12 Cute Flower Girl Basket Alternatives (+ Giveaway!)

Before the bride makes her grand entrance, the flower girl traditionally tosses petals along the aisle. But what if you want something different? Or what if your venue doesn’t allow petals to be tossed? That’s where we come in! Today we’re sharing flower girl basket alternatives we know you’ll love. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Alternative Journals to give away one of these flower girl basket alternative to one lucky reader! What is the giveaway prize, you ask? Read on to find out!

Flower Girl Basket Alternatives

1. Wand

A flower girl star wand is something every flower girl would love to carry! By Jennifer Raichman.

flower girl star wand

handmade by jennifer raichman

Want a more rustic vibe? Opt for this grapevine heart wand instead! Handmade by Michele’s Cottage.

heart wand by micheles cottage

handmade by michele’s cottage

Planning a vintage wedding? This Victorian inspired wand features silk hydrangea petals and comes with a matching headband. By Kate Kate NYC.

victorian flower girl wand with matching headband

by kate kate nyc

2. Sign

A sign tells guests the bride is on her way. One example? This “Here Comes the Bride” sign: always a cute touch! By Rustic Blend.

here comes the bride sign by rustic blend

Another example of a sign is one that is personalized for the groom, like this one (shown below by Starry Night Signs):

here comes your bride sign by starry night signs

One of my favorites is this “Here Comes the Love of Your Life” by Just for Keeps:

Here comes the love of your life sign by Just for Keeps

3. Banner

Another type of sign is a banner, which is one terrific option when you have two flower girls. Each can hold a side and walk down the aisle together. This banner is handmade by Little Zebra’s Boutique.

time to tie the knot banner

by little zebra’s boutique

4. Tambourine

A lace or floral tambourine is a fun way for the flower girl to announce the bride’s arrival! Plus, she’ll love to play with it even after the ceremony. By Alternative Journals.

lace flower girl tambourine

by alternative journals

Mansion on Main Street Wedding: Charney & Rasheem

When newlywed Charney showed us photos of her dream wedding to Rasheem, we couldn’t wait to share them with you! Charney and Rasheem planned their beautiful Mansion on Main Street wedding in Voorhees, New Jersey. Charney tells us about their wedding planning experience and says,

“We wanted a wedding that displayed an African flair while exhibiting a sense of classic elegance. Our goal was simple: incorporate details that gave a nod to culture and blend it with our New Jersey roots by hosting it in our hometown among our closest family and friends. In honor of tradition we took part in a ‘Tasting of the Elements’ ceremony to demonstrate a commitment to remaining together no matter what life may bring. Additionally, we ‘tied the knot’ with a piece Kente cloth wrapped around our wrists to illustrate unity.”

She tells us how special her wedding day meant to them, continuing with, “Our wedding day was filled with so many memorable moments that we will cherish forever. Looking back, what made our wedding extra special was Rasheem’s grandmother, who was battling cancer, got to see her grandson get married before passing away three weeks later.”

Watch their day as it unfolded below, captured by Foster Ambitions Photography.

Mansion on Main Street Wedding

mansion on main street wedding - The Westin

mansion on main street wedding - The Westin

mansion on main street wedding - the groom getting ready

mansion on main street wedding - the bride getting her makeup done

mansion on main street wedding - the groom putting on his bowtie

groom and groomsmen

mansion on main street wedding - the groom in a white tuxedo

Rasheem surprised his bride with a necklace on the morning of the wedding…

mansion on main street wedding - the groom surprised his bride with a necklace on their wedding day

I love this photo: pure happiness!

mansion on main street wedding - the bride holding the necklace her groom surprised her with

The bride and her beautiful bridesmaids, who wore matching leopard print bridesmaid robes:

mansion on main street wedding - The Bride with her Bridesmaids

mansion on main street wedding - 19

Once the bride and her bridesmaids were ready, they headed over to the ceremony where the groom was waiting. Here’s how they decorated their ceremony space:

mansion on main street wedding - 15

I love the sign that leads guests to the ceremony reading, “Can I get a witness?” So cute!

mansion on main street wedding - 16

groom's boutonniere

the groom

Charney and Rasheem focused on every detail. They even had custom wedding programs designed, which looked amazing. They were designed to look like mini magazines.

mansion on main street wedding - 18

And a cute sign one of the flower girls carried which read, “Rasheem, just wait until you see her”.

mansion on main street wedding - Flower girl carrying sign that reads, 'Rasheem, just wait until you see her'. Cute!

