In my last writing, I discussed the importance of using an aisle runner and building on that element, today I wanted to share with you some advice on creating additional ambiance for that long awaited moment…you walk down the aisle.
By my thinking, the aisle should be the focal point of the decorations. It is the “frame” into which all the appearances are made i.e. mothers, maids and the bride.
Luxurious weddings are not practical, thus the aisle candles or florals don’t have to be so low as to see over them. Just like walking through the woods; there will be occasionally trees and branches that block the view temporarily, but it adds to the anticipation of the next visage.
Here are four of my favorite looks for aisles:
I particularly love to design high decorations.
Cascades of flowers off the ends of the pews are dramatic and smell wonderful. (Incorporate either white Casablanca lilies or pink Rubrum lilies here for incredible fragrance.)
Ribbons…and lots of them can be soft and dramatic. If using only ribbons, be sure the florist is using the width known as #40 and have the streamers puddle on the floor like expensive silk draperies. Additionally, put ribbons on every pew with a touch of greenery (tell the florist to avoid springria).
Candles…you can never have too many! Either encased in oversized hurricane globes or tall (at least four foot) cylinders filled with water and floating candles on top. Voice of experience advice: Don’t risk placing votives on the floor. The “kick potential” is too high and I once had a close fit with a wide train barely, barely, barely sliding by the burning wicks as she floated down the aisle.
Arches of greenery, or even better, flowers or twigs are my absolute favorite, but also the most expensive and labor intensive.
With aisles like these, you will have a hard time expecting the early arriving guests to want to slide down for the stragglers! Beautifully decorated aisles are a bridge that transports the guests and the bridal party from mundane to magical!