Post # 1
I would like our guests to throw rose petals at us while we walk down the aisle after the wedding. The logistics of this is unclear, can anybody help?
There are 100 guests and I want everyone to have at least a handful of just ivory colored petals.
– How many petals should I buy? What kind are nice and cheap?
– How do I distribute the petals to everyone? This is the most confusing thing to me. Give everyone baskets? yikes
I don’t have a flower girl.
Post # 3
As for how many petals to buy… I really can’t help you there. Hopefully someone else has a good estimate of how many you’d need. 🙂
However, for distributing the petals, you can buy or make petal cones, like this website shows:
http://www.momentsofelegance.com/catalog/petal-toss-cones-c-91.html. They turn out really nicely and often have some poem or little saying printed on them that instructs the guests when to throw the petals.
Post # 4
I think the best idea would be to bag them (cute canvas bags, etc.) yourself and then have a large basket next to the guestbook or gifts with a sign letting people know they’re for the recessional. Also, I think using silk petals would be cheaper and probably easier to find.
Post # 5
I just did this for my sister’s wedding! I made little cones out of vellum printed with their monogram (1 letter sized paper made 2 cones). We put them in a basket near the programs, but in the end had the wedding coordinator assistant pass them out to the two people closest to the aisle on both sides. We figured by handing them to only the people closet to the aisle, the petals would mainly shower the bride and groom as they walked back. Petals are so lightweight, that if the guest furthest from the aisle thew petals, it would probably just land on the guest next to them! The guests all seemed to love the idea and had a great time with it.
As for petals, I ordered them bulk from my local floral wholesaler. You’ll need less petals than you think, the little cones fill up fast!
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Mrs. Perfume blogged about finding freeze-dried petals for her wedding — check out her post!
Could you place a basket at the end of each row of seats, and include a note — or appoint a “petal pusher” (hehe) — to instruct guests what to do and when?
Post # 7
Hmm petal cones… I was WONDERING what the heck those were for!! Makes sense hehe. Thanks for the link Mrs. Spring.
@SoyLatte – that’s a great point. People furthest from the aisle would just be tossing the petals at other guests haha.
I’m going to get silk petals and put them into cones that will be tied to the end of each row (thanks for that suggestion bruschetta!). Then I’ll put a note in the program under Recessional that the 2 people sitting near the aisles should flower the new bride & groom with petals.
Thanks for your help everyone!
Post # 8
I was going to do the same and put them in petal cones. I also looked in to the freeze dried petals and are pretty inexpensive.
Thanks Soylatte for mentioning the guests farther away would be showering other guests. I hadn’t thought of that. I was going to make a cone for each person and hang it on the side of the chair!
Post # 9
We’re going to do this! I think we’re going to use freeze dried petals, and we are going to put a cone on each chair for each person. Even if their petals don’t make it, I want them to feel a part of it, and I think it will be a great picture with a shower of petals over everything, not just us!
Post # 10
We had little organza bags filled with petals (literally picked up off the floor of the flower shop – why waste!?). These were sitting in a basket on the table next to the programs. Guest picked them up and , in theory, were to throw them as we recessed. Unfortunatley, we forgot to remind people and we were so excited we didnt even notice there were no petals being tossed. So they tossed them later as we left reception. KEY thing – make sure lots of people from different groups of friends/family know that you want them to toss as you recess. Large crowd is good at following a lead, but enough people need to know to lead! 🙂