Whether you are getting married outdoors, in a chapel, or in a grand cathedral, a seemingly small but important detail is the aisle markers. Traditional church ceremonies called for family and guests of honor to sit “within the ribbon” or the pews marked off in the first few rows. Nowadays pew or aisle markers do just that – they mark the aisle – the start of the ceremony and serve as a guide to the focal point of the altar.
The pew markers are often the first impression of your wedding decor. In our mind they set the tone for the wedding and should complement the altar. And, besides, your guests need somewhere to sit at your ceremony, so you might as well make them feel special, too! In fact, that’s probably the best argument for getting creative with your aisle decor – inviting your guests into the ceremony. After all, what’s a wedding without the witnesses.
Whether you are dressing a church pew or a folding chair, there are so many different options for you to make it your own! Here are a few different styles that we have done in the past for our brides.
Traditional – A more traditional route, but still beautiful, is small bundles of flowers with some greenery tied around the outside chair or at the end of the pew with a ribbon. It’s an excellent way to feature your wedding colors since a lot of ceremony venues have limitations on decorations.
Floor Markers – Another popular choice is floor aisle markers. Whether it’s a rustic box filled with flowers and greenery (which is perfect for an outdoor ceremony) or mixing vases of flowers with some floating candles, it’s a perfect way to incorporate your individual style. Lanterns are another popular way to go and work for a variety of decor styles.
Unique – This is definitely more on the creative side, but this bride had small bags of flower petals tied to the outside chairs. The guests showered the newly married couple with the petals as they made their way back down the aisle. How stunning!
Make sure to head over to our Pinterest board for some additional “within the ribbon” and outside of the box aisle decor ideas. Happy planning!