If you're having confetti at your wedding, it's probably for one main reason - to get the perfect confetti photo!

Do you know why we have confetti at weddings?

Confetti originated in Italy where they used to throw fruit, mud balls (ouch!) and coins at parades and other celebrations. Noblemen & women started throwing rice, seeds, grain and flowers over newlyweds to bring them an abundance of food, fertility luck for their marriage. In 1875, paper confetti was introduced, which has finally led to the beautiful biodegradable petals we now use today.

The symbolism may have changed over the years, but the tradition has stuck. We like to think the confetti moment is the start of the party!

What confetti should I choose?

There are a few types of confetti to choose from, the best confetti is petal confetti. It's made from real flower petals that are dried, making it naturally biodegradable, sustainable and absolutely beautiful! 

You can get biodegradable paper confetti, but it goes through a much more demanding process to make it, whereas petal confetti supports biodiversity, is quick growing, and uses much less resources. Plus it's as natural as blossom falling from a tree. 

Plus, here on the Shropshire Petals farm, we have a wide variety of colours and petal types to choose from to create your perfect confetti shot! 

Request a confetti sample online today! 

How to Get the Perfect Confetti Photo - Top Tips!

Use small, lightweight petals

These look beautiful as they gently float to the ground and give your photographer time to capture lots of fun moments.

Think about the location

If you are planning your confetti toss to happen outside the church (which usually have dark brick walls), then pick a light coloured petal, such as pastel pink, lemon, white etc. This ensures the petals show up beautifully against the dark background.

If you're having your confetti toss in an open field, along a beach or somewhere else that provides a light background, choose rich colours, such as royal blues, deep purples or bright pinks.

As with everything though, rules are made to be broken - if you know what you are doing!

What colour confetti to choose

You can choose your wedding confetti colours based on your colour scheme, the season, or a fun alternative, like your sports team, film, or just because you like the look of it. There's no right or wrong when it comes to picking your colours, have fun with it. Select some confetti samples delivered to your door to help you choose what's right for you both. 

How much confetti do you need for a perfect confetti photo?

There is no such thing as too much confetti! But there can be too little.

We recommend providing a handful of petal confetti to at least half your guests, so if you've got 100 guests, 50 handfuls is about 5 litres of petal confetti. Alternatively, if you'd like everyone to throw, choose 100 handfuls, which is about 10 litres of petal confetti. We've created a handy Confetti Calculator to will work it all out for you, take a gander. 

Ask your photographer what they think about where you should have your confetti thrown. As professionals, they're here to help and advice on all aspects of your wedding photography; so don't be afraid to ask! Show them your wedding venue and let them know when you would like to do your confetti photos.

Timing to capture the perfect moments

There are two main ways to set up a confetti shot:

  • The newlyweds stand in the middle of a circle (or semi-circle) of guests
  • The guests create two lines and the newlyweds walk through the 'tunnel'

Both options work equally as well, so it's entirely up to you! The perfect confetti photo also makes a great image to have printed and framed on your wall, in your wedding album or as 'thank you' cards for guests.

Having plenty of confetti here is key too. Even though there is usually a countdown, some guests forget to throw the confetti, and some want to get in there too soon! 

If you're walking through the 'tunnel' of guests throwing confetti towards your wedding photographer, don't forget to go slow! Smile, laugh, stop and kiss, and enjoy the moment as you celebrate your marriage!

If you want to walk through your tunnel of confetti as you leave the church, make sure your vicar and wedding photographer know in advance so your guests can be asked to leave first and the photographer can get everything set up as you walk out together as newlyweds!

Have fun!

Whatever you decide, have fun on your wedding day and enjoy every moment! Your wedding photographs are the one thing you will have left after the big day has finished!

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Love SP xx