Post # 1
Is it really that horrible not to have one? Has anyone here gotten married in a church or other location that didn’t have a center aisle? How did you make it work? Can you post pictures??
Pretty Christian churches that allow non-members to get married in them are hard to come by in my area, and most nice ones cost at least $1,500 to rent or were already booked by the time we started looking..
I tell my family this (they are all pretty traditional) and they look at me like I’m crazy. I showed the following pictures to an aunt and she pretty much said why even bother gettng married there… ?!?!?!? Is it really that big of a deal??
I think my church is beautiful and its rental fee was half that of most other churches. Here’s the exterior:
And the dreaded no center aisle shot:
Should I rope off the two side sections so everyone sits in the middle? Or should I let them sit wherever?
Here’s a closer look:
And here is the bride’s “getting ready” area (it overlooks a courtyard full of roses!!):
What do you all think? Surely this isn’t a huge travesty as my family is making it out to be…
Also, I’m leaning toward not doing much as far as decorating goes.. maybe two urns full of flowers near the front of the altar but that’s it. Do you think it will look too plain without pew decorations?
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again- I’m so glad to have you all here to ask these questions!!
Post # 3
I think it’s gorgeous … but could you maybe cut the pews and make a center aisle? Obviously, I’m kidding! My parents are the same way though – so traditional that they just can’t grasp anything out of their “norm.”
You could have the bridesmaids walk down one aisle and the groomsmen down the other (meeting at the front). Or have the groomsmen already up front and have the bridesmaids, followed by you, walk down one of the chosen aisles (all down the same side so guests don’t have to look back and forth).
Honestly, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to me … people get worked up about the craziest things.
Post # 4
The getting ready area is going to be perfect for photos too. With the yellow walls, what colors are you using?
Post # 5
I have been to a few wedding in churches with no center aisle. Strangely enough, all of them have been newer churches so maybe it’s a relatively new thing to not have a center aisle? The weddings were still beautiful. The only thing they did differently was instead of having the BMs and GMs process in together, they each came in down a separate aisle, met in the middle, then went to their spot. The bride came in down the aisle to the right of the center row.
As far as decorations…maybe have a pew bow to mark the beginning of where you want the guests to sit.
Post # 6
@milesbella: The bridesmaids are wearing a soft pink color. For the flowers at the ceremony were were going to stick with white or a soft blush pink. One of the things I love the most about the church is that it is so light and airy so I want to keep that vibe going with the flowers.
Funny you should mention that about cutting a center aisle out.. I actually had someone seriously ask if I could do that. I just looked at him. Really, Uncle Ricky? Really.
Post # 7
I went to a wedding like this & it was fine & didn’t look “bad” or anything. You only walk for a very short amount of time, most of the ceremony is all on stage. At the wedding, most guests sat in the center row of pews. I’ll have to look at the photos when I get home & can tell you how they set it up. I think they roped off the back half of all isles but I’ll have to double check.
Post # 8
Ours is in a large theatre with the same situation. Walking down the stage left (right side) and will be walking past the center section.
I think your church is gorgeous! Remember that you are the one getting married there!
Post # 10
@sceeder: Nope, I’m Baptist.
Post # 11
@meladoug: Ah. Never mind.
Post # 12
I like the BMs and GMs walking down either side.
I think if you come up one isle and leave with your husband down the other isle, it would be really lovely and allow everyone to see you walking up or down the isle.
Post # 13
My fiance and I also are getting married in a location where there’s no middle aisle. It’s actually an auditorium/theatre I really love the location. There’s also a balcony and a stage where we’ll be standing so everyone will see us. I’ll be walking down the left side towards the stage with my father and we’ll be exiting on the opposite side with my husband. The pews for my location are dead set in the middle and the aisles are on each side. I had to get use to the idea but I’m starting to wrap my head around it. Plus our ceremony will be really short. If your comfortable with your decision, love it. Your location is really beautiful!
Post # 14
My church as no centre aisle either. But there have been tonnes of weddings there. What they do is they have the groomsmen at the front already and then everybody else walks down the right aisle at the beginning of the ceremony and when they leave they use the left aisle. Since they are usually bigger weddings guests sit in all 3 sections of the church. But they all have a chance to see the bride walk down the aisle that way.
My mom is also a little upset about it not having a centre aisle but if that is what works for you than thats what you should use.
Post # 15
Psh. That Church is gorgeous! The Church I’m using has a center aisle, but I’m the only person in the bridal party that won’t be using it! The Church is a historic landmark and has a really unique “bridal staircase.” You better believe I’m using that sucker!
I’ve been to plenty of weddings without a center aisle and everything will look great! People get worked up over strange things sometimes. Grain of salt my dear 🙂
Post # 16
The outside looks almost exactly like my church. We haven’t decided yet, but when trying to figure out if we’d get married there (we may not, because there are no decent reception sites near) we went with my mother’s suggestion.
She said, just have the GMs already up there, the BMs and etc walk down the left aisle, and when we leave, walk down the right aisle. Then everyone gets to see the bride and groom. 🙂
I like PPs idea of both sides being used, but ultimately most people are looking for the bride and groom. I think this also depends on the size of the Wedding Party though.