Runner Rules: The When, Where and Wow of Wedding Aisle Runners

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No matter where you plan to say, “I do,” an aisle runner makes the ceremony site look complete. Traditionally, ceremony ushers roll out the runner (which is secured near the altar) from altar to aisle entrance to signal the start of the processional. And if you’re a traditional bride getting married in a traditional church ceremony, this may be the path you choose.

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But don’t think you need to stick to conventional customs when it comes to runners. With so many brides tying the knot in unconventional settings—in hotel lobbies, on lawns, in museums, on rooftops, etc.—practicality often trumps tradition in the area of runner setup.

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The Original Runner Co.

For outdoor ceremonies, especially those on grass or sand, you might choose to create a “runner” out of rose petals, or paper or fabric confetti—any scattered material, really, that allows you to walk safely and comfortably without snagging a heel and risking a ripped runner, or worse, a stumble or fall.

If you prefer a more traditional look, you can secure your fabric runner to wood flooring, creating a kind of runner boardwalk that allows bride, groom and wedding party to proceed (and recede) without incident. You won’t be able to do the traditional pre-processional rollout, but you will get the benefits of special-occasion grandeur and everyday safety in equal measure.

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The Original Runner Co.

If you are investing in a custom runner—we especially love ones by The Original Runner Co., which makes non-slip fabric runners in a variety of extraordinary designs from romantic and classic to ultra-hip—you probably want to get the most for your money. It’s perfectly acceptable to have the runner fully rolled out prior to guest arrival, so that guests may enjoy its elegance from the moment they arrive. Just make sure the center aisle is roped off or otherwise blocked (with a floral arrangement or other removable pretty thing) so that arriving guests don’t use the aisle for locating their seats, and risk marring its pristine loveliness with footprints before the processional.

And remember, your aisle runner need not follow the straight and narrow—plenty of local florists and decorators can create winding, zig-zagging, swirling or otherwise non-linear aisle adornment. As for color, you’re not bound to tradition there, either. Yes, once upon a time, when evil spirits were thought to lurk beneath the earth’s surface, a white aisle was laid out to keep these baddies at bay and protect the bride’s purity. But this is 2010, and these days any color goes: tangerine, tourmaline, evergreen…pick your palette, and off you go, on your way to happily ever after.



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Wedding Day Survival Kits for Everyone!

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It’s been ages since we talked about the essential bridal survival kit, hasn’t it? Well, we’re delighted to inform you that we’ve just come across a product that makes making it through your wedding day unscathed just a little bit easier.

Family operation Ms. & Mrs.–mom Georgette Kaplan (Mrs.) and daughters Stephanie and Jamie Kaplan (Ms. & Ms.) launched the biz with the Working Girl Survival Kit, and quickly branched out—offers pre-packaged survival kits for just about everyone involved in your wedding.

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For you, Ms. Bride (soon to be Mrs. Wife), there’s the Wedding Day Survival Kit. Packed inside a sleek train case decorated with a white satin ribbon and novelty “diamond” ring (aww…), you’ll find the works in wedding-day beauty, hygiene and apparel maintenance. Items include toothbrush and toothpaste, clear nail polish and nail polish remover, super glue, earring backs, bobby pins and tons more.

Your groom’s gonna love the Groom’s Survival Kit, complete with mints, deodorant, razor and shaving cream, lint remover, boutonniere pins and oodles more vital wedding-day survival items he probably has no idea he might require.
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New in the Ms. & Mrs. Lineup is the Aisle Survival Collection. These adorable, affordable, pre-packaged mini-kits are practical AND perfect for gifting. There’s one for brides, one for bridesmaids, and sweet little versions for MOBs and MOGs. Each kit comes with such wedding-day staples as emery boards, blotting tissues, pain reliever, waterproof mascara, safety pins and breath freshener.

We heart these handy kits like nobody’s business! But we also want to remind you that if you do opt for a pre-packed kit, you’ll want to make sure to add non-standard items like your specific wedding-day makeup, and contact information for your coordinator and vendors (especially taxi and transportation services). And maybe, depending on the season, a pop-up wedding tent, a pre-fab hurricane shelter and a couple hundred umbrellas. Welcome to Houston!