Lavender Toss Bags — Ceremony Exit Ideas

Every couple ought to have a grand exit after the ceremony! A grand exit is where the couple walks down the aisle together — now married! — and guests applaud. This is also the time when guests throw things — like rice, petals, or lavender — at the newlyweds. I’m not sure why throwing things at the newlyweds equals festivity, but it does and that’s just the way it is. ;) We’ve seen flags waved, bubbles blown, bells rung, and ribbons twirled. We’ve even seen confetti popped into the air. (See the best ceremony exit ideas here.) We recommend a ceremony exit because it’s a fun way to kick off the reception.

One of our favorite ceremony toss ideas is lavender because it’s natural, organic, earthy, and exudes the loveliest fragrance. Our friends over at Four Sisters Farm Soap Co. make it easy for your guests to toss lavender by pre–packing it into these sweet muslin toss bags. This is today’s handpicked item of the day and you can find out the full details below.

Lavender Toss Bags

While Four Sisters Farm Soap Co. usually focuses on soap favors, they’re now offering lavender toss bags because they’re such a delicate and fragrant wedding detail. They fill natural muslin bags with french organic lavender buds for guests to toss as the newlyweds walk down the aisle. We recommend placing these bags in a large basket at your ceremony entrance so guests can take one as they arrive. If you prefer, you can leave a toss bag at each guest’s seat with a simple tag telling them to, “Please toss as the newlyweds exit the ceremony”.

lavender wedding toss bags

lavender toss bags: four sisters farm soap co.

lavender toss bags for ceremony

lavender toss bags: four sisters farm soap co.

lavender toss bags wedding ceremony

lavender toss bags: four sisters farm soap co.

Love these toss bags? You can find out more and/or buy them here.

xo
-E.

Top 10 Layered Pearl Necklaces on Etsy — (+ Giveaway!)

If you like a classic look with modern flair, try layered pearl necklaces on for size! We’ve rounded up our favorites from Etsy to inspire your layered look. We’ve even teamed up with pearl jewelry expert, Sukran Kirtis Jewelry, to give away a pearl necklace to one of our fabulous readers! See which necklaces made the list… and enter for a chance to win!

bride wearing layered pearl necklace

photo: gideon photography via my wedding

Layered Pearl Necklace Etsy Finds

1. This multi strand pearl wedding necklace

I love the blush pearls and gems mixed into this one.

layered pearl necklace

by sukran kirtis jewelry

2. This chunky layered necklace

Ah, so many tiny pearls for one dramatic statement piece!

chunky layered pearl necklace

by sukran kirtis jewelry

3. This triple layered necklace with rhinestone clasp

This layered pearl necklace has a classic look and a sparkly closure, worn to the side. I really like this look.

bridal pearl necklace with rhinestone clasp

by sarah walsh bridal

4. This mint green one, for a splash of color

A bride doesn’t have to wear white pearls! Opt for a splash of color — like mint — if you prefer. Or, gift this one to your bridesmaids!

mint layered pearl necklace etsy finds for bridesmaids

by joy katherine

5. This double strand pearl with cz elements

I like this double-layered look — and those sparkly elements are amazing!

double strand pearl necklace with cz

by sarah walsh bridal

6. This topaz and pearl necklace

This necklace is more petite and offers a little something blue.

topaz and pearl layered necklace etsy finds

by bare and me