Alternatives To Confetti At A Wedding
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Alternatives To Confetti At A Wedding

Tradition is great, but sometimes you might feel that things need a bit of a shake up.

This is definitely true for weddings.

Many couples may still like the idea of handing out confetti for their guests to throw after the ceremony, but for some the idea of this isn’t that appealing any more.

Not only is confetti a bit on the old-fashioned side, but it also isn’t great for environment, in fact, many venues are actually banning it from their weddings.

Not only is it difficult to clean up completely, but the bits that remain (and often the packaging which is then thrown away) isn’t biodegradable and therefore has an impact on the environment.

Thinking that you want to consider an alternative to confetti for your big day?

Here are some of the much eco-friendlier (not to mention fun) approaches that you can take.


Okay, so we know that leaves might not sound quite as beautiful as confetti, but, for an autumn wedding they can look amazing.

The thing to do with leaves is to not throw the entire leaf, but use the leaves as the basis for your confetti.

You could buy yourself a heart-shaped hole punch, which can then be used to cut out heart-shaped confetti from the leaves.

One single leaf can make plenty of confetti, which means that you don’t have to have bags and bags of leaves hanging around your home.

Dried flowers

One of the most confetti like alternatives out there has to be dried flowers.

The main reason for this is because they float slowly down to the ground after being thrown.

The great news about dried flowers is that they are easy enough to find.

You can ask your florist to put aside some of the petal confetti, or you can even buy freeze dried flowers online.

If you are feeling particularly DIY then you can make your own confetti by drying out flowers that you grow yourself.

Artificial snowflakes

If you are planning a winter wedding then one of the best confetti alternatives out there is artificial snowflakes.

These not only give the feeling of snowfall (which will look amazing for the photographs) but they are nice and soft too.

Best of all, when it comes to washing the snowflakes away, all you need is water and they will dissolved instantly.

This makes them a popular choice for the venues who want to make sure that they can easily tidy up.


Possibly the eco-friendliest idea on the list, birdseed is a great choice for those who want to help the environment.

Much like throwing rice texture wise, the birdseed will land on the floor and be a source of food for the local wildlife.

Not only this, but the seeds that are not eaten up are going to hopefully turn into new flowers or plants, which can only be a helping hand to the environment.

As you can see, there are plenty of alternatives to throwing confetti, think about which option you prefer and we are sure that you will create a great look which you and your guest will love.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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