Excellent Designs Wedding Aisle Runner, 3×100-Foot
Last updated date: February 16, 2020
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In our analysis of 7 expert reviews, the Excellent Designs Excellent Designs Wedding Aisle Runner, 3x100-Foot placed 7th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
Editor's Note February 27, 2020:
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From The Manufacturer
Imagine this: You see your love waiting for you at the altar Everyone stands and turns to look at you The music begins. The candles flicker The flowers release their fragrance. You’re a bit nervous as you take your first step, until you see your love smile at you, this person you can’t live without You take your next step toward them and––WHOOPS!––The front of your shoe catches on a bunched-up piece of the floor runner (the one that you bought last minute even though you knew it was cheap).
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An Overview On Aisle Runners
An aisle runner instantly adds festivity to any event, whether it’s a wedding or a summer barbecue. But choosing the right runner involves more than just finding the one that matches your decorations. You’ll need to pay close attention to the material and measurements to ensure you aren’t disappointed when it arrives.
One top thing to note is how sturdy the runner will be once you place it. If it slides at all, it could pose a safety hazard, so it’s an important factor. Some runners come with rubber backing to hold them in place even on wood floors. Others are simply heavier in weight or made from a material that produces friction with the ground below.
If your runner isn’t guaranteed not to slip, you can reinforce it by putting carpet tape every few feet on the underside of the runner. Also make sure you tape down the corners, as that’s the most likely spot to trip someone up. Some consumers nail runners down on the corners to prevent slipping. That could be an option if you’re using your runner for an outdoor event, as long as the hole it’s likely to leave in the dirt won’t be a problem for the property owner.
DYWM Fun Fact
Aisle runners may have become a beloved tradition at weddings, but they actually had very practical beginnings. At one time, runners were used to protect the bride’s gown. Roads were unpaved in those days, leading to the very real possibility that guests would track dirt and mud into the wedding venue. A runner, placed just in time for the bride to take her walk, ensured that her dress remained pristine and white as she walked up the aisle toward her groom. Although they’re optional today, at informal weddings they can help define an aisle when there aren’t pews permanently stationed to do so.
The Aisle Runner Buying Guide
- Before you buy a runner, note the material. You’ll find runners are made from everything from polyester to burlap and beyond. You can even find runners that have some sparkle to them.
- The measurements are also an important feature. If your event is in a venue with predefined aisle sizes, such as a chapel or church, make sure you measure the width before you order. You’ll also want to make sure the length of the runner doesn’t extend beyond the space you have to work with.
- If your runner is made from carpet, pay attention to the pile height, especially if your guests will be wearing heels. Thick carpeting can become difficult to walk on.
- Even if your event will only last a few hours, a runner can wear out during that time. Choose one with reinforced edging that will resist fraying as people travel over it.
- If your runner will be outdoors for hours at a time, keep in mind that UV rays from the sunlight can alter its color. One that is UV-protected can prevent this, especially if you’ll be setting your runner up a day or more in advance of the event.
- Some materials take on an odor from dyes and other chemicals. Keep in mind that you may need to air it out for a day or so before your event. If your runner is made from a material like burlap, the scent may not dissipate much even with days of airing out.