|A flower girl scatters more rose petals ahead of the arrival of the Bride (Levi Stolove Photography)|
There is nothing more romantic than a pathway of petals leading up to the spot where you will say your wedding vows. The tradition is said to protect the bride and ward off evil spirits. And of course it looks fairytale beautiful!
|A beautiful bride at the end of a petal pathway (Light and Lace Photography)|
Flower girls scattering petals down the aisle ahead of the bride symbolises a happy path in married life. Flowers represent fertility, and rose petals in particular - eternal love. All lovely motifs to start your married life on the right foot.
The colours have meanings too - red or pink flower petals represent sweetness, orange and peach - warmth and vitality, violet and purple represent serious emotions, blues - hope and confidence and green - youth and happiness.
|A rainbow mix of rose petals leading to the ceremony spot|
A petal strewn aisle works for both an indoor and an outdoor ceremony, at a traditional church marriage and also at a funky modern 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 we also have a few tricks to help you maximise your budget too.
|Steps decorated with Pink Hydrangea petals|
The first step is to take the dimensions of you 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?
Would you like 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 multicolours or ombre effects?
Choose your perfect petals -
Traditional Rose petals?
Pretty Hydrangea petals that look like little flower heads?
Delicate Delphiniums and Wildflower petals - pretty and very English?
Softly scented Lavender grains?
Choose your favourite colour or mix of colours -
Perhaps you have a theme you'd like to co-ordinate with?
Do you want simple, classic, romantic red rose petals?
Or pretty pink flower petals?
Would you like a colourful rainbow mix?
Or a blend of different shades of a colour?
|Try our Large Natural Rose Petals in Cream (bridesmagazine.co.uk)|
|A beautiful scattering of bright and cheerful rose petals (Tara Guerard Soiree)|
|Simple Cream Roses look gorgeous with candles (Blue Rose Photography)|
|A circle of rose petals to mark the place where vows are made|
(Evynn LeValley Photography)
|A simple pattern of swirls is very dramatic(olivestyle.blogspot.com)|
|A colourful pattern of semi circular petals is very striking |
(South Asian Bride Magazine)
|Make a statement with a rose petal monogram (ellybevents.com)|
|Two lovely flower girls scatter petals ahead of the bride (Alante Photograpahy)|
Now have a look at our guide to quantities:
To create a covering of petals across the aisle or path using Delphiniums, Wildflowers, Small Natural Rose, Hydrangeas or Coloured Rose petals -
Heavy covering - 4 pints per square metre
Light covering - 2 pints per square metre
Scattering - 1 pint per square metre
To create a covering of petals across the aisle or path using Large Natural Rose petals -
Heavy covering - 6 pints per square metre
Light covering - 3 pints per square metre
Light Scattering - 1 pint per square metre
To create a line of petals either side of the aisle or path using Delphiniums, Wildflowers, Small Natural Rose, Hydrangeas or Coloured Rose petals -
Heavy line- 1 pint per metre (each side)
Light line- 1/2 a pint per metre (each side)
To create two lines of petals either side of the aisle or path using Large Natural Rose petals -
Heavy line- 1&1/2 pints per metre (each side)
Light line- 1 pint per metre (each side)
For swirls, decorative lines, outline shapes and initials use the guidance for lines (above) but if you require a thinner line the petals will go further.
For shapes and patterns use the guidance for a heavy covering of petals (above).
For piles of petals around candles, flowers and aisle decorations we'd recommend a 1/3 to a 1/2 a pint of petals per place depending on the effect you'd like to achieve.
For flower girls baskets - one pint contains 10 handfuls of petals. Measure the volume of your basket or think about how many steps she will take and handfuls she'll need to scatter.
|A flower girl basket of petals to scatter - Bright Pink and Blushing Pink Small Natural Roses|
If you have any questions or queries give the Confetti Office a call on 01386 555045. But remember - calculating quantities is never an exact science as 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 uses for your left over petals!
|Image by Light and Lace Photography|
using White and Purple Coloured Rose petals
Lots more inspiration on our Pinterest Board - Petal Aisles
All other photographs: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company