Dried flowers are becoming increasingly popular at weddings
Dried flowers make beautiful, natural & biodegradable confetti
Dried flowers are now the most popular choice for throwing at weddings. Many venues now ban paper and other non-biodegradable confetti, but dried petals, buds and florets are 100% natural and biodegradable. There is a colour to match almost every scheme, and I think some of the petal combinations can be breathtaking.
The best dried flowers to use as confetti
Dried flower confetti can be made from dried lavender, which throws like rice, dried rose petals and tiny rose buds, delphinium petals, hydrangea petals and other dried flowers, either singly or combined in pretty mixes.
The petal confetti mix shown left is one I call cornflower mix. It contains pale blue dried lavender, pink and burgundy rose petals and vivid blue cornflower petals. Not only pretty, but fragrant too with the freshness of the lavender and the sweetness of the rose petals. I’ve been making it in my workshop for more than ten years and it’s really popular.
If you wish to make your own natural petal confetti, many gardens have hydrangeas, rose bushes and lavender. Delphinium spires are readily available at the florist in season. Just bunch together half a dozen of any of these stems in an elastic band and hang upside down in your airing cupboard for at least a week. When dry, strip the petals from the stems, and mix to make a pretty dried flower confetti. More on drying your own flowers.
Use delphinium petals for the best photos
For lovely wedding photos, you can’t beat delphinium petals in pale colours because they are so weightless they seem to float in the air and are more easily captured on film.
Dried flowers as wedding table confetti
The photo shows hydrangea petals, but other dried flowers which make good table confetti are – rose buds, pristine rose petals, or delphinium petals. Whichever dried flowers you choose, they need to be dust-free and withstand close inspection. The quality of each individual bloom will need to be seen (more so than with confetti for throwing), which is why many companies sell premium freeze dried or preserved petals for this purpose.
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If you want to buy in some dried flower petals in single colours or to mix yourself, here are a few starting points: