Today’s Wedding Wednesday is filled with information about aisle runners. It’s not a topic that is typically even discussed–until now. With many weddings leaning towards outdoor ceremony vs. indoors I want to educate brides-to-be. Here is some of the best advice I can share about doing a aisle runner outside:
1. Make sure to stake down the aisle runner! It can easily be done using with golf tees spaced a few inches apart from each other. Then cover the sides of the runner with some sort of flower petals (to hide the tees)
2. Don’t pull the aisle runner out right before the walks out, instead pull the runner out and stake it down before guest even arrive. Then at the back of the aisle put a ribbon so guests know to venture to their seats from the outside.
3. High heels and aisle runners don’t mix outside. Never have, never will.
4. Aisle runners tend work best inside, not outside. So want to skip the headache of an aisle runner all together for your outdoor ceremony? Fantastic! There are so many other options for outdoor weddings; shepard hooks with pomanders hanging, flower petals placed into a pattern, or even fabric lined aisle will work wondefully!
Take it from my best friend, and former bride, who decided to have an aisle runner (image to follow below):
“I would have to say my aisle runner at our outdoor wedding was our biggest $20 mistake. Since the ceremony was on the lawn at a park, I knew I wanted something rather than nothing so grabbed a white one on a roll from Wal-mart. They appear easy to set up, but because it was a windy day it proved to be rather difficult for the ushers to place it securely before my dad and I made the walk down. Once we started walking, I could see it blowing around and laying twisted or in half on the ground. It was so distracting to try to walk, as my heels were getting caught in the fabric, and look at my soon to be husband and all of our guests. I probably would have fallen over if I wasn’t holding on to my dad’s arm. I hope I played it off well in real life but even in our wedding video I can see my struggle at walking normal. I put it out of my mind once getting up to the altar and getting married and enjoying our reception, but looking back at our wedding, that is the one and only thing I would have changed.”
So there you go, take it from a real bride and skip the aisle runner unless you can properly place it. Thanks again to my friend for telling her story and granting me permission to use one of her photos.