Confetti – the original filter for wedding photos
There’s a reason people throw confetti during wedding send-offs.
They’re filthy vandals. It looks incredible in wedding photos. The colour swirling, the cheering guests – however the moment is captured, the happiness and joy of the whole day comes across. And it always looks good. Always. Mathematically, I don’t understand it. It seems to go against the laws of probability, but it’s true; there’s no such thing as a bad confetti toss picture.
But, if your venue won’t let you have confetti, if you have a healthy respect for the laws of probability and don’t care to defy them, or if you live in fear of tipsy guests forgetting which hand has the champagne in and which has the confetti…
…there are lots of alternatives that will look just as incredible in your wedding send-off. Alternatives like…
Blowing bubbles instead of tossing confetti
Bubbles are a fantastic alternative to the traditional confetti toss. Not only do you not get your very expensive outfit covered in anything difficult to remove just before you get your very expensive photos taken, but your friends and family will have a blast blowing them as you walk down the aisle. And during dinner. And toasts. And dancing…
Balloon wedding send-off
Balloons aren’t just for impressive Alvin and the Chipmunk impressions. They make fantastic, colourful decorations, and fantastic, colourful wedding send-offs. Ask your wedding guests to hold them as you make your exit for fantastic, colourful photos.
(Psst! Best not to do any balloon releases; balloons can’t biodegrade and get eaten by turtles and puppies and cute animals you care about. Dispose responsibly!)
Waving ribbon wands, streamers, and flags during the wedding send-off
If you’re having a smaller wedding, asking your guests to wave ribbon wands or flags make a fantastic alternative to throwing confetti. (You can ask them for bigger weddings too, that’s just a lot of ribbon to hot glue onto wands…)
It gives everyone a souvenir of your day to keep, gives the kids something to play with, and they look plain cute in pictures.
Sparklers – end your night with a bang rather than a confetti toss
If you’re having an evening send-off, sparklers look incredible in pictures. Plus, you get to pretend you’re in Harry Potter and all your friends are shooting sparks out of their wands to celebrate your marriage, and that’s something you deserve.
Get an imperial send-off with a lightsaber arch
Or, if you want to get a bit quirky and fit more personality into your day, why not have a Star Wars send-off? Get your friends to light the way with a lightsaber arch for you to talk under. (Double points if your exit music is The Imperial March. Let your friends know who the new rulers of the galaxy are…)
That said, unless you’re looking to rent your ribbon wands and lightsabers, a lot of these alternatives aren’t as eco-friendly as just throwing biodegradable tissue paper confetti. Which is why next week’s Wednesday Wedspiration is looking at some more confetti alternatives that are better for the environment, for your conscience, for your wallet, and for cute turtles everywhere.
Seriously guys. Don’t do balloon releases. Latex balloons can’t biodegrade with the chemicals that get added to make them colourful. They just burst into little pieces that look like food to birds and turtles and other people’s dogs.
Ideally, don’t release anything. Doves are bred in captivity and don’t survive long after they’re let loose. And half the butterflies won’t even survive until your wedding to be released. Never mind the number of dodgy companies who’ll send you breeds that aren’t indigenous.
Just… Just look at the bubbles suggestion again. Bubbles are good!