One question we often ask ourselves is: why do people always think in straight lines? We offer exclusive crepe catering at every type of private function but particularly at weddings, we encounter everything laid out in a perfectly straight line rather than in a circular or random way. In some cases, this makes sense and looks right. In others, a little creativity and little less “straight-line thinking” can actually improve things.
One of these improvements could be made in terms of the aisle. Most aisles are perfectly straight. Running down the centre of a church and forming part of a cross, the traditional aisle is inevitably going to consist of a straight line. If you want anything other than a straight line for an aisle, then you are going to have to look beyond a church for the ceremony.
At this point, you may be wondering why a wedding catering company such as ours is making such a big deal about the shape of the aisle. But the answer is fairly simple: at most weddings, the assembled guests only get to witness the ceremony from the rear. They get a magnificent view of your back, but not much else. Those standing at the rear of the church or venue probably only receive an obscured view of your back at best. What is arguably the most important part of your most important day is impeded by a tradition which it is no longer necessary to observe: if the aisle is arranged in a spiral form or if the seating is arranged in a horseshoe shape, this changes things considerably: the guests can see you from the front as you take your vows, or at the very least see you up close as you make your way through the guests along the spirally-shaped aisle.
With many venues having a licence for civil ceremonies, the potential for “non-linear” aisles is now much larger than before. The “build-your-own wedding” option is finally taking a bit more of a hold in the UK, with couples being allowed more freedom in terms of designing their day beyond the limits placed by venues. The hiring of street food wedding catering options such as our own mobile crepe stand is one major improvement and although less significant, we have seen various bespoke ceremony layouts, often outdoors, sometimes with seating comprising of hay bales or similar. In such a way, you can design the aisle layout to best advantage, and thankfully the days of rigid, straight-line thinking may well be coming to an end.