Confetti is so much fun and looks great when captured on camera.
Remember – tell your Celebrant if you’re having confetti so they can remind your guests to get ready to toss in the air/blow/ring/wave…
Weddings are at their heart a lot of fun, a great party to celebrate a love story, so one of my favourite bits of the day is the waving off from the ceremony, throwing confetti all the way. Confetti often gets forgotten in the planning, or passed over as old-fashioned and passe, but nothing could be further from the truth – confetti has had a renaissance in the last couple of years and aside from the paper variety, a huge number of alternatives to confetti have appeared on the scene. So this morning we want to inspire you, so we’ve come up with a collection of 11 of our favourite alternatives to traditional rice or paper confetti, perfect ways to guests involved in making your grand exit as memorable as possible.
Starting off simply, a twist on traditional confetti, how about throwing a little bit of glitter and sparkle with cute foil stars like the ones above from over on Somewhere Splendid? There’s also a brilliant little tutorial to show you how to recreate the cute pouch for holding the confetti. The pretty glitter filled heart idea from Elizabeth Kartchner also features a DIY so you too can create your own!
Paper confetti but not as you know it – one of the funniest ideas, sure to amuse both old and young is to go old school with paper planes. Handy for cleaning up afterwards, you could even write a message on them for your guests if you had lots of time (and graphic design abilities!). These versions featured on Southern Weddings captured by Corbin Gurkin and Lili Durkin.
Who can resist the fun of blowing bubbles! And to add a new spin – we love this idea of vintage keys as the bubble wand over on Style Me Pretty captured by Lisa Lefkowitz. Just a word of warning though – bubble liquid stains delicates so keep a safe distance from the over-enthusiastic guests with the wands to avoid messing the dress early on. (Couple shot by Stacy Reeves Photography).
Perfect if you don’t want to make to much of a mess why not have a balloon exit – just make sure you have your balloons filled with helium, otherwise they won’t bob up gracefully, they’ll flop to the ground! (Groom Sold Separately captured by Allison Davis Photography)
Demonstrative and decorative – get your guests to wave their happiness for the married couple with pretty ribbon wands like these captured by Natalie Shelton via Martha Stewart Weddings and Corbin Gurkin via Southern Weddings. A really simple DIY project – just tie lengths of ribbon in your chosen colours (go for 50cm-1m lengths) and have them ready at the back of the church. For ribbon suppliers in Ireland check out our list of Ireland’s best craft shops.
Probably the cutest of all the confetti alternatives, imagine the chimes of tiny tinkling bells to ring in the newly weds…Image captured by Beaux Arts Photographie.
Lovely Lavender Confetti
For more natural confetti alternatives lavender seeds top the list. Not only eco-friendly, it smells great too! It blows away in the wind, leaving no mess. The above versions were captured by KT Merry Photography and Julianna Collett Photography via Style Me Pretty. You can buy lavender confetti from The Real Flower Confetti company who we featured recently in a Stuff We Love.
Not only eco friendly, but wildlife friendly, congratulate the love birds by tossing bird seed. Pop your seeds in a cute little pouch like the one above from Wood and Grain on Etsy or the cute Toss Me version from Emmaline Bride photographed by Kristina Hill Photography.
Leaves, who would have thought it!? Eco friendly and free! Great idea for an Autumn wedding. Drying the leaves in advance and store them in your shed (a job for the Mum or Dads methinks!) This idea comes from Green Wedding Shoes photographed by Lara Hotz Photography.
So, have we got you thinking? Confetti doesn’t have to be cheesy bits of tissue paper, it can really add to the fun of the celebration.