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Soon to Be Mrs.
Devoted October 2014

Aisle Runner and tripping.. is it true?!

Soon to Be Mrs., on April 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 21
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I've been looking around online and learned that wedding party members and brides sometimes trip on the aisle. Is this true? I've never seen it happen, have you?!

I've also gotten some quotes and it seems pretty pricey for a non-stick, cloth runner (priced at $265). The regular cloth runner was priced at $150. The runners are 50 ft long and are customized with my monogram BUT I'm thinking that may be super pricey. I'm getting married inside at a location with hard-wood floors.

So, the question is: To use the runner or not use the runner?

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Latest activity by rusticbride, on April 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM
  • Nonna T
    Master April 2014
    Nonna T ·
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    Our church doesn't allow them--so please check with your venue Smiley smile

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  • LG
    Master October 2014
    LG ·
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    If your runner is cloth, it should be fine. You can even tape it down at the corners if you would like, (I might). Personally, I would be more worried about sliding around on the floors, but thats just me and I'm clumsy!

    I'm actually getting my runner through my florist. She sells them at $40 each.

    It wont be anywhere near as fancy, just plain white, but it is something that you could see if your florist offers.

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  • GrayCatVintage
    Master October 2015
    GrayCatVintage ·
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    People who tend to trip on runners are usually the men. Walking on them in dress shoes can be like walking on a Slip N' Slide if the guys are not used to wearing leather-soled shoes on a slick surface. Runners also can drift like a magic carpet on wood floors and bunch up if it is not secure.

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  • Aftan
    Super May 2014
    Aftan ·
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    I found mine on Amazon.com. 100 foot long

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZL2BN2/ref=ox_ya_os_product_refresh_T1

    I paid $43 for mine but they have some listed cheaper.


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  • sjkuffel
    Dedicated October 2014
    sjkuffel ·
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    Our church does not allow aisle runners. So did a lot of other churches in my area as well.

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  • Soon to Be Mrs.
    Devoted October 2014
    Soon to Be Mrs. ·
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    @Aftan Great runner and wonderful price! What material is it made out of?

    My venue allows the runners- I'm not getting married in a church. I think churches do NOT allow them because they cause people to trip... which worries me!

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  • Jessica
    Master July 2012
    Jessica ·
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    Most of the times I've heard of people tripping on aisle runners were in outdoor settings and the aisle was on the grass.

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  • Angel_D
    Master October 2015
    Angel_D ·
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    Not using one... covering the aisle with silk petals---but my ceremony will be at a garden. blehh not wild about runners anyway.

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  • Aftan
    Super May 2014
    Aftan ·
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    @Lauren...I'm honestly not sure but it's not paper. I think it's the same fabric as the ones Walmart or Michaels sells. It's still in the plastic because I don't want it messed up before the big day. My DOC did mention that it can sometimes be hard to keep them stuck to whatever floor you have (i.e. carpet, concrete) so we got black duct tape to put down then we will use the adhesive on the aisle runner to stick it to the tape.

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  • Kyersten
    Super May 2014
    Kyersten ·
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    Skipping on aisle runner. I don't think I remember if weddings I've been to have had one. I have carpet in my church and some cute little girls who will be throwing down flower petals Smiley smile

    Plus, I'm clumsy, so just... no.

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  • Shannon
    Expert May 2014
    Shannon ·
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    I'm hiring a carpet aisle runner in white - so it will have rubber matting on the underneath so it doesn't slide. I wouldn't want to take my chances walking on a piece of cloth on a wooden floor - I'd end up face planting, guaranteed!

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  • Jesse's Boo
    Super July 2014
    Jesse's Boo ·
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    I just bough some cheap ones from ebay. Not spending a lot on personanlized ones, especially since people are just stepping on them. It has an adhesive side to it, so hopefully no one trips. I've never seen that before.

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  • mscountry
    Master July 2014
    mscountry ·
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    I got a plain one at Hobby Lobby and two of my bridesmaids have covered the whole thing in flower petals for under $100. They won't tell me the whole cost because it's a gift.

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  • lidy
    Devoted June 2014
    lidy ·
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    I got a 25 feet black cloth one from etsy.com. took 3-4 weeks to make.

    i will be using one because the burgundy carpet at the venue clashes with my color scheme.

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  • Nancy Taussig
    September 2020
    Nancy Taussig ·
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    If a thin runner is on grass or sand, high heels will poke through and cause tripping.

    I saw a thin paper runner on a terrazzo floor and it was slip-sliding everywhere as people walked on it.

    If you get one, get something thicker.

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  • Melissa
    VIP April 2014
    Melissa ·
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    I used an aisle runner from AC Moores and used my 50% off coupon and paid $15 for it. Worked out perfectly and no one tripped Smiley smile

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  • Theresa Beale
    Master November 2014
    Theresa Beale ·
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    I suggest you check with the venue. They should be able to tell you based on previous weddings if an aisle runner is the best option.

    I got a white aisle runner from Michael's (for $50) and am going to customize it myself (with snowflakes to match our theme as well as a monogram). I had looked into getting one custom made but found it to be more costly than I would like.

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  • Celia Milton
    September 2020
    Celia Milton ·
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    I wouldn't bother, especially outside.

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  • Monica
    VIP August 2014
    Monica ·
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    My aisle is outdoors and it's a tile floor. I'v been considering runners since tile is so slippery. A friend who was married at my venue rented an ivory carpet runner. Like actual carpet. The thought of it seemed weird until I saw it. It looked really, really nice! I'll probably rent a carpet runner. That's probably as heavy duty as it gets. A company I found only charges $30 for the length I need.

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  • Mr. & Mrs. C
    Super March 2016
    Mr. & Mrs. C ·
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    I personally perfer the look of hardwood floors with rose petals on top...Is that something you like? It probably won't be expensive either.

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