There are two main types of chuppah frames--freestanding or hand-held, and there are advantages to each option.
A freestanding chuppah can be set up and put in place prior to the ceremony, and it doesn’t have to be held in place by four people.
This is a great option if you would prefer not to have a lot of people next to you during the ceremony. It is also easiest to add flowers or other decorations, as you can start decorating in advance.
Using hand-held chuppah poles is a great option for couples who would like to choose four important people to them to stand with them at the chuppah throughout the ceremony.
This can be a moving and symbolic way to bring important people in your lives into your ceremony--they are literally holding up the chuppah that symbolizes your new home together.
I recommend using chuppah poles that are at least 8 feet tall. All fabric drapes, and this part of what adds to the beauty of your chuppah.
Your chuppah comes with long, sturdy ribbons attached to each corner. If you are using hand-held chuppah poles, simply tie the ribbons securely to hooks or eyelets on each of the poles. I recommend tying a bow with a double knot.