(Closed) Did anyone's ceremony site not have a center aisle?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
10 posts

Two aisles was a deal breaker for me. My church is also set up that way. I got the same “down one, up the other” reccomendation, but like you, it just didn’t “feel right.” I decided to get married outside instead since I didn’t feel comfortable using a church I didn’t go to. 

Post # 4
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

This was a deal breaker for me.

Post # 5
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My friend got married at a church like this. She entered on the one side waked down the aisle around the back and back up to the front. Basically she made a big three sided rectangle around the guests. While it was different, it was kind of nice because everyone got to see her. I noticed when I am at weddings unless I sit on the aisle, I can’t see anything.

Post # 6
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The church I grew up in had no center aisle.

The groom and groomsmen stood up front with the pastor during the processional.  The bridesmaids walked up on the left side (if you were sitting in the congregation).  The wedding ceremony took place.  Then, the bride and groom, then bridesmaids and groomsmen walked back down the right aisle. 

This gave everyone in the church a chance to get a good look at the bride, and signified the bride walking in unmarried, and walking out married.

Growing up, it didn’t even occur to me that this might not be someone’s vision for a wedding, because I went to so many ceremonies there.

Post # 7
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

This may be a deal breaker for me UNLESS I absolutely loved the place or I was dead set on a particular Church.

Post # 8
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My church had moveable seating! Phew! My old church in my home town had a church with the center seating, and there were plenty of beautiful weddings there. I say don’t worry about it, the grand walk to the aisle is wonderFul, but the walk out is just as awesome!

Post # 9
433 posts
Helper bee


My sister’s wedding was like that.  The groom and groomsmen walked up the right aisle and the bride and bridesmaids walked up the left.  Everyone exited down the right aisle.  It wasn’t a big deal, I don’t see why that would be a deal-breaker for some people.

Do you actually attend church there?  If not you should go one Sunday and see how they do their processionals.  (actually looking at the picture I’m thinking it’s not a chuch so if not then never mind that suggestion).

Post # 10
43 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

My ceremony location is like this. It’s an historic theater, I hadn’t even thought about this being an issue. We love the location and there’s a great reception venue a couple blocks away so it worked out perfectly. I hadn’t really thought about how to handle it yet, but I really like the idea of walking in down one aisle and then leaving down the other.

Also, I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding which was in a small older church with two side aisles instead of a center aisle. It was a few years ago, but I’m pretty sure we walked up one aisle and then walked down the other. I thought it worked well, and as others have mentioned more people are then better able to see the bride!

Post # 11
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

This wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for me – like some PPs have noted already, a big plus is that more of your guests will be able to see you walk up/down the aisle! My ceremony location is on a mezzanine level so it’s not a traditional, straight aisle either. Wasn’t anything I was concerned about when we booked it.

Post # 12
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@notyouraveragebride:  We had our ceremony and reception at the same location and purposely did not have a center aisle so as not to push dinner tables far apart.  It would have been bride’s family on one side and groom’s on the other.

It didn’t really bother me and ended up being just fine!  To me it’s one of those small details that I chose not to worry about!

I’ve been to a wedding where the bride entered one way and came out the other – I thought it was nice so everyone got an up close view of the couple.

If you love everything else about the venue I say go for it!

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