What Quantity Do I Need?

One of the biggest questions we get from customers is '"What quantity do I need?", so below are some top tips to consider before making your petal purchase.

How We Measure Petals

Firstly, we measure petals in litres and cups, which is standard practice across the petal industry. 

We use standard kitchen measuring cups and a litre jug to measure the petals. We fill these to the top with petals when measuring and always ensure the right amount is included in each bag. In fact, when we can, we often include an extra cup for good measure! 

If your petals settle during transport just use your hands to 'fluff' them up again, restoring their volume. 

How much is in a litre? 

A litre of petals contains 5 cups. Each cup is approximately a handful of petals, and we recommend 2/3 of a cup to 1 cup of petals per person taking part in a petal toss. This amount will comfortably fill a 4x6 inch organza bag or standard petal cone. 

Rosepetals.ie Quantity Measurements

What quantity will I need for...?


2 litres of petals is our smallest size and could be used as personal confetti for the bridal party or a small group of guests. The average confetti purchase is 6-8 litres for 30-40 guests. 

You can work out how much you need by multiplying the amount of guests you want to take part by 2/3 of a cup or 1 cup of petals per person.


For proposals a 4 litre box (20 cups) is the most popular size, although 2 litres would give you 10 cups to decorate a table, bath or to add a few handfuls onto the floor or a bed.

2 litres should be enough to write 'I Love You' or 'Marry Me' in 20cm high lettering.

For heavier coverage on a floor or bed, or to create a pathway of petals we would recommend at least 8-12 litres of petals. 

Other Uses

Walkway or Aisle: 1-1.5 cups per square foot for light coverage, 3 cups per square foot for medium coverage, 5 cups per square foot for heavy coverage

For creating heavy petal decoration at a wedding we recommend a 20 litre box, with which you can create a pathway and possibly have petals left over for confetti or table decoration.

Flower Girl's Basket: 6 cups for a small basket, 12 cups for a large basket

Table Decoration:  2-4 cups to decorate the centre of a standard circular table (60")

Romantic Evening (Beds/Floors/Baths): 10 cups would provide a light to moderate covering on a queen/king bed

Invitations/ Notes/ Envelopes: 5-10 petals per envelope

Luxury Bath/Spa Treatment: 2-3 cups

Candle Making & Crafting: 2 litre box should provide plenty of petals for crafting


There are lots of other uses for our petals too, for memorials, baby showers, gender reveal parties, hotel turndown service etc. 

For more details on ordering with us please see our FAQs page. For inspiration please check out our Instagram and Pinterest accounts.

If you have any questions please get in touch by emailing Dawn - sales@rosepetals.ie