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Aisle Decor Ideas for Your Wedding Ceremony Venue Sunday, March 6, 2011 ~ 10:44 a.m.

Often times, the first thing that your guests will notice when they arrive at your wedding is the aisle decor at the ceremony. It sets the stage for the rest of your event, whether you're going for a classic church wedding, a romantic garden betrothal or a casual beach ceremony, lining your aisle can change the look and feel of your wedding dramatically.

Classic Aisle Decor

More classic ceremony decor for your aisle may include potted plants, floral pomanders, rose petals, candles, luminaries and hanging ceremony programs. If you're looking to do something a little bit different, ask your florist to arrange your rose petals in a striking pattern down the aisle, or light your aisle with decorative luminaries cut with intricate lace patterns or other designs. A significantly more functional option is to hang the programs for your ceremony on the corner of each of your chairs.

Modern Aisle Decor

Modern ceremonies typically showcase the more whimsical, out-of-the-box concepts such as large balloons, colorful parasols and garlands. Ribbons also leave room for creativity; try something slightly off-beat, and try attaching many long strands of thick, colorful ribbon off of the backs of your ceremony chairs. To stage a more casual, fun setting for your ceremony, have your guests sit together on long benches, rather than individual chairs.

Vintage Aisle Decor

Vintage wedding decor is almost a necessity in well-suited venues such as an old barnyard, cottage or a sweet rose garden. Try switching up the ceremony chairs themselves, by pulling different chairs in a variety of charming styles, colors and materials. Or for a similar effect without as much hassel, simply add seat cushions and small pillows in a mix of patterns and colors to your chairs of choice. Glass mason jars are also a popular option at the moment; place some flameless votives or a small bunch of wildflowers inside, hang the jars or simply set them beside your chairs lining the ceremony aisle.

Romantic Aisle Decor

Romantic aisles often incorporate a little bit of all of the above, but if you're stuck, it's always safe to focus on florals and soft lighting. Rose petals, lanterns, candles, pomanders or tall trees overarching the aisleway are just a few ideas that come to mind.

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Where to Purchase or DIY

Make your own hanging mason jars by following this DIY lesson on Intimate Weddings. Or, if you're like me and not really a "DIY" kind of girl, you may want to check out either Whippoorwheel's or Bragging Bags' online shops.

Pink tulle pom garland by Shortcake Party Picks. DIY lilly garlands by Martha Stewart Weddings. Paper heart garland by Pickled Parlor.

Potted plants by Succulent Designs.

Luminaries by ilLUMIEnate.

Spring wreath by Etsy seller twoinspireyou, or create your own white paper wreath like the one shown with the help of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Other photo credits:

Row 2 - Photo of paper chain garlands on chairs was shot by Charleystar Photo, as featured on Snippet & Ink.

Row 3 - Photo of bunches of hydrangeas on chairs shot by Meg Smith, featured on Junebug Weddings.

Row 4 - Photo of white rose petal decorated aisleway shot by Kyle Hale, featured on Ruffled. Image of patterned rose petals on aisle shot by Stephen Knuth, featured on Style Unveiled.

Row 9 - Photo of beach wedding with lanterns shot by Tinywater Photography, featured on Snippet & Ink.

Row 7 - First photo of a lit ceremony aisle shot by Yvette Roman, featured on Junebug Weddings.

Row 10 - Second photo of a candlelit aisleway shot by Yvette Roman, featured on Junebug Weddings. Colorful balloons shot by Rachel Thurston, featured on Ruffled.

Row 11 - Martha's rosette chandeliers, and photo of white balloon ceremony shot by Crystal Genes, featured on Ruffled.

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