Train your Flower Girl for a Brilliant Petal Toss
(14/09/2016) | Categories:
| Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planning |
Flower girls toss petals with exuberant
abandon. Right? That's a given? Except that it
doesn't always work out that way ....
In my role as celebrant (officiant) at hundreds of
weddings involving a flower girl, or three, and a petal
toss, I've seen every possible variation, but actually
rarely an exuberant abundance of petals flying through
the air to land on the aisle carpet. It is much more
common for children to carefully select one petal at a
time, and to take great care in dropping that petal. As
with everything involving children, this is a wedding
ritual that needs multiple rehearsals, which is where
Mum and Dad come in.
gather together petal substitutes.
These could be cheap silk petals from the $2 shop,
cut-up tissue or other paper, or even torn-up bits of
fill the actual basket the child will
carry on the day with these substitute petals.
before trying a hands-on rehearsal,
have some discussion about why petals are being
scattered and why they need to be thick on the carpet.
keep emphasising that it isn't making
a mess and that big handfuls are the go!
the easy one if you have chooks in
your back yard, not so easy if you don't - demonstrate
how one feeds the chooks by scattering the grain, and
then practice doing that with the petals
Have a petal shower - just for fun,
tossing the petals into the air so that they float down
as you both walk through them.
keep practicing, including a last
minute minute practice with a few extra real petals so
she gets used to the feel of them.
: step back and leave it up to the
child. Whatever she does will be a photo opportunity and
will add so much fun to the entrance of the bride.