Ideas for confetti to throw at weddings

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Ideas for confetti to throw at weddings
Confetti adds a touch of fun to weddings. (confetti image by cherie from

Confetti is a fun, festive and colourful way to celebrate at a wedding. Traditionally, people make confetti out of coloured paper. Think creatively for a confetti alternative for the next wedding you attend, and make the event memorable for everyone.

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At some Jewish weddings, guests throw candy at the happy couple. Candy symbolises the hope for a sweet life. Choose candy that is not too hard. Use wrapped candy, because it is easy to clean up, and younger guests can collect it and eat it. Print the names of the couple on the wrapper for a personalised touch.

Basket Stuffing

Think twice before you throw out that basket stuffing. It can be a great substitute for traditional confetti. Crinkly, colourful basket stuffing looks beautiful and puts a different, inventive twist on confetti. It is liable to clump, so separate it before you toss it. Be careful with it, though. Basket stuffing is generally made of paper, and it may cut the skin.


Traditional confetti can make a mess, and it is not ecologically sound. Birdseed, on the other hand, fills in for paper confetti quite nicely. If birds do not eat the seeds, they will simply grow. Birdseed does not pollute and is easy to sweep up. Take care not to throw it into guests' hair, though.

Flower Petals

Flower petals add elegance and romance to a wedding. Like birdseed, flower petals can be environmentally friendly, as long as they are not dyed or processed. Flower petals do not need to be dyed, though. Nature offers a huge range of colours, so chances are that you will find a flower to match the wedding colour scheme.

Shredded Coconut

Shredded coconut lends a hint of the tropics, so it is perfect for beach weddings. Another environmentally friendly confetti idea, shredded coconut will not cause damage to wildlife or humans. The smell of coconut helps sustain the beach-party mood throughout the event.

Paper Airplanes

Paper aeroplanes are a novel, whimsical substitute for traditional confetti. Although they cause clutter, their size makes them easy to gather at clean-up time. The paper aeroplanes can be unique souvenirs for the couple. Guests can write personal messages to the bride and groom for the newlyweds to read afterwards.

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