At the end of a wedding, guests will typically throw confetti or rice as the bride and groom are making their grand exit…hmmm, who started this tradition and why do we throw confetti up in celebration? First Class Weddings has discovered that the word “confetti” originated from the Italian word “confectionary” which refers to sweets such as sugared almonds or candied fruits. These sweets were typically handed out during special celebrations. In America we refer to confetti as shreds of paper. The throwing of confetti to the couple is a very old tradition to bless the couple so that they can be as fruitful as the grain or rice thrown upon them. Today, modern brides have been personalizing this outdated tradition to include more fun and creative ways to bless their departure… check out these cool and modern wedding confetti alternatives!
PAPER PLANE CONFETTI ALTERNATIVES
Paper planes are a great photo opp! These planes could be made of your wedding colors, hung in trees, used as a theme and are great for pictures! This confetti alternative is environmentally friendly. They can easily be picked up and taken as a wedding favor or something fun for the children at the wedding to take home and enjoy!
POM POM CONFETTI
For a light and simple alternative for confetti why not look at making yarn pom poms? These DIY pom poms are soft and bouncy and adorable for your grand exit! You could use any color of yarn to make these confetti alternatives!
CONFETTI ALTERNATIVES – BELLS
Maybe you’re the type of couple who doesn’t want to clean up thousands of pieces of confetti – luckily there are alternatives! The guests could use bells to ring in the newlyweds! The sweet sounds of love ringing in the air is delightful!
CONFETTI ALTERNATIVES – GLITTER
The great thing about using glitter as confetti is the unlimited color schemes you can create! What a wonderful flash of color photographers can capture as you leave your wedding. This option is ideal on grassy locations. Sparkle sparkle!
Lavender is a great confetti alternative especially if your wedding colors coordinate with the purple color of lavender. You can place the lavender in custom linen bags, fill cones, or hand made paper envelopes. This confetti is very romantic and aromatic!
PAPER HEARTS – CONFETTI ALTERNATIVES
Traditional American confetti consists of paper shreds. You can keep the tradition alive by modernizing it and cutting or stamping shapes out of newspapers or old books for a unique spin on the old ways of doing confetti celebrations!
BAGS OF LEAVES – CONFETTI ALTERNATIVES
What a great way to use the resources of Mother Earth! Filling paper bags with leaves for fall wedding confetti would be so beautiful! Everyone has loved to throw leaves in the air since they were young… think about entering a new stage of your life under a cascading flow of gorgeous fall leaves!
BIRD SEED CONFETTI
Environmentally conscious? Bird seed is a great confetti alternative! Toss as much bird seed out on the sidewalk as the newlyweds walk out but make sure to keep it off the grass – it causes weeds to grow! However, the birds will thank you!
Paper plane, pom pom, bell, lavender and leaves confetti from One Fab Day
Glitter confetti from Wedding O’ Mania
Paper hearts confetti from Wedding Friends
Bird seed confetti from Tamryn Kirby