I think it’s the case that everyone would like awesome wedding photos! One of the most anticipated shots at any wedding is the confetti throwing photograph… It’s one of my favourite moments of a wedding day. It’s full of colour, everyone’s smiling, and the happy couple have relaxed after the formal part of the day is done. And photo opportunity aside, throwing wedding confetti is a tradition that dates back to the Romans. They threw rice over newlyweds believing that it would bestow fertility upon the happy couple, making their marriage a ‘fruitful’ one. The English use of the word ‘confetti’ derives from the Italian ‘confetti’ which are sugar coated almonds that are given out at weddings (with a white coating) or at graduations (with a red coating) – these were traditionally thrown into the air at carnivals. Us Brits adapted the sweetie missiles to weddings (replacing the traditional rice) at the end of the 19th century, using symbolic shreds of coloured paper rather than real sweets.
Wedding confetti can often be forgotten in the planning stage, but by planning this yourself, not only are you giving your guests a fun, memorable experience, but you’ll have a spontaneous, fun and colourful photo too! We’ve collated lots of wedding confetti ideas below – just double check with your venue that they’ll allow your favourite choice before you go ahead!
We shall start with a wedding confetti option we hadn’t even thought about until researching this blog post… we’ve no doubt that it will amuse young and old though! Paper planes are large enough for an easy clean up afterwards, and your guests can write well wishes inside them before launch.
Moving from a wedding confetti option we’d not heard of before, to our favourite! Dried flower petals add colour and they are naturally biodegradable too, meaning you might not even have to clear up! Luckily for us, we have Mitre Farm near us in King’s Lynn who create Norfolk Petal Confetti. The confetti can match your colour scheme, but a Norfolk wedding we saw recently opted for petals that came from flowers that are in the happy couple’s garden – how lovely is that?!
Who doesn’t love blowing bubbles? Have your guests blow bubbles at you, and if you really want to ramp up the photo opportunity, hire a bubble machine too!
Bird seed is a fantastic alternative to other biodegradable wedding confetti. It continues the tradition of throwing something symbolising fertility, but also provides for for wildlife once you’re gone.
Let your guests decide! Allow them to fill cones or bags with their choice of wedding confetti – sequins, glitter, feathers, popcorn, petals… Our side tables and trolleys are good for this.
And if your venue just won’t allow anything to be thrown…
Helium filled balloons will bob gracefully as you make your return walk down the aisle as a married couple, and they can be filled with confetti too! The ladies at the Norfolk Balloon Boutique are very talented and can expertly create a stunning balloon display.
Imagine the chimes of tiny bells being gently rung by your guests as you pass them on your return walk down the aisle… a very cute wedding confetti alternative.
Let your guests create swirls and shapes as you pass them – this can be a simple DIY project, and the ribbon can be tied in to your colour scheme too.
Give your guests a small flag with a celebratory statement to wave at you as you take your walk past them as a married couple. Your guests will probably be waving them all night too, and can take them home with them at the end of the day.
These look particularly stunning if your wedding is later in the day, or you choose to have a send off at the end of the wedding reception. Give the little ones glow sticks instead so that they can join in the fun too.
Of course, you could forget about preparing your own confetti and let your guests bring their own, but hopefully the above ideas will allow you to do your own thing, result in an awesome wedding photo, and ensure that everyone will be able to take part in the confetti throwing! We’d love to hear what you’re planning – what’s your wedding confetti choice? Or, if you’re already married, what did you choose? Was it something out of the ordinary? Let us know in the comments below.