(written by Eloise Sole, 11th November 2015)
Confetti has a great history behind it. However the modern day English term ‘confetti’ as we know it now, relates to sugar coated almonds in Italy. Traditionally, the Italian ‘confetti’ (sugar coated almonds) is handed out at weddings as favours representing a new ‘fertile marriage’.
Throwing confetti over the wedding couple is great fun for the guests and makes great photos! Some confetti isn’t “venue-proof” but there certainly some ways to jazz up your wedding with eco-friendly, fun and alternatives to confetti!
(P.S. always check with your venue/marquee supplier, if you’re allowed confetti, and if so what the specifics are. Whilst confetti is great fun and an absolute must have, coloured paper confetti often stains when wet/damp and is a nightmare to clean!)
Eco-Friendly Wedding Confetti
You know those beautiful petals your fiancé bought you for Valentine’s Day (wink, wink, nudge nudge, don’t throw them away once they’ve wilted! Break off the head, pick off the petals spread them out on a tray and leave to dry in a warm place for a few days (until they are dry to touch) and store in an air-tight container until that special day of yours!
For all you bird-lovers out there, if you are getting married in a nice open space with wonderful wildlife around you, package up some bundles of bird seed for your guests. You’ll get the same effect as the traditional rice-throwing, but you’ll helping out our little feathery friends at the same time!
We’re always coming across lavender all throughout the English summer. Start collecting some stems, allow them to dry out and keep them in a container until the big day. You can even pop some into a bag in your undies drawer to keep your wedding lingerie (or Bridget Jones’) smelling nice and fresh.
Perhaps you’re having an autumn/winter wedding or you are a tree-lover? Leaves come in all shapes, sizes and colours, which gives a wonderful opportunity for some variety in your wedding confetti. You can even use shaped hole-punchers to make specific shapes!
I know what the men might say, “… aren’t herbs for cooking!” but many herbs have many hidden traditional meanings!
Lavender: love and devotion
Mint: warm feelings
Oregano: joy, happiness
Rosemary: remembrance, fidelity, luck
Sage: domestic virtue, long life
Thyme: courage, strength
I wouldn’t suggest offering your guests herb plants to throw, look into growing your own and drying them, or popping to the local supermarket and picking up a few packets. However, growing your own is much more fun and challenging!
A fun-for-all-the-family alternative to confetti! Everyone loves bubbles and even the littlest of guests will be desperate to be involved with this one! Bubbles are quite cheap to buy, and you can get them in different shaped bottles to suit your wedding theme. This is a great idea if you’re not allowed ‘physical’ confetti at your venue!
Another one for helping out little creatures, hold off on your porridge for the morning and pop dried oats into a cone for your guests to throw, do watch the weather though, I don’t think rain and oats would mix well!
Wedding Confetti Alternatives and just good fun!
Fancy getting your craft on? Get a couple different size pom-pom circles from your local HobbyCraft, get some wool (a great idea to match your colour-scheme), and start making!
For the glam look, sequins and glitter might be a good choice. You’ll be sure to find some sparkly bits and pieces in your children’s, nieces and nephews, little brothers and sisters art and craft boxes, (or mine for that matter, I’m a big kid when it comes to art and craft). Just don’t forget glitter does go everywhere, when you visit the powder room you’re more likely to have glitter trailing your shoe, than loo roll!!
Not those pesky blower/party horns. Party poppers, they were a huge hit throughout my childhood, with a party popper battle every Christmas. They are classic and fun, just remember the golden rule; don’t point it at someone’s eye! This is another option where you must be careful of the weather; the colour may run just the same as coloured tissue paper.
Best for an adult-only wedding to ensure no little ones get hurt in the process. We all love sparklers, so long as we’re safe with them. If you are having an intimate, late or winter wedding, sparklers are dazzling and make a wonderful photo with slow/long exposure (ask your photographer). Just make sure no one is spelling out rude words!
Too many ideas to choose from? How about a Confetti Bar… have all your ideas in one, let your guests mix and match their own confetti!
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