Prosecco & Petals
The straightforward guide to planning your wedding
To create a beautiful confetti moment, it is wise to do a little homework. Read on to learn about the best confetti options for your wedding day, where to buy quality confetti, and how to make our own.
Before investing time and money, it is worth contacting your venue to check if they have any confetti restrictions.
Confetti was traditionally thrown at weddings so that the guests could wish fertility and prosperity to the bridal couple. Originally, rice and flowers were thrown. This tradition is still followed at many British weddings.
For brides short on time or those who merely want a stress-free wedding confetti option, many florists will deliver confetti along with your flowers on your wedding morning. This will enable you to cross this off your list and guarantee that the confetti will be exacting to your needs.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get perfect fresh petal confetti is to head to your nearest supermarket the day before your wedding and buy a few bunches of flowers. A bunch of roses will cost approximately £4-6 pounds, and approximately two or three bunches will be adequate for pictures.
Red roses are highly recommended for this purpose as they contrast nicely in photographs. Once bought, the flowers can then be de-headed over a glass of prosecco the night before your wedding and will still be fresh in the morning.
An online niche market has sprung up to fulfil the need for biodegradable and natural confetti. However, do expect that ethically sourcing your confetti will come at a premium; therefore, it is worth requesting free samples before choosing a supplier.
It is recommended to start your confetti search by directly visiting the following supplier websites for inspiration; Daisy Shop, Perdita Petals and Hobby Craft.
For brides-to-be who have time to make their confetti, one of the easiest ways to create confetti is to collect blossoms from a local park or neighbourhood in spring and dry these at home.
Gathered petals should be laid out and thoroughly dried before putting into a storage container. There should be no moisture left in the petals, so there is no chance that they will go mouldy. If in doubt put some rice into the storage container to absorb any additional moisture.
For weddings out of season, a quick solution is to head to your local supermarket and look out for the budget/discount roses. Put them in some water, enjoy bloom, and then de-head them before allowing them to dry.
The best petals to collect for confetti need to be larger and thicker to the touch, such as; rose petals and or tree blossoms. Do expect some discolouration of very light petals and fading of darker colours. Where possible, it is best to collect red rose petals, white rose petals or larger pink tree blossom petals.
Once fully dried, it is wise to keep confetti in a cool, dry environment and to store it for a maximum of four months: Collecting petals in spring will ensure they stay perfect for up weddings up until September.
As an approximate gauge, it is worth having one litre per ten wedding guests. The amount of confetti collected or bought does not have to follow exact proportions as some guests will naturally get more than others.
For a wedding with over 100 guests, there is no need to go over eight litres as it is doubtful that all guests will need to be throwing confetti.
A confetti photo is a high priority for a lot of bridal couples. To get a stunning confetti photograph, it is recommended to do some picture research and then tell your wedding photographers.
Two beautiful confetti photographs not to be missed are:
The confetti celebration is a warm-hearted way for guests to congratulate you initially and for talented photographers to get beautiful pictures.
However, for those brides with allergies, a dislike of flowers or those just wanting to avoid precious moments lost to picking out petals from your hair and dress, below are some top-rated alternatives:
Imagine the scene; you're walking through a line of your favourite people toasting you with bubbles. The pictures will be classy, the smiles slightly intoxicated and, as soon as you are through, the scene will be ripe for your guests to start mingling.
For bridal couples celebrating a joining of cultures or countries, small flags waving can be a fun way to add some movement to pictures.
Do expect these to be brought to the dancefloor later too.