Flower girls are a symbolic connection between a bride's childhood and womanhood. They also remind onlookers of our brief and magical childhood and they also help remind us all how beautiful it is to have children and love within a family. And, they are also the cutest element of anyone's wedding; the one person in the wedding that is perhaps photographed almost as much as the bride!
Flower girl baskets have so many uses, from just decoration to actually holding petals, flowers or autumn leaves to scatter down the aisle runner prior to the bride walking to meet her groom. There are so many options for flower girl baskets. Below are just a sampling of some of my favorites.
Photos of Flower Girl Baskets
Flower Girl Basket Designs
Flower girl baskets can be made out of a variety of materials and can be super cheap if made by hand out of a decorated Chinese takeaway carton, or super expensive if you find an old lamp, turn it upside down and put silk ribbons on the handles.
They also come in an array of styles from super classy and formal, to rustic and homemade. Figure out what your budget is, then what the theme of your wedding is. Is it outdoors? You may want to go for a rustic look. If your ceremony is indoors at an expensive hotel or country club, you may want something more refined and elegant.
Also, decide what will go into the basket to get an idea of sizes. If you're going to have your flower girl toss autumn leaves on the aisle, she'll need a bigger basket or bucket. But, if you're going to have your florist cover the aisle in thousands of petals prior to the wedding ceremony, the flower girl will be a symbol and can have an actual floral arrangement in her basket or bowl, which can make for a smaller vessel.
The first picture to the right is a handmade copper basket that is gorgeous. It would be perfect for a daytime or nighttime event. This is from the Santa Barbara Blog - Anthropology. The copper bowls are a great find. I imagine you could even go to an antique shop or flea market and try to find old lighting fixtures that would do the same trick. Make sure the weight isn't really heavy, or your flower girl may have sore arms.
The Rustic flower girl basket with the bride and groom's initials carved in the bark of the basket is a whimsical reminder of love. This is great for an outdoor wedding, created by AprilHilerDesigns on Etsy.
StudiowedbyMirela also on Etsy, has a gorgeous selection of very classy and elegant flower girl baskets. I love the huge flowers she uses and that it has a touch of sparkle with the rhinestone set in the center of the silk flower.
If you are having a winter wedding, Bragginbags has a gorgeous flower girl basket that looks like frost on berry branches. Very romantic - it looks like a fairytale!
I love Halloween and dreamed of having an October wedding. I ended up having a late July wedding, which was beautiful...(but not quite as much fun as a Halloween wedding could be!) These little orange pumpkin flower girl baskets are fantastic for autumn. If you have more than one flower girl - even better...you could have a pumpkin patch! Why not include the junior attendants too - It would make a perfect photo! Further down on the list are the white version of the same basket - which are a bit more elegant looking and could probably be used year-round.
All Of You, creates a perfectly elegant black and white flower girl basket. Any color petals would be beautiful against the black silk. This is classic and timeless. However, if you do not have black anywhere else in your wedding, I'd recommend to not use this basket, or it may come across as a bit ominous.
Dewdropdaisies makes this vintage-inspired wire basket that has a million and one uses for after the wedding. This is a perfect basket for vintage weddings and would look great filled with lavender.
Designershindigs creates a rustic flower basket that looks like a magical forest. This is a great idea if you are having an outdoor backyard or barnyard wedding. The texture is fantastic and even though it's rustic, it still has a modern appeal.
Embellishmint Flower Designs created a simple, fresh and green flower girl basket. If you are working with a florist to create a basket (instead of purchasing a ready made or one created by a designer), ask them what materials they have available.
Some types of bamboo, branches or willows are easier to get at different times throughout the year. Though, moss is pretty easy to get year-round. Make sure they know your color scheme so they can match the flower girl basket to your décor.
Also, if you have ribbon you can bring your florist, it's always easier than asking them to match something "you have in mind". For the busy bride who is technologically savvy and loves e-mails (like me!), keep in mind also that colors on your computer screens may show up quite differently on their computer screens...
