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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Aisle Do!

For a sophisticated Aisle Runner, turn to the Fabric Supply Stores. They sell fabric by the yard and have thousands of styles, colors, textures and prints available. Look online at Joann Fabrics and under home d├ęcor for thousands of options.

First, find out how long your Aisle will be. Contact the church or venue to get the exact measurements. The start point is 1 foot from the alter, and 1 yard past the last row of chairs. Most aisles average 50 feet, but before purchasing, make sure you confirm the exact measurements. Also, confirm there is an alternate path for the guests to seat themselves other than the center aisle. If not, then you will have to have the aisle runner dropped after all the guests are seated (or before the bride).

Next, find a fabulous print that works with the theme of your wedding. If you’re going with a solid, consider a great textured fabric. Also ask the store if they have any additional cardboard rolls in the back they were going to toss, you can use this later to store your finished aisle runner. If not, you can go to Home Depot and have them cut a PVC pipe to size. Make sure you also pick up sturdy rope that goes through the center pipe that won’t snap while being unrolled.

Now that you have this gorgeous fabric, let’s perfect it. Make sure there are no frayed edges. If there are, you can easily fold over the fabric and run it thru a sewing machine. If sewing makes you nervous you can purchase
Steam a Seam. All you will need to know is how to fold fabric and work an iron. Of course, Iron or steam (depending on the fabric) your runner a few days prior and roll properly onto the pipe so as to not add wrinkles or creases.

Your florist will typically do the rest (at a small nominal labor fee). If you have family assisting, ask them to secure the runner on the floor with
Matching Duct Tape (comes in all colors online). Do not tape the entire runner, just in sections so that it is still not very noticeable. At each end you will however need to secure the entire width to prevent heels snagging.

Finally, Tie off the aisle with a matching ribbon so that the guests avoid walking on the aisle runner. If you are dropping the aisle runner during the ceremony, I recommend doing a practice run at rehearsal.

Never, Ever, Ever, do an Aisle Runner on Grass! It’s dangerous and does not look good.
Also think twice about an aisle runner outside. To many uncontrollable elements to worry about

Happy Trails!

1 comment:

  1. Good call on not having an aisle runner for outside ceremonies! We have both seen our share of brides and bridesmaids trip down the aisle!


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