Post # 1
I’m new to posting on this site but knew that some other savy brides could help me out!
I’m getting married on September 27, 2014 on an outdoor esplanade by the water in Tacoma, WA. It’s a somewhat thin esplanade for the 230 guests we will have there, so it’s going to be a long aisle.
I just splurged on my dream dress which has a 2.5″ silk train. The esplanade is concrete. I didn’t plan on using an aisle runner as I am not the biggest fan of “traditional wedding decor”, but I am now wondering if I need to use one because my dress has a silk train (silk snags easily doesn’t it?). If I had stuck to my budget I probably wouldn’t even mind if it snags, but given that I splurged, I want to be extra careful with this beauty of a dress! I’ll bustle my dress for the reception indoors but definitely not for the outdoor ceremony.
I’ve seen beautiful weddings done at my venue where flower petals were used instead of an aisle runner, but I also wonder if these could easily stain my dress when stepping on them? Not to mentioned my dress would probably just drag them along with me right?
I know aisle runners are going to be a nightmare to try to get to stay still for an outdoor wedding on concrete (how do we get it to stay down or stick?)
What do you other bees think? What is my best aisle option for protecting my dress while still be elegant and functional?
Photos of other weddings on the esplanade (the first two are not my photos- photo credits inside images):
Post # 3
I would do an aisle runner, you can double sided tape it down.
Post # 4
Concrete is smooth. I don’t think your dress will pull and snag.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t bother with an aisle runnr if you don’t want one. Your dress will get ripped and torn no matter what. I was trying to be careful but my bustle ripped out once, we fixed it with safety pins, and it ripped out again. Then I just held it up for the rest of the night dancing but I didn’t care by that point, I was having so much fun.
Post # 6
What kind of silk? Dupioni or shantung would be fine. A stretch charmeuse blend might not. More for the effect where you wouldn’t be gliding down the aisle, rather getting snagged up and bouncing every couple inches.
Post # 7
@MrsHopper: I would ask the point person at the venue if anyone has ever had a problem with this. You could also go to a fabric store by some silk fabric and drag it along that concrete and check.
If you decided to do an aisle runner you could keep it down with smooth stones since it’s near the water.
Post # 8
@MrsHopper: So i don’t know much about modern day wedding dress construction but costume history is a bit of a hobby of mine so this might sound like a crazy idea. How about a dust ruffle? Also known as a “balayeuse” they were used in trained dresses in the late Victorian era. There’s more info on what they are (even how to make one – maybe a seamstress could help? It might also be as simple as just attaching extra length to a petticoat of some kind) here: http://yesterdaysthimble.com/tutorials/balayeuse/. Also this is a great example of a couture dust ruffle by Frederick Worth.
Post # 9
Wow! Great advice from all!
I honestly don’t know what kind of silk it is. How about I attach a photo of the back for you guys! Can you tell from the photo what kind of silk it is? It’s a Sarah Seven gown.
I’ll talk to the venue coordinator about their thoughts as well.
@Pixel8 – Wow thank you! Great ideas! I wonder if I could do a lace balayeuse under this silk? I’m concerned it might look a little strange, but I can kind of picture it looking great too! Our wedding will have a heavy vintage theme. My engagnement ring is from circa 1900 and our venue (an old wheat warehouse that’s been revamped) was built around 1900 as well! Our decor is all vintage and I went for a dress with a vintage vibe – so adding a balayeuse might fit right in! 🙂
Post # 10
@MrsHopper: Hmmmm, so after seeing your dress i think that anything too heavy like a gathered lace might look a little strange (as you feared – but i have to say the dress is gorgeous!) maybe something like a thin silk petticoat will protect the dress but still keep that light airy look you’re after?