My wedding ceremony will be outside in a garden, and I have a dress with a really long train, but I don't want to get grass stains all over it when I walk down the aisle. I know that aisle runners can be very hazardous, but I refuse to ruin my nice gown--and didn't want to choose something else and sacrifice the gown that really wanted. We're also not wearing wedge heels (I think they're ugly), and I'm worried about heel punctures and tripping.
I read other ideas of brides using plywood and stapling the runner to it--this sounds like a great idea, but may be a bit pricey (I'm not sure how much it costs). I was wondering if just purchasing stakes and tying the runner down every foot or so would work too. Does anyone have any ideas on what type of aisle runner to purchase for an outdoor wedding, or how to keep the runner flat and hazardous-free?