The Low Down on Wedding Confetti

Written by    Last updated: March 23, 2016

Should you or shouldn’t you?  The wedding confetti dilemma is not about whether it’s wonderful to throw it, but whether you’re allowed to at your venue. Here’s the low down on confetti by the experts at Confetti.

Confetti being thrown at bride and groom|

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Confetti is the name given to what is thrown into the air in celebration as the bride and groom leave the ceremony as a married couple. The tradition of throwing confetti at weddings is said to have originated during the middle ages in Northern Italy and has certainly been around in the UK since Pagan times.

Before paper confetti, there were flowers, petals, grains or rice thrown at the happy couple, to bestow prosperity and fertility. Today confetti comes in a myriad of shapes, colours and styles for throwing up into the air in celebration, throwing onto the aisle by flower girls for the entrance of the bride and for decoration at the reception. Confetti with significant words or images on can be very lovely.

Natural petals and biodegradable tissue paper confetti remain the most popular, and as a rule you should always ask whether your guests are allowed to throw confetti as each venue is different.

Natural Petal Confetti

When it comes to throwing confetti outside, the most popular type with venues is the natural petal confetti as it is biodegradable. It is therefore no different to tree blossom falling on the ground and the rain will simply wash it away into nothing in time.

Silk Petals and Table Confetti

Silk petals are more often used indoors and look pretty scattered on tables as a way to bring colour and interest to your wedding reception. The beauty of silk petals is they can be used to complement almost any colour scheme, and even two-tone petals are available in a variety of flower petal styles including rose, cherry blossom and hydrangea. Table confetti also comes in the shape of words and phrases and in gorgeous bold and irredscant metallic ranges to catch the light.

Silk petal confetti |

Silk petal confetti, clockwise from left: Natural Romance square favour tag | Silk hydreangea petals | Silk cherry blossom petals | Silk rose petals, all at Confetti

Confetti Boxes and Cones

Leaving small boxes or cones of confetti at the entrance to your ceremony venue for guests to take is the ideal way to have those perfect confetti wedding photos and it also means you can ensure your guests throw the right kind of confetti.

Flower Girls and their Baskets of Petal Confetti

Little flower girls look pretty throwing petal confetti onto the aisle from baskets at the bride’s entrance.

This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.


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