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Wedding Confetti | The Perfect Image

Wedding Confetti The Perfect Image
St Oswalds Church Malpas

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.

Midlands Religous Church Ceremony
Romantic Wethele Manor Outdoor Ceremony
Romantic Wethele Manor Outdoor Wedding

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.

Clivedon House Luxury Ceremony ElsieLove Photography
Clivedon House Luxury Wedding Ceremony ElsieLove Photography
Curradine Barn Winter Ceremony Elsielove Photography
Curradine Barn Confetti ElsieLove Photography
Natural Petal for aisle decoration
Statham Lodge Summer Wedding
Statham Lodge Classic confetti image

Bubble Confetti

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.

Destination Wedding Zante First Dance Bubbles
Venus Beach Resort – Image by Stacey Mae

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.

Joyful Confetti Wethele Manor Wedding ElsieLove Photography
Joyful Confetti Wethele Manor Wedding ElsieLove Photography
Peak District Blush Pink and Blue Wedding
Inglewood Manor Black Tie Wedding ElsieLove Photography
Colourful confetti Iscoyd Park
Colourful confetti Iscoyd Park
Pentre Mawr Vintage Wedding North Wales
Pentre Mawr Country Manor
Just Married Inglewood Manor
Just Married Inglewood Manor
Destination Wedding Greece Paper Confetti ElsieLove Photography
Destination Wedding Greece Paper Confetti ElsieLove Photography
Natural Paper confetti Shrewsbury Wedding
Natural Paper confetti Shrewsbury Wedding
Warwick Wedding Photographer Pretty Wedding Confetti

Balloon Release

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.

Towerhill Barns Let Love Sparkle Confetti Alternative
Towerhill Barns Sparkler Exit Confetti Alternative


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.

Bird Seeds

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.

Dried Leaves

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

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:

Confetti Aisle

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.

Winchester Guildhall Ceremony Natural Rose Petal Confetti
Winchester Guildhall Ceremony Natural Rose Petal Confetti
Wethele Manor Flower Girl
Wethele Manor Flower Girl Confetti Aisle

Confetti to decorate the wedding tables

Confetti to decorate table centerpieces or to sprinkle around the cake to jazz up the cake table.

Paper Heart DIY Confetti for table decorations
Rustic Love table Decorations
Rustic Love Confetti table Decorations

Confetti Wedding Favors

Party favors – perhaps consider bubbles for each guest on the table as a favor.

Shropshire Wedding Reception Bubble Favours
Confetti Alternative Bubbles
Shropshire Wedding Reception Bubble Favours
Shropshire Wedding Reception Bubble Confetti

Confetti Canon for first dance

First Dance – Make the party go with a Pop & have your bridesmaids pop the party canons

Chester City Wedding Confetti Canon for First Dance
Confetti Canon for First Dance
Statham Lodge First Dance
Statham Lodge Indoor Confetti Canon first Dance
Fun evening wedding celebrations Chester City Centre
Confetti canon evening party

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


Clivedon House Luxury Rose Bud Confetti bag
Clivedon House Luxury Rose Bud Confetti bag
Charming Blush Rose Petal Aisle Chester Wedding

Fabric Wedding Confetti bags

Rustic Confetti Bags
Rustic Confetti Bags

Confetti Wand

Wedding Confetti Basket

DIY Multi Coloured confetti in Basket
DIY Multi Coloured confetti in 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.

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