THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NATURAL ECO-FRIENDLY CONFETTI
Personally, I don’t think any wedding is complete without confetti but, as a passionate environmental campaigner and fellow eco-friendly bride, I’ve long been concerned with the amount of waste produced in just one day. As a result, I tried to plan as much of our wedding as possible, to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. It wasn’t perfect and I know there was more I could have done, but I believe taking some positive steps is better than taking none.
I don’t have any regrets and I wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding but I might perhaps, kinda, maybe wish that we’d used petal confetti instead of biodegradable tissue paper so, I thought it would be fun to create an ultimate guide to natural confetti to share more info on the different kinds and how to combine them to make your own blend, as if I were to do it all again.
Did you know there is more than just one natural alternative to confetti? It can be made from petals, leaves, buds and seeds and as all these things are basically mother nature’s rainbow, natural confetti is pretty much available in All the colours!! I will admit, I knew very little about petal confetti so I contacted Ruth Ridley, owner of the Daisy Shop to give me a few tips on how to best use natural, sustainable and Eco-friendly confetti.
First, let’s look at dried flower buds. I’ll start by saying that we don’t recommend using anything larger than a dried rosebud as throwing confetti as they’re quite heavy, and no-one wants to see the happily married couple being knocked out in the wedding photos due to rogue flower bud. Even rosebuds are too large alone as throwing confetti so are best used mixed sparingly with other natural confetti such as petals or Lavender. Smaller buds like dried heather confetti are super pretty when mixed with tiny ivory rosebuds and look great in photos when thrown in the air! Dried flower buds can also be used to make statement table confetti.
Now, let’s discuss the go-to for natural confetti, flower petals. We use petal confetti in a lot of our DIY’s such as our Petal Confetti Necklaces and this Floral Confetti Ice Bucket. We even made temporary Real Flower Tattoos! This is the most common type of natural confetti because it comes in a range of different colours and can mixed with a variety of other shapes and sizes to give more volume, so it looks particularly EXTRA when trying to capture The perfect confetti shot! Some of the most popular natural confetti mixes include pastel petal confetti – a floaty mix of various dried flower petals including delphinium and hydrangea and a cornflower mix which is made with lavender, rose petals and cornflower petals.
On that subject Lavender grain is perfect to use as alternative natural confetti. It’s light, so can be thrown safely, it’s a pretty colour so can be added to any natural confetti mix and smells AMAZING! That means if you were to smell Lavender any time after your wedding, it’d be sure to remind you of your special day.
And if you feel like making your own confetti, why not use leaves. There are tonnes of mini paper punches in a range of designs, that can be used to cut tiny shapes out of dried leaves. Especially great if your throwing a wedding in the fall – the colours would look amazing. If you’re wedding theme is more modern rustic we recommend Stachys leaves. They’re light and soft which make them good for throwing and they also make beautiful natural table confetti if you designing a more minimal herb and greenery style wedding.
Will you be using natural eco-friendly confetti at your wedding? Now I’ve talked you through all the different types I think I’d go for either the pastel confetti mix or the cornflower mix? Let me know which is your fave!