If you have questions about flowers for flower girls at your wedding and what is appropriate, you are not alone. As a wedding florist in a busy flower shop for 15 years, I noticed that many brides were unsure about what types of flowers were better for flower girls and wanted to know what was appropriate. Here are some of the most popular questions that kept coming up:
What is the most popular floral item for a Flower Girl to carry?
By far, the simplest and most popular item for the flower girl to carry is a basket of petals. This is practical as well as charming since it gives the little one something constructive to do as she is walking down the aisle.
Here are a few things to think of before selecting this as the floral item for your chosen girl. First of all, if you are getting married in a church, make sure to double check with your minister if this is permitted in their church. Most churches do not allow live petals to be strewn about since it can stain and be dangerous for slipping if they are damp. Many churches however, do allow silk (artificial) petals to be thrown along the aisle as long as someone is designated to pick them up after the wedding.Hall weddings generally allow artificial petals. If you are getting married outside, live petals are a great option.
Is there a certain age frame that you would recommend for a flower girl to be scattering petals at weddings?
Depending on the age and the character of your flower girl, this may or may not be a good option. Usually, little girls anywhere from 4 to 12 are good candidates for petal scattering. Make sure to ask the flower girl if she would prefer throwing petals or simply carrying a bouquet of flowers in a basket. Keep in mind that after the petals are gone, the little girl will be left with nothing but an empty basket for pictures. A good way to minimize the obviousness of this fact in pictures is to decorate the basket itself or to select a modern fancy basket.
What type of basket should I choose for my Flower Girl?
Use a smallish basket with a handle. White is the number one choice with creme a close second, depending on the color of the bride’s and flower girl’s dress. Size should be about 7″ (17cm) wide and up to11″ (28cm) high although it could be smaller or larger depending on the age of the little one. When choosing the basket, keep in mind how the petals will nestle in the basket. Baskets with deeper wells at the center are obviously better for containing more petals than for example a fireside basket that is simply flat, where the petals will simply fall or fly out. You can buy a simple wicker basket or a fancier sheer material covered basket. They make really nice, elaborate baskets now, specially designed for flower girls. Modern baskets for flower girls are now available in different colors and themes to match the bride’s choice of color scheme such as silver, black, brown, plum, etc….Some modern baskets even have beading or rhinestones on them. You can find these baskets online, in craft stores, wedding shops, at select florists and in department stores.
Where can I find artificial flower petals and how do I prepare them once I have them?
You can find these at the same places you will find baskets as described above. Simply fill your basket with the petals and you are ready to go. You can even do this a month or two ahead if you are the type that likes to be super organized in advance. Just make sure that if you do it more than a week before, you wrap the whole basket in a loose plastic bag to prevent dust and dirt from settling on your petals.