Post # 1
Bees! I’m having a small outdoor wedding with about 20 guests. There just aren’t enough people to make an aise, and there probably won’t be music. This is cool with me, but how do we start the wedding without the traditional walk up the aise? Someone must have done this, and I’d love to hear about it.
Additional info: We are two feminine brides, getting married on the lawn of a historic lighthouse.
Post # 2
Can you both be in the lighthouse and then just “appear” in front of guests?
Post # 3
I’d suggest making an aisle, ten guests on each side. Will people be sitting or standing? You can perhaps cue some of the guests to stand, or to turn, indicating that you will appear, and in what direction.
Post # 4
Are you having an officiant? The officiant could ring a small bell and ask the guests to stand and welcome the brides.
If you like the bell idea, you could leave a jingle bell on each chair and the officiant could ask the guests to stand and make some joyful noise with their bells.
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
So you are just going to appear? You have to come from somewhere, right? You dont necessarily have to have an aisle up the middle of the people, the two of you can enter from where ever together. I like the bell idea.
Post # 6
doubletrouble: my wedding was also similar to yours, we just stood at the spot we wanted with all the other guests on one side, and the officiant just started the ceremony when she saw that we were ready.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
Ask the officiant to say, “all rise” as you approach – should be pretty easy!
Post # 8
Cool! Thanks guys, good suggestions. I like the idea of emerging from the lighthouse but it might be a little silly since we’ll all arrive in one group anyways, its not like we’ll be a surprise lol. I think we’ll just have the officiant annouce the start.
Post # 9
I also had a small wedding, and people just stood around the arbor. I didn’t officially have an aisle, but did have music, which really signifies the start. So, I would consider some kind of music, even if someone plays it from an iPod or something or you can hire some kind of instrumentalist. Otherwise, you could mingle with your guests, and the officiant tells everyone to have a seat (or move behind a certain area or something) and you and your bride remain standing.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Yeah, I think you’re overthinking this. You don’t need a ton of people to have an aisle. Even if there are only 2 guests, just put them on opposite sides of each other and walk in between them to reach the officiant.