Last week, we looked at some gorgeous alternatives to confetti for a gorgeous wedding send-off. Bubbles, balloons, and b- uh, lightsabers look incredible in photos, but they aren’t as friendly to the environment – or your wallet.
This week, we’re looking at eco-friendly alternatives to confetti that are kinder to the environment, to adorable sea turtles, and to your budget. And that look stunning in wedding photos.
Bio-degradable and recyclable paper
Tissue paper makes fantastic confetti. It’s bio-degradable, it comes in every imaginable colour, so you can definitely match the theme of your wedding, and it’s easy to DIY – just add scissors.
You can use regular paper too; confetti made from printed quotes of your favourite books would look incredible at a literary themed wedding, though you’d need someone to sweep it into the recycling later. Or why not go a bit more off the beaten track and have your guests throw paper airplanes instead? It’s an easier clean-up – and a more memorable send-off!
Ecofetti and bio-degradable confetti
Ecofetti is a bio-degradable confetti alternative that looks like snow (though it’s available in colours you really wouldn’t want to make a snowball from, too). It falls slowly and makes for some truly incredible photos. If you’re having a winter wedding (or just want to feel like the ruler of Narnia), Ecofetti is worth looking into!
Rice and edible confetti alternatives for the birds
I’m going to go against the grain on this one. (Geddit? Geddit?) The old Simpsons-sustained belief that you shouldn’t throw rice at weddings because it makes birds explode is absolute hogswash. And, further more, it’s codswallop.
Codswallop, I say! GIPHY
Rice is perfectly safe to throw at weddings. Birds aren’t going to be hurt by eating it. Though, if want to give them something they might enjoy more, you can always ask your guests to toss bird seed instead.
Natural confetti alternatives – fresh petals, dried flowers, and herbs
Of course, it doesn’t get much more bio-degradable than using real nature instead of confetti. Fresh petals make a fantastic addition to spring weddings. Dried flowers look gorgeous year-round. And herbs like lavender look (and smell!) incredible – and will sit neatly with almost any colour scheme.
Natural confetti alternatives – fresh and dried leaves as confetti
But there’s more to natural confetti than petals. If you’re not big on flowers, leaves make an incredible alternative to confetti. Olive leaves are perfect for a rustic wedding. Dried orange leaves make a thematic and memorable autumn wedding – and have instant childhood nostalgia thrown in for free!