Wedding Confetti is by far one of my favorite parts to a wedding day. The perfect image in my opinion comes from research & organisation.
Consider, the type of confetti image do you want, for example; do you want your image to be bold and colorful or perhaps you want it to be more soft & romantic?
Second, organisation, have you asked permission from the venue? The venue will advise where you are allowed to hold your confetti shot & what type of confetti is allowed. Talk to your wedding photographer, they have experience with confetti all the time, they will be able to guide & advise you on how to create the perfect confetti image.
Consider how you would like the wedding party to stand. Are you considering a traditional tunnel with guest on both sides creating a line, perhaps you want the confetti to be thrown straight after the full wedding party group portrait or even the two of you dancing in the middle with the guests around the outside. Either way I would enlist the help of your most organised bridesmaid & groomsmen to gather the guests together along with the photographer.
Wedding Confetti & alternatives
Not all venues will allow confetti, they may have certain stipulations on the type of confetti, alternatives that can be used & advise if you are required to have the images taken in a certain place.
Below are a few ideas that will help:
Natural Petal Wedding Confetti
Perhaps you are having a DIY wedding, have a wedding planner on hand to help with organisation or the best bride squad around. If so, you may have time to consider collecting & drying out loose petals & creating your own natural confetti. There are great tips & instructions on Pinterest. If time isn’t on your side however why not consider a company such as Shropshire Petals, they are experts in confetti growing & have the widest range of colours to choose from.
As time goes on more & more venues are deciding not to allow traditional confetti portraits. As you can see, bubbles are quickly turning in to a great way to still have the fun of confetti & create a fun and unique image. Would you believe, not only did we have confetti following the group family formals but during our first dance there were romantic soft bubbles floating in the air.
Biodegradable Paper Confetti
If your venue allows for confetti, they may stipulate that it must be Biodegradable. There are really pretty colour’s and shapes available.
A few years ago I have the pleasure of attending a destination wedding in France. The couple chose to have a balloon release. We each had a pastel colour balloon in the wedding colours & I have to say to this day, their full wedding party group image is one of my favorites. It really captured the relax vintage tea party vibe. It was also such great fun to release the balloons all together.
Becoming evermore popular to have a sparkler exit at Dusk as an alternative to confetti. I would personally on recommend this if your are having perhaps an intimate wedding as it can be extremely tricky to light a lot of sparklers at once.
I haven’t captured a ribbon confetti alternative yet but Pinterest has some great ideas. Imagine beautiful coloured ribbons being swirled around as though you were gymnasts.
Although this is great to feed the birds after you have captured your image, I don’t think this would be a personal favorite of mine. The seeds would be quite heavy and very easily fall down the wedding dress & suits becoming quite itchy. They wouldn’t float in the air to create the romantic portrait I know you love.
If you having an autumn or winter wedding, perhaps considering collecting beautiful crisp fallen leaves as a confetti alternative.
This would be perfect for the bohemian bride. Could you imagine how soft the feathers would fall.
Pom Poms – Yes those fabulous pom poms that were a favorite in school could bring a fun nostalgia to your wedding day.
Wedding Confetti Decoration
Not all confetti is used to throw over the bride & groom. I have photographed many wedding’s that the bride & groom have chosen to use confetti as part of the decorations. Here are a few ideas:
A really sweet idea is to have your flower girls sprinkle rose petals from baskets as they walk down the aisle. Or perhaps dried flower petals already sprinkles down as a romantic decoration.
Confetti to decorate the wedding tables
Confetti to decorate table centerpieces or to sprinkle around the cake to jazz up the cake table.
Confetti Wedding Favors
Party favors – perhaps consider bubbles for each guest on the table as a favor.
Confetti Canon for first dance
First Dance – Make the party go with a Pop & have your bridesmaids pop the party canons
Ways to present your Wedding Confetti
The last part of preparation for confetti is how you will provide the confetti to the guests. In addition, you may consider letting guests know to bring their own & the type of confetti that is allowed. Alternatively I have seen lovely ideas of confetti provided to guests as below:
Sparkly Wedding Confetti Cones
Fabric Wedding Confetti bags
Wedding Confetti Basket
I hope the post has been super helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch via my contact page or leave a comment below. I love to help couples.