Confetti advice & how to make your own

Jun 6, 2023 | Wedding advice & ideas

Confetti on your wedding day

The confetti line is one of my favourite moments to document on a wedding day because they are full of so much natural emotion and are great fun. I’m genuinely starting to think that confetti should be made edible because of the number of times I’ve seen some fly into brides/grooms mouths!

Before you buy/make your confetti

  • Check, does your venue/church allow confetti?
  • If they do, find out where the confetti can be thrown (some churches/venues have specific locations)
  • If you get the green light it’s time to make your bio-degradable confetti
  • If you don’t get the green light see my alternatives to wedding confetti below

How to make handmade confetti

If you have some time between now and your wedding here is how you can make your own confetti and save you some pennies… 

  1. Save flowers from the garden/shop-bought bouquets (roses are ideal, because of the colour range and beautiful smell).
  2. Before the flowers start to turn brown remove the petals (I make my confetti with the roses I deadhead).
  3. Lay the petals flat and dry them out in an airing cupboard/sunny windowsill (don’t layer them this will slow the drying process and they could turn brown).
  4. Once you’ve dried out the petals keep them in a dark, dry place or they may lose colour.
  5. You can experiment with different petals and see how they dry out. Also, consider mixing in some dried lavender to make it smell even more lovely.
  6. Repeat the process until you have enough!

Watch my Instagram reel showing how I make natural confetti at home.

Alternative to confetti ideas

If where you are getting married doesn’t allow confetti, here are some fun alternatives:

  • A bubble line, these are a brilliant alternative you just have to keep an eye on which way the wind is blowing
  • Doing a smoke bomb photo with the bridal party instead
  • Or opting for evening sparkler photos 

Quick confetti tips

  • If you are wanting to do a confetti line I would recommend supplying confetti for your guests as not everyone remembers to bring their own and it ensures it meets your venue’s requirements.
  • Too much confetti is never a bad thing, you’ll be amazed how quickly it gets used up.
  • Don’t worry about bags and cones, a basket filled with confetti is a quick and easy way to store it, guests can easily grab a handful (this is more eco-friendly too!).
  • Have bridesmaids and groomsmen on hand to help hand out the confetti and organise the confetti line.
  • If you’re having a winter wedding I wouldn’t advise snow confetti, as magical as it looks in the air, you’ll be picking it out your hair for the rest of the day as it can sometimes look like dandruff.
  • Doing the confetti line straight after the ceremony is a great way to keep a nice flow going on the day.
  • To the wedding couple: take 5 minutes to yourselves whilst the confetti line is being organised and catch up on your mornings. Once the confetti line is ready, I’ll come and give you the thumbs up.
  • When walking through the confetti line walk nice and slow, more often than not your wedding photographer will be walking backwards.
  • Consider having a kiss halfway through the confetti line for a photo opportunity.
  • Bonus confetti tips on my Instagram reel ‘how to get the best confetti photos’