21 Sustainable Confetti Ideas For Your Big Day
Throwing confetti over the happy couple as they leave the ceremony is a well-known wedding tradition. While in the past this was artificial confetti, these days couples are choosing more environmentally-friendly options.
The tradition of throwing confetti can be traced to the Middle Ages and even further back.
Across the world, different variations on the traditions occurred. Italian weddings featured a parade following the ceremony during which small sweets or plaster imitations of sweets were thrown. In France and other European countries, colourful, cut-out paper disks were chosen instead of the plaster sweets. In England, rather than paper confetti, throwing rice became the tradition as it represented fertility and prosperity.
Nowadays, rice, paper cut-outs and various other confetti options are available. These can be tailored to the style of the relevant wedding. There are also more sustainable options which move away from some of the less environmentally-friendly plastic (PET and PVC) options.
The growing trend towards more sustainable confetti options comes as more people understand the detrimental effects human behaviour has on the world around us. Some venues also don’t allow certain types of confetti due to the messy clean-up. As a result, a range of alternative confetti options have been created which still allow guests to wish the couple well without compromising the environment or the venue.
If you’re wanting to be showered by confetti after you’ve professed your love for your partner, but don’t want to worry about any damage, we’ve put together some sustainable alternatives that you will love.
Flowers are a simple and beautiful option. You can have guests clutching petals to sprinkle over you after you say “I do”. Choose the flowers based on the colour palette of your wedding or even those that are just your favourite. Whether you prefer dried flowers or fresh ones, the florist working on your wedding will be able to help you.
The benefit of flower confetti is that it’s biodegradable. While it is likely you will still need someone to sweep up afterwards, the pile of flowers won’t have to go to a dump but rather can be added to a compost heap.
Much like flowers, leaves are a natural alternative that won’t just be thrown into the garbage when you’re at the wedding reception. However, unlike flowers that likely will have been plucked, collecting leaves is cheaper and less time-intensive.
You can choose to throw leaves as they are or get even more creative by using a punch to cut the leaves into fun shapes. Create little leaf hearts for your guests to shower over your declaration of love. If that’s too on the nose, there are thousands of punch shapes.
The wedding industry is innovative when it comes to meeting demands. As a result, there has been a significant increase in sustainable confetti options made of biodegradable material that don’t just come from nature. These materials are specially designed to avoid harming the environment, so you don’t have to worry.
If you’re keen on having a party filled with sparkles, biodegradable glitter is available. If you’re having a winter wedding and want to feel the fantasy without the chill, then opt for environmentally-friendly “snow.” Plantable confetti can also be used to put life back in the soil once you are done with the festivities.
We promise we’re not talking about a food fight. These confetti options use food substances, much like the traditional rice toss that those in the United Kingdom are already familiar with.
Similar to flowers, these food options are natural and therefore won’t harm the environment. In some cases, it could even benefit the local wildlife. If you choose to toss seeds, these won’t even need to be swept up, and the birds in the area will do the job for you. Other options include traditional rice or even freshly picked herbs like oregano or sage.