It’s a key focal point so needs careful thought…
Remember in the build-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding there was a major question about the wedding aisle? Who exactly was going to accompany Meghan on her walk down it, whilst the eyes of the world were upon her?
Eventually she walked herself down the first part of the aisle, before being greeted by Prince Charles. Just the sort of independent, confident woman we have come to expect.
Most of us won’t be on quite such display on our wedding day, but your wedding aisle is still key. It’s the pathway to your new life together, walking down the aisle is a major moment in your life and a real focal point on your wedding day.
So you need to make sure that it looks completely beautiful.
If you’re marrying in a church you’ll almost certainly have a natural aisle between pews. But if you’re marrying in a barn or a hotel, you may want to define the area with a runner.
This acts as a clear pathway and the advantage is you can have a runner in just about any colour you like. However reds and creams are popular choices as they generally fit in with the decor well.
There are so many ways to decorate this important walkway to your new life. We love it when brides use trees at the end of the aisle or even along it if your budget permits. Trees are really versatile as they are portable, so you can move them afterwards to your reception venue.
Think about the colours you choose too. Reds and golden colours work well in winter, whilst pastels, blues and pinks look glorious at spring and summer weddings.
You’ll need to think about how you decorate the side of your aisle too. In the picture above the bride has chosen to have roses tucked into the chair sashes, which looks so pretty.
We’ve already mentioned that an aisle is a focal point and it leads up to the main event which is the marriage ceremony. You might want to use a floral arch to decorate where you stand to get married (Meghan Markle had glorious flowers on all the archways down her wedding aisle). This makes for wonderful photo opportunities and will ‘frame’ the setting. You can also move an arch to your reception and put it behind the centre of the top table or by the cake table or even at the entrance to a marquee.
Some brides choose to have a summer wedding and get married outside although to be legal you do have to get married under a fixed structure in England.
This gives you some fabulous opportunities for styling your wedding, treat the gazebo as a ‘stage’ and fit curtains and drapes to add some drama.
Of course you don’t have to have a long straight wedding aisle. You can be a bit different and curve it, as in the photograph shown above. So you walk around the aisle rather than down it. It’s something to think about if the room you’re marrying in is square rather than rectangular.
Don’t forget up above either, maybe use lighting and greenery to add interest. Don’t worry if you have a plain room it actually gives you more decoration opportunities.