Something we are frequently asked to add to quotes and are later asked to remove are rose petals. Our clients are typically surprised by the cost that accompanies rose petals and to be completely honest, when we first got into this industry we were surprised as well. So today, we're going to break it down for you!
1) A rose petal comes from a rose
This sounds like the most obvious statement in the world but sometimes, our brains just don't connect those dots. When there are rose petals scattered down the aisle at your wedding, it means that we bought a full rose and pulled the petals off by hand. When we're buying roses from our wonderful wholesaler, we have to pay the same price for a rose whether it's going to be used for petals or it's going to be placed in your bouquet.
2) A single rose doesn't go as far as you might think
To create a full look down your aisle, it can take anywhere from 50 - 1000+ roses depending on how many petals you're envisioning, how solid the petals are, and how long/wide your aisle is. Each of those roses has to be handled individually which requires time and attention from our team. The full rose is not usable as the outer petals are too damaged to be used (torn, browning petals aren't very pretty) and the inner petals are often too small and the wrong color (the inside petals in this pink rose were bright yellow).
To give you an idea of what a single rose will get you, we created a little visual aid. The space is one square foot filled with rose petals (one rose is added in each frame).
That's all we've got for you this week in wedding flower school. If you have any questions you'd like to see us address in this column, leave them in the comments below! We want you to feel confident in your wedding planning and we love sharing our insider knowledge to make your planning easier.