We interviewed Anna from Artistic Aisle Runners and learned more about the company and all of the ways custom wedding aisle runners can enhance your special day.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself.
I am a proud mom of two happy grown-up kids who are successful and married and Gaga of two sweet boys. I met my hubby over 40 years ago in Norway. We lived overseas and finally settled in Orlando in the early ’80s.
How long have you been an artist?
I have loved art all my life, been an artist all my life, my mom gave me the freedom to explore my talents and even let me paint my bedroom any way I wanted! My high school art teacher made me believe in myself. Then, I received my higher education in both Norway and Denmark in Fine Arts.
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
My favorite thing about doing this is seeing my clients happy, and making the ceremony site uniquely theirs!
How did you get into painting aisle runners?
I used to work with a friend doing faux finishes and fun decorative paintings in any room including kids’ rooms. We also painted daycare centers and preschools in the local area.
One day in 2008, someone at church asked about a hand-painted aisle runner. Since I never say no to a challenge, I took the assignment. So many asked the bride where she got it, and the idea was born! Artistic Aisle Runners was started in 2009.
How does having a custom aisle runner enhance the wedding ceremony?
Some venues have very colorful carpets that may not go well with your dream wedding decor, an aisle runner will hide it. Each aisle runner is customized to the couple, matching any color they want, any design, tying together the decor and colors of their wedding.
What are some things the couple can do with it after their wedding?
The fabric is like canvas and can be stretched for an art piece for your wall. Here it is used for a tablecloth for an upcoming 10th-anniversary party, August 2020
In our own family, our Thanksgiving tablecloth is an aisle runner of fall leaves that we add notes to and save from year to year.
Tell us more about the fabric that you use and why it matters.
My preferred fabric is super strong and extra-wide, it will not rip or tear. It will hold up to stiletto heels or even a wheelchair and is meant to be a keepsake after the big day. It’s also made in the USA, which is important to me.
What are the most common lengths for a custom aisle runner?
The most common length for an aisle runner is 30 ft. but you can have any length you need.
What are some of the different designs that you can do on the aisle runner?
What kinds of designs can I do? Anything we can dream up! The most popular are monograms or names with a design around it. But truly the sky is the limit!
Since the aisle runner is 4 1/2 ft. wide the design is usually around 3 1/2 ft wide, or even bigger, and any height. I like to finish the runner ends by cutting out a design, simple or complex.
Monograms have been some of the most popular designs over the years, and gold seems to never go out of style.
What does the design process look like when someone is working with you?
Couples, parents, and/or wedding planners typically contact me by text, phone, or email. At their convenience, we plan and design what they want either in person or via email and phone calls.
I provide rough draft examples of their design and they can provide feedback and suggestions. Once I start the actual runner, I like to keep them posted along the way, by giving them sneak peeks at the painting going on. This way there are no surprises and they are sure to be happy and pleased with the results.
Do you provide custom painting on anything else for weddings or only on aisle runners?
I also hand paint signs as well. Here are some samples of my work.
What is one of your most favorite designs you’ve ever done?
This is one of my favorites from a wedding last summer:
Tell us briefly about some of your package options and the price range for these packages.
A hand-painted 30 ft. long aisle runner is $550. This includes one big area of design, extra painting adds an extra $50. An example would be to add design at the ends of the aisle runner, and/or the ribbon line effect frame.
If you just want a quality plain aisle runner, with no design, the price is $5 per linear foot.
What are the most common questions you get asked by brides and/or grooms?
Q: How long does it take to order an aisle runner from you?
A: If it is a local wedding, (with no shipping) I can have an aisle runner done in about a week, but it is helpful to have more time, several months if possible.
Q: Can we rent an aisle runner?
A: I don’t do rentals, but you can order a plain aisle runner at $5 per linear foot if you just want a pristine aisle. If you’re interested in renting a carpet runner, I recommend Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals.
Where should couples go to find out more about what you do?
Email her for information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artistic Aisle Runners have been seen at some of the very best venues including:
- Historic Dubsdread Ballroom
- Tavares Pavilion on the Lake
- Heathrow Country Club
- Bella Collina
- Four Seasons Orlando
- Disney Wedding Pavilion
- Bohemian Hotel Celebration
- Holiday Inn, Disney
- Eagle Creek Golf Club
- Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
- Lake Mary Event Center
- The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes
- Margaritaville Resort, Orlando
- Holy Trinity Reception Center
- The Balcony Orlando
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
- Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
- Reunion Resort, Orlando
- Rosen Centre Hotel
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