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Throwing confetti seems like a minor detail but it is something we are often asked about. It’s the first time during your wedding that your guests can let loose and have fun. Traditionally scheduled for right after the signing of the register, throwing confetti is your guests’ way of physically celebrating – demonstrating their joy and support of your union. It is a unique experience for the bride and groom. Confetti presents an opportunity for awesome photographs so think about how your choice will impact your images. Since Hudson’s wedding ceremonies usually take place outdoors we are focussing on natural, garden-friendly options. Here’s a round-up of the best ideas.

Rose petals

Our favourite option is good old petals! Romantic and subtly fragrant, fresh petals will fall on you softly and fill your photos with pretty colour. You can order rose petals in singular palettes to suit your theme or a whole rainbow of colours. Either presents beautifully in large clear glass vases.


Another aromatic option, lavender is said to represent grace, elegance and beauty – qualities all brides aspire too. These delicate purple flowers fit well with lilac and rustic themes. However, beware lavender can be a bit picky if it falls into your clothing which can make for an uncomfortable evening.

Bird seed

A good choice for nature-loving couples, bird seed can be packaged in little paper bags with labels making mention of showering the “love birds”. While feeding our little feathered friends with your confetti is definitely a cute concept, of all the ideas this one is probably the least attractive in photos.


Budget-friendly popcorn is quirky and can also be eaten by the wildlife afterwards. We recommend air-popping your own kernels with no additives to avoid greasy fingers and garments. Place the popcorn in large silver bowls or baskets on plinths.


Also cost effective, bubble liquid is available in dainty clear and white tubes especially packaged for weddings. You can place these on the chairs at the ceremony as a fuss free confetti solution and be assured of magical photos. Best of all zero litter is left behind. Some brides are worried about bubbles staining so be careful if your dress is particularly delicate.


Adorned with trailing ribbons, happy messages and little bells, wands are an increasingly popular alternative which you can opt to make yourself. They will be a unique souvenir for your guests who will love waving them at you after your ceremony.


Why not give each guest a helium balloon to release as you walk past? You can tie one to each chair at the ceremony (doubling-up as ceremony décor) with instructions in the form of a tag or given verbally by your marriage officer. Be sure to use a professional company who supply only biodegradable balloons. Our recommended supplier will also attach the string in such a way that it can be easily removed at the right moment. This will ensure lots of gorgeous photos!


Greenery is a huge wedding trend that can easily be extended to your confetti. Olive or penny gum leaves work best. Just make sure that the edges aren’t too sharp. If you have the time you can even use a heart punch or similar to cut shapes out of fresh or dried autumnal leaves. Present to your guests in little paper cones to make sure that your attention to detail doesn’t go unnoticed.


If you’re curious to find out about the history of confetti and other popular wedding traditions, read our previous blog post.

To view our beautiful garden and make Hudson’s the location for your perfect wedding ceremony, schedule a viewing.

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