Wondering what to do with rose petals? There are so many rose petal uses for your entire wedding day. They’re versatile, easy to work with, come in a wide variety of colors, and require zero knowledge of flower arranging.
You can use rose petals in your ceremony, reception, honeymoon suite and more. Read on to discover 15 ways to use rose petals for your wedding and beyond!
1. Ceremony Petal Toss Cones
Guests can toss rose petals from little paper cones for guests to throw after your kiss at the altar, while you’re walking back down the aisle, or during your exit.
2. Use Rose Petals in Centerpiece Decor
Rose petals make a classy addition when scattered across surfaces or tables. You can also use them to create a floating centerpiece, where candles, flowers and/or rose petals float in a water bowl.
3. Add a Monogram or Elaborate Design
Make your aisle personal by creating your monogram with rose petals. Or, if you prefer, you can use the rose petals to create swirls or an elaborate design. This stunning aisle design was created by Doug Smith Events.
4. Create an Ombre Effect Down the Aisle
Ombre (which means gradation in French) refers to the dark to light fade of color. Create this look down your aisle by using petals that gradually lighten. You can go down the length of the aisle (as shown) to lead eyes toward the alter, or fade petals from the outer edges toward the center, drawing eyes to the center of the aisle, where you will be walking!
5. Add them to Your Wedding Cake
Consider incorporating rose petals into the decoration of the cake table. Depending on what you prefer, you could have the petals lightly scattered around the table or create a dense coverage.
6. Flower Girl Petal Toss
Having the flower girl toss petals down the aisle is one of the most traditional ways to use rose petals. Is there anything sweeter than those little hands scattering delicate petals to make a path for the bride?
7. Throw Rose Petals at the Wedding Couple During Their Final Exit
Rose petals have also become a common substitution for rice or confetti throwing when a couple makes their grand finale wedding exit. Grains were once used to shower the newlyweds wishing them a “fruitful” union — the fertility of the seeds would fall upon the couple and bless them with a fertile marriage. Maintaining the same symbolic meaning, fresh rose petals are a colorful – not to mention softer version — of rice throwing as the newlyweds make their getaway!
8. Scatter Rose Petals on the Honeymoon Bed
Want to plan a special night for your sweetie? Rose petals are perfect for honeymoons! Make a heart out of your petals on the bed, then sprinkle around the room, leave a trail to somewhere or something special.
9. Add Dramatic Effect to Your Wedding Proposal
10. Freeze Rose Petals Into Ice Cubes
Freeze organic rose petals into ice cubes and use them to create fun and festive drinks!
11. Add Rose Petals to Your Bath
What else can you do with rose petals? Treat yourself to some self-care and create a rose petal bath! Roses are known to have an uplifting effect on the body and their fragrance can relieve stress, bloating, inflammation and menstrual pain, as well as promote sleep and relaxation. If you’re in the midst of wedding planning or just in need of some R&R, a bath with lots of rose petals could be a really good way to unwind.
12. Create Rose Petal Garlands or Leis
String rose petals onto a thin fishing line to create garland or leis! Hang on chairs, round tables, or from the ceiling, wear as traditional leis, or place wherever you need some additional decoration.
13. Use Rose Petals as an Accessory
Wearable wedding flowers are so unique and on trend. Consider wearable bridal flowers using rose petals and berries. We teamed up with Something Turquoise to show you how to create a back lei using hypericum berries and rose petals!
14. Relax with Rose Petals
Since roses have several calming and skin-softening properties, they are a great addition to a homemade body scrub! Along with a carrier oil and essential oils, add them to Epsom salt or sugar, and you’ll have a scrub to take care of all of life’s worries.
15. Dry the Rose Petals
Last but not least on our list of rose petal uses: you can dry your rose petals and keep them as a memento of your wedding day! Save some of your wedding day petals for a sweet reminder of the best day of your life.
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