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.
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.
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.