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Confetti Etiquette!?

Robert, on May 23, 2019 at 8:17 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 14
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Need some help with confetti etiquette! (confettiquette?)

We haven't decided on a venue yet, but the places we're looking at are all outdoors, like forests and heritage gardens. I'd love to have confetti- it's fun, it's old-school, and it makes for great pictures!- but not at the expense of hours of tidying it up or ruining the natural beauty of a place.

I've heard that paper confetti, biodegradable confetti, rice, etc. are all more environmentally positive ways of doing it, but I don't want to spoil any wilderness for the tourists and dog-walkers who visit the area in the following days. Using real flower petals might be a really great option, but I've only ever been to weddings with paper confetti so I've no experience with whether flowers actually work as confetti! It will hopefully be an October wedding, so other Autumnal foliage-type alternatives are welcome suggestions Smiley smile

Have any of you used confetti at outdoor weddings? And are real flower petals as good as they look in the pictures, or just a nuisance to throw?


  • Kristin
    Super November 2019
    Kristin ·
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    I think it would look really pretty but, the petals might be too big and make it hard to see you guys if you were planning on doing pictures with people throwing them.

    Maybe see if there is a way to efficiently cut flower petals up into more confetti-esk size?

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  • Future Mrs. K
    VIP June 2019
    Future Mrs. K ·
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    I bought biodegradable floral confetti off of Amazon for my grandmas (my flower girls lol) to toss down the aisle. It is made from dried flowers and seeds. It's really pretty and natural.

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  • S
    Devoted September 2019
    Sara ·
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    We’re actually not allowed to have any kind of confetti or flower petal throws at our venue (it’s a barn, so indoor/outdoor), so be sure to ask when touring venues!
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  • A
    Dedicated February 2019
    AnnaG ·
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    If you're set on it, I would definitely ask venues when touring because a lot of the ones we looked at didn't allow confetti, petals or glitter of any kind just because of the clean up.

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  • Melissa
    VIP October 2018
    Melissa ·
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    Whatever you do, please do not use rice! For the sake of the birds that will eat it, just say no to rice! Smiley smile

    Confetti does make for great photos, and yes, they do make biodegradable confetti, but absolutely check with your venue about what they will allow you to do. We got married in an old mansion with a really pretty front garden. They told us we were not allowed to sprinkle anything - no flower petals for the flower girl, no confetti, no glitter. It disturbs the balance, and as a conservatory - that's a no no. We ended up using bubbles and it was great!

    So if your venue does allow for you to throw/sprinkle things, I do think biodegradable confetti would be the way to go. I think throwing petals may not give you the look you want. They're larger and don't have the same weight as confetti - it may just look a little strange.

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  • WifeyPoo
    Devoted July 2019
    WifeyPoo ·
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    Biodegradable Flower Confetti

    Check out the amazon link above.

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  • Danielle K
    VIP June 2019
    Danielle K ·
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    Bad options include

    rice = bad for birds

    rose petals = beautiful but expensive

    fake flowers or real confetti = very messy and bad for environment

    good options include

    DIY hole punch leaf confetti

    flower (wild local flower) seed confetti

    dried flower petals


    bubbles (water based)

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  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
    Kelly ·
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    You should ask the venue, mine forbids throwing things of any sort, as well as glitter, because we're on the ocean. I know a lot of venues in natural areas mostly ban confetti type of things and glitter because it's so harzardous to nature.
    Real flowers petals or leave hole punch might be okay but you'd have to check.
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  • Robert
    Dedicated October 2021
    Robert ·
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    Thank you all so much for the responses!

    Dried flowers are a great suggestion- I've found a lot of sites with a 'pick and mix' type thing which I imagine is great for matching with a colour palette/flower arrangements. I love the hole punch leaf confetti idea too- ecologically sound, unique and beautiful!

    (And I will of course check with the venue before trying any of these!!)

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  • Courtney
    Master December 2019
    Courtney ·
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    I would suggest deciding on a venue first before thinking of confetti. Many places have different rules- some don't allow tossing items at all. Even alternatives such as bubbles or sparklers aren't welcomed.

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  • Madison
    Devoted October 2020
    Madison ·
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    One of my bridesmaids has confetti made from leaves saved on her Pinterest. Yes time consuming to hole bunch a bunch of leaves but you can stack them and do it while watching tv or something! This is a good option
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  • D
    Super July 2020
    D ·
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    Ecofetti dissolves in water so if you have a way to "wash" the area....
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  • C
    Super January 2020
    Cassie ·
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    What about hole punching leaves? It’s all natural and if it’s fall you’re likely to have an abundance of pretty colors. Well unless you live in Florida like me cause our leaves don’t really change.
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  • J
    Super June 2023
    Jana Online ·
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    Real flower petals work just fine for tossing and are biodegradable. Also they don't hurt when thrown like rice and birdseed do.
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