If you’ve booked your wedding ceremony at a location that allows you to decorate your aisle, by all means dress it up! Adding decorative touches truly adds to the ambiance and accentuates the romance of the wedding ceremony. And it can bring in even more formality to an already very formal, sincere 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 coordinate them with the overall theme of your wedding, whether it be very formal, rustic, modern, whimsical, bright & colorful or neutral. 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 both sides of the aisle. Certain venues also won’t permit the use of flower petals due to clean-up issues and/or lit candles, which can be a fire hazard, so always inquire with your venue early in 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, especially beautiful for rustic or English garden weddings.
Flowers – adorn bright flower ‘bouquets’ in the same colors as your bridal party bouquets and reception centerpieces on the last chair or pew in each or every other row. Bouquets arranged in metal or burlap cones are especially popular right now. Or place larger flower arrangements on the floor at every second or third row. Poinsettias are the perfect flowers with which to line the aisle during the holiday season. Or place eye-catching flower arrangements on tall pedestals flanking only the last row instead. Other great ideas for the last row include vines intertwined along the set of chairs or mid-sized, bright green potted or burlap wrapped trees or shrubs marking the aisle.
Hay Bales – perfect for a rustic, outdoor wedding, especially in the fall, hay bales can be arranged as décor that also acts as seating for your guests.
Petals – dainty white flower petals, or petals in your theme colors, can be strewn along the edges of the aisle or even scattered all down the center.
Fabric – tie fabric swags or sashes in white or in your wedding colors on the last chair in each or every other row.
Pom Poms or Paper Flowers/Lanterns – 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.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match ideas too! But 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 Kirsten and Michael’s beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony, with flowers lining both sides of the picturesque aisle. 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. Ann and Jason’s church allowed them to have a classic white runner and candles along with beautiful bouquets on the ends of the pews. 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.
March 25th, 2021
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas