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The Aisle Runner

September 6, 2010 — Leave a comment

It was surprising to me to read that the original purpose of the aisle runner was to protect the bride from the evil spirits below as she made her way down the aisle.  Since the ground housed the dead it was thought of as the gateway to hell.  I have to say some days I don’t think we humans have evolved at all but when I read something like this – I realize we thankfully have.

I had thought the main purpose of the aisle runner was to keep the aisle clean for the bride and also to add elegance to the procession.  That certainly is a long way from protector of evil it was thought to be.  Somehow it cleaned up its’ reputation over the years.  Not sure how but in time the aisle runner represented  a holy path for the bride to walk down.  In the Hebrew custom the take on the aisle runner was as a reminder that God is present during the ceremony – that the ceremony is a coming together of man, woman and god.  Ahhh a much better purpose.

Aisle runners now are like works of art.  Here’s a tiny tiny look of what is out there.

aisle runner

From The Original Runner Company

From The Original Runner Company

From Custom Wedding Creations

From Custom Wedding Creations

As I look into the history of wedding traditions I can’t get over the abundance of superstitions that surrounded the poor bride. I’m sure she was scared enough back then – not knowing who was being wed too, perhaps having to move across the country from her family – did they really need to add more?    Which brings to question at least for me – were these mid-evil superstitions just the marketing style of the times so people would purchase aisle runners, carriages to carry the brides safely to the wedding or veils to keep the other evil spirits from the virgin bride?  Just wondering…..

Are you superstitious at all?  What are you protective rituals?

Now I always thought that the flower girl was just a sweet way to begin a wedding procession.  Almost like an opening act.  But she was a much more symbolic role.  Who knew?

Here’s just a few of my findings.

The first mention of the Flower Girl was back in Roman times where her role was also to help the bride and groom.   In the procession she would scatter herbs and grains as a blessing of prosperity and fertility.

In the Elizabethan Era when the attire became more important.  The Flower Girls were dressed like almost miniature brides.  As they led the procession they were the symbol of the bride – still very much a girl – now crossing over the life of a wife and mother.   The brides of that time were so young –  I don’t know if I’d call it a symbol or just stating the facts.

For a long period the only attendants to the bride were children so a bride could have a number of flower girls.  That tradition is still evident in some Royal Weddings then and still today.

photo by Bernard Rübsamen

The age range for the flower girl is 4-8 years old.  I don’t think I was ever a flower girl much to my dismay.  I lost out to my younger cousin for a wedding.   She was 3 years younger than me so I didn’t have a chance.

Do you have any Flower Girl memories to share?

Meet the Families

January 24, 2010 — Leave a comment

A montage of the bride and groom’s families is a perfect way to introduce “the family” to “the friends”.  It also is a quick refresher course to family members who may live far away.