How to Get the Perfect Petal Toss Shot

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How to Get the Perfect Petal Toss Shot

The perfect petal toss shot is one of the most common requests on a bride and groom’s “photography wish list” for their wedding day. But what does it REALLY take to get that perfect shot, like the one seen above?

A lot of couples end up being disappointed with the petal toss as they are walking back up the aisle after the ceremony. First of all, guests are often too busy clapping or snapping photos to toss petals (or blow bubbles or wave ribbons). And some guests, believe it or not, simply don’t know what to do with them. They haven’t watched a bunch of wedding shows on WeTV like we have. More often then not the petals just sit there, sad and untouched, and the photos of the couple walking back up the aisle are woefully petal-less (but still very pretty, nevertheless).

In reality, most of the beautiful petal toss photos you see on the Internet are actually “staged” shots, which means the set-up was created just to get a good shot of the petals. Often the staged shot happens after the ceremony is over and guests have moved onto pre-reception hour. The photographer will enlist the help of friends or family to stand off to the sides and toss a ton of petals up into the air, over the couple. You may have to do this a few times to get the perfect shot!

How to Get the Perfect Petal Toss Shot

Jenna from White Rabbit Photo Boutique, who took all of the wedding photos featured in this article, gives this advice for couples wanting the perfect petal toss shot: “The key to a good petal toss is to have everyone throw their arms up and make a super happy face to each other while they do it! You want to throw the petals up and in front of the couple, not directly at the couple. And it’s even better if you have someone next to the photographer but out of the shot who can throw an additional handful of petals in front of the camera to create the cool effect of petals everywhere. If you have a big wedding party, give everyone a handful and have them all throw it in the air and cheer, or have them stand in a line and toss them in the air as the couple runs down the aisle!”

How to Get the Perfect Petal Toss Shot

If you want a petal toss for your wedding, silk petals will generally be less expensive than real petals but look just a good in pictures. PaperMart has tons of different colored silk rose petals to choose from. My personal favorite look is mixing one of your wedding colors with white or ivory petals. (Not sure if you want white or ivory? Get petals that match your dress color.)

You can distribute petals to guests in pretty organza bags. I recommend the 4″ x 6″ size, but you can go bigger if you want MORE petals!

If you want to use real petals, you can save a bit of money by only putting petal cones at the seats along the aisle. Or, have your florist decorate the aisle with rose petals, then use those to do a staged petal toss after the ceremony.

Remember that any rose petals, real or fake, you bring in yourself will likely need to be cleaned up by you or a designated person from your wedding party, or you’ll incur a venue clean-up fee (check with your venue about this – I know Disneyland does charge a clean-up fee if they have to clean up anything they do not provide themselves).

PaperMart has all kinds of budget-friendly wedding supplies, from bags and favor boxes and feathers and paper lanterns … I even found a hidden Mickey on their site!

How to Get the Perfect Petal Toss Shot
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