The Music Room Set Up For a Wedding Ceremony at Cain Manor in Surrey - Bijou Wedding Venues - Barn Style Country House Wedding Venue with Baby's Breath Wedding Aisle |

Wedding Aisle Inspiration: How to Decorate Your Wedding Aisle in Style

Prepare to fall in love with our selection of beautiful wedding aisle inspiration! The aisle is one of the most important details of your wedding ceremony decor, not least because the bride has to make her way down it toward the altar and, traditionally, it’s the first place her partner sees her. Because the aisle is such a huge component, many couples put a lot of thought into how to decorate it from the aisle runner to the venue itself.

You can make some beautiful DIY additions to your wedding aisle too—check out our rustic glam ferns-and-chandeliers overhang for a lovely addition to your wedding ceremony.


Fairytale Wedding Ideas for True Romantics | above: Modern Fairytale Wedding Theme

Wedding Aisle Inspiration: Setting

The backdrop to your wedding can make a huge impact on the aisle you want. For example, whether your wedding ceremony is happening indoors or outdoors can determine what material your aisle runner (if you choose to have one) can be made out of. Will it be waterproof and stain resistant in case of wet grass? Will it blow away in a gust of wind and need to be secured? Your venue will also determine how long your aisle can be, and can even help to inform what theme you would like it to follow. Take this rustic/woodland wedding ceremony below, complete with a burlap aisle runner and a rose alternative unity ceremony using sunflowers.

Woodland wedding ceremony aisle runner | above: Personalised Burlap Aisle Runner with Equestrian Monogram

For an indoor wedding you’ll find that many venues have special function rooms that make setting up your wedding ceremony very easy, and some come as rather blank slates that you can decorate to your heart’s content with your own wedding chairs, flowers, etc. We love the below wedding aisle inspiration from Bijou Wedding Venues!

Wedding Aisle Lined with Flower Petals - Luxury Wedding Ceremony Set Up at Silchester House - Bijou Wedding Venue in Berkshire | above: Silchester House by Bijou Wedding Venues

Some function rooms have incredibly stylish details too, such as the high staircase at the back of Botley Mansion’s stunning glass-ceiling function room from Bijou Wedding Venues. The hanging chandeliers are mesmerising too!

Wedding Ceremony in The Atrium at Botleys Mansion in Surrey - Bijou Wedding Venues - Elegant Country House Wedding - Wedding Ceremony with Steps - Weding Aisle with Stairs | above: Botleys Mansion by Bijou Wedding Venues

And some venues speak for themselves so that you’ll find you don’t need to do much to transform the empty room into an album-worthy backdrop. We love this barn wedding aisle at Cripps Barn—the stone walls, the flagstone floors, the exposed beams, and the great wooden door are striking enough on their own but are taken to another level with the simple wooden chairs tied with bunches of flowers and the stunning wreaths hanging overhead. It’s certainly one of our favourite examples of wedding aisle inspiration!

Cripps Barn Rustic Wedding Venue in the Cotswolds by Adam Drake Photography | above: Cripps Barn by Adam Drake Photography

The same goes for these stunning function rooms from Bijou Wedding Venues—The Monks’ Refectory at Notley Abbey boasts stone walls and exposed beams, bright glass windows, and hanging chandeliers (and we especially love how this wedding aisle was styled with clear chairs and pink blossoms).

The Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey Wedding Venue in Buckinghamshire - Bijou Wedding Venues - Country House Wedding Venue - Beautiful Wedding Aisle Inspiration | above: Notley Abbey by Bijou Wedding Venues

And the Music Room at Cain Manor is breathtakingly beautiful with its dramatic wooden architecture and bright windows, the plain white aisle runner lined with baby’s breath (gypsophila), the aisle-side chairs tied with bunches of baby’s breath, and the wooden beams wrapped in white-and-green garlands.

The Music Room Set Up For a Wedding Ceremony at Cain Manor in Surrey - Bijou Wedding Venues - Barn Style Country House Wedding Venue with Baby's Breath Wedding Aisle | above: Cain Manor by Bijou Wedding Venues

And just look at this magnificent, long wedding aisle at the Grundtvig’s Church in Copenhagen. A larger venue definitely makes for a very grand wedding aisle, and this soaring ceiling and the altogether hypnotising architecture makes one breathtaking wedding aisle that needs very little, if any, further decoration.

Stunning Cathedral Style High Long Wedding Ceremony Hall | above: Grundtvig’s Church via Tinggly Gift Experiences

For the same reasons, we love the idea of a greenhouse wedding venue such as Kew Gardens for the lovely light-filled room.

