3/03/2016 | 6 top tips on getting the perfect confetti shot
Getting married is one of the most exciting days of your life. Whether you're planning a big venue wedding or a small intimate affair, you will want a perfect confetti photo to remember your day by!
(credit: David Golding Photography)
The confetti photo, simple, guests just throw confetti over the newly married couple? The confetti shot is one of the most requested by wedding photographers and capturing that moment isn't as easy as you may think, but to get a great confetti shot, follow our 6 top tips:
1. Choose the right confetti
There are different colours and sizes of natural petal confetti. The best petals for throwing are small petals such as delphiniums or wild flowers as they are light and fall delicately to the ground. Smaller petals will ensure your photographer has plenty of time to capture the magical moment. Don't worry; if you are set on a colour only available in larger petals, you can add some of these to smaller ones, which will also give a lovely textured effect to your photos.
2. Choose the right colour mix
You might want to choose colours to match or contrast your wedding theme, but make sure you also consider where your photographs are being taken - is the background light or dark? Choose colours that will stand out, for example, if you are using church walls as a background, pale colours will be enhanced on a photograph and use darker colours like Cadbury purple or cerise pink on a light background or open spaces for a bold colour splash.
3. Work out how much you will need
Depending on the type of shot you want - a confetti shot full of petals or a delicate confetti shot - you will need to know how much confetti you will need. For a full shot, make sure you have plenty for your guests to throw; one or two large handfuls per guest will be perfect. For a more delicate shot, one handful per couple will work wonderfully. Usually only half of your guests will throw confetti (this tends to be just the ladies), so make sure you have enough depending on the number of guests you are having. You can use the Shropshire Petals confetti calculator to help and you can always order extra in case you need to do a second take!
4. Discuss your confetti shot with your photographer
Ask your photographer to show you some photos they have taken previously to give you an idea of their style. Discuss what you want from your confetti photo and as they will probably know the wedding location, ask them where they think is the best spot to have your confetti moment. They will be able to discuss options with you according to the time of day, light and surroundings.
5. Make sure your guests know how to throw!
This might sound simple, but you only get one chance to capture the perfect confetti moment and the key is in the throwing. Delegate a bridesmaid or usher to organise the shot by getting them to ask your guests to stand close to each other and throw their confetti as high as they can to create a perfect flutter. You don't want guests throwing confetti directly at your faces!
6. Throwing high
If you want your confetti shot to capture the whole moment - you surrounded by all of your guests throwing confetti - then ask your photographer to take the shot from a ladder or somewhere high to ensure they can get everyone in. As you will probably be looking up towards your confetti, taking the photo from a higher spot will give it an interesting angle.
(credit: David Golding Photography)
And it's as simple as that! Remember to relax and enjoy your perfect moment and cherish the confetti shot forever.
Don't forget, confetti isn't just for throwing, use it to decorate your reception venue, tables or even make a romantic petal path. Take advantage of our special offers section on the website to get the most out of your confetti.
Love as always, SP x x
Dave Golding, 05 March
Top tip - for the best effect for a photo you need everyone to throw the confetti at the same time. Count them in! If it's really windy try and wait for a lull in the wind.