Friday, June 24, 2011

Aisle Runners

Aisle runners were originally used for a couple different reasons. It was once thought the bride should stand on ground were no one else has been,"Holy ground", during her marriage. Another reason was to keep her dress clean. Today, the decision to use aisle runners, or petals to define the aisle, seems to be more a choice of esthetics based on colors or style. There are endless choices for aisle runners! If you can dream it, someone can design it for you! You can use your monograms, specify colors or special sayings. You can also purchase seasonal runners such as blue with white snowflakes, or ivory with autumn leaves.
Cloth runners are typically used indoors on a hard surface. If you choose to use one outdoors, there are a few things to be aware of. Make sure the runner is securely attached to the ground to assure it won't blow around or wrinkle too much with the bridal party walking on it. Don't want any tripping hazards! Wedge heels are highly recommended as spike heels may poke through the cloth possibly causing the runner to either get stuck on the heel.
Petals are a popular choice for outdoor weddings. Based on your budget and taste, these can be used to define an aisle by lining just the sides of the aisle...
or covering the entire aisle.
You can even have your florist place petals in different designs such as your monogram, scrolls, or one of my favorites shown below, hearts!
It's a great idea to tie off the aisle and have your guests be seated from the outside of the aisle so they don't walk on your path. If using a personalized cloth runner, this can be rolled out during set up of your ceremony with the aisle tied off just to be used by the wedding party. A plain white or ivory runner can be rolled out by the ushers after all guests are seated, including grandparents and parents of the groom, just before the processional begins.

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