(Closed) Aisle Runner Alternatives?? Is there such things?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I just saw a cool wedding today that used tiles (it was an indoor wedding), and it got me to thinking about using paving stones placed on the grass for an outdoor wedding.  It would be kind of a cool textural element and would be easy for high-heeled walking.

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Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I have also heard of the tile thing. Also, one of the bees had a woven-mat aisle runner, it looked awesome!

I can’t really think of anything awesome though, and i’m having the same concerns for my own outdoor wedding.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

How about petals or tulle lining the aisle? Or tons of petals like in one of the pictures (or not quite that many petals). I know the other picture has an aisle runner, but it would still look good without the aisle runner and just the petals.

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Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

your friend is being a princess. do what you want!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m not sure if the petals will keep you from sinking into the ground. You might try those little plastic things that go on heels. Not sure what they’re called.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t have a picture of tile on grass, but there is a picture of the tiling in a Brooklyn Loft at the Martha Stewart "Pop-up wedding".  It can give you an idea of what I was talking about.  I think tile flooring might even be more cost effective than petals and will give a sleeker look (that I tend to like better than petals).  Can you imagine picking 12,000 petals out of the grass?!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Talk to the coordinator at your wedding site. We are having an outdoor ceremony as well (okay, assuming the forecast CLEARS UP for this weekend!! aaahhhh!!). I asked our coordinator about having a runner because I am wearing heels, and she assured me the ground in the courtyard, although grass, is very firm and only gets soft after a significant amount of rain (in which case we’d not be having the ceremony outdoors anymore anyway!). I went back there to test it out and she was correct. So check and see what you’re dealing with. To give a visual, we are using a sprinkling of petals, but there won’t be a runner. In fact, my florist advised against the runner because she said they don’t lay flat on the grass anyway.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We’re also having an outdoor ceremony. A friend just had one a few weeks ago (in fact, they might get back from their honeymoon today!). She didn’t have a runner and all the women wore heels and I don’t think we are going to have a runner and we are all wearing heels.

I don’t know of anyone getting stuck in the ground at our friend’s wedding and it rained the day before (the weather was beautiful the day of her wedding). Nor did anyone complain or even comment on it. We all talked about how bright and hot it was (note: we did not complain, just commented).

The tile idea sounds great, but I don’t want to kill the grass where the aisle would be. Plus, we aren’t going to dig the aisle so the tiles wouldn’t lie flat.

I like the flower petal aisle, it’s very pretty.

If she’s really worried about getting stuck, why not ask if she’d prefer wearing flats or a wedge? It would give her a heel she’s comfortable in and get the complaining off your shoulders.

If she just has to wear heels, why not gently and kindly remind her that when you walk in heels, particularly 3"+ heels, you walk on the balls of your feet, not your heels. It’s how the professionals keep their balance and don’t fall over.

Other options for a runner:

A rock path, but could be problems with people tripping over them, plus they’d be a pain to clean up.

A carpeted path, there’s the red carpet used in Hollywood-like events, but you can also get a runner made out of any color carpet. Pick the color you like best for your wedding and go with it.

A wooden path. Tent companies usually offer dance floors made of wood. The floors are laid on all kinds of ground, including stone patios and grass. Why not see if you can find a company (or one of your vendors) could put together small sections of a dance floor to make an aisle? It’d be a natural element, so it would go well with the outdoor feel. As with the tile option, you might kill some grass. But these floors are made to go on unlevel ground, so you wouldn’t have to worry about the floor moving while you walk and possibly throwing you or someone else off their balance.

I think fabric options wouldn’t be stiff enough for heels and moss or something would also be too soft.

Whatever you decide, good luck! 🙂

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