to Stagger Down the Aisle (in 3 easy steps)
| Wedding Ceremony |
the iconic photo-moments in any wedding is the bride
walking down the aisle. Unfortunately, it is really easy
to make choices and mistakes that will make that short
walk difficult to carry off elegantly.
Here's how to virtually guarantee that you will
stagger down the aisle in the most inelegant fashion
Step 1: Buy a fabulous pair of shoes -
not just any new shoes, choose shoes with heels way
higher that you normally wear, maybe with unfamiliar
platforms as well, or go the whole hog and buy
high-heeled backless mules. Keep them in the box to
be admired and photographed. Don't break them in.
Don't practice walking in them. Don't score or rough
up the soles.
When you put these shoes on
or the first time on your wedding day you'll probably
walk with your knees flexed, you might even have to
stick your bottom out in order
keep your balance.
Step 2: Ignore the length of your hem relative to the
surface on which you are walking.
If your hem is
dragging on the ground in front of your feet it is so
easy to trip up or to have to keep kicking it out of the
way, so you'll look like you are staggering. It is also
very easy to trip.
It is really important that you not only have the length
of your dress adjusted while wearing the shoes you will
be wearing on the day, but also that you make allowances
for the type of surface you will be walking on.
- Walking on a hard surface is not a problem. Carpet
or aisle runner laid on a hard surface causes no
issues because each step is taken at the same level
as the next step.
- Walking on a carpet or aisle runner laid over
grass is an entirely different proposition because
grass is spongy, and depending on the type of grass
and how soft the ground is your foot will sink below
the level of the carpet around to a lesser or
greater degree with each step. This means you will
have to kick your dress out of the way with every
step, or adopt some other weird means of coping with
all that fabric impeding every step. I'm still
laughing at a YouTube video I saw recently where the
bride and her father walked normally on the path up
to the grass, but when they stepped onto the aisle
runner laid on grass, they both started bringing
their knees up at every step like clowns practicing
Step 3: (The Biggie) - forget
about walking normally, use the stop-start
motion of the stagger step (aka the hesitation step).
That silly gait where people, thinking they need to
walk "ceremonially" take one step, bring the other
foot up and stop and then do the same on the other
foot. Start, stop, start, stop, all down the aisle. It
can take forever, it is excruciating to look at, and
it makes it so very easy to overbalance.
So there you are, three easy ways to
stagger down the aisle. Stone cold sober and
staggering down the aisle! Not a good look. [Obviously, what you need to do
for an elegant entrance is the complete opposite of
the above - choose shoes that you find easy to walk
in, wear them around the house a lot before the
wedding, and make sure the soles aren't
smooth, shiny and slippery; make sure your dress is
hemmed to an appropriate length so it doesn't drag
on the floor and trip you up: and walk normally, a
nice steady stroll. Perfect.]