Post # 1
I’m planning to use full coverage (like a dense carpet of) ivory rose petals (silk though) for my “aisle” in lieu of a runner. I don’t mean a straight line of petals bordering both sides of the aisle; I mean a dense layer of petals that make up what looks like a runner. However, my wedding is indoors on a smooth floor that’s sort of cobblestoney or tile-esque…so there’s no “texture” to hold them in place like grass or maybe even carpet would have. I’m wondering if anyone else has seen or done this, and how concerned I should be about the bridesmaids and I making a big mess of things when we walk down the aisle. My train isn’t long, but it does flow out behind me with a floor drag of a foot or so. **Also, when this kind of aisle is done, do guests use only the OUTER aisles to be seated? Thanks! I can always count on you guys for input. Oh – also- just to clarify; I’m not attaching the petals to a runner…they will be loose. LOTS of them. Like 29,000 of them… for a 96 foot aisle, if that helps.
Post # 3
I will preface this by saying that I’m not a fan of aisle runners, so take my comments with a grain of salt.
In my opinion, if there isn’t a super strong way to secure the runner to the floor, I’d ditch it. Honestly, I’ve been to a lot of weddings and almost every one that used a runner had a problem with it. They tend to bunch up and can even trip people. And, as a guest, I find it kind of rude to have to use the outer aisles (which are often quite narrow) because there’s a fancy runner in the middle.
Post # 4
@amyeb25: There is no way to avoid the result if you have loose petals. The first person walking down the aisle is going to destroy the look of the petals. You can’t expect your BM’s to pick up their feet and walk like storks.
If you want the look of a full aisle of petals, the only way to do that so that it is not a total disaster by the time the bride makes her entry is to glue the petals to a runner. Even then it is a tremendous tripping hazard for anyone wearing heels of any sort.
It is not uncommon to close off the center aisle with a ribbon etc and seat guests from the side.
Post # 5
I went to a wedding recently where they did that- the petals were shades of pink, swirled and densely covering the aisle. It was beautiful, and really freaking expensive. I was super jealous bc I wanted to do that, but our ceremony venue charges $200 for cleanup if you have more petals than what a flower girl woups sprinkle.
anyway, it looked amazing, and yes, we, the guests, walked in on the side versus down the main aisle. it was tied off with a ribbon. Honestly, the BMs destroyed the pattern (which may not be an issue for you), and two slipped (but didn’t fall, thank goodness). tile floor + petals + evening shoes make for a dangerous situation. The bride’s dress really dragged the petals behind her, and they made the bottom of her train a little discolored. Oh, and she told me later she had petals stuck in her shoes the whole time.
So in conclusion, looked great, was a little dangerous, and maybe not entirely practical.
Post # 6
@amyeb25: Yep you block off the middle with a sash or something and the guests have to only use the outside areas to get in to their seats. I’m considering doing something similar, but you’re right everyone will mess it up while they walk across it and it won’t look so nice once you’re coming down the aisle. It’s more for the pictures ahead of the ceremony I think.
Post # 7
Etiquette Snob here… lol
I am going to answer this Question first from a “Traditional” Etiquette POV… as no doubt some Brides-2B beyond yourself might be reading this topic.
As @JenGirl: has said Cloth Aisle Runners can be a bit of a pain for various reasons.
Traditionally they were rolled out once all the Guests were seated… and the only folks in the Processional walked on it (altho I’ve also seen it rolled out just before the “Most Honoured” Guests… so the Moms for example walked on it)
Nowadays tho a lot of Brides opt to put them out BEFORE the Guests arrive, so either everyone making their way up the centre aisle tred on it… OR there is the perceived “inconvenience” of folks having to use the outside aisles to get to their seats.
And ya, the more people walk on an Aisle Runner (or Thick Carpet of Petals) the more messed up things are going to become.
As for your idea with the Artificial Rose Petals… as GORGEOUS as that sounds… I don’t think it will work very well at all on a hard surface. Those suckers are going to move… even if it just the Processional Party that walks upon them.
And your Dress / Train is most definitely going to sweep them around… this doesn’t happen so much when one has an outdoor Wedding and one uses Real Petals, which are somewhat “sticky” and they also get caught in the grass etc.
But indoors without a carpet runner base … and ya, the visual of the aisle will be stunning… UNTIL the first person walks on it.
Hope this helps,
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