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Rose Petals Cost


How Much Do Rose Petals Cost?

 
low costArtificial: 50 cents to $1 per cupaverage costFresh: $1 to $2 per cuphigh costFreeze Dried: $1.50 to $2 per cup

The tradition[1] of tossing rose petals at a wedding dates back to medieval England, where the blooms were thought to bring fertility and good luck. Today, rose petals are often tossed by a flower girl before the bride walks down the aisle, and may decorate tables or cakes. Available in assorted colors, they can be fresh, freeze-dried or artificial.

Typical costs:

  • For this article, an average of 35 petals per cup was used to compare prices between different companies. Actual amounts per cup vary based on the petal size.
  • Freeze dried rose petals typically cost $1.50 to $2.50 per cup, though actual prices range from 70 cents to $3.30 a cup.
  • Fresh rose petals typically cost between $1 and $2 per cup, though actual prices range from 58 cents to $3 a cup.
  • Artificial or silk rose petals typically cost 50 cents to $1 per cup.
Related articles: Wedding Flowers, Wedding Cake, Silk Flowers

What should be included:
  • Based on the size of the rose petals, there should be anywhere from 20 to 50 petals per cup. Make sure the company specifies a specific amount of petals, whether it is measured in cups, pounds or an actual petal count.
Additional costs:
  • Unless shipping is free, expect to pay as much as $20 for ground delivery. Add more if the fresh petals must be shipped overnight.
Discounts:
  • Petal Garden[2] sells discounted "pathway petals" starting at 70 cents per cup. These less-than-perfect petals are not recommended for table decoration but are suitable for aisles and other areas that will not be seen close up.
Shopping for rose petals:
  • Buy Rose Petals carries over 50 colors of silk rose petals, including blues, greens and metallics. Specialty colors are available in packs as small as 3 cups, with mixing and matching encouraged. And Wedding Accessories also specializes in silk flower petals.
  • If you have your heart on a specific color, understand that fresh rose petals are a seasonal item and colors or tones may differ slightly, due to availability. Consider purchasing silk or freeze-dried petals to avoid last-minute disappointment. Petal Garden[3] lists ten common myths to look out for when shopping for freeze dried rose petals.
  • Save on Crafts[4] recommends ordering four to six cups of rose petals for the flower girl to sprinkle down the aisle. A wedding toss requires as much as one cup per guest, and a covered walkway or tabletop needs one to three cups per square foot, depending on how dense the coverage.
  • Per cup rates are generally better when shopping for large quantities of petals (300 cups or more, or 10,000+ petals),.
  • For fresh flower petals, Whole Blossoms[5] offers free shipping in the continental U.S. and specialty colors like pale green and yellow.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.weddingtosses.com/rose-petal-history.shtml
  2.  www.petalgarden.com/freeze-dried-rose-petals.htm
  3.  www.petalgarden.com/rose-petals-info.htm
  4.  www.save-on-crafts.com/freezedried4.html
  5.  www.wholeblossoms.com/17-wholesale-rose-petals.html
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