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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    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!

  4. argyle Member
    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.

  6. cola Member
    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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