Out of all of the aspects of the design of your wedding that you've put countless hours of thought and preparation to, not a single one is more overlooked than the runner placed on the aisle for you to walk down on. However, the runner itself, seen by all your guests and in most pictures of you standing at the altar, acts as a focal point, either subtly enhancing your overall design or (if done incorrectly or haphazardly) creating a jarring disturbance in your look. So if you're looking for a few aisle runner ideas to give the finishing touch to your wedding's décor, then here's what you need to know.

Go All-Natural

If you're having an outdoor wedding – or even if your theme is just a little more natural or rustic – a natural-looking aisle runner is your best bet. Rather than being made out of fabrics (though dyed burlap is a nice choice for a natural theme if you do decide on a fabric runner), you can lay down a carpet of flower petals for a lovely, aromatic runner. If you don't want to deal with a bunch of stray petals, flower chains running the length of the aisle are a no-fuss, natural way to mark the aisle without providing too many places to trip.

Go Grand

If you're more of a show-stopping bride with a grand, glamorous theme in mind, the runner can be the elaborate, decorative icing on the cake. A glitzy, metallic trim in either gold (for warmer wedding colors like red, orange, and yellow) or silver (for cooler wedding colors like green, blue, and purple) on the edges of a silk or satin runner is a great look if you like a bit of bling, while a runner made out of French lace is better for an old Hollywood or stately and royal sort of vibe.

Go Classic

If your wedding embraces a more classic look than a natural theme or grand affair, you can't go wrong with an entirely classic option: a simple, hemmed piece of white cotton cloth. Cotton-like alternatives like polypropylene are also quite popular, as they keep the traditional look while being significantly more heavy duty – a good thing if you have a large wedding processional, if your bridesmaids are wearing heels, or if you're having an outdoor wedding.

Remember, the only hard and fast rules about an aisle runner – if indeed you choose to have one at all – are that it should be slightly longer than the aisle itself, and that it should be secured down to the floor. So feel free to choose any aisle runner look you want; in the end, the most important part of the day is your happiness.