I love the look of rose petals down an aisle, and I think it can be very romantic. However with that said, I also think it only works effortlessly in magazines; real life is another story. I remember the very first time I did an aisle with rose petals, my lovely bride was wearing a very long train, and as she walked down the aisle, she ended up dragging all the petals in her dress toward the altar.
I recently did a wedding in a gorgeous room in the south of France. We came up with what we thought was the perfect solution to this problem. We flanked the aisle with a rose petal pattern, but instead of using fresh petals, we created the pattern by using silk petals and gluing it on a invisible screen. We left the beautiful floor of the room uncovered in order for the bride to glide down the aisle with her elegant, long train — without any problems. In order to follow the petal illusion, we covered the rest of this intimate ball room with fresh rose petals.
I received feedback from people who felt that we left the most important part of the room uncovered. To all my florist and designer friends, do you agree or disagree?
(Photo Courtesy of John Labbe)