- 10 years ago
We are having a civil ceremony in a room in the same hotel as our reception. The room is beautiful – high ceilings, 2 large chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views. The carpet, however, leaves much to be desired. The pattern is rather ornate, in burgundy/yellow/green (none of which are in our wedding colors). I was thinking a solid-colored (ivory, probably) aisle runner might tone things down a bit, and sort of focus the eyes forward to where we’ll be standing, rather than on the ‘noisy’ carpet!
I’ve never been to a wedding that has used one, though, and I have no idea what to do with it. I’ve heard that sometimes, people have it rolled out after guests are seated – but we don’t like that idea because it feels too showy and "pretentious," as my Fiance said. As an alternative, I’ve heard that it can be laid out prior to when the guests enter, but then the aisle itself is roped off and guests are directed to to find their seats from the outside of rows, so they don’t walk on the runner – which also seems a bit pretentious.
So would it be weird, or somehow against the whole idea of an aisle runner, if we just laid it out before the ceremony, and allowed guests to walk on it? In our case, there is really no symbolic value in the runner, it would be purely an aesthetic issue…