a Path of Petals
Petals and aisle runners are used
to accentuate, decorate and dramatize a brides' entrance. Though
similar in their effect, they are not necessarily interchangeable
in their uses.
When used to accentuate a bride's
entrance the aisle runner should not be deployed before the
ceremony begins, as everyone will walk on it, or even before
the entrance of the bridal party. The only people who should
aisle runner before a bride are the the ring bearer and flower
girl. If these children are not used in the ceremony then the
deploying of the aisle runner should be immediately before
the bride’s entrance.
cloth or vinyl aisle runner is best used on a hard surface
and is therefore ideal indoors.
It can be used outdoors as shown at left, but
it had better be a still day. If the wind kicks up, so will
the aisle runner; not only flapping, but flying amongst the
guests. It is typical to see guests (the guys) sticking their
feet out into the aisle and onto the aisle runner to hold
it against the wind. Not good. Women's heels puncture
paper and cloth aisle runners too (when used on grass). If
use an aisle runner outdoors on a windy day, tack it's edges
down on both sides with golf tees every ten feet.
Petals don't have these problems
making them ideal for outdoor use (though petals are used indoors
too). You can buy boxes of petals at your florist shop. They
are laid down prior to the start of the ceremony, not immediately
prior to the bride's entrance as you do with a runner. Get
a decorative cord and rope off your center aisle after laying
down your petals. Guests will take their seats by using the
side access. Don't let them walk on those petals! When the
ceremony is ready to begin, the ushers will remove the cord
Always check an aisle runners'
cord length prior to use. The length should be the same as
shown at left. Cheap manufacturers will give you a short cord.
Cut it with a scissors and throw it away. Go to Jo Ann Fabric
or Michael's and get cord of the right length and replace it.
Your usher will thank you!