Planning a wedding can be stressful if you’re trying to come up with unique ideas on a budget. One area where you don’t have much flexibility is the aisle runner- or do you? There are plenty of great aisle runner alternatives that can be done easily and inexpensively that look fantastic.
Rose Petal Monogram
Go to any retail or grocery store and buy discount roses in either white, pink, or red and tear the petals off of the flower. Place them in the center of the aisle in the shape of your soon-to-be last initial. Do this about an hour before guests are set to arrive and keep them from walking down the aisle by blocking it off. Make sure they have access to their seats in other ways, though! Take plenty of pictures of this, as it won’t last once you walk through it, but it is very pretty and makes a statement while guests are being seated. If that’s not unique enough for you, try doing mini-monograms at every other seat along the aisle, or even your full first name down the left side and his full first name down the right side with your last initial in the center, joining you two.
Instead of cluttering the center aisle, just line it with baskets or barrels of apples. At every other seat along the aisle place a barrel of apples, no higher than your knee, and add a few roses or sunflowers to the barrel/basket or on the ground next to it. This is particularly striking if you are outside and the aisle itself is nothing but grass. Is your wedding in the Fall? Place dried out leaves down the center of the aisle for even more effect.
Make an aisle runner unique with your own love letter. Purchase a plain and simple aisle runner and use fabric paint to write lyrics to your love song on it, or possibly your vows. You can even write a message or the words to a love letter that was written by one of you years ago. Just make sure the person painting the words has clear and neat hand writing! This will be a great keepsake later on and as guests are being seated they can read the words that you think epitomize your love- which is what they are there to celebrate!
Would you use any of these ideas or stick to traditional flowers?