December 13, 2010

Wedding Basics: Aisle Runner

Rolling out a beautiful aisle runner before the bridal procession is like rolling out the red carpet for royalty. The aisle runner can be rolled out before the ceremony begins or an usher can roll it out before the flower girl and/or bride walk down the aisle. This is a matter of preference - either way is correct.

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If the aisle runner is laid out before the ceremony, guests should not walk on it. The ushers should direct them to their seats from the outer aisles. If there are no ushers, rope off the center aisle until the processional begins.

Aisle runners are generally used for semi-formal and formal weddings. However, some brides choose to use an aisle runner because they hate the carpet in their ceremony site.

Measure your aisle to be sure your aisle runner is the correct length. Erring on the long side is better than falling short.

For outdoor ceremonies, be very careful about laying a runner on the grass. If the grass is too long, the runner will look lumpy and might be a tripping hazard.

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