How Many Rose Petals Do You Need?
Suggested rose petal quantities for decorating your wedding or romantic event.
For a light scattering of rose petals around a table centrepiece on a round table that seats 10 people, you will need 2 cups of rose petals per table.
Therefore, one pack (10 cups) of rose petals will provide enough to scatter on 5 tables round tables.
For a light scattering of rose petals around a table centrepiece on a square table that seats 8 people, you will need 2.5 cups of rose petals per table.
Therefore, one pack (10 cups) of rose petals will provide enough to scatter on 4 small square tables.
Rectangular Table - Line
To create a 10cm wide line of rose petals down the centre of a rectangular table, you will need one pack (10 cups) of rose petals for every 3 metres length. This usually equates to one pack of rose petals for every 2 rectangular tables.
Rectangular Table - Scattering
For more cost effective rectangular table decorations, you can lightly scatter the rose petals down the centre of the table rather than have a definite line.
One pack (10 cups) will provide a lightly sprinkled line that is 4 metres long. This is almost enough for 3 rectangular tables.
For a scattering of rose petals around a wedding or party cake on a small, round cake table, you will need 5 cups of rose petals (half a pack).
The bridal party are usually seated at a long rectangular table facing the guest tables. The rose petals will be scattered along the front edge of the table.
As a rough estimate, you will need half a pack (5 cups) of rose petals for a standard rectangular bridal table seating 6 people. For a larger table, please refer to the quantity suggested above for Line on Rectangular Table.
A very simple and attractive way to decorate your table centrepiece is to fill glass vases with brightly coloured rose petals.
One pack (10 cups) of rose petals is equivalent to 2.5 litres. Take one of the glass vases and fill it with cups of water. One cup of water equals one cup of rose petals. Ten cups of water equals one pack of rose petals.
By filling the vase with water, you will be able to calculate how many cups of rose petals you will need to fill each vase.
Please Note: All measurements below are based on a 1 metre wide aisle.
For a light scattering of rose petals down your wedding aisle, you will need one pack (10 cups) of rose petals for every 2 metres in length of your aisle.
Most wedding aisles are 6 to 10 metres long. You would need 3 packs for a 6 metre long aisle and 5 packs for a 10 metre long aisle to have a light scattering of rose petals.
To create more of a rose petal effect on your wedding aisle than the light scattering, you will need one pack (10 cups) of rose petals for every 1 metre in length of your aisle. So you would need 6 packs for a 6 metre aisle, 10 packs for a 10 metre aisle etc.
With a dense scattering, you will still see the surface underneath the rose petals (flooring / carpet / grass), but there will be an obvious rose petal aisle.
If you wish to create a carpet of rose petals for your wedding aisle, then you will need the full coverage option. This means that you won’t see the surface (flooring / carpet / grass) underneath the rose petals.
For full coverage you will need one pack (10 cups) of rose petals for every half a metre in length of the aisle. You will need 12 packs for a shorter 6 metre aisle and 20 packs for a standard 10 metre aisle.
It’s a little pricier, but the effect sure is amazing!!
Line On Each Side - Thin
Lining the sides of the wedding aisle has become very popular, particularly for garden weddings. It creates a clearly defined path for the bride to walk down the aisle, so you don’t have to worry about guests standing in the way - especially useful if you don’t have a lot of seating.
For a thin sprinkled line on each side of the wedding aisle, you will need one pack (10 cups) for every 2 metres in length of the aisle. Therefore, if your aisle is 6 metres long, you will need 3 packs of rose petals in total to give you a thinly sprinkled line on each side.
Line On Each Side - Wide
For a thicker line, you will need more rose petals than the measurement above, but the effect can be really stunning.
You will need one pack (10 cups) to create a 25cm wide line that is 1.5 metres long. Keep in mind that you will need two packs to create a 25cm wide and 1.5m long line on both sides of the aisle.
Therefore, if your aisle is 6 metres long, you will need a total of 8 packs of rose petals to create a wide line one each side.
Love Heart To Stand In
The number of packets required to create a love heart shape for the bride and groom to stand in at the end of the aisle can vary depending on how wide the bride’s gown is at the base and also how large the area is at the front of the seating where the heart will be.
As a rough guide, we recommend 2 to 3 packs (20 to 30 cups total) of rose petals to create a good sized outline of a heart shape for the bridal couple to stand in.
