Throwing confetti dates back to the 14th century Italy where people tossed various objects into crowds to celebrate. Later in 1875 an Italian businessman developed first paper confetti to use in parades. Today we use paper, petals and other various alternatives as confetti.
Throwing confetti is hands down one of the best parts of the wedding day. Not only it’s a fun thing for your guests it is also a great time to capture some colourful and fun photos.
Here are a few things to remember when you are planning on having confetti on your wedding day.
Check with your wedding venue and find out if they allow confetti. Some venues may insist on only biodegradable confetti. Most churches don’t allow confetti inside whereas some churches may allow confetti outside the church steps.
WHEN AND HOW TO USE CONFETTI
The best time to use confetti is when you first walk down the aisle as a married couple. Get your guests to gather on either side of the aisle and throw confetti. If you don’t have the space to do this then throwing-up confetti in a big group would also work. If you have the time and the space to do both it will be double the fun.
WHICH CONFETTI PHOTOGRAPHS BETTER
Large confetti often looks best in wedding photos. You can use one colour or mixed colours. Small confetti tend to show less in photos and they tend to land quite faster.
WHAT TO USE AS CONFETTI
Large dried petals and paper are most commonly used at weddings. It is best to buy environmentally friendly confetti. Most outdoor venues allow flower petals as they are naturally biodegradable. You can also find biodegradable tissue confetti. Some venues prefer raw grains such as rice.
HOW MUCH CONFETTI
More is always better. You cannot have too much confetti. More confetti more fun it is!
How TO THROW CONFETTI
Confetti needs to be thrown up in the air not directly at the couple. Your celebrant can always instruct your guests on this before the couple starts to walk down the aisle. When confetti is thrown higher in the air longer it takes to land creating more photo opportunities.
ALTERNATIVES TO CONFETTI
If your venue doesn’t allow confetti then think about having ribbon wands, paper aeroplanes, or fresh leaves.