In this week's #fridayflorals post, we look at floral aisle decor and the various options you have for decorating that special walk.
The Floral Border
Vases or plinths of flowers at either regular intervals or one continuous border down the aisle. These can either be a low arrangement placed on the ground or elevated to a height that suits best - depending on your venue, a very high arrangement may increase intimacy in an exmansive space while low-mid-height arrangements make a small space feel slightly larger.
We phrase this one, the "Alleyoop", a floral effect that runs the length of the aisle either on the floor or ceiling and is mirrored from the altar in an open loop. Not remotely cheap, the Alleyoop is incredibly effective and ideal for those who desire an incredibly over-the-top ceremony but it will be very cost prohibitive.
Whether scattered down the sides of the aisle, fluttered across the aisle like a carpet of deconstructed roses or artisticly swept together into a pattern or monogram, petals can be an incredbily inexpensive yet wildly effective decor addition. Even the majestic sweep of your gown's train dispersing the petals is a magical enough effect for post nuptial recession. We do advise that for the obvious reason of the wind factor, that petal decor is limited to indoor weddings, only attempting outdoors if there is zero chance of wind and utilising one of the more relaxed petal examples ie a scatter to ensure laboured efforts to create petal monograms and such don't go to waste.
Garlands- whether you choose fragrant blooms or lush greenery, can be swagged decoratively pew to pew, chair to chair to create both a barrier to the aisle and an effective, seamless and easy-to achieve decorative effect.
A floral runner is effectively a garland that runs the length of the aisle on the floor. It's effective at ensurnig guests don't walk down the white aisle before the bride does and provides a lavish effect for both bride and photographer.
Small floral swags are easily attached to pews, chairs or shepherd's crooks for outdoor weddings and can add a simple yet elegant spray of florals to the aisle without grand expense. Pomanders are a similar example to this yet are usually tightly formed and pressed into spherical foam balls to hold their formal shape.
If your sights are set on a wedding more akin to a Twilight, over-the-top, woodland themed aisle then flowers, twigs and large potted trees are your go-to. Manzanita trees can be hired or purchased and can be placed at regular intervals down the aisle for a wintery feel. Boughs of Maize will evoke more of a country feel and can be purchased exceptionally cheaply and will stand on their own without the need to hire additional props. Twigs and the like can be infused with autumnal hued florals for that warmer country feel while potted trees can evoke a more tunnel like quality and can lend an expansive indoor space an element of intimacy.