Even if you don't know why you throw confetti at a wedding, it's still one of the first things that springs to mind when you think of weddings, but what seems like a joyous moments of spontaneity actually needs just as much planning behind it as all the other elements of your big day.
From the type of confetti you go for (paper, petals or rice?!), to whether your venue allows it, there’s so much to think about! We break down the confetti conundrum so it’s one less thing for you to worry about.
Who buys the confetti?
Traditionally, guests brought along their own confetti but nowadays the bride and groom tend to provide it themselves.
Not only does this allow you to match your wedding confetti to your colour scheme, it means you can have an eco wedding with confetti in the form of petals rather than paper pieces.
Make your page boys and flower girls feel super-important by giving them the job of handing out carefully crafted cones of confetti to your guests, or place your petals in rustic buckets and ask your guests to grab handfuls themselves.
Another new addition to weddings is confetti pops (like the ones pictured above, from Shropshire Petals); these handy containers look sweet and give each guest the perfect amount of confetti to shower you with.
Is confetti allowed at your venue?
“Confetti throwing is a bit of a wedding minefield and every venue (or part of a venue) has their own rules so it's always worth checking,” advises Kelly Chandler, Wedding Planning Director, The Bespoke Wedding Company.
If you’re dead set on having confetti at your wedding, you’ll most likely need to rule out the idea of an historic wedding venue. “As a general rule it's often about stain damage to flooring so historical, listed buildings and landmark buildings tend to ban confetti as they can't control whether the petals or die will stain,” explains Kelly.
“Other venues sometimes ban it in parts of their grounds - usually where cleaning it up for the next wedding or event is difficult - gravel paths and stones are usually a no-no as it's impossible to get small bits of paper up and out of the gravel,” she continues.
“Indoor carpeted areas are usually fine as a vacuum cleaner can clear up pretty easily.”
If your venue has a strict confetti policy, make sure you relay this to your guests.
Check the weather
Both paper confetti and petals can bleed their colour if the rain is coming down, so do check the forecast in advance to avoid being disappointed if you’re hit with a rain shower.
A fun alternative to confetti that works come rain or shine is bubbles – they’ll look magical in your photos (they remind us of the fairy godmother in Pinocchio) and won’t leave colourful reminders on your prized white dress either!
Consider your photography
The confetti shot is one of the most fun photos in your wedding album, but believe it or not there’s more to it than the photographer simply snapping away as your guests happily shower you with petals.
“When a couple want a staged confetti session I would normally suggest that this is done straight after the formal group photos,” says photographer David Walker. “The guests haven’t dispersed to the bar yet and it avoids rogue pieces of confetti showing up in people’s hair in the formal group photos.”
The location you choose for your confetti shot is important too; short flights of stairs are an ideal location, particularly if they are set within manicured lawns or at the back of a country house.
While it sounds like we’re taking all the spontaneity out of your confetti shot, it’s important to advise your guests on how to throw their wedding confetti if you want to get that perfect shot; the ideal method is to throw confetti high and over the bride and groom; “It’s so nice when the confetti is gently fluttering down from above and gently falling around them,” muses David.