What are alternatives to flower girl baskets?

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What are alternatives to flower girl baskets?
Give your flower girl her own bouquet to carry. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

For your wedding, you may want to consider an alternative to the traditional flower girl basket. Some churches don't allow flower petals to be dropped down the aisle, or perhaps your flower girl is very small and can't be counted on to successfully carry and drop flower petals down the aisle. There are many different options instead of simple baskets.

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Make up a bouquet for the flower girl to match the bridesmaids'; make it a bit smaller, however. You can include the same flowers and greenery. This is a good alternative if you absolutely love flowers, but aren't allowed to drop petals in the ceremony location. The bouquet doesn't have to match the bridesmaids' if you don't wish. A rose or cute daisy bouquet is nice, as well.

Ribbon Wand

If your little flower girl imagines herself as a fairy princess, give her a ribbon wand to use as she walks down the aisle. Purchase a wooden dowel at a home improvement or craft store and cut it so it is about 18 to 24 inches long. Push a foam ball on one end; you may want to put glue on the end of the dowel so the ball doesn't fall off. Wrap the dowel and ball in coloured ribbon to match the colours of the wedding. Leave a few ribbons hanging from the top of the ball.

Wagon or Carriage

If you are having an outdoor garden wedding, have your flower girl pull a small wagon filled with potted flowers or plants. Decorate the wagon with white satin or tulle to give it an elegant look. If you have a pram or pram, fill it with flowers and have her push it down the aisle. This is a good alternative if your flower girl is too small to walk down the aisle; put her in the wagon or carriage and have the ring bearer or a bridesmaid pull her down the aisle.

Halloween Candy Bucket

If you are getting married on or around Halloween, go for a truly unique look. Purchase a jack-o-lantern candy bucket and fill it with small, individually wrapped candy. As the flower girl walks down the aisle, have her drop the candy on either side of the aisle. You can go with all one candy or mix it up. If you don't mind unwrapped candy, candy corn would look very good.

Real Flowers

Pull together a large handful of long-stemmed flowers; roses work well, but you could also use carnations, daisies or tulips. Don't tie the bundle together, just have her hold them in her hands. As she walks down the aisle, have the flower girl pass out one flower to each person sitting on the end of the rows. This works well with a small wedding; it could take forever, as well as a lot of flowers, if she had 50 rows of people to pass them out to.


If your flower girl is a little older, have her carry a pillar candle down the aisle. This does not work well outdoors, as the wind could blow out the flame. Make sure that there is something to protect her hands from dripping wax. If you want to do it outdoors or with someone who can't be trusted with an open flame, use an electric candle; these won't blow out and can be safely used by young children.

Sea Shells

For an outdoor beach wedding, have your flower girl carry a sand bucket filled with small sea shells. Have her drop them along the aisle as she walks down. Make sure the shells are small so they don't interfere with you walking down the aisle after her.

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