Decorating with flower petals
A petal scattered aisle works at both an indoor and an outdoor ceremony, at a traditional church marriage and also at a funky modern celebration. That is to say, the idea works for all styles of ceremony and celebration. It can be natural and beautiful or bold and bright. We can help you select the petals and the style to suit your day… and in addition we have a few tips, and tricks to help you maximise your budget too.
Flower petals are traditional and meaningful
There is nothing more romantic than a pathway of petals leading up to the spot where you will say your wedding vows. Decorating with flower petals is an ancient custom and it is said to protect the bride and ward off evil spirits. Furthermore, a flower girl, scattering petals down the aisle, traditionally symbolises a happy path in married life. Flowers represent fertility and rose petals mean eternal love. These are lovely motifs with which to start your married life. But above all, it looks fairy tale beautiful!
Colours carry meaning
The “language of flowers” is quite well-known. Wedding bouquets consequently often contain meaningful, as well as the brides favourite, flowers. But the colour of flower petals is significant too. For instance, red or pink flower petals represent love and sweetness. Similarly, orange and peach tones evoke warmth and vitality. If you choose violet and purple you are representing serious, deep emotions. Green petals stand for youth and happiness. And finally, blue flower petals mean hope and confidence.
Firstly – measure! Take the dimensions of your aisle or pathway. How long and how wide is it?
Then have a think about the effect you would like to achieve –
Do you dream of a thick carpet of rose petals?
Alternatively, would you prefer a light scattering or petals across the path or lines down the sides of the aisle?
Do you want to create patterns or swirls or your initials in petals?
Are you looking for a statement decoration in a multicoloured or ombre effect?
At this point you will also want to consider your budget, and also who is going to set up the decorations for you. In other words – now is the time to talk to your planner, venue or friends and family!
Choose your flower petals and colours –
We would recommend that you start with our Colour Chart. It’s the best place to see all your options together. Consequently, you can pick colours, petal shapes and combinations with ease. In addition, our Sample Service might also be helpful at this point. Certainly, it can sometimes be useful to see and feel the petals, and even take them along to your venue and get a sense of how they might look.
Do you have a colour for the day, or a theme you’d like to co-ordinate with? Does your ceremony venue itself have a strong character that you need to work with? On the other hand, it might be a blank canvas, and in which case you can really go for anything you like! The setting might influence your colour choices: For example, light coloured petals like soft pinks and creams contrast well with dark wooden floors and green grass. Additionally, there might be a red carpet to consider. Similarly, your venue might have green chairs or white pews, and you can decide whether to complement or contrast with that.
Alternatively, if you are open to suggestions, let us mention our Large Natural Rose Petals. These petals have retained a natural curl and, as a result, look like they have just fallen from the rose. But they are freeze-dried, and so they won’t wilt or fade or become slippery underfoot. And our pretty Hydrangea Petals make wonderful decorations too. They look like little flower heads or clusters of petals and they are delicate and feminine.
If you’d like to learn more about all the different types of flower petals we have available, then check out our blog feature – Choosing your Petal Confetti.
How much do I need?
Firstly, we’d like to say that working out quantities can be tricky and will involve a bit of guess-work. So don’t worry! One person’s idea of a light or heavy covering is different to the next… if in doubt we recommend over estimating, as there are plenty of other decorative uses for your leftover petals! And of course – THROWING CONFETTI!
You have your measurements for your pathway or aisle, so now have a look at our guide to quantities.
Need to know: We sell our petals by the handful and the best way to buy them for creating aisles and pathways is in a 10 Handful Bag (£12.00).
Remember: The larger the individual petal, the less you get by number in a handful. There are over 150 delphinium petals in a handful, but just 6-10 large rose petals! This will affect the way the pathway looks and is consequently quite helpful to consider when making your plans.
Coloured Rose Petals –
These flower petals are available in a 40 Handful Box at a reduced price (£36.00). As a result, if you are covering a large area, you’ll save quite a bit of money! However, these petals are dyed, and we don’t recommend placing them on varnished surfaces or anywhere they might get trodden into light coloured carpets. (Please read the full product details for more information).
Special Offer Flower Petals –
We regularly have special blends of petals available a reduced prices, and therefore you can save money on your petal pathways by choosing these Pre-Mixed Confetti Special Offers.
And so finally, here are a few tips for actually making your petal aisle or pathway…
Hopefully you have already delegated the job of physically creating the pathway to your planner, venue or one of your helpful friends. It’s not something you want to be worrying about on the morning of the wedding! Therefore, you can hand over the petals and your calculations, and they will put it together for you. As we have already mentioned, our petals are sold in 10 Handful Bag quantities. As a result, it’s easy to see how much you have and how it will need to be spread out.
We’d recommend a tape measure and/or yard stick and a length of thick string or rope, as useful tools. For example, it can be hard to judge distances. If you have a metre measured, you know you need to scatter the whole bag of petals over it!
Flower petal pathways, shapes and initials are MUCH easier to create neatly and evenly with a length of rope as a guide. First, draw the line or shape you want with rope, and then sprinkle the petals along its length. Finally, you can carefully pick up the rope, and you’re done!
If you have any questions or queries give the Confetti Office a call on 01386 555045. We have helped create many, many, many petal pathways and decorated aisles over the years, and we will happily help with any guidance or suggestions you may need.
The creative opportunities are endless, and so we have plenty more inspiration on our Pinterest Board – Petal Aisles
Have fun with your flower petals!
Love, The Petal People x