So I am getting married outdoors (because I just know mother nature will smile on June 10 from 3pm- 4pm) and the patio is concrete. My concern is that the venu puts red banquet charis outside for the ceremony and the only way I can feel comfortable that it won’t clash with my yellow, lime green and royal blue color scheme is to have an aisle runner (along with flower balls and petals aligning the side) to bring the focus to the aisle and away from the red banquet chairs.
So I bought a pretty low cost aisle runner from Afloral.com for like $35 its a pretty fabric and 100 feet. And I was thinking I could use double sided carpet tape to hold it down during the ceremony. It would be set up before the ceremony starts and the wedding party would walk down the aisle runner before me…
NOW the problem is… my Aunt (who raised me… basically my mom) insists that the only person to walk down the aisle runner is the bride… But how on earth do we secure the runner to ensure it doesn’t blow away or trip anyone if it’s not taped down beforehand??? What guest wants to watch my ushers tape down an aisle runner before I make my entrance???
That site is beautiful! I like the idea of the small decorations to add your color in. The guests will really like the little touches. I have heard that only the bride should walk on it BUT I have also seen many ceremonies where the runner is already set up and a ribbon or something blocks it from the arriving guests. The bridal party will have to in order to get to the front so I don’t think its a problem personally. I did a quick search online and it seems like its okay for the bridal party to walk down on the runner.
But with that said if your Aunt feels really strongly about it, what if you did only flowers sprinkled down the aisle and then there is no runner??
At my wedding, the center aisle was blocked off (just with tulle draped across it) so that the guests didn’t walk on the runner. The tulle was removed and the BMs, FGs, and RBs walked on it before I did. So, no, it didn’t get dirty (considered that’s not a lot of people walking on it).
Another wedding I was in, the bridal party all walked down the center aisle… Then the ushers rolled out the aisle runner (which was talked down at the altar) for the bride to walk down. That was an indoor wedding, so they didn’t need to worry about taping it or anything.
So – those are 2 options I can think of… I feel like the 2nd option is a bit iffy for an outdoor wedding (with wind and all…)… Maybe you can suggest that first one to your aunt – The guests wouldn’t be walking on it… Only the bridal party (and maybe the dancers) and then you 🙂