Have Your Wedding at Kew Gardens – London’s Only Botanical Wedding Venue |

On the flip-side, smaller and shorter wedding aisles such as those at intimate weddings are no less beautiful, as proven by this charming winter-inspired wedding aisle complete with a personalised backdrop and industrial style buckets filled with silver-green florals.

Grey and Green Winter Wedding Ceremony Aisle Decor - Bistro Bliss Personalised Backdrop - You Don't Find Love It Finds you - Destiny - Fate - Written In The Stars | above: Bistro Bliss Personalised Backdrop and Galvanized Flower Market Buckets

Wedding Aisle Inspiration: Aisle Runners

You’ll most likely want to personalise your wedding ceremony venue, and the wedding aisle is one of the easiest ways to do so. Confetti’s range of beautiful wedding aisle runners include plain runners and decorative runners in an array of different designs that can be personalised with names, dates, initials, and often colour schemes too.

This “Contemporary Vintage” personalised aisle runner can be stylishly personalised with the couple’s names with an underlaid decorative monogram initial.

Contemporary Vintage Wedding Aisle Inspiration with Personalised Aisle Runner and Candles on Chairs as Aisle Markers |

Our “Glitz and Glam” aisle runner is a very modern design with the lovely script initial above the couple’s names and a simple bow.

Blue and Gold Glitz And Glam Aisle Runner with Pretty Bow and Personalisation - City Chic Wedding Inspiration |

This “Modern Fairy Tale” aisle runner is especially romantic with its “Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale” script.

Modern Fairy Tale Personalised Aisle Runner - Fairytale Wedding Ideas |

We particularly love this “Monogram Simplicity” aisle runner too, and we think it looks especially fantastic as part of this stepped/tiered wedding aisle.

Green and White Classic Wedding with Stepped Wedding Aisle and Monogram Aisle Runner |

Our range of aisle runners also includes striking designs with themed imagery from “Greenery” to “Travel”.

Greenery Personalised Aisle Runner with Geometric Pattern and Leaves | Vintage Travel Hot Air Balloon Personalised Aisle Runner - Our Journey Begins Aisle Runner - Wanderlust Wedding Decor |

Featured above: Greenery and Vintage Travel Hot Air Balloon Personalised Aisle Runner

You could even get creative with a stunning, colourful aisle made from scattered flower petals!

Path of Pink Petals Romantic Wedding Proposal - Petal Carpet Entrance by Nectar | above: Boston Surprise Proposal, featuring a Petal Carpet Entrance by Nectar

Wedding Aisle Inspiration: Decor

Even with a decorative aisle runner your aisle may look a little bit plain. That’s where decorations come in, such as aisle markers like the below silver lantern on a shepherd’s-crook-style hook, in a plant pot, and finished with flowers and floating candles in glass candle holders.


Silver Lantern on Shepherd's Crook Wedding Aisle Decoration Ideas |

Aisle markers are exactly what they say on the tin and can also involve decorating the end chair right next to your aisle, or the end of the pew, etc, even if it’s just with a pretty flower arrangement like this miniature pail filled with flowers from Jessica and Ed’s Wedding at Clevedon Hall.

Some couples decorate the back row of seats at their ceremony as well, shown below in our beautiful contemporary vintage wedding theme and our pearls-and-lace aisle markers DIY.

Contemporary Vintage Aisle Decor Ideas - Beautiful Wedding Ceremony Decor |

Lace Pearls and Roses Chair Decoration |

Other wedding aisle decor ideas include decorative vases and/or candles laid on the floor on either side of the aisle, like this industrial wedding theme.

City Chc Wedding Aisle - City Wedding Ceremony Decor Ideas - Candlelit Wedding Aisle |

Or just a simple scattering of flower petals like here at  Bijou Wedding Venues’ Notley Abbey.

Flower Petal Lined Wedding Aisle at The Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey Wedding Venue in Buckinghamshire - Bijou Wedding Venues - Beautiful Wedding Aisle Inspiration |

But we particularly love the very simple but very effective alternative below—just two lines of mini lanterns along the grass. It would look magical when night falls!

Lantern Lined Wedding Aisle Inspiration - Wedding Aisle Ideas |

Plus some couples choose to add small wedding favours to guests’ chairs for the wedding ceremony. Sometimes a box filled with celebratory wedding confetti, and other times a personalised hand fan for those hot summer days.

Personalised Hand Fans on Wedding Ceremony Chairs - Summer Wedding Ceremony Ideas |

And lastly, your wedding aisle isn’t complete without the guest seating. Why have a traditional straight aisle when you can have a spiral or even horseshoe shaped aisle? Don’t miss our pick of some of the most creative and unique wedding ceremony seating ideas for even more wedding aisle inspiration!

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