011
    there are also super inexpensive saris on ebay which you could use as fabric.
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    Ohh ok!  Then yea you would definitely need to secure it to something.  I think the idea of using concrete flower pots as a base would be really cute!  I'd be affraid that only using the external caps wouldn't be sturdy enough, even if screwing it to a piece of plywood.   Also pvc cement may not be necessary.  If you get the right size connectors, they fit pretty tight.  It was actually really really hard to try and disconnect all of the pieces after the event. 
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    edited December 2011
    if your ceremony is outdoors (i'm not sure if it is) i DEFINITELY recommend securing the PVC pipes down.  I think concrete pots/cans are a very good idea!  we had an outdoor mandap in July, so I expect NO wind.  But the breeze caused one of our hanging flower structures to be knocked off.  It also forced them to anchor HEAVY columns to a standing structure so they didn't tip over.  So to be on the safeside, use as much as possible to weight the pipes down.You might want to use sandbags and have the fabric cover them?  As for type of fabric, our decorator used a liner fabric, which I thought wouldn't look nice, but actually looked pretty.  It's thicker than a chiffon (and also more affordable I think).  If you google wholesale fabrics, and chiffon fabrics you'll find tons of stuff. You can always express ship it. 
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    edited December 2011
    What about using 4 of those really heavy patio umbrella stands as a base?  Do you all think those would hold up?  That might be super easy, because I wouldn't need to pour concrete or go to my parents' house ahead of time to do anything.  I'm thinking that with all of the outdoor furniture going on sale now I may get a decent deal.  Thoughts?  And thanks for the liner suggestion - I will look into that!   
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    umbrella stands could work but you'd have to make sure the pvc pipe fits pretty snugly, otherwise it may shift around
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    edited December 2011
    Yeah, I'm thinking about the ones that have the screws in the bases.  I'll go to Home Depot and test a piece of PVC with one of their bases.  It would just be way easier... 
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    Good luck!  The guys at home depot were pretty helpful, although we went with 4 of my engineer uncles so it was easy to figure out hahaha.  I'm sure the people there will be able to suggest something to secure the piping down!
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