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The Aisle Runner
I know askn quit few questions but first time actually having a wedding....When and who puts the aisle runner down? And do the groomsmen seat the guests if we are not having any "ushers" and if so does the best man stand beside the groom or does he help too and then walk up the aisle with my matron of honor? any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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Feb 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
To answer your first question, The aisle runner the only person to walk on the runner is the Bride. It goes down after everyone else is in place in the church. When you don't have ushers, the guest usually seat themselves or your Wedding Coordinator does it. I hope this helps.
Feb 11, 2009 at 12:30 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am an officiant and the aisle runner gets rolled down right before the processional. I have never seen a wedding where it gets rolled down after the bridal party and right before the bride. But everyone has their own traditions I guess. If you don't have ushers you may choose any two of your male guests to roll it down for you. I am sure they would be honored.

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Feb 11, 2009 at 10:38 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I've been told the aisle runner gets "rolled out" right before the bridal party walks down the aisle and the groomsmen do this if you aren't having ushers (i'm not either lol). The groomsmen also seat the guests. I'm not sure about the bestman but I think he helps and then walks down the aisle with the MOH like you said.


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Feb 12, 2009 at 2:43 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
BJ is correct - trasitionally only the bride walks on the runner, which means two pages or groomesmen pull it up just before the bride. However, if you have a goregeous custom one, I'd have it out for the wedding processional or before. Guests need to have access to the side aisle & are seated up that way, with the center ribboned off.

The groomsmen can usher and then still proceed with the groom (the traditional way) or can walk up with the bridesmaids (less traditional) - it's your choice. Generally everyone is seated before the officiant, groom, and groomsmen go up frony.

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Feb 12, 2009 at 8:16 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Since you are not having ushers you can use your groomsmen to seat the guests. In most cases all they're really doing is directing your guests where to seat so you could even have a male friend/relative dressed up in a nice suit do that as well. Besides all of your guests will be seated once the ceremony begins and the groomsmen can get in position to stand with the groom or walk down the aisle with your bridesmaids.
As for the aisle runner, it's up to you. I had two male friends pull the runner down after the party had finished walking down the aisle. Then my ringbearer and flower girl came down the aisle, and then me. Keep in mind the runner may move around a bit with alot of people walking on it. And if you're having a flower girl, you'll want the flowers thrown on the runner instead of the runner being pulled over the flowers. In the end it's really just what works best for you! Hope this helps and best of luck!

Feb 13, 2009 at 12:37 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
There are a few ways to go about this. I make custom aisle runners and talk with brides about this all the time.
1. Some have rolled them out ahead of time and rope off the aisle and have guests enter and exit from the side aisles(if your church is configured this way) and only the wedding party uses the main aisle.
2. Have the runner rolled out for the entire wedding party to walk on.
3. Only roll out the runner after the bridal party has gone down the aisle for the bride's entrance.
Feb 14, 2009 at 4:21 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
i frankly believe an aisle runner is a complete waste of money. they never lay flat, roll out unevenly, and can encourage tripping if you're not careful. I've seen many of the kind of 'heavy paper fabric' ones gets ripped to top it of. Save your $$$ and forget it!!


Feb 19, 2009 at 5:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I've been to a few wedding (incl. my own). Everytime, the aisle runner was rolled out after the bridal party. I believe that the bride should be the only one walking onn it.
For my wedding, incl some others I went to, the groomsmen and groom were already waiting in the front (right side) when guests started coming in the church. Once everyone was seated, the music started, the door opened, and the bridesmaids started walking down the aisle, and then the mother and son (son-in-law, brother of groom...). Once they were all placed (bridesmaids on the left side of the church), 2 groomsmen started rolling out the aisle runner... the music changed and the father & the bride walked down the aisle.... it worked for us. I would definitely recommend a rehearsal the night before, so you can get a feel for it and maybe your location will inspire you to do something different.

Good luck!

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