The wedding aisle is a transformative place. It’s where you and your partner will take your last steps as unmarried individuals. And, a few minutes later, you’ll walk back down that same aisle hand-in-hand with your best friend and teammate for life.
Yup, the wedding aisle is a pretty special stretch of space. So why not give it all the love and care it deserves?
Take a look at these 14 fabulous wedding aisle decor ideas to dazzle the path that will lead you to new beginnings.
With just a few easy decor items, you’ll feel like you’re strolling through a French flower market as you walk toward one of the most important moments of your life. Fill galvanized steel buckets full of lavender, roses, lilies, and baby’s breath. Place these buckets all along the aisle to bring a bit of rustic French charm to your wedding day.
An aisle covered in petals is the epitome of effortless romance. While rose petals add a timeless beauty to a wedding aisle, they don’t have a monopoly on romance, style, or the wedding aisle. Take a look at these creative ideas for a wedding aisle strewn with love:
Autumn Leaves: Fall is the season for, well, falling in love. Why not bring elements of that romantic season to your wedding aisle? Artfully dust the floor with red, gold, and orange leaves.
Confetti: Scatter some pre-celebratory confetti over your wedding aisle to get your wedding guests in the cheerful mood. (If you’re outdoors, just be sure to use biodegradable confetti!)
Glitter: You want to sparkle on your special day. By adding a little glitter to your wedding aisle, you’ll quite literally shine with every step.
Every wedding deserves to be put on a much-deserved pedestal. And each wedding deserves its own unique pedestal. Wine barrels holding overflowing vines and candles suit a vineyard wedding. And if you’re planning a modern wedding, try lining your aisle with contemporary abstract ceramic pedestals holding colored candle holders. For a fairy tale-inspired wedding, stone pedestal with cascading roses and taper candles fit perfectly.
Create a pathway worthy of a garden in the English countryside with vintage-inspired garden stakes and glass lanterns. You can even line the path with potted plants—Jane Austen would approve.
Conch shells are nature’s vases—their beautiful spiral shapes can be a perfect substitute for flower vases or certain floral arrangements. Or, you can use twine to tie conches to aisle chairs and fill them with creative seaside accents. Here are some fun tropical ways to fill your conch shell decor:
Tropical Flowers: A conch full of flowers is a bouquet fit for a mermaid. Fill your conch shells with tropical blooms that will perfume the air and create an aloha atmosphere for your wedding guests. Need some inspiration for mer-worthy flora? Here are a few examples of stunning tropical flowers:
Driftwood Branches: Elegant twisting branches make fantastic accents in a conch shell bouquet.
Lush Greenery: The tropics are known for their verdant shores. Fill your conch shell vase with signature greenery from paradise, including:
Reminiscent of summer evenings, iced tea on the porch, and chasing lightning bugs, mason jars are perfect for a wedding with rustic charm. Fill mason jars with tea candles or ultra fine twinkle lights and either tie them to chairs or let them sit in clusters at the foot of the chair aisles. This is a beautiful idea for an outdoor wedding that reminds your guests of gorgeous summer months.
With a little creativity, your ceremony’s seating arrangements can turn into functional wedding decorations. Rent chairs that are both comfortable and work within your wedding theme. Try these examples from a few popular wedding themes:
Bohemian: Instead of seats, scatter rugs, cushions, and plush mats in rows in your ceremony venue. You’ll create a comfy, unconventional, and totally memorable seating display for your bohemian wedding theme. Your guests can splay out comfortably and feel like they’re in an artist’s studio straight from the 1960s. Just make sure you offer some alternative seating for your older guests.
Rustic: Bring the homey feeling of a backyard or porch swing to your rustic country wedding with wooden benches. Don’t forget to add a little extra comfort with cushions and quilts.
Modern: Because modern style mixes clean lines, geometric shapes, natural, and industrial elements together, it’s easy to incorporate a modern aesthetic to your chair choices. There are plenty of options to add modern style to your seating, including:
Bright and Colorful: If your wedding colors play a pivotal role in your special day, choose colorful seats that pop. Or, you can use white or neutral-toned chairs and add colorful cushions, blankets, or flowers.
Ideal for bohemian, rustic, or springtime weddings, daisy chains connecting aisle chairs evoke whimsical joy and natural beauty. Not into daisies? You can also use:
Any flower with a thick, but pliant stalk will do. You can also keep it simple with a chain of vine plants, like ivy or grape vines, as an alternative to floral arrangements.
Walking down the aisle might feel a little bit like walking the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premiere—a gorgeous romance starring you and your partner. The good news is that red carpets aren’t just reserved for celebrities and movie stars. Roll out the red carpet for your wedding aisle to evoke star-studded glamor.
Wedding Aisle Tip: While red carpet luxury is classic, don’t be afraid to express yourself with different colored carpets. A bright blue, white, or even black carpet can highlight your event’s color palette and make your wedding aisle pop.
Scientists say that light is electromagnetic radiation; we say that it’s a fantastic multifunctional design tool.
Light can heighten drama, accent colors, and bring stunning luminosity to your wedding aisle. Let your wedding aisle shine with these cool lighting techniques:
Candles: it’s a universally acknowledged fact that everything looks so much more romantic under the soft glow of candle light. Use candles to light up your wedding aisle in numerous ways, including:
Draped String Lights: String lights are a trendy wedding addition that add twinkle to your wedding aisle. You can drape string lights along the aisle chairs or hang them elegantly from the ceiling to add elevation to the aisle.
Lamplit Aisle: Ideal for an outdoor wedding, old-fashioned lamps add an almost fairytale effect to your wedding ceremony.
Spotlights: Create a pathway of light using overlapping spotlights. For a positively cinematic stroll down the aisle, pair them with that plush red carpet.
Persian rugs are the very soul of old world opulence. You can create a straight line of rugs or have them overlap horizontally and diagonally. However you choose to use these stunning carpets, you’ll feel like you're walking through a palace in ancient Persepolis.
Decorate aisle chairs with “bouquets” of paper art. You can fold multiple shapes and designs to suit your wedding theme and add unwilting beauty to the aisle. Take a look at some of these ideas for paper art:
Oversized Paper Flowers: Instead of making dozens of small flowers, use large paper to fold giant statement flowers to decorate your wedding aisle.
Geometric Shapes: Ideal for a modern wedding theme, use paper to create interesting shapes to hang from aisle-side chairs.
Lovebirds: If the idea of releasing doves after the wedding ceremony intrigues you, but you’re a little worried about doves dropping little “presents” on your guests, try decorating with paper birds instead.
Wedding Aisle Tip: Get creative with the paper you use to make these decorations. The paper can be something that’s significant to you or your partner, for example:
These childhood favorites are reminiscent of carnivals and summertime excitement. They’re especially ideal if you’ll be walking down an outdoor aisle in slightly windy weather—the wheels will spin excitedly with every step you take.
Highlight the height of your ceremony venue by tying balloons to the edge of the aisle chairs or to other aisle decorations. Use clear fishing lines to help create an illusion of magically tethered balloons, or wrap the balloon decor lines with artificial vines, colorful ribbons, or twine.
Your wedding aisle’s best decoration isn’t daisy chains or inventive uses of light—it’s the person walking down it and the person they’re walking towards. However you choose to decorate the wedding aisle, it will be made beautiful, thanks to the smiles on you and your partner’s face as you get closer to saying “I do.”
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