(Closed) aisle runner issue

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I thought setting up an aisle runner was always just part of setup ahead of time.  I’ve never heard of it being rolled out when all the guests are there, just as the bride walks in.  Could be quite ceremonial to do it that way I suppose, but maybe not if you have a logistical issue with the 90 degree angle.  I would suggest setting it up ahead of time.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Aisle runners… they’re so pretty and bring so much to the decor, but also poses so many problems.

 If you set it up too early, you risk it getting ruined by your guests walking across it before you can even walk on it.

 I have seen the carpet getting rolled out for the bride, but it may be more difficult for you due to the angles and also, it will eat up a lot of time and the guests may start to get wary waiting for your beautiful entrance.

 Also, aisle runners are hard to maneuver and rarely roll out straight and perfectly.  Depending on the floor underneath the aisle, it can be hazardous for the bridal party and the bride to walk on it… snagging on your heel, tripping over loose fabric, the ring bearer draggin the aisle because he’s shuffling his feet… etc. 

If the monogram is important to you, and I imagine a great design, think about possibly setting it up as a tapestry scroll, or as a sign, or on the alter. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

The last wedding I went to the bridesmaids and everyone walked in, and just before the bride came down the isle runner was pulled out in her honor.

I don’t know much about the tradition, I don’t really know if I will or can have one ( I guess I should look into that) so I will go with what the church says.

I think however you want to do it is fine, but I’d nix the guests walking on it maybe so it’s not ruined or overly dirty before you come down it. 

Post # 6
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267 posts
Helper bee

Could you possibly have the section on the stairs already rolled out (maybe tacked down), and then just have someone roll out the long, aisle portion just before you walk in? That way there’s no trouble with angles, and you can still get the "rolling out the carpet for you" effect.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Oh…I’m so scared for you of having a runner that goes down the stairs that isn’t part of the venue (i.e. glued the heck down to the surface)…just makes me nervous. But I’m a big klutz, and those kinds of things freak me out.  If you really really really have your heart set on it, maybe you could cut it?  And really secure the portion on the stairs down super good.  Then you could have the other portion rolled out before you enter, thus eliminating the problem of negotiating the 90-degree turn.  (Which could get all bunch-y and trip you up.)

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

I read somewhere that the tradition of the aisle runners was so the ghosts or evil spirits didn’t come from the ground to pull the bride through…

Aside from being really pretty and glamourous, I don’t think it really serves a purpose.  I would hate for your to spend so much time creating your monogram on the aisle runner, or spending money, and having it ruined or tripping all over it… yikes!  You can line the aisles with flower petals or candles instead.

Post # 10
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Ewww…Astroturf!  Bleagh.  No wonder you wanted the runner on the stairs!!  Good luck!  (And you might want to do a test w/ your runner on top of the venue’s runner — make sure they don’t slide against each other, or you could go sliding down the aisle too!)

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

My sister had hers rolled out after guests finished seating and before the wedding party came out. 

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