Alternative London & Bedfordshire wedding photographer – 7 Top tips for a great confetti experience & advice for amazing confetti photographs
I’m often asked ‘what’s your favourite part of a wedding day’, & without hesitation I will answer ‘the confetti!’. The tradition of throwing confetti goes back to Pagan & Roman times, when a newly-wed couple had rice or wheat thrown over them to symbolise fertility & bestow prosperity on their marriage. As wedding traditions go, it’s one of the nicer ones – full blog post on traditions coming soon. Before paper confetti was introduced in the Victorian age, flowers & petals were also thrown. These days anything goes (or, whatever the church or venue in question may allow!). There are not many times in life when you can experience such a surreal, joyous event as having all your loved ones gathered to cheer & cover you in thousands of pieces of coloured paper – the reason I love the confetti part of a wedding day is that everyone is just so… well… HAPPY! But, there is definitely a fine art to having the best confetti experience possible & I’m often asked what I would recommend, so I’ve put together some top tips for how to have great confetti photographs & ultimately an amazing experience that you remember fondly forever!
1 – Does your church/venue allow confetti?
Firstly, it’s important to note that not every church or venue allows confetti, so please check as early on in your wedding planning as possible to avoid any disappointment & to have a back-up plan if need be. Most churches allow confetti down the path (far enough down so that the wind doesn’t blow confetti back into the church!) or just outside the church gates; Registry offices & licensed ceremony venues usually allow confetti just outside the doors. Wherever you’re having your marriage ceremony, I always advise to sneak off for a few quiet minutes together after you’ve walked back up the aisle – to actually say ‘hello’ to one another. I think it’s really important to have a few minutes alone & spend those just-married moments together rather than hugging a long-lost auntie! Believe me, my couples always tell me how nice it was to have a quiet breather together, as it’s the first time they’ve properly seen each other on their wedding day. During your alone time I can have your guests gather wherever & however you’d like to have your confetti thrown.
2 – What type of confetti is best & how much do we need?
These days there are so many different types of confetti. My personal favourite is still the old-fashioned paper confetti which has coloured shapes of bells, hearts & horseshoes, which in this day & age must be biodegradable. Mix this with some larger, rainbow-coloured confetti & maybe a confetti cannon or two & you’re on to a winner! Most confetti you buy today is indeed biodegradable & you can get a whole range of rainbow colours in dissolvable paper so this doesn’t limit you to dried flowers, which will stick in your hair! What I will recommend is that medium-sized confetti is best – too small & it won’t show up on photographs & will stick in everyone’s hair for the rest of the day, too big (such as rose petals) & it just falls to the ground too quickly. A good flutter is best & everyone wants a good flutter, so go for the coloured paper confetti option! When it comes to how much do you need, most places recommend a handful for each person – my top tip for confetti is TWO large handfuls per person if you want a really amazing confetti experience & epic photographs!
3 – How do you want your confetti thrown?
Yes, there are options! Most couples opt for a ‘confetti tunnel’ where everyone lines each side & the couple walk through the middle, either walking back up the aisle during an outdoor wedding ceremony or outside the ceremony venue after your quiet time together. What a great exit as newlyweds! Another option is for you to stand in the middle & stay static whilst your guests surround & bombard you with confetti, or have the confetti thrown right after your whole-group photo (if you’re having one) – that way everyone gets covered in confetti! Whichever you opt for, a great tip is for all your guests to throw the confetti up nice & high so it flutters down on you, & remember lots of confetti per person! Walk slowly to take it all in & really enjoy the experience.
4 – Who should give out the confetti & how?
Guests generally don’t bring their own confetti to weddings these days, so I would recommend arranging your own in advance. Usually as your guests are leaving the ceremony they will be given confetti by the bridesmaids, flower girls, ushers or whoever else you’ve asked to give out the confetti. It’s good to designate someone beforehand so that everyone is given confetti. I’ve seen lots of ways for confetti to be given out – a basket is a nice idea for people to take large handfuls (just make sure you have enough), cones, or little bags stamped with your names or wedding logo. Another option is to lay out the bags on each chair.
5 – You’re not allowed confetti – here are some other options…
Some churches & venues don’t allow confetti, which is understandable as it can get messy! If you’re not allowed confetti then some other options may be for your guests to blow bubbles or have bubble-guns, streamers or flags for people to wave, or pom-poms to throw. Or if your other half is in the Military then how about a Military salute? Katy & Craig opted for their guests to wave flags (by Something Kinda Cute), which were given out as people entered the church & doubled-up as their Order of Service on the other side. A great idea & with it being a hot day it kept people cool in the church, too!
6 – MORE confetti!
If, like me, you REALLY love confetti then why not have some confetti cannons during your cake cutting and/or first dance?! Again, you should check with your venue but it’s a really nice alternative to a standard cake cutting & is nice if you’re a bit nervous about having people watch you doing your first dance! Some of my recent couples had gold-foil confetti cannons to match their colour scheme. Just remember, the larger the cannon, the more confetti (go big!).
7 – Enjoy it!
In my eyes, there can never be too much colourful confetti, but that’s the child in me! Above all, this is YOUR WEDDING DAY & you should enjoy each & every experience along the way. Keep smiling & have fun with your confetti experience!
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