These DIY Aisle Runners Will Make You (and Your Guests) Cry

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While everyone will be checking out your bridal look as you stroll towards your soon-to-be spouse, you’ll want to make sure the aisle looks the part, too

The bride’s walk down the aisle is undeniably the most romantic moment of any wedding. All the guests are there to witness her beautiful bridal ensemble and the priceless look on her partner’s face as she approaches the altar.

There isn’t a dry eye in the room, and the moment sets the tone for the magical day ahead. Although the bride is the real showstopper of the moment, the ceremony décor you choose will add another layer of timeless romance, while helping to reinforce your wedding theme.

While everyone will be checking out your bridal look as you stroll towards your soon-to-be spouse, you’ll want to make sure the aisle looks the part, too. Spruce up a lackluster walkway with one of these gorgeous runners you can easily make yourself:

Monogrammed aisle runner.

Photo by Berit comma IncCustomize your ceremony décor by printing monogrammed initials on your aisle runner. A monogrammed runner is relatively easy to DIY, and the result is both elegant and personalized. Buy a simple aisle runner at your local craft store, and use Microsoft Publisher or a similar program to create your monogram in a font that fits your wedding theme.

Sequin aisle runner

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Looking to add some sparkle to your ceremony décor? Go for the glitter with this glamorous sequin aisle runner. The look is perfect for a New Year’s Eve or nighttime wedding, and you can easily make your own. Head to the fabric store and choose a sequin material you love for a gorgeous alternative to the average aisle runner.

Burlap aisle runner. 

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If your wedding theme is rustic chic, a burlap aisle runner could make a stunning addition to your ceremony décor. You could use plain burlap as your runner, or add embellishment for an elegant touch. This DIY is simple to make, and it would be perfect for a countryside ceremony outdoors or in a barn venue.

Vintage carpet aisle runner. 

A cost-effective and easy alternative to the average aisle runner is a vintage carpet. You can find beautiful and inexpensive Persian rugs at most antique shops, and the extra touch will add a bohemian feel to your ceremony décor. Layer multiple rugs for a relaxed look, or keep it simple and stick with just one long carpet.

Wildflower aisle runner. 

Keep your aisle décor simple and elegant by lining the walkway with these DIY wildflower boxes. To make this runner, you’ll only need a few materials like cedar boxes, floral foam, and of course, flowers and greenery. The result is a seriously stunning and organic look that will have you and your guests feeling the romance of the day.

Potted plants aisle runner. 

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Using potted plants as your aisle runners is an easy option for the minimalistic couple looking to simplify their wedding décor. The alternative idea looks so fresh and elegant, and it takes almost zero effort to pull off. Potted plants will keep your ceremony looking earthy chic without distracting from you and your partner.

Flower petals. 

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Flower petals are a fresh and romantic way to decorate your aisle—especially if you’re throwing a tropical or springtime affair. Plus, the process is as easy as it sounds: purchase fresh rose petals from your local floral shop, or ask your florist to bring some to your ceremony, then sprinkle them throughout the aisle for a whimsical look.

Quote aisle runner. 

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For an ultra-romantic showstopper that will leave your guests teary-eyed, take notes from this couple, who commissioned a calligrapher to inscribe their 55-foot linen runner with love quotes in both Hebrew and Vietnamese. Find a calligrapher whose style you love to print quotes on your runner, or try it yourself if you’re brave.

Ribbons aisle runner

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Give your aisle a whimsical, childlike touch with a few colourful ribbons. You can find regular or high-quality silk ribbons at most crafting stores—no assemblage or complicated crafting required. When paired with your wedding blooms, ribbons in bright hues like pink, orange and purple will help to create a romantic and jovial feel for your ceremony.

Striped aisle runner.

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If your wedding theme is preppy and nautical, a blue-and-white striped aisle runner could be the perfect statement piece for a ceremony by the water. Create your own nautical runner using the fabric of your choice, and add an extra pop of colour with hot pink rose petals on either side to create a gorgeous frame for your walk down the aisle.