We know that the powers that be at some ceremony locations simply do not allow couples using their facility to adorn their ceremony aisle with decorations. They have their own very valid reasons for setting strict rules and restrictions. However if you’ve booked your wedding ceremony at a location that does, by all means dress it up! Adding decorative touches truly adds to the ambiance and accentuates the romance of the wedding ceremony. It brings in even more formality to a very formal, solemn event.
Your ceremony aisle décor also helps set the tone for the wedding. The accoutrements you choose will help tie the ceremony to the reception if you mirror them to the entire overall theme of your wedding, whether it be very formal, rustic, modern, whimsical, bright & colorful, neutral, etc. And of course, your decorations should also be something you find to be absolutely beautiful!
A classic white runner always brightens up the walkway to the guests’ seats and to the altar. But more and more venues are restricting their use due to safety reasons (it can be a tripping hazard). So consider adding decorative touches to the ends of the pews or seats that line either side of the aisle. Certain venues also won’t permit the use of flower petals (due to clean-up issues) and/or lit candles (a fire hazard), so always inquire with your venue during the planning process.
So when permitted, here are a few ideas which can be paired with or used without a runner:
LIGHT – bring in a warm, romantic light source in the form of candles in lanterns (perfect for coastal, beach or cottage themes) or in tall hurricane vases or jars (beautiful for rustic or garden themes).
FLOWERS – adorn a bright bouquet on the last chair in each or every other row. Or place a larger, tall centerpiece on the ground or on a tall pedestal instead.
PETALS – dainty colorful or white petals can be strewn along the edges of the aisle or even scattered down the center.
FABRIC – tie fabric swags or sashes in white or your wedding colors on the last chair in each or every other row.
POM POMS or PAPER LANTERNS/FLOWERS – decorate the aisle ends with bright and whimsical pom poms or flowers made from tissue paper. Or purchase colorful paper lanterns instead. They’re perfect for spring or summer weddings, especially those held outdoors.
Again, be sure to double-check with your ceremony venue for any restrictions on aisle décor before you purchase or create any decorative items for your wedding!
For more ideas, check out Melissa and Michael’s beautiful wedding ceremony at the Church of Saint Mary in Closter, NJ. They chose to have a classic white runner down the center paired with lovely white bouquets secured to the end of every other pew close to the altar. And the aisle at Lindsey and Brad’s gorgeous outdoor wedding at Brandywine Manor House was awash in delicate flower petals, with flower bouquets marking the end of only the last row. And Olivia and Justin had glowing, romantic candles in tall, straight hurricane vases settled into white petals along the sides of their beautiful ceremony aisle at Tendenza.
January 27th, 2017
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas