Wedding Traditions: The Aisle Runner

Wedding Traditions: The Aisle Runner
One of the most memorable aspects of a wedding ceremony is the magical moment the bride appears, and gracefully makes her way down the aisle to her eagerly awaiting groom. There are many traditions associated with the bride’s journey down the aisle. Some are rooted in superstitious beliefs, some are symbolic and some began out of practical needs. The use of an aisle runner originated out of superstition. It was used as a barrier, protecting the bride and groom from evil spirits that were believed to live under the church floor. Practically, the aisle runner provided a clean area for the bride to walk upon in early days, when roads were not paved, as guests could track in a lot of dirt and mud. Traditionally, a white aisle runner symbolizes a “pathway of purity” or walking on “holy ground”. The aisle runner is rolled down the aisle for the entrance of the bride and the bridal party.  It commonly extends from the entrance area to the altar and is constructed of fabric, plastic or carpet. It is important that the runner material suits the ceremony venue and is properly secured to avoid slips and trips.  If the ceremony is held outdoors on grass or sand, fabric or plastic aisle runners may not be safe, especially if the runner is constructed of light weight material since many times heels will go right through the runner.   Also, if the runner is not secured properly, it will start to be pulled out of place during the processional. A plain white runner may be the classic choice, but more and more couples today are getting creative and choosing to uniquely showcase their aisle runner.
Monogram Runner from The Original Runner Company

Monogram Runner from The Original Runner Company www.originalrunners.com

You can personalizing the runner by having your name and date, family crest or monogram imprinted on the runner.  For couples looking to add a meaningful twist, a scripture, personal quotation or message can also be imprinted. In addition to a personalizing the runner with names, the wedding date or a monogram, aisle runners are also available in different colors and with patterns imprinted on them.
Moss and Chocolate Runner from The Original Runner Company www.originalrunners.com

Moss and Chocolate Runner from The Original Runner Company www.originalrunners.com

If you Google “aisle runners for weddings” you will see how many different websites there are that specialize in custom aisle runners.   One site that you might want to visit to see different options that are available is http://www.originalrunners.com.   Many of these runners are heavier than a traditional paper runner and are safer for outdoor use.
Rose Petal Runner

Rose Petal Runner

A beautiful alternative to using a fabric, plastic or carpeting in an outdoor setting is the use of rose petals. Rose petals are a great way to form or define the aisle area. They are incredibly romantic and can be arranged in a variety of ways to create many different looks. They can be loosely scattered up the aisle creating a flowing, romantic feel or arranged to formerly outline the aisle for a more structured look. For a dramatic impact, some couples are choosing elaborate patterns such as the very popular lattice design.  For a traditional feel, ivory petals are most popular, while many brides and grooms chose colored petals to coordinate with their theme or wedding color palette.  Lattice Aisle             When deciding on the whether or not you are going to use an aisle runner, you should also consider how the runner is going to look with your ceremony décor since the aisle will be featured in your ceremony photographs.