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Friday, August 8, 2014

How to Keep Aisle Runners in Place.

Securing Aisle Runners

There are some very simple and personalized ways to keep aisle runners in place.  Here are just a couple of my favorite tips.

Solution #1

I like using this solution for indoor or outdoor weddings!  You'll have to go to a home improvement store for the first solution.

1.  Measure the width of your aisle runner.

2.  At your home improvement store, find some flat iron and have it cut to the same width or preferably just 1/2" shorter than the width of the aisle runner.  Maybe a store employee can cut it to the correct width.  Cut as many pieces of flat iron as you will have ends for your runners.  For example, if you and the bridal party will be walking down multiple terraces, you might want to have aisle runners for more than one area. 

3. Wrap the flat iron with some of the runner fabric 2 or 3 times with the edge ending on the underside of the flat iron.  

4.  Tape with clear packing tape the underside and the ends of each piece of flat iron.

5.  When you are ready to set down the aisle runner, wrap the end of the aisle runner around the covered flat iron a couple of times and tighten from each end of the runner to make it as flat as possible.  This is a 2 person job!

Solution #2, but always use Solution #1!

If you are outdoors, especially by a body of water, you have a really good chance that the aisle runner will want to pretend to be a kite.  It's important to secure the outside edges of the aisle runner in addition to the ends!  But, while you're at it, why not make it pretty or unique?  I never know what I idea I'll come up with.  They just happen!

For the wedding below, I had a day to come up with a solution but I wanted to make it personalized for their wedding.

The bride is an excellent pianist so I found some fabric with a white background that had musical notes on it.  I then cut with pinking shears (to prevent raveling) 11" X 11" squares and placed 1/2 cup of the glass stones in the middle of the squares.  You often see these same stones sprinkled on the tables at weddings or in votive cups to prop up a candle.  I cinched the edges up and secured them with a wire rose.  To make doubly sure that they would not come apart, I cut a burgundy grosgrain ribbon long enough to tie a bow in the same location.  The wire rose makes it a lot easier when it comes time to tie on the ribbon bow.   The ribbon was another way to utilize one of the colors of their wedding. 

I chose the option on the left after a late-night posting to Facebook to ask my friends which one they liked best.

Here they are on the aisle runner!  Keep in mind that a large bridal party had already walked down the aisle runner!  The little bead bags were place approximately every 3 feet down both sides of the runner.

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