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Having an outdoor wedding at your parent's house doesn't come without it's complications … in fact, it would have been easier to be married in a venue or a church that would have this stuff all ready for us. But apparently, I like to do things the hard way … and by that, I mean everything about our wedding, every tiny wedding-ish thing, is all something we have to “create”.

Enter: The Aisle.

DIY aisle decor
My Vision, Copyright Charlotte Geary Photography

I started searching through Google images and Pinterest for ideas for DIY aisle decor that I could make to give my aisle the romantic feel of our rustic-chic wedding … without breaking the bank. Ideas ran from buckets lining the aisle filled with baby's breath or hydrangeas – but the cost of the buckets was expensive to do enough to actually turn a yard into an aisle. Other ideas started to run into the one above, with shepherd hooks. Hanging mason jars was the first pick – after pricing out shepherd hooks (black) and deciding to order 10 and paint them white (white ones are WAY more expensive!), we bought them in bulk through The mason jar idea was front runner … until I saw this photo above. My heart jumped. THIS was the aisle I wanted to walk down!!

So I jumped on Hobby Lobby's website, took advantage of their FREE SHIPPING on ANY order and I ordered… don't laugh… 10 different shipments of purple flower balls (below) and used the 40% off coupon every single time. It is RARE you get free shipping on ANY order with them, and so I was lucky … and these originally were $10 a piece … quite the deal! SO, I found the organza through and ordered enough to drape on each side (each side has 5 hooks spaced out) and viola … paint + shepherd hooks + hobby lobby flower balls (fake flowers and IN MY COLOR!) + bulk Organza strips  = WIN!

DIY aisle decor
My trial run – photo credit: Me

So, of COURSE, I had to do a trial with it all to see how it looked …. my fiance is such a HUGE help and he is doing all the painting of things needing, well … painting. After they were dry, I took out my materials and had some fun “setting up” …

DIY aisle decor
My trial run – photo credit: Me

Can you FEEL the glee I had when I saw this?!?! It's obviously NOT perfected, I threw it up there and because there are 3 strips of organza on each side, I had to pin the pieces together and will have to sew them before the wedding to make them ONE piece on each side … and I will be using white ribbon to actually TIE them to each hook to secure them and to make them a bit less … overbearing. The way they're just laying right now, they are too much over the little flower balls.

DIY aisle decor
My trial run – photo credit: Me

So, one more project down! I have had friends ask about a runner … as a bride who had an outdoor wedding the first time around several years ago, I used a runner, it blew all over, it didn't look right and was rather, um, tacky. It just did not “set” right on the grass and walking down it was weird. SO, no aisle runner for me. The flower girls will be tossing preserved orchid petals … again, another awesome find from (totally LOVE that online store!).

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About Jennifer

Jennifer is a 30-year old Professional Photographer & Federal Employee living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Aside from planning a wedding, she spends time with her fiance racing autocross and running her own business and traveling. Jennifer is engaged to John, the "boy from church youth group" who, after 13 years apart, found one another again and are now planning their intimate and budget savvy wedding for 8/31/13 at her mother's log home in the woods.

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  • Jennifer

    Addendum: I scrapped the organza and swapped it for tulle (because I have eight million kajillion yards of white tulle). After pondering, the organza was too “bulky” and overpowered my little flower balls … So I did another trial run with tulle (which was one long continuous strip so no attaching) and then tied white ribbon where each “spot” will hit the shepherd hook and then be tied to the hook. The organza has beem relocated to the pile of gazebo decorations 🙂

  • Julie

    When doing an aisle runner on grass/dirt you can always use landscape fabric pins to hold it in place. Just paint them the color of the aisle runner so they don’t show. If you really are picky and don’t want any holes in your aisle runner you can always sew small ribbon loops to the underside of the runner and use the fabric pins through that to hold it down.

    • Jenn

      Great idea, Julie!

      I had a fabric runner on grass when I was married before — nightmare! When walking on it, heels went through it, it got all crinkled and unclean looking no matter how careful we were and when I walked down it, I was so unhappy with how it looked after vein walked on by the bridesmaids 🙁 flat shoes may have helped, too!

  • Woovow

    The wedding decorations are so sweet, gorgeous weddings.

  • The path to our ceremony gazebo is cobblestone and I plan on using flower petals as a natural “aisle” pathway. I really like your idea though!

  • Woovow

    Lovely decorations, so beautiful.

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