Post # 1
Miss Petunia’s recent post about aisle runners got me thinking about whether we need one. Our ceremony venue has a pretty ornately patterned carpet, so it might be nice to have a solid-color runner just to demarcate the aisle and break things up a bit. I’ve never been to a wedding that used one, so I have a few questions. Any thoughts would be appreciated:
1) How far should the runner extend? Should it go all the way from the very front (where we’ll be with the officiant) to the door at the back where I will enter? Or just to the end of the rows of seats?
2) Having never seen them in person, what are the materials like? I am quite sure I don’t want plastic, but I don’t know what the ones made of rayon feel like. – do they feel/look chintzy? Are there ones that are made of cloth, like a linen-y texture? Does it make a difference to either the guests or the party?
3) If you loved yours, where did you get it? Ours is a completely indoors ceremony so we are not worried about wind or grass or anything like that.
Post # 3
On some blog I saw a person had a silk(?) one. After the wedding they had it made into a comforter for their bed I believe.
I know that didn’t answer your question, but I thought I’d throw it in.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2008 - Riverside Hotel
I’ve been re-feeling the swatches to see what fabric I think it feels most like…I would say the ones from the Original Aisle Runner Co. feel like a fine linen (though they don’t look like that). Yes, like chintz might be closer to it, perhaps.
Of course, since we haven’t had our ceremony yet, I can’t say much, but our idea was to have it extend just to where the last row of seats would be and then up to where we would stand. If I remember correctly, we were told there would be about 3 to 5 feet or so between rows, so that’s how we figured out the length we’d want…I want to see how easy it would be to cut it though if it turns out to be too long.
I’ve been told that people do run them much further back to the door though, so it’s probably just a preference thing?
Just fyi, the samples I got from them were free, so it won’t hurt to call them up and get some, just to feel the fabric. I’d call other companies myself if I knew of any other good places. I just know that the ones at Michaels are plastic-y and many others I’ve seen to be rented out are much too tissue-y for my taste.
I’d love to hear what you find out!
Post # 5
I’m making an aisle runner for my best friend’s wedding and also for my wedding. Most people use cotton muslin or polycotton broadcloth, both of which are pretty cheap. I prefer the broadcloth though because it’s a lot more sturdy (it’s kind of like a cross between canvas and t-shirt fabric I guess lol). You can buy it at any fabric or craft store, and it usually comes in several different shades of white and ivory. They’re very easy to DIY though.
As far as how long they should be, that all depends on your ceremony venue and personal preference. Our church is very small so the aisle is short (it’s more like a chapel than a big church)… It will probably start where the church doors open and end where the pews end (in the spot where we stand).