The cone-shaped flower girl basket (reminiscent of Tussy Mussy's), created by hac567 on Etsy, will give you an A+ for uniqueness. The petals at the top create a feminine feel, along with the big, flouncy flower. The long strings of petals will keep your flower girl wanting to swing her basket all the way down the aisle.
I don't remember a flower girl in the movie, "Sex In The City", however if there was one, she was probably using the basket from Itsmyday. This super-loud and funky flower girl basket, screams romance with a giant pink flower on the side. It takes a bride full of pizazz and a flower girl with even more to dance this down the aisle!
Craftingmygreenworld.com and kassieopeia take the eco-friendly, green route with their reusable flower girl baskets. Perfect for outdoor weddings, both baskets are meant to be used over and over again. The watering tin is totally cute and would look great with an arrangement hanging over one side. The bucket can be filled with leaves or petals. Decorate both with ribbons matching the bridesmaids gowns to tie them into the wedding décor.
I love the butterflies on the butterfly basket by Myhaleygirl. They look like they're fluttering into motion from the smallest to the biggest one at the top. I personally would want to spraypaint this basket white, green or yellow. I'm not a huge fan of plain old wicker, though, if a quality florist got hold of this basket they could cover the wicker with silk fabric on the outside, or line the inside with silk and cover the outside with moss. Come to think of it - I'd have my way with this basket and turn it into a terrarium of natural wonders...there's lot of things that could be done with this one to make it absolutely amazing. I see potential.
If you see a basket that is almost perfect, there's no reason why you couldn't alter it with some fabric, fresh flowers, rhinestones, ribbons, paint or glue. Buy one and make it awesome!
I love studiowedbyMirela. I just do. She's so elegant and playful. Everything I see coming out of her shop looks like it's graced the pages of bridal dream magazines. And, according to customer comments, they all seem to say the same thing - the products look exactly the same in person as they do in her shop - which is great news for her fans.
Some things to keep in mind when purchasing a flower girl basket:
1. Know the size of your flower girl. If she's tiny, she'll need a tiny basket, or she'll be dragging it down the aisle.
2. Choose if you want your flower girl to throw petals and leaves, or if you want them to have a bouquet to just hold. I was a flower girl when I was 7, and I'm still sore that I didn't get to throw petals. I thought it was kind of lame that someone took my job away from me....talk to your flower girl and ask what she wants to do. On the other hand, my 4 year old flower girl refused to throw petals and that was kind of lame too.
3. Practice with your flower girl. At the rehearsal dinner, have torn paper or fake petals and have her practice scattering them down the aisle. "Falling snowflakes" is a good image for most little girls to understand what you're looking for. Know they won't be perfect, but imperfection by a child is kind of perfect in it's own right.
4. If you want ribbon on your flower girls basket, provide it to the florist to make sure you get exactly what you want. Or, select it with your florist from their catalogues.
5. Decide on silk or real flowers if you are doing a bouquet. There are many designers out there that make really beautiful arrangements - it's very different from the fake flowers of the 1970s.
6. Flower girl baskets no longer just hold rose petals....Choose from lavender buds, tea rose buds, silk petals, autumn leaves, confetti, paper snowflakes or anything else that's not slippery that is lightweight and can be scattered by a small child.
7. Attach flowers to the the areas where the handle meets the basket if you want the best of both worlds. If your flower girl is going to throw petals and wants a flower arrangement for the photos, why not have both?
8. Find out from your ceremony venue if they'll allow real flowers or petals to be thrown. Oftentimes, more expensive venues don't want to clean up after stepped on or mashed-into-the-carpet petals. If this is the case, ask your florist if they can provide silk petals. No one will know the difference!
EllenDean (author) from Austin on July 03, 2011:
Thank you kyenny! I'm so glad the info was an inspiration. And, congratulations with your big day! Good luck and have fun planning!
Krissy from Ohio on June 06, 2011:
These ideas are wonderful and unique! They gave me awesome ideas for my upcoming wedding! Thank you! Voted up awesome and useful!