Petal Advice

Confetti growing expert advice from the Shropshire Petals team.

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!'

How can we help?



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 your wedding guests, otherwise you might be a little disappointed if none 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?

Yes! All our petals are biodegradable.

Most venues only allow biodegradable petal confetti, as it's not harmful to their grounds.

Biodegradable Petal Confetti is made from real flower petals, that are dried.

Being biodegradable means the petals will naturally decompose with no negative effect on the environment, thereby avoiding pollution and reducing the need to clean up afterwards.

All our petals are:

  • 100% natural
  • biodegradable
  • sustainable.
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 your wedding venue need a little reassurance why not request a confetti sample from us and show it to your venue?

How much is 1 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 Pint = 0.57 litres (or another way of looking at is 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 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 Confetti do I need?

Try our handy Confetti Calculator to find out how much confetti you need.

Throwing Confetti: 

1 litre of delphinium and wildflower petals will provide about 10-12 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.

  • 1 Litre = 10-12 handfuls
  • 5 Litres = 50-60 handfuls
  • 10 Litres = 100-120 handfuls

Table Decorations:

Larger Petals are perfect for table decorations, they are much bigger so you do get less petals 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 lightly scatter over approx 5 tables.

What are the best petals to order?

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

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.

We generally don't recommend larger petals on their own for throwing confetti as they are heavier and so drop to the ground quicker and you have to have a lot to create a shower of petals which could overload a photo, I mean we want to see you after all.

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

Can I choose my own petals?

Yes you can!

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 your petals by hand. We love to see your creations.

Alternatively we also have lots of popular confetti mixes that have been tried and tested to work beautifully for your big day! We're always adding new petal confetti mixes too.

When should I order my confetti?

You can order as far in advance as you'd like, if your wedding is less than 3 months way, we'll send your petals out straight away and they will hold their colour and shape just fine when stored away from heat, moisture and light.

If your wedding is over 3 months way, you order as normal, during the order process we ask you when your wedding is, and you select a date 3-6 weeks before your wedding day for us to dispatch your order from our Petal Shed. Then sit back and relax.

Delphiniums and wildflower petals 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.

For last minute orders, we also offer next day delivery service so there's no need to worry.

Do the petals stain?

All our petals are dye-free so there is no artificial colours added. 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 sample service so you can test your petals which will put your mind to rest.

How to store my petal confetti

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, so keep them away from heat, moisture and direct light.

For more small petals like delphiniums, wildflowers, cornflowers and calendula they will keep for up to 1 year.

For larger petals like roses, and hydrangeas, these will keep for up to 4 months.

I'm getting married abroad, can I take my petals?

If you're getting married in Europe, you can take your petals with you, just make sure to keep them from being squashed, no one likes squashed petals after all. You can always keep them in their original delivery box.

If you'd like to know what the botanical name of the flowers are, just mention you're taking them abroad in the order notes when you place your order.

Delayed Delivery

Did you know you can order months and even years ahead of your wedding date with our Delayed Delivery feature.

How does Delayed Delivery work?

When you're ready to order, simply add your items to the basket, and at the checkout we'll ask you when your wedding date is.

If your wedding is over 2 months away, we'll give you the option to have your order dispatched from our petal shed 1 month before your big day.

Our clever website will work out a Wednesday around 1 month before your wedding, and that will be your dispatch date. You'll get an email from us to tell you when your order has left our Petal Shed, and it usually takes around 2-3 days to arrive within the UK.

What if I need to change my Delayed Delivery dispatch date?

No problem, just get in contact with your name, order number and new dispatch date, and we can make that change for you.

Please note, if your order has already left our Petal Shed, we can't change the dispatch date.

Confetti Samples

To help you decide what petal colours to choose for your wedding day, make sure to order up to 5 confetti samples. Here's a few tips about your confetti samples.

Can I get a 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 five confetti samples online! You select the colours you'd like and fill in your details, then we will post it out.

It's only £2 for a box of petal confetti samples delivered to your home, chosen by you, and packed by hand in our petal shed.

Each box of samples contains your choice of confetti samples, a handy leaflet full of tips and advice, plus a cute little scented floral to add to your wedding planner. Don't worry all our samples are labelled so you know their names.

All our confetti is made from real dried flower petals, 100% biodegradable, eco-friendly and natural. UK Delivery only for our sample boxes.

Your petal sample is perfect for showing your wedding venue, matching to a colour scheme or testing for colour fastness. It's just a small sample 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, for more details visit our confetti sample page.

Shipping, Returns & Exchanges

We use a combination of Royal Mail or Parcel Force for our deliveries. The team dispatch orders from the Petal Shed Monday to Friday as quickly as possible.

What is the shipping policy?

For all the latest delivery information please visit our dedicated Delivery page. 

Do you ship overseas?

Yes, we ship all over the world. Shipping costs will apply, and will be added at checkout.

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 check the box dimensions below:

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

2.5 litre bag (used for a Shropshire Box) 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).

Can I cancel an order?

All our orders are handmade, If you'd like to cancel your order before it's been made up please get in touch as soon as possible.

Can I return an order?

You can indeed provided the following:

  • Items must be unused and in re-saleable condition
  • Refunds/exchanges must be returned within 28 days of delivery
  • We cannot accept refunds on Pick and Mix petals OR personalised products
  • Refunds can only be returned using the original method of payment. 

Please visit our Returns page and fill in the returns form.

Get in touch

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