Throwing confetti over the happy couple as they leave the ceremony is a well-known wedding tradition. While in the past this was normally artificial confetti, these days couples are choosing more natural alternatives for their wedding.
The tradition of confetti throwing may hark back to the days of showing prosperity and fertility for a couple, but now it’s used more for a great celebratory photo opportunity. While grains of rice or wheat made way for paper wedding confetti, many couples are now looking for more natural options that don’t necessarily involve so much mess or pollution.
Bio-degradable paper options, bubbles, sparklers and ribbon wands are all popular alternatives, however they’re still artificially made. So if you’re not afraid of the mess and are looking for a more natural substitute to confetti options at your wedding, here are a few ideas.
Natural Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Confetti
Flowers are a simple and natural alternative to wedding confetti. You can have guests clutching petals to sprinkle over you after you say “I do”.
Choose the flowers based on the colour palette of your wedding, or even those that are just your favourite. Whether you prefer dried flowers or fresh ones, the florist working on your wedding will be able to help you. The benefit of flower confetti is that it’s biodegradable. While it is likely you will still need someone to sweep up afterwards, the pile of flowers won’t have to go to a dump, but can instead be added on a compost heap.
Not only does lavender smell incredible, but it can also make really sweet & natural confetti for your wedding day. The small lavender buds are the perfect size for throwing up in the air, and they’re not heavy either, so nothing is going to hit the couple too hard!
You also usually get several stems on a lavender bush, so you should be able to get quite a few lavender buds for confetti without too much fuss. Lavender normally grows in gorgeous shades of purple, but you can also get a more cream-coloured lavender if you’re looking for something to match the feel of your white wedding theme.
Much like flowers, leaves are a natural alternative that won’t just be thrown into the rubbish while you’re partying at the wedding reception. However, unlike flowers that will have been plucked, collecting leaves is cheaper and less time-intensive.
You can choose to throw leaves as they are, or get even more creative by using a punch to cut the leaves into fun shapes. Create little leaf hearts for your guests to shower over your declaration of love. If that’s too on the nose, there are thousands of punch shapes.
Different types of herbs
Herbs are another option that will not only work well as confetti, but also smell delicious. More woody leaves such as rosemary or thyme will work well here, and again they grow in abundance. These woody herbs are also more likely to be able to withstand different temperatures and be available all year round, making them even easier to access.
You could have your herbs in traditional confetti cones or have baskets around the ceremony that your guests can access.