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Wedding Wednesday – Aisle Runners
It’s Wedding Wednesday.
On Wednesdays, we will post a little piece of advice we have learned during our 30+ years of experience in the wedding industry.
Today, let’s talk about aisle runners.
If you are buying one of those “fabric” aisle runners, especially if you are hoping to use it outdoors, save your money.
Runners are often purchased because a bride may feel like it will keep her from slipping, but more often, if the runner is not secured properly, it may actually CAUSE slipping. Bottom line, an aisle runner can be a safety hazard.
Aisle runners almost NEVER lay properly over grass, unless the grass is scalped, and even then, if the ground is not perfectly level you will have problems. The time spent trying to get an aisle runner to lay perfectly might be better spent another way on the morning of a wedding when everyone is usually stressing out over all the little details.
An aisle runner over grass with spiky heels almost certainly means you are going to have more issues. The runner is usually made from thin fabric which is easily punctured by spiked heels. I have seen my share of brides get their heels stuck in a runner over grass or other ground outdoors.
Visually, a runner can really add something to the image you are trying to create, but there are so many alternatives to the thin fabric runners.
Sydney and Garytt used cowhides, a great alternative at their wedding under the trees on their family property. The hides were thick enough to ensure that nobody’s heels were going to penetrate them.
You can also just simply use flower petals or antique rugs to define your aisle.
For more alternative aisle runner ideas, check out the following links:
These DIY Aisle Runners Will Make You (and Your Guests) Cry – Makeful