As a landmark occasion in your life, your wedding can be customized as much as you'd like to accommodate the tastes and personalities of you and your partner. It is tradition for the flower girl to toss petals down the aisle, but what she drops or carries is up to you. If your wedding has a unique theme or location, or if you just favor originality, consider one of these flower petal alternatives.
Leaves and Acorns
At a fall wedding, leaves and acorns make fantastic alternatives to traditional rose petals. Use their natural quality to bring a rustic element to an elegant wedding, or have them fit in seamlessly with the rest of a traditional country wedding. These easily biodegradable options are particularly ideal at outdoor venues. Fall leaves can be used in a variety of colors to complement the specific décor of your natural wedding. For an extra touch of elegance, you can make your own paper leaves for the same purpose.
Beach weddings are perfectly complemented by seashells strewn across the sand by your flower girl. Seashells, unlike flower petals, will not blow away in the ocean breeze during your beach wedding. They can be collected from the beach before the ceremony or be purchased in advance; they are available in various sizes and even come in different colors. Sharp or broken shells can be dangerous, so purchasing small rounded shells is recommended.
Glitter and Confetti
For a particularly festive option -- well-suited to a nighttime wedding or a glitzy holiday wedding, such as one with a New Year's theme -- your flower girl could carry glitter or confetti to toss down the aisle instead of flower petals. This is a great way to add some sparkle to the ceremony. Confetti and glitter are both inexpensive, widely available and come in a variety of colors and shapes to match your wedding's theme. Be prepared, though; particularly if your flower girl is quite young, this can be a very messy choice.
Weddings with winter or holiday themes can be heartwarming and elegant. A lovely touch would be fake snow sprinkled along the aisle by your flower girl, creating a snowy path for you and your partner to walk down together. This is a much more natural fit for a winter wedding than flower petals, and it looks elegant against a winter color palette which frequently includes whites, blues, silver and gold.
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