Why Confetti Is Just as Important As the Dress!

Hi again! I’m guessing most of you will choose your wedding dress before you plan your confetti moment, but today’s guest blogger has news for you! OK so the title might be overstating things a tad… but every wedding album has “the confetti shot” – and in hindsight you’re going to see that photo a lot so it’s worth planning to get it right! With thanks to Emma for today’s guest blog. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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A handful of real petal confetti – photo credit McAvoy Weddings

Why confetti is as important as your wedding dress!

The excitement of looking at your wedding day photos to remember your big day will never go away. One of the most spontaneous and natural pictures will be the moment your photographer captures delicate confetti floating down on the happy newlywed couple.

Throwing confetti over a newly married couple is a tradition that’s been present in British weddings for over two centuries as it symbolises the wish of a fertile marriage. When most people think about confetti they think of small coloured paper shapes which you could buy from a variety of convenience stores.

Originally confetti was made from rice or shredded paper; today couples want to be able to match their confetti to their wedding theme and are choosing to provide it themselves in the form of natural petals. Natural petals come in a variety of colours and sizes which can be presented in a number of ways to also match the theme including coloured cones, pails and baskets. Displaying confetti in cones in a prominent place outside the church or venue for guests to take a handful is a great way to ensure guests only shower you with your chosen confetti.

Confetti is one of the most versatile accessories for your wedding day, not only can it be used to create wow factor photos, it can also be used to decorate tables at your reception venue, cake, favours and even to create a beautiful petal path.

Doesn’t confetti sound magical? Therefore, why do couples still forget to supply it for their big day? Flicking through any bridal magazine you will see lifestyle images of happy couples having confetti thrown over them, if you want to capture that special moment forever – don’t forget the confetti, it is just as important as the dress!

How to Get the Wow Factor Confetti Shot

Here are some tips on how to get the perfect ‘wow’ factor shot:

  • The majority of churches and venues only allow biodegradable confetti to be used – choose 100% natural petals ready for your guests to shower you with on your wedding day. As most churches and venues have strict rules about using confetti. Take samples to show them to ensure you can use your chosen confetti.
  • Colour co-ordinate with your wedding theme or bridesmaids dresses. If you want a bright, bold splash of colour in the confetti shot choose a mix of colours to enhance the effect. For a more subtle shot white confetti works wonderfully to add a delicate flutter effect.
  • Make sure you have enough confetti for each of your guests to throw a big handful, the more they throw, the better the shot will be.
  • Discuss the location with your photographer before your wedding day; they will be able to decide where to take the confetti shot according to the light and setting.
  • For a full confetti shot ask your guests to stand close and throw the petals high to create the perfect flutter.
  • You could ask your photographer to bring the confetti with them and produce it for your guests at the right time. This stops your guests having to worry about carrying it and wondering when to throw it.
  • Relax and enjoy the confetti moment!

Remember confetti is not just for your wedding day; place romantic petals in a hot bath to share with your loved one on your anniversary to remember the confetti moment each year.

For more tips and ideas of what you can do with your confetti visit the website

Photo credit: Handful of Confetti from £10.50 per litre (photo by McAvoy Weddings)

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Wedding Accessories
    8 years ago

    Fantastic tips, I went to a wedding recently where they took the confetti shot first…. the bride then had confetti in her hair for all the other pics, didn’t seem very well thought out.

  • Yes! I love the confetti shots (as noted in my choice of faves from William & Jennifer’s wedding)!! And you’re soooo right–even after almost 16 years of marriage I never tire of looking at my wedding photos. And the confetti shots are definitely favorites!

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