Flower Girl Flower Baskets Galore!
There’s nothing quite like daintily accessorized flower baskets in the hands of adorably cute little girls to make heads turn. Clad in their adorable mini-versions of the bride’s wedding dress, all eyes are drawn towards the flower girls as they begin to walk down the aisle. The arrival of the flower girls is a signal to everyone that a momentous event is about to start. What could be sweeter and more evocative of love’s promise than a flower girl and her basket of flower petals?
Flower Girl History and Tradition
Flower girls and their baskets of flowers are de rigeur at wedding ceremonies and this tradition dates back to ancient Rome. Flower girls used to carry sheaves of wheat and herbs to symbolize prosperity and fertility. This tradition carried over through the centuries with more elaborate customs.
Today, flower girls still play a big and favorite part in wedding ceremonies. They symbolize purity and innocence, and bridge the gap between childhood and womanhood.
You too can have perfectly hand-crafted flower baskets for your flower girls to carry.
What are flower baskets?
Flower baskets are a wedding accessory used by flower girls to hold flower petals or flower petal alternatives. The flower petals are tossed into the air as the flower girl walks down the aisle ahead of the bridesmaids. Baskets usually come in the color and material that complements the bride’s wedding theme be it a Victorian wedding theme, a beach wedding, or a contemporary themed wedding.
What are they made of?
With the abundant availability of materials and the ease of online shopping, flower baskets can be made out of anything you desire! It can be made of fabric: lace, silk, organza, tin, natural products such as raffia, woven hemp, burlap, or a combination of materials. It can be played up using satin ribbons, jewels, rhinestones, appliques, feathers, the choices are positively endless.
Only your creativity and imagination will put a limit to flower basket ideas. It’s easier to order them online and have the supplier customize them for you. If you have a strong DIY (Do It Yourself) streak and want more control as to how baskets look, you can assemble them yourself though this might take some time but the end result is uniquely different.
To give you some ideas of which flower basket is perfect for you, take a peek below.
Flower girl flower basket options:
Satin flower baskets in white or silver are a classic piece. You can easily customize this type of basket with jewel appliques in any shape and color to match your wedding theme. Creamy petals in pastel shades of pink and apricot would make this basket stand-out.
This hand-made flower basket below is made of refined white linen. It’s delicately decorated with cherry blossoms and the Asian character for “Love.” It’s an authentic and charming addition to an oriental-themed wedding. Match wedding guest books, pen holders, and thank you cards with this basket and you’re all set!
Breezy seaside themed baskets are too adorable for words! Aiming for a relaxed and sunny beach wedding? These baskets are readily available to add fun to your wedding day! Create one yourself using an ordinary white basket, bands of richly colored ribbons in shades of aquamarines and blues. Add some lace to offset the darker tones and top with colored seashells and starfishes. Your flower girl will love toting this cute basket around all day!
For a rustic wedding feel perfect for a Garden Wedding, a burlap and lace basket accented with beaded pearl handles is the right choice. Burlap is a versatile material which you can play up with accessories like silk flowers, pearls, and ribbons in the color of your choice. Don’t be afraid to mix and match materials for wedding baskets, below you’ll see how the simple burlap fabric shows off the dainty elegance of lace and the charming flower accent.
Another option if you have the luxury of time is to craft your own baskets from the ideas above. Or you can go easy on yourself and order wedding accessories online and coordinate colors and styles from baskets to garters!
What do you put inside?
While it’s romantic and traditional to place rose petals in the basket, some wedding venues may not allow for fresh petals to be strewn about as it may stain carpets or cause someone to slip on them. Instead, you can opt for any of these beautiful alternatives: single stem flowers, candies, confetti, pretty sea shells, bubbles, or synthetic petals.
Should I match wedding accessories to my flower baskets?
If you like the quiet elegance of color-coordinated wedding motifs, go ahead and match wedding accessories from stationery to centerpieces. Ideally you should choose a theme, color, or motif at the onset of wedding planning and coordinate accessories such as ring pillows, invitations, favors, flower baskets, and everything else. It’s all in the details.
For an element of surprise, opt to think outside the box. Your flower girls can carry cute love messages or a small heart shaped banner with the words “Here Comes Your Girl!” as they march down the aisle instead of a traditional basket of flowers. It really is up to you to decide what to include in your wedding ceremony, after all, it IS your wedding day.
While traditional baskets holding flowers are definitely a must-have accessory for your adorable flower girl, you can explore other options like a kissing ball, otherwise known as a pomander.They’re an excellent alternative to carrying a basketful of petals to scatter on the floor. Kissing balls can be made out of silk or paper flowers for at a lower cost instead of using fresh flowers.
Other alternatives to the flower basket are teddy bears, and whimsical wands tied with bows.
Your little flower girl will always remember your wedding day. Make it extra special for her too with a well-crafted flower basket she’ll cherish.
For more flower basket ideas, visit CouplesOnCakes.com. Our helpful staff is ready to answer your inquiries and help you pick the right flower basket for your special day.
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