Let’s take a look to where confetti started and how it transitioned. It has been recorded back to ancient Greece times that it was custom to toss fruit and plants at the married couple for prosperity, fertility and good harvests. Fruit was even used by Ancient Greeks as a way to propose to their partner. If the woman caught the apple thrown to her, she accepted the marriage proposal. In more recent times the tradition of confetti tossing changed considerably around the globe. Italy tossed either rice or petals as a ritual that would encourage prosperity and fertility. The practice of rice tossing by guests at the wedding eventually slowed in some countries because it was thought that it may cause injury to birds. In Italy, candy and sugared nuts became a popular choice of confetti with its symbolism of a sweet marriage. Eventually paper confetti was created and very popular to photographers due to the bright colours. From the perspective of the photographer some of the most photogenic moments of the married couple is when they exit and their is a flurry of confetti. Usually the expressions of the couple are priceless and the cinematography is stunning. The more confetti in the shot equals the better image created. Today there are considerations of the environment and many venues have banned paper confetti for this reason plus the mess and potential hazards that they create. It is best to discuss your confetti choice when selecting a venue to ensure that they are onboard with your confetti choice. Today it is quite fashionable to have natural alternatives to confetti. Even many hollywood stars have taken the natural alternative with leaves, petals or lavender. Natural alternatives come in a vast selection of beautiful colours and shapes. Here’s some of our favourites.
Lavender is symbolic for beauty and purity, and represents commitment. It is truly stunning at a wedding and has a calming, elegant scent. The small biodegradable buds are light in weight so that they do not cause injury when being tossed towards the married couple. There are different varieties of lavender with a selection of shades to suit your wedding theme. Some popular ones are purple, mauve, cream or blue.
Leaves are beautiful and are eco-friendly. Many types of leaves can be used to suit the wedding theme. In Australia many couples choose the traditional Australian gum, the eucalyptus leaf. These leaves look brilliant on there own as they gently flow through the air. For those wanting a rustic wedding theme, wildflowers are often mixed with eucalyptus leaves and guests enjoy tossing them on the couple.
Bird seed became an option when people were concerned about rice being unhealthy for birds. Bird seed creates a good option for those who are having an outdoor wedding and don’t want the fuss of cleaning up. Plus the birds will love the seed. Just be careful there are not too many birds around when tossing.
Herbs are for those who desire a more earthy natural theme. Herbs with woody scents like Rosemary are quite popular and look brilliant being tossed.
Baby’s Breath is very popular with couples as it is suitable for many themes. Photographers love the ambience that is felt when taking images of this flower. The light pom glides through the air providing a gentle moment of pure elegance.
Rose petals are traditionally known to represent love. Couples can have either fresh petals or dried petals. Many couple love the elegance of the silky fresh rose petals however they can stain clothing or floor covering. If it’s raining it is not advised to use fresh rose petals as they can be slippery.
Enjoy the tradition and elegance of natural confetti in your wedding,
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