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Petal Advice

All of our petals are 100% natural, eco-friendly and biodegradable, just like blossom falling from a tree! They are all completely natural in colour, no dyes are ever added and they're delicately handpicked and lovingly packed for your perfect 'confetti moment!'

For questions on about delivery please visit our delivery section.

Do I need confetti?

Traditionally guests used to bring confetti, but to make sure you get your perfect confetti moment we recommend to provide enough confetti for at least half of your wedding guests, otherwise you might be a little disapointed if non of your guests bring confetti and you miss your big moment.

Also have a chat with your photographer to make sure you have your confetti moment on you 'must have' photo list from the day. We find the 'confetti moment' is the most natural and fun photo from the big day, one that we hope you will cherish for years to come!

Is it biodegradable?

All our petals are 100% natural and biodegradable. They're grown on our Shropshire farm, where they are handpicked to ensure only the best petals are used and then hand-packed to maintain nature's own colour. Our larger petals are freeze dried, as this keeps their shape and vibrant colour.

Will my venue allow petals?

Most churches and venues prefer biodegradable confetti as it means it won't harm the environment and no one has to clean up after your big day. Our petals will biodegrade in just a couple of days and are super eco-friendly. We have a wide range of churches and venues who specifically promote Shropshire Petals for our assured quality.

If you're wedding venue need a little reassurance why not request a free confetti sample from us and show it to your venue?

What's a litre of petals?

Here at Shropshire Petals we measure in litres. We go back to basics with a good old fashioned kitchen measuring jug, filled to the top with petals and then gently tipped into its packaging ready for dispatch.

If you would like to compare volumes with your kitchen measuring jug at home then 1 litre = 1.76 pints, so you will get a lot more petals from a litre than from a pint.

Petals vary in weight, especially when exposed to damp/humid atmospheres so volume is a much more reliable measurement - after all people take a handful of petals so it's much easier to portion out with volume than weight.

How much do I need?

If you're not sure how much confetti you might need you can use our online Confetti Calculator, alternatively we've got a few tips below.

Throwing Confetti: 1 litre of delphinium and wildflower petals will provide about 10 handfuls of throwing confetti. We use 1 litre to fill 10 of our standard sized cones and 1 litre will fill 10 of our individual sachets.

For a wedding of around 100 guests we recommend about 5 litres of confetti (or 2 Shropshire Boxes) this is enough for 50 people as it's usually the ladies who throw - but we do say the more the merrier!

Table Decorations: Larger Petals are perfect for table decorations, they are much bigger so you do get less in a litre (we wouldn't want to squash them!) but you don't need many to make a big effect - they look stunning! 1 litre of larger petals will scatter on approx 5 tables.

We've put this into a handy chart as a rough helpful guide:

Type of Petal:

No. of handfuls for throwing confetti:

No. of cones your petals will fill

No. of individual bags your petals will fill.

No. of tables your petals will cover:

Delphinium and Wildflower petals

1 litre = 10 handfuls

Our favourite for Throwing!

1 litre = 10 cones

1 litre= 10 bags

1 litre = 10 tables

Delphinium and Larger Petal Mixes

1 litre = 10 handfuls

1 litre = 10 cones

1 litre= 10 bags

1 litre = 10 tables

Larger Petals - roses, hydrangeas etc

5 handfuls- not overly recommended for throwing

5 cones- not recommended for cones

5 bags- not recommended for small bags

1 litre = 5 tables

Our favourite for Tables!


A standard table is 5ft - seating 10 people to a table; do remember you will have cutlery and glasses etc so a light scatter is usually enough.

What are the best petals to order?

Delphinium and Wildflower petals are small and light, perfect for photos as they gently float to the ground giving your photographer plenty of time for those all important snaps!

We generally don't recommend larger petals on their own for throwing confetti as they are heavier and so drop to the ground quicker - you also don't get as much from a litre so they don't give you the big grand confetti shot that is on a bride's must have list!

Lots of people choose our Delphinium and Larger Petal mixes as the delphiniums will give the big 'confetti shot' whilst the larger petals will add an extra burst of colour to match your colour scheme.

Our fab pictures in the Customer Photo Gallery are all delphinium and wildflower mixes or delphiniums and larger petals.

Can I chose my own petals?

We offer a Pick & Mix confetti option online, so you can create your unique combination of petals to match your colour scheme, once you've placed your order it comes through to our petal shed and we mix the petals the good old fashioned way.

Alternatively we also have lots of popular confetti mixes that have been tried and tested to work beautifully for your big day!

When to order

We recommend you purchase any time up to 3 or 4 months before your wedding as they will keep beautifully and it's a nice one to tick off the list! At the same time, with our next day delivery service there's always time for a last minute order so there's no need to worry.

Delphiniums and wildflowers will keep for well over a year - lots of couples keep any leftover petals as a pretty keepsake for years to come.

The larger petals do not have such a long shelf life that's why we generally say 3 to 4 months before your wedding as a maximum, to ensure your petals are just perfect for your big day.

If your wedding is not for a few months or even years you can order your confetti now and we can deliver it a few weeks before your wedding. Simply select delayed delivery at the checkout, enter your wedding date, select a dispatch date and we will send out your order 3-6 weeks before the big day!

Request a free confetti sample

If you're not sure what petals will match your colour scheme the best, or you're really spoilt for choice you can request up to four free confetti samples online! You select the colours you'd like and fill in your details and we will post it out free of charge.

Your petal sample is perfect for showing a venue, matching to a colour scheme or testing for colour fastness. It's just a small sample - a couple of petals but it can often help with the big decisions.

How is my sample delivered?

Your sample will be sent in a box to protect the petals, it is a small letter size box so will fit through any letter box and doesn't have to be signed for. Samples go out via Royal Mail and can take 5-7 working days to arrive.

Do the petals stain?

Although we have done extensive testing on our petals please remember that they are natural products so you cannot completely guarantee the colour won't leach, however we have as yet never received a complaint.

We never dye any of our petals so you have the confidence that every colour is 100% true to nature. We also offer a free sample service so you can test your petals which will put your mind to rest.

How to store

Petals are very easy to store, simply leave in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight and away from moisture e.g. the back of a cupboard.

The light can fade your petals and humidity allows the petals to biodegrade.

My order has arrived, I'm not sure it's the right amount

We pack all our petals tightly to keep them safe during transit so sometimes our confetti bags look deceptively small. Most of our confetti bags tell you how much confetti they hold on the back, but if you're not sure you can always measure our the confetti using your kitchen measuring jug, or check the box dimensions below:

1 litre bag measures: 19cm (height) x 14cm (width ) x 7cm (depth at the bottom of the bag)

2 - 2.5 litre bag measures: 25 cm (height) x 20 cm (width) x 7 cm (depth at the bottom of the bag).

5 litre bag measures: 30cm (height) x 23cm (width) x 10cm (depth at the bottom of the bag).

10 litre bag measures: 37cm (height) x 30cm (width) x 12.5cm (depth at the bottom of the bag).


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