Twelve Alternatives to Confetti

Have you ever wondered why we throw confetti at a wedding?  Historically, this is an Italian tradition where couples were showered with grains and rice to bestow prosperity and fertility. The tradition carried to other countries and many still throw rice or coloured paper.

alternatives to throwing confettiSource: Lavender, Love, Snow, Bubbles, Sparklers, Flowers, Lavender, Glow Sticks

Some venues would prefer that the wedding party do not use confetti, or more specifically rice, but there are a lot of alternatives that are bang on trend at the moment…

  • Rose petals – my personal favourite. They are natural, smell and look heavenly and wonderful in photographs.
  • Lavender – another very popular option and of course beautifully scented eco friendly to boot.
  • Bird seed – a good alternative to rice as its meant to be harmful for birds, eco friendly and possibly may suit you.
  • Paper planes – great for the children and hours of entertainment making them before the big day.
  • Glow sticks – look awesome when leaving at night and photograph well too
  • Pom poms – cheap to purchase and colourful and won’t hurt when they are being hurled at you
  • Balloons – all your guests release them as you pass by and provide a brilliant blast of colour
  • For good luck, paper horseshoes or 4 leaf clovers
  • Fake snow – for a winter wedding wonderfully effective in photos
  • Bubbles – perfect for a venue that won’t let you throw anything. They create no mess and are a fun way of involving all your guests.
  • Beach balls – of course for a beach wedding
  • Sparklers – a little complicated in the execution but another awesome way of leaving your ceremony at night.

alternatives to throwing confettiSource: Beach Balls, Bird Seed, Airplanes, Horseshoes, Bucket, Cones, Rose Petals

If you are going down the more traditional confetti route, a wonderful way to present it whether petals, lavender, dried flowers, is paper cones. Make them from doilies (or off cuts of vintage paper), shaped into a cone and pinned with a piece of ribbon or tied with raffia.  You can create petal cones from any style of paper, music sheets, transparent paper, pages from favourite books. Hand them to your guests as they leave the ceremony or hang them from each chair, with ribbons.

I’d love to share your confetti shots on my social media pages. Please feel free to visit my Facebook and Twitter and let me see you under your confetti shower!

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Wedding Venues – Questions To Ask Before Booking

Love My Dress, Sansom PhotographySource: Love My Dress, images by Sansom Photography

The beauty of a celebrant ceremony is that it can conducted anywhere.

There so many hidden gems, stunning private estates, beautiful outdoor locations, unlicensed and alternative venues out there to suit every style and taste.  And if you or your family have a large garden, then your perfect wedding venue may be closer to home than you think-you don’t get more personal than that!

One fabulous thing about what I do, is that I get to work at incredible venues that host all types of celebrations. And , in my opinion, some of the best weddings have been at places that aren’t “traditional” wedding venues.

Deciding on the best wedding venue for you can be an overwhelming and challenging task.  Think outside the box but make sure the venue you choose ticks all (or most) of your requirements. Here are the questions that you should perhaps ask yourself to ensure your venue is meeting your needs:

  • Do we want an indoor or outdoor ceremony and/or reception?
  • Do we want a city or country feel?
  • Are we fixed on a date, or are we flexible with our wedding date?
  • Do we want our ceremony and reception to be in the same place?
  • Is there a plan B in case of bad weather and does the venue have shaded areas?
  • How many guests do we expect, and can this venue cater for that amount of bodies?
  • Is the venue too big for the number of guests we are having?  (This can impact on atmosphere)
  • Where are we going to get our photos taken?  Onsite, or close by?
  • Is there accommodation available locally for the guests who have come from afar? Or does the venue have space for camping?
  • Is the venue easy to find and get to, by those wishing to arrive by taxi or other forms of public transport?
  • Does the venue reflect us as a couple?
  • Is the venue willing to let us decorate it in the style we want?
  • Are there any restrictions? Some venues will require heel protectors due to the type of flooring; some may have noise restrictions due to the proximity of local residents; some may not allow fireworks due to neighbouring farmland.
  • What does the venue include in its fees?  Bar service, PA system, electricity hook ups for outdoor caterers, cake table etc.
  • What type of atmosphere are we trying to create?  Relaxed, upmarket, black tie, rustic, traditional, vintage?
  • Does the venue have an event planner? Or do we want to organise it all ourselves?
  • What type of food do we want at our reception?  Sit down, share platters, canapés, buffet?
  • Do we have to use the venues suppliers, or can we select our own to provide services?  Caterer, Celebrants, Photographers, DJs?

If you are getting married in Devon, then here are a selection of venues that you might want to take a look at. They are ran by very lovely, accommodating people, all with a passion for weddings and all ready to meet you and chat through your wedding ideas.

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Naming Ceremonies And How To Include A Sibling

The arrival of a new baby is incredibly exciting for all the family including the siblings.

It is important that a naming ceremony reflects the essence of what the occasion is all about but also that there are elements within it that include the siblings and encourage them to be actively involved. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the importance and unique closeness of the family unit.

Here are some ideas for sibling participation at a Naming Ceremony…

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A sand ceremony involves pouring layers of coloured sands into a vase for keeping. Parents and the children can make promises as each layer is added. Colours have different meanings. A deeply meaningful ceremony, with a lasting keepsake and the closest members of the family participating.

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Planting a tree or shrub. All children like to get their hands dirty, hand them a spade and they would love to be involved. Plants represent new life. Nurturing and growth and of course a lasting legacy of love and commitment to a child.

Wishing Tree. Make a silhouette of a leafless tree. The details of the ceremony are printed beneath. Everyone presses a finger on colour box with ink pads the colours of the rainbow, makes a wish for the child and puts their print on the end of each branch creating finger print leaves

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Blowing bubbles whilst wishes and promises are being made. Fun meaningful and spectacular. Make sure someone is not blowing bubbles but is armed with a camera!

Make sure that there are photographs of the child with its siblings on their own. Not only will it make the brother or sister feel proud and responsible but it will be a wonderful record for everyone in years to come.

A hand print collage. This is messy but a lovely idea whereby everyone makes a handprint on canvas. Yes, it can be a bit chaotic but with good organisation and preparation it’s very definitely do-able and worth it with something to keep as a memento afterwards.

End the ceremony with a balloon release.

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Have a look at our Pinterest page for more ideas on how to include all your children in a naming ceremony.