Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2015 - Alexander Homestead
Ok I need your help, ladies. We have decided to marry in my college chapel on the campus of Hampton University in Hampton, VA. The entire campus is gorgeous and the chapel was one of the first buildings I fell in love with as a freshman. The only thing is that I completely forgot that the aisle does not run all the way to the front altar from the front entrance. I didn’t even realize it until I contacted the coordinator who forwarded me the chapel paperwork that included the diagram you see above. The green arrow is where I would be walking down the center aisle but after so far, there are pews dead smack in the middle and you either have to go left or right, walk down the side aisles that are the blue arrows and then meet back in the front where the altar is depicted as a brown square. I, am sure like so many others, always envisioned myself walking STRAIGHT down the aisle and now this zig-zag has me doubtful as to how well the whole processional will play out.
So I need your advice, Bees. Anyone else have a similar set up in your church/chapel and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise at how well it came together? I feel like most of our close family will be seated in those front pews and will have to turn and break their necks to see us coming down the aisle right? I could still work to find another ceremony venue and it’s not like we met in college or anything but the price was really good and included a sound tech guy for the night before rehearsal and the day of. Also, it is walking distance to the place we plan to have our reception (Crown Plaza Hampton Marina hotel that can be seen from campus). Any and all thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!
Post # 3
woop! Well, I would have everyone walk from the center (green line) and then part at the brown lines. One to the right, next one to the left, next one to the right, and so on. Then the groom would walk all through the right blue line, at the same time bride walks through the left one, they go all the way to the altar and then meet in the middle.
It’s sort of different, but I think it could work, if you don’t mind he is not waiting at the end.
Post # 4
But that’s because I can’t live without my symmetry lol!
Post # 5
I would have bridesmaid and goomsmen walk down together then goormsmen split to the right and brides maids to the left. For you i would just pick a direction and go with it.
AS a positive, your guests will get a view of you and your dress from some different angles.
Post # 6
I agree with a PP. If your BM’s and GM’s are walking together down the aisle, I would have them walk the green arrow and than split off. If I were you and I really wanted to get married here, I’d choose the blue arrow on the left and meet up at the front. Have the moms escorted down the same blue arrow as you are. If you feel all of thats too busy. Just have everyone go down the same blue arrow on the left, you’ll still meet at the front. I’ve seen this set up before and yes it kinda sucks for the guests on the right making it hard to see but if you have your heart set on everything, you’ll find a way to make it work. Maybe you can go down the green arrow and turn to the right symbolizing that you are joining the grooms family?! I’m sure everything will work out for ya. Maybe actually visiting the site will give you more clarity as to how to make things work or ask the coordinator what most brides do in this situation.
Post # 7
If there is anyone seated in that front section, then your long-held vision of walking down a single aisle to meet your groom is going to look very different than you might be imagining. All those people will stand up as you enter, and you may not be able to see your groom at all!
Traditionally, when you have two aisles like this, one’s the entrance and one’s the exit. It’s boring, I guess, but it’s also classic and it keeps everyone from getting confused. I definitely wouldn’t worry about giving people more time to look at the gown – they’ll have a good 20-30 minutes of ceremony to do that! The other thing I’d worry about would be getting caught up in all those turns. Do you have a trail or a long veil? If so, every corner is just one more opportunity for you to snag something on a pew or for your escort to step on your hem. It’s not super-exciting, but I think the way to go is to say “left aisle in, right aisle out”.
Post # 8
@ComputerLove06: I’d say go down the middle and turn left towards your family then when you walk back with your groom come down the right side before going back down the middle. And like @redbirdevents: said, people seated in the front middle section will block your view of your groom and his view of you so may want to leave that area empty.
Post # 9
I would walk down the center and meet your groom where you hit the pews. (He could walk down before you if you want.) Whoever’s walking you down the aisle could go to the left with your family, you and groom could go to the right.
Post # 10
Honestly, I think it is kind of cool! It gives more guests a chance to see you up close and I think it will make the wedding more intimate
Post # 11
I said not sure only because you would have to try it out! Just walk up one side and then when you are announced husband and wife walk down the other side 🙂 I agree with PP having BM/GM split in the middle. 🙂 best of luck 🙂