Why throw confetti over the newly married couple on their wedding day? Throwing beautiful confetti over newly weds is a tradition that's been present in British Weddings for over two centuries. Confetti used to symbolise the wish of a fertile marriage. Whilst the symbolism may have shifted in recent years, the act of showering newlyweds in a celebration of love and petals has forever stuck. The confetti throw is the start of the party and one for the wedding album too.
Not all confetti is the same
The call for biodegradable petal confetti began as churches and venues preferred it to paper or synthetic confetti. These days real dried flower petals are a must have for throwing confetti, they're beautiful, romantic, fun, colourful, environmentally friendly and always natural. Getting the ultimate confetti photo is now one of the most important photos of the day, everyone is smiling, having fun and it's the start of the party!
There are several options when it comes to wedding confetti, including paper, metallic confetti, and even rice. There are even some paper confetti types that are biodegradable, that said all of these are manufactured, they go through a heavy process that requires valuable resources. Paper confetti not only out-dated but it's a pollutant to the environment. That's why we've started a petal confetti revolution!
Most wedding venues don't allow paper or metallic confetti. Paper confetti is made from trees which takes years to grow, they're then felled, milled, bleached or dyed, and go through a laborious process to make it into paper. While our flowers only take a few months to grow on our Shropshire farm. Making them far more sustainable, with a lower carbon footprint and less use of resources too.
Shropshire Petals grow biodegradable confetti
Shropshire Petals grow natural, biodegradable petal confetti. We're passionate about our strict no-dye policy, all our petals are 100% natural and eco-friendly. We have a passion for flowers, in fact we've been growing flowers since the 1980s! Our mission is, 'to sustainably provide the best nature has to offer, produced with integrity on our family farm'.
We plant flower seeds during the spring time on our Shropshire farm. With a little love, care and attention, our flowers grow during the warm summer months until they're in full bloom and are then hand picked to ensure only the best petals are dried for confetti.
The Shropshire Petals flower field is a haven for wildlife during the summer months, buzzing with bees, hares hoping around, and even deer visits.
Here' on the farm, we grow a variety of different flowers for confetti, from delphiniums, calendula, cornflowers, sunflowers, zinnias, alchemilla molis, marjoram, wildflowers, to name a few and we're always trialing more. We also grow flowers for drying to use in dried flower arrangements, DIY craft projects, thoughtful gifts and even home decor.
Did you know, you can create your own unique blend of petal confetti using our fun interactive confetti pick & mix tool. Why not match or contrast your colour scheme with your confetti? Get inspired on the Shropshire Petals Instagram with tonnes of ideas. Create a wow factor photos with a shower of petals!
From the field, eco-friendly confetti at Shropshire Petals! It looks blooming lovely here at Shropshire Petals in the Summer! The fields are full of flowers; all petals are hand picked and hand packed with careful love and attention.
It isn't a wedding season without natural petal confetti filling the air, up and down the country. Naturally grown and perfectly thrown, these delicate petals biodegrade to find their way back to nature... from the field and back again.
We grow you throw... All of our delphinium and wildflower petals are grown right here on our farm set in the rolling fields of Shropshire so rest assured you are buying a UK grown product.
How to display your wedding confetti
Displaying your wedding confetti comes down to personal preference and adding your own style to your big day. If you're planning a barn wedding, try out confetti baskets to add a little country charm. Alternatively if you're wedding married on a stunning manor or stately home, consider our confetti cones, or sachets. If you want to wow your guests, our confetti cannons make a spectacle of your big moment, or if you're planning to keep the kids entertained our confetti wands work wonders too.
If you're looking for a show stopper, our famous Shropshire Box is perfect, it comes with 25 cones, your choice of confetti and a beautiful display box to hold everything together.
Wow your wedding guests with a personal touch to your confetti, choose our personalised cones, bespoke pops, or individual sachets.
What are the best petals for confetti?
All our petals are picked by hand to ensure only the best quality are delivered to our couples. Delphiniums and wildflowers make the best shower effect confetti, as they're small, light-weight and gently flutter down to the ground giving your wedding photographer plenty of time to get those all-important confetti photos.
Over the years we've thoroughly tested all our petals to make sure they throw perfectly and look spectacular. We've put together a huge collection of popular confetti mixes, from dusky pinks of Pink Lemonade, to the bright cheerful colours of Tutti Fruity.
There is nothing better than the real thing to help you choose what petals to have for your wedding day. Request a confetti sample delivered right to your front door, to help you choose what petals you'd like on our Confetti Sample page. You can choose up to 5 petal samples and it's only £2.
How much confetti do I need?
Use our Confetti Calculator to work out how much flower confetti you need for your wedding day.
We find a litre is enough for about 10-12 handfuls. Providing enough confetti for at least half your guests is a good rule of thumb, but you know your guests better than anyone else, so if you think they'd all want to throw, then go for it! The more the merrier.
If you're planning an intimate wedding with less than 30 guests, we recommend getting everyone to throw to get a good confetti shot! You can also offer cannons to guests to make sure you get a spectacular confetti photo with less guests.
Have a play with the Confetti Pick & Mixer and have fun creating your own unique confetti mix! We've loads of inspiring ideas and customer photos in the gallery, so whether it's throwing confetti, a petal path, flower girl petals, table petals or even a romantic evening we've the natural petal confetti to match.
Visit our Pick & Mix where you can create your own unique confetti mix! It's completely biodegradable wedding confetti.
When to order my wedding confetti?
It's never too early to order your wedding confetti! If your wedding is less than 3 months away you can order with immediate delivery. If your wedding is over 3 months away we recommend using our Delayed Delivery service, meaning you can order months or years ahead of your wedding day and we will dispatch everything from our petal shed a month before you need them. That way you don't need to think about storing them but you can tick it off your wedding to-do list.
If plans change, Delayed Delivery orders can easily be updated too, giving you peace of mind.
Need some help?
If you're feeling a bit bamboozled, drop us an email or give us a call. The Shropshire Petals team are always happy to help, give advice or recommend something perfect for you for your big day. Visit our contact page
Wishing the best for your wedding planning!
Love as always SP x x