I enjoy inventing new dried flower petal mixes for use as natural wedding confetti
And I recently wrote an article for WantThatWedding.co.uk on the subject. As well as confetti, dried flowers are becoming increasingly popular as table decorations and bouquets as seen in the WantThatWedding French styled bridal shoot last April (to which we contributed lavender bunches, confetti & rosebuds).
Biodegradable wedding confetti
Wedding confetti made from real natural petals is 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 of natural confetti to match almost every scheme, and some of the petal combinations can be breathtaking.
Throwing confetti vs Table confetti
Natural confetti petals fall loosely into two categories – throwing confetti and table confetti. Table confetti needs to be dust-free and withstand close inspection. This often means that premium grade petals are needed, such as hydrangea or delphinium petals or rose buds. These are often expensive but only a sprinkling is needed on each table. To extend the scheme, a few of the premium petals can be mixed with a bulk confetti for throwing after the ceremony. A real example of this is Steve & Shelley who were married recently: they chose lavender colour hydrangeas for the reception tables, and mixed this with ivory delphinium petals for throwing confetti. You can’t beat delphinium petals in pale colours for lovely wedding photos because they are so weightless they seem to float in the air and are more easily captured on film.
Dried flower petals to choose from
Apart from delphiniums, other ideas for throwing confetti are dried lavender (which throws like rice), dried rose petals and tiny rose buds, or hydrangea petals, either singly or combined in pretty mixes of dried flower petals.
Natural confetti need not be expensive
Using real natural confetti petals need not be expensive – if you are on a budget, or have a lot of people to cater for, try small burgundy air dried rose petals as throwing confetti, which have a very traditional look. If you mix rose petals with lavender, there is the added bonus of fragrance: the freshness of the lavender combines with the sweetness of the rose petals. Other inexpensive petals which can be bought in bulk include cream sweety petals, which are slightly larger and have a skeleton-like structure.
Make your own dried flower confetti
If you would like to make your own natural petal confetti, many gardens contain 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. Hydrangea heads can be dried at home too, but they need to be left standing in a vase half-filled with water until the water has gone and the petals are crispy.
Autumnal shades of petal confetti
At this time of year there is increasing interest in yellows and oranges in confetti, to reflect autumnal shades, so why not try marigold dried flower petals or sunflower petal natural confetti, or a mixture of these combined with ivory delphinium petals. For an autumnal scheme including pinks, tiny heather grains are a good choice.
Shopping links – Dried flower petals, confetti cones and more
In our dried flower shop we have a large range of natural confetti petals, as well as confetti baskets and confetti cones. I am always trying new products and making new confetti mixes, we have a wide range, also including co-ordinating natural wedding favours such as dried lavender bags.
Related links – More posts on natural confetti – dried flower wedding makes
Real wedding photos with confetti petals
Dried flower wedding confetti | Make confetti cones
Make a dried lavender wand – lovely for little bridesmaids
Dried lavender as a wedding theme
No sew no tie lavender bag make – unusual wedding favour
Dried flower wedding bouquet