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Houston Trunk Shows: Kitty Chen Couture & Filippa Scott Accessories

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In the market for a wedding gown that combines a classic silhouette with just a hint of contemporary edge (one-shoulder bodice, swirling pleats, asymmetrical shirring, etc.)? You’re going to want to check out Kitty Chen Couture at The Princess Bridal, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-6.

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We love the drama and glamour of these statement-making gowns. And the trains! What trains! Whether you go chapel or cathedral, pooled like liquid gorgeousness at the altar, beautifully bustled for photos or totally removed for dancing action (many KCC styles have detachable trains), if you’re looking for a gown that’s as lovely from the back as it is from the front, these are dresses to seriously consider.

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Also this week, it’s Filippa Scott Accessories at Weddings by Debbie, on Friday and Saturday. Call 281.698.8160 today and schedule your appointment (they’re filling up fast) to meet with a Filippa Scott consultant and preview exclusive pieces from the famed British footwear designer’s newly launched accessories line.

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Houston Trunk Show: Christos @ Mia Bridal Couture

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Is there any bride luckier than a Houston bride? We think not. The variety of venues (five-star hotels, sprawling country clubs, historic mansions, rustic ranches), the incredible floral designers, the spectacularly talented cake creators, the world-class bridal salons—hey, let’s pause on that one for a sec, shall we?

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Houston brides know fashion, they know their designers, and boy do they know how to SHOP. And the world’s most revered bridal design houses have responded.

This year alone, we’ve seen Amsale, Winnie Couture, Badgley Mischka, Simone Carvalli, Paloma Blanca—the list goes on. Well, now it’s time to add another stellar designer to the list.

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This weekend, Christos comes to Mia Bridal Couture for two days of glorious gowns and expert bridalwear consultation. The Christos collection, created by Cyprus-born designer Christos Yiannakou, and taken over by none other than Amsale herself upon Yiannakou’s retirement in 2005, is one of our absolute favorites. We just melt at the sight of those ethereal A-lines and princess-worthy ballgowns with their layers of fine lace and tulle, and exquisite floral details.

Christos gowns have been featured in such films as “27 Dresses” and “My Best Friend’s Girl,” and in countless magazine spreads from sea to shining sea.

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Take advantage of your own chance to try on a beautiful Christos gown or two this Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, at Mia—one of the freshest, hippest, most elegant bridal boutiques in town. And should you choose to yes to that breathtaking Christos dress during this exclusive two-day event, well, you’ll enjoy 15% off the price you’d otherwise pay. Hooray!

Call 713.622.2022 for details,
or e-mail info@miabridalcouture.com.

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Wedding Favors & Dessert Flavors from Araya Artisan Chocolate

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OK, so let’s say you’re at Mia Bridal Couture trying on divine designer wedding gowns and you get a craving for a little something sweet. We’re happy to report that Araya Artisan Chocolate, one of the shopping center’s newest additions, awaits you, with some of the most exotic, exciting, extraordinary chocolates and confections we’ve ever tasted (and some of the best chocolates you’ve ever tasted, if you happened to attend the recent Amsale trunk show at Mia, where Araya was serving up samples).

Co-owner Stefano Zullian—he runs Araya with wife Carla Susi and sister-in-law Silvana Susi—is Italian by way of Venezuela, and his chocolates are crafted with Venezuelan cacao, “regarded as one of the best in the world,” Zullian tells us. These decadent Venezuelan chocolates and truffles contain no artificial flavors or preservatives and are sweetened with honey rather than sugar. Flavors include Key Lime, Chai Spice and Pink Salt (a dark chocolate ganache with a hint of Himalayan salt that’s a major favorite, Zullian notes), plus many, many others. And the packaging? Amazing…and evolving. Says Zullian, “We will invite local and foreign artist to contribute their art to our packages and we will run limited editions of each of those box covers.”

Araya chocolates aren’t just a bride’s shopping-break indulgence. They also make gracious and delicious favors for showers, engagement parties and receptions. Maybe cake’s just not your thing. Zullian says you’d be in good company in Venezuela, where wedding couples and their guests are “not that crazy about cake.” Instead, he says, many couples opt for a lavish chocolate table, with multi-colored chocolate truffles and confections artfully arranged for guests viewing and eating pleasure. And you can too, with Araya’s help.

So check them out, and let them know you discovered them on the Houston Wedding Blog, where we make it our job to bring a little extra sweetness into your hectic planning life!

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