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One of the most dramatic and moving moments during any wedding will come with the bride’s grand entrance. Guests stand, happy expectation fills the air, and all eyes turn to the bride who then makes her walk down the wedding aisle. The aisle sets the scene for this magical moment, before, during and after the vows are spoken. Make sure your wedding aisle looks its best with fresh flowers and romantic accents that suit your theme and set the right mood. There are plenty of DIY ideas whether your wedding is indoors or out to help you create a wonderful setting for every budget: bulk flowers and rose petals can be your new best friends!
If you are patient and enjoy details (or have friends/family who can help) then you can create a stunning accent for your aisle by setting out beautiful patterns using a stencil or your own creative vision. Consider monograms, spirals, or other decorative patterns for huge wow factor.
If you are perhaps not quite so detail-oriented (or don’t have the time or patience) you can also use varied shades of massed rose petals to give your aisle a gorgeous boost and help define it.
Another easy way to create beautiful impact using rose petals is to place generous handfuls of them spaced intermittently down the aisle, tucked in by the chairs and accented with lanterns and candles.
Chair Accents: Hang flowers from the chairs to create a wonderful border for your aisle.
Hang vases, mason jars, small burlap wrapped jars, or other containers from the chairs using ribbon or twine. Place fresh bulk flower bouquets, or bulk baby’s breath inside for a simple but gorgeous accent.
Create a border: Set decorative accents along the aisle to frame it off and give it more impact.
Purchase a few shepherd’s hooks from your local garden center and use them to hang vases, bouquets, or balls of flowers to help frame the edge of your outdoor wedding aisle. Making decorative floral balls (sometimes called floral pomanders or “kissing balls”) using craft store balls and bulk flowers such as carnations, roses, daisies, ranunculus or other flowers is an easy DIY project. Hang the pomanders from the chairs using pretty ribbon and you have an instant aisle accent. Check out our How-To blog for more info!
A creative idea to border the aisle at an outdoor wedding: use stumps to hold vases of flowers set alongside the seating. Use budget-friendly vases and create your own bouquets using a variety of fresh bulk flowers such as hyrdrangeas, roses, larkspur, baby’s breath, peonies, ranunculus, dahlias, daisies, or any of your favorite blooms.
Use buckets for a cute “country wedding” accent, filled with baby’s breath.
Use garlands and pearls to create a beautiful aisle border and dress with fresh flowers, such a pink spray roses, white lilies, or ranunculus for a more feminine and romantic feel.
The Grand Entrance Consider using old doors to make an amazing “entrance” to your outdoor aisle.
The Main Event: Set off the end of the aisle and the area where the vows will take place with a beautiful floral arch, garlands of flowers and greenery, curtains, special lighting or other detailed accents.
Whatever your theme or budget, taking a little extra time to think about your wedding aisle will have huge impact on your final day. Don’t be afraid to get creative and to include accents that are meaningful to you. With a bit of planning and effort, you can take your wedding aisle from blah to beautiful, for a walk that you and your guests will never forget.