Rose Petal Curtain

Last spring, Nicole and Cabel got married at Holocene.

The ceremony took place in front of a 19’x10′ white wall; we decided that it would be nice to soften  it somehow and Nicole liked the idea of a pink rose petal curtain. It was a time consuming project, but it was well worth it and photographer Robert McNary captured it beautifully!

12 Comments on “Rose Petal Curtain”

  • Anonymous June 2nd, 2009 1:05 am

    How much did you charge to make this? I will be needing to do something similar as a backdrop for an 8×10 area, but am having the hardest time getting ballpark estimates!

  • Françoise June 2nd, 2009 3:02 am

    The wall was 10′ tall; the strands were 10.5′ long (so they ‘puddled’ at the base) – we hung one strand every 2.5 “. The cost per strand was $15. So if the wall is 10′ tall and 8′ long, there would be a total of 32 strands and the cost would be $480.
    We used silk petals, because it does not work to use fresh ones. A huge advantage is that it can be made ahead of time, because it is an incredibly time consuming job.
    Hope this helps.

  • Anonymous August 2nd, 2009 7:39 am

    I am not sure if my comment went through. I am wondering how this is attached to the ceiling. Are the strings attached to a rod and would you then have to drill something in the ceiling, if the ceremony will be held indoors?

  • Françoise August 2nd, 2009 2:16 pm

    This site had very high ceilings; a 10′ tall ‘half-wall’ had been built at one end and that is the wall that we decorated; we taped each individual strands on the horizontal part at the top. However, when I was testing this in my studio, I simply taped each individual strand on a wooden beam with a wide strip of tape and it held just fine as the weight of the strands are so minimal. Attaching them to a rod would work as well (even though tying a knot in a nylon line would make for a very time consuming set-up), but I cannot imagine that any place would allow to have holes drilled for that purpose…
    Let me know if you have any other questions – I’d be happy to help.

  • dani @ weddings fresh September 23rd, 2009 11:35 pm

    stunning!! beautifully made, francoise!!

  • Emee September 24th, 2009 12:34 am

    This is gorgeous. Love it!

  • Joceylane April 2nd, 2010 6:00 am

    GORGEOUS!! I LOVE IT!! May I ask how u made it?? Did u glue each petal on? Or did u thread it with a needle? I’m having trouble finding these online. It seems like UR the one that makes these!!

  • Françoise April 2nd, 2010 8:16 am

    Thanks! I threaded the petals with a needle and a nylon thread. Very time consuming, but worth the effort!

  • Candice December 14th, 2010 7:52 pm

    Hi! I LOVE this idea! I am incorporating something similar into my pipe and draping at my wedding on January 1. I searched everywhere for somewhere to purchase a silk petal “garland” but cannot find anything that works, and then I found this page. SO.. I’m going to make them myself. I’ve already purchased my petals, but for the thread, is it better to get the thicker nylon thread? Do the petals stay by just threading them on or do you need to do a knot underneath each petal or something of that nature? My strands are going to be about 1.5′ apart and the petals will have about 3-4″ of space between each.

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  • cyntha June 17th, 2014 12:59 pm

    how many petals did you use for each strand ?

  • Françoise June 17th, 2014 3:30 pm

    I don’t remember, I made it 5 years ago…I did a test with rose petals and the next day all the petals were at the bottom- due to dehydration, the little holes had gotten just a bit bigger and the petals all dropped down the fishline. So I used silk petals and it worked like a charm. I do remember that it took 10 min/strand and that I had to wrap every strand and separate them all with wax paper to prevent a tangled mess. As I needed 76, it was an extremely time consuming job…

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