Post # 1
I’ve been getting estimates from florists for my May 2012 wedding. My fiance and I are having a non-denominational service and debating not having flowers at the church. The service itself will only be 20-30 minutes, and neither us nor our parents have strong feelings on flowers at the church. Plus, the church itself is gorgeous and I think provides enough decoration on its own.
Also, is an aisle runner a necessity? Any thoughts on cost? I was leaning against using one (stone floors at the church, our church coordinator warned us against “cheap” runners as they will tear), but a florist is making me think twice (a rainy day = my dress soaking up anything left in the aisle by guests!)
What do you think?
Post # 3
I didn’t have an aisle runner, so it’ s most def not a necessity. here’s an idea: I used silk rose petals instead, to line my aisle. I found white ones at Dollar Tree. I got colored ones from Ebay.
Post # 4
I don’t think either are needed. Especially on the stone floors. Unless you got a heavy fabric runner (likely could be rented from your florit which is why they brought it up to you) it won’t work well with the flooring.
Good luck : )
Post # 5
It seems fewer and fewer are doing the aisle runners – you definitely don’t need one.
The decorations are up to you. If you don’t want fresh flowers, you could do tissue paper pomanders for aisle decor OR like you said, if the church is pretty by itself, no other decorations are needed.
Post # 6
If you decide you do want flowers at the church, you could always use a couple of arrangements that you plan to use later at the reception.
You can ask a friend or family member to be repsonible for taking them from the church to the reception in a timely manner.
As for the possibility of wet floors-my initial thought was that this would be a safety issue for the church. Wouldn’t they be responsible for enuring the floors stayed dry for safety?
When I read the concern the florist raised about any water left on the stone floor in the event of a rainy day, I imediately had a visual of a floor mopper- like a ring bearer, only carrying a cute string mop.
Post # 7
@julies1949: That would be too cute!!
All, great points on the church – they would be responsible for keeping the floor dry! I think I’m going to stop worrying about both things and have neither. Thanks everyone!!
Post # 8
If you have any elderly guests, like grandmas who have difficulty walking, I would definitely not have an aisle runner. They could trip on it as they are exiting the church. Also, the pretty stone floor will show off the train of your dress better than have it trail on a white runner.
You might consider purchasing large house plants like peace lilies or fig trees for greenery at the alter. You can easily move them to the reception for decorations at the entryway. Best of all, you can use them later for decorations in your home. Real plants or silk one both will look nice. Use newspaper coupons and get silk ones for 40% to 50% off at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
I wouldn’t waste my money on petals for the flower girl to sprinkle. Just have her carry her little basket and smile. Make the job easy for her. And nobody has to spend time cleaning up after the ceremony.
Post # 9
Aisle runners symbolize “holy ground”. That’s it.
Do you have to have it? Absolutely not.
In fact, if the floor underneath is tile/stone or any other solid surface, a store-bought aisle runner ($30 at hobby lobby or michaels) can be SLIPPERY!!!!!!!! they are made out of the plasticky (made that up) material you find in disposable tablecloths!
You can use flower petals or nothing at all.
Since you’re not having flowers, which is not a bad idea in an extremely beautiful or ornate setting, I would not fret over the aisle runner at all.
Post # 10
If you use petals try http://www.petalgarden.com there a bit cheaper especially if there just for a runner but http://www.flyboynaturals.com has a bigger selection of colors