Ceremony Layout

I’ve mentioned that my father is walking me down the aisle, yes? What I didn’t mention is that he has a lung condition that forces him to stop and rest after walking short distances. Add to this the fact that Daddy Husky lives in Texas, and the wedding is in Colorado—a 5,000”² elevation change—and we’ve had some aisle-escorting complications to deal with.

Our solution was to create a very short aisle to walk down:


(Created in PowerPoint by Yours Truly)

The layout was largely inspired by ceremonies in the round (done beautifully here, and discussed by Miss Stripes here). You many also recognize the shepherd hook dahlias. We’ll be doing something sort of similar along our aisle.

You may have also noticed an extra chair just outside of the half-circle. Since the ceremony will be in a large, open field, my dad will need some extra time to get to the site. We’re trying to come up with a way to get him from the house to the ceremony without a great deal of walking, but he’ll inevitably need a place to rest before escorting me down the aisle. The chair is for him to sit and rest while the rest of the guests are arriving. When it’s time for me to walk down, I will approach the ceremony alone. He will be waiting for me at the top of the aisle, and walk me the rest of the way down.

Has anyone else had to address mobility issues with any of their wedding party? Have you attended a “Ceremony in the Round”?


Mrs. Husky

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October 2010
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  1. plaid Member
    plaid 769 posts, Busy bee @ 1:42 pm

    My dad’s not great on his feet after a illness he suffered from a few years ago so I’m going to walk down the stairs by myself and join him at the bottom to walk down the aisle. I don’t want him toppling down the stairs and I don’t want to fall either.

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 2:03 pm

    Seems like a great solution!

  3. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:27 pm

    This seems like a good solution :)

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    Bug 66 posts, Worker bee @ 2:34 pm

    It would be really handy if you had a 4 wheeler or gator. He could buzz around every where during the day without getting tuckered out.

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    FutureMrsMc 141 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:51 pm

    My dad is still recovering from a spinal cord injury almost eight years ago. Our Church seats more than 2,000 people, and I haven’t quite figured out how to make it work yet. I’m thinking maybe I can walk in alone, and he can meet me halfway? It sounds like you have a great plan for your situation!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 3:00 pm

    Great idea and wonderful that you’ve been able to figure something which works perfect for you.

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    ScarletJwl 246 posts, Helper bee @ 4:52 pm

    It looks like you have found the perfect solution for your Dad! I think the resting chair is an especially good idea.

    My Dad is not dealing with health issues, but I am thinking of doing a semi-round layout just because I like the aesthetic. With your design, the people on the ends of the aisle have a much better view than if the rows were straight on! I think that’s great!

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    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:18 pm

    What a great idea! I’d totally do our ceremony in the round if we had the space for it in our venue! I think this will look gorgeous, Husky–and most people will be able to see and not have to look around other people’s heads! Win-Win!

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    Helstrong 943 posts, Busy bee @ 9:18 pm

    I have never been to a cermony in the round, but desperately wanted to have one for myself (that was out once we chose our church). Sounds good you’ve got agreat solution!

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    bklynldy 186 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:22 pm

    I Love your solution. My dad has very bad emphysema (on constant oxygen) and is also legally blind. Since this is my second wedding and He walked me down the first time, I decided to walk alone. Just getting him seated with out him getting sick is going to be a little difficult. Since we are getting married ON the beach, and his scooter will not work past the dune walk we needed a back up plan just in case he could not walk to his seat. We already chose a house with the shortest walk to the beach and with an elevator. I was told that the Rescue centers offer loners of beach wheel chairs. We are going to have one available just in case he needs it.

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    UCLAMeghan 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:51 pm

    This is basically the same setup that we had – including the shepherd’s hooks…different flowers though. :) I think it looks beautiful! I’m a band director, so to me it reminded me of a concert setup, which made me smile…even though I’m sure no one else noticed.

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    Miss Ireland 83 posts, Worker bee @ 1:55 am

    I’ve never heard of a ceremony in the round before, but I love that idea!

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    OctPumpkin 593 posts, Busy bee @ 4:52 pm

    Cool! We’re doing the stadium seating too, not because of any physical limitations but because I think it’s more intimate and everyone can see better!

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    argyle 2519 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:33 am

    I love ceremonies in the round. And also love that you mocked this up. So something I would do.

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    diplomatswife 666 posts, Busy bee @ 9:15 am

    What a fabulous solution to a tricky problem! I love the unique half-round seating shape you’re working with.

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:45 pm

    We did almost the exact same thing, had my dad sitting in the last row by the aisle, and he waited for me. He used his wheelchair to get out to the ceremony location, and we set up a short aisle, because of his issues walking. It worked really well! One thing, and I’m not sure if this applies, but if your dad has any difficulty standing, you might want to ask someone to sit next to him to help him up. I had one of my cousins help up my dad.

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:33 pm

    I really love this layout!

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