(Closed) Aisle Runner

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1 posts

As a videographer who has seen hundreds of weddings, I can say it’s honestly up to you! The most common options are:

 1. Before guests even show up, so it is unrolled when everyone arrives. A common option for sites with slippery aisles where everyone will benefit from walking on a soft runner or sites with unsightly carpet/floor you want to keep covered. You just need to make sure you rope off the end of the aisle and your guests can enter seats from the sides, otherwise they will step on the runner and mess it up.

2. At the very beginning of the processional, often to signal the start of it.

3. Just before the flower girls/bride. Many brides like this because it makes their entrance even more special and dramatic.

If you choose to have it unrolled once the processional has begun and everyone is watching, make sure whoever unrolling (typically groomsmen) have a trial run! It can be very tricky. If you’re getting married outside, be very careful using a runner – it can get torn and make walking even more hazardous.

Good luck with the rest of your planning! 


Post # 4
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Interesting.  I was planning on putting my runner down before the guests arrive, and was planning on having them walk over it to their seats. 

Anyone else have issues with messed up runners? or not messed up!

Post # 5
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Would highly recommend having the runner down before the guests arrive, but roping it off with really nice ribbon to prevent guests from walking on it. 

They can enter their seats from either the right or left sides, they don’t need to walk down the middle.

I had rose petals scattered on either side of my aisle runner, and did not want them trampled and mangled before the bridal party got there.  Plus, unrolling the runner is not the most graceful, easy thing to so I didn’t want a spectacle in front of the guests.

So roping it off was a perfect solution.  Our planner untied the ribbon right before the music started and the bridesmaids started walking.

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