If it's just about the dress, have an extra layer sewed onto the train. you could also just make sure that the aisle is covered so you don't get dirt on it. I've seen this wedding--sorry no pic--where they took pine needles and absolutely covered the aisle with them. It was gorgeous.
I am having an outdoor wedding in less than two weeks. I am using an aisle runner. After reading about all the problems with them, I am having doubts about using one. I do think I have the solution to keeping them down nice and tight though. I thought about it blowing in the wind, tripping over it, ugly wrinkles, etc. Here is my cure for those problems, CLEAR LANDSCAPE/WEED BARRIER FABRIC SPIKES (Steins Garden Center, 10 spikes for $3.99). Stretch it out and spike it down tight. The spikes will not keep our heels from going through it though unless you are willing to buy a VERY expensive aisle runner. They can get a bit pricey just to walk up it and back down it shortly afterwards, but it will keep shoes and dresses clean. I guess it is up to the individual to decide. I am not spending over a hundred on a 25 ft. aisle runner. I can find better things to spend it on. I am going to forewarn everyone at rehearsal and make sure my ushers remind every person to be careful not to trip or in the case of heels, sink!!! Good luck ladies and I hope your wedding is all that you have dreamt of!
Pass on it! I have seen so many weddings inside even where the runner makes people trip on it. The dress wont stay clean no matter how hard you try and not like you're going to wear it again anyways. Its your day don't let the MOM'S tell you what to do.
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