I never even considered an aisle runner for our wedding ~ the thought of a red or white carpet seemed far too fussy and I'm not a fan of those personalised, monogrammed cloth runners. {There are some really tacky ones out there, beware.}

But when I saw this suprise wedding video, in which the groom asked the guests to write messages in chalk along the aisle for his bride, I fell in love with the idea! {You can watch it over on Film Club.}

I found another example of this unique idea on wedding blog Belle Amour who featured a lovely South African wedding photographed by Lizelle Lotter. The bride, Zara, wrote a passage from the bible {1 Corinthians 13} in Africaans on a long piece of black material with material paint.

And here's a close up of that incredible aisle…

DIY Aisle Runner

If you'd like to try out this DIY idea for your wedding, here are some tips:

Zara explained “I wrote this on my knees, bum in the air :) Be sure to write it on a flat surface and remember to cover the surface used because the paint comes through the material.”

Instead of black material, you could use adhesive chalkboard roll and chalk pens. But check with your venue that it's ok first, they may be wary of sticky marks. If so, you could apply to the chalkboard roll to large lengths of cardboard first so that the adhesive is not directly applied to the floor, then trim the visible excess.

Either way, make sure you or a member of your bridal party have a test run to make sure it's not slippery for your grand entrance!

What To Write?

~ The groom could write a special message to his bride.

~ The guests could write messages to the bride or to the happy couple {a guest book on a grand scale!}

~ The lyrics to a special song.

~ A religious or meaningful passage or poem.

~ Something funny, sweet or cute like an arrow pointing to your partner saying ‘This way to wedded bliss' or ‘The beginning of forever'.

Do you have any more suggestions? What are your thoughts on aisle runners?