Scattering On Bed
One pack (10 cups) of rose petals will provide a light scattering on a queen size bed. If you want to create a love heart or write something in rose petals, please see the measurements below as you will need 2 to 4 packs for this. A single pack will only provide a light sprinkling on the bed.
Love Heart On Bed
Two packs (20 cups total) of rose petals will be enough for the outline of a modest love heart shape on a queen size bed. If you’d like to create a larger love heart shape on a queen size bed you will need three packs (30 cups total).
Will You Marry Me?
You can get a much more romantic way of proposing than writing Will You Marry Me? in rose petals! To create good sized letters for the writing, you will need 3 packs (30 cups total) of rose petals. This will ensure that your writing stands out well, whether it’s on a sandy beach, bedroom floor or garden path.
I Love You
The number of packs you will need to write “I Love You” depends on how big you’d like the writing. As a general guide, you will need 2 packs (20 cups total) of rose petals to write I Love You on a bed or 2 to 3 packs of rose petals to write I Love You on a path, beach or garden.
For a standard bath at home, half a pack (5 cups) of rose petals is enough to sprinkle in the bath with a good lashing of bubble bath!! If you’re stuck for ideas on how to use the remaining half a pack, why not sprinkle the petals on the bathroom floor creating a light trail of rose petals from the door to the bath.
For a larger bath, like a double or four person spa bath, you may need up to one full pack (10 cups) of rose petals.
Rose Petal Trail
Creating a trail of rose petals for a romantic occasion is much like creating a wedding aisle. Please take a look at the Wedding Aisle section above and decide whether you would like a lightly scattered trail, a densely scattered trail or full coverage of your pathway / trail.
The measurements for the wedding aisles apply to creating a romantic rose petal pathway. However, the wedding aisle measurements are based on a 1 metre wide aisle so the bride can walk down with plenty of room for her gown. You could possibly create a narrower rose petal trail for a romantic occasion.
For a good photographic effect we recommend releasing 3 to 6 cannons simultaneously. One to two cannons will be enough if you’re looking to just liven things up a little and add some fun to the photo shoot. However, 1 to 2 cannons won’t give you the best chance of capturing a fabulous photo.
Ultimately it comes down to your budget because you can never have too many rose petal cannons! The most we’ve ever had released simultaneously is 15 but the average number of cannons purchased is 4. Most of our brides choose to provide the bridal party and/or the parents of the bride and groom with confetti cannons to release.
The standard number of rose petal cones is one cone for every 2 to 3 guests. This will give a beautiful photographic effect and will involve many of your guests. Generally the ladies and children love to throw the cones and often the men just take some petals out of the ladies’ cones so they can be part of the action too.
In an average wedding of 100 guests, our brides usually supply 30 or 40 cones depending on their budget.
Filling Own Handmade Cones
If you’d prefer to make your own cones rather than purchasing our fully assembled ones, it’s important to accurately calculate how many packs of rose petals you’ll need to purchase, so you don’t end up short on the day.
Working out how many packs you need:
Take one kitchen measuring cup (250ml) and fill it with pasta shells or cornflakes or something resembling rose petals. Pour the cup into one of your handmade paper cones and see what portion of the cup you need to fill your cone.
For example, if your handmade cones require one cup of cornflakes to fill them, then you will need 1 pack (10 cups) of rose petals for every 10 cones you make. Every pack of rose petals we supply has 10 cups in it.
So if your cones only required half a cup of cornflakes, then you would need 1 pack of rose petals for every 20 cones.
Our fully assembled cones take a full cup of rose petals. However, some of our customers have made their cones from 0.5 cup to 1.5 cups in size, so it really does vary and it’s a good idea to check!
Also remember that some settling may occur on the day so it’s a good idea to have a little extra of the rose petals so you can top up the cones if you need to.
If rose petal cannons and paper cones aren’t for you, then you may prefer to offer your guests handfuls of rose petals to throw as confetti.
Each pack of rose petals contains 10 cups (2.5 litres) of rose petals. This equates to 15 to 20 good handfuls of throwing confetti.
Therefore, if you plan on filling a basket with rose petals for 100 guests to take a handful, then you would need 5 to 6 packs (50 to 60 cups) of rose petals.