Some of the most amazing, spontaneous, photogenic moments at a wedding often happen when the couple are just married and are in a flurry of confetti!
Whilst now it’s a fun moment for guests to toss confetti in the air, the tradition actually started in Italy when throwing petals or rice at the happy couple was a sign of prosperity and fertility. Today, confetti photography comes in a variety of shapes of sizes and sometimes these don’t even involve confetti but other unique and colourful creations (more on that later!)
So when and where should we do a confetti photograph? How do we go about organising it? And what type of confetti should you use?
When and where should we do a confetti shot?
It’s totally up to you – there are no set rules!
Whilst the most common location for confetti is straight after the service, it really is totally up to you. If you’re after a confetti shot involving all the guests, it’s worth considering when everyone will naturally be together. Straight after the service is a great time, or shortly before gathering everyone together for a group shot or for dinner.
It’s worth talking your plans through with your wedding planner, wedding coordinator or your photographer – they’ll each have a wealth of experience to advice you on the best way of organising the shot.
It’s also worth bearing in mind venues may have strict rules on confetti, this may limit where it can be used or even ban it completely. Churches, for example, sometimes ask for it to be limited to a path often just outside the entrance and are sometimes have rules on the type of confetti you use – read on to find out more!
How do we go about organising the perfect confetti photograph?
The short answer is – you don’t! This is definitely a job for a wedding coordinator and/or photographer. They’ll have done this many times before and know the best way of organising it. Although you might want to have a think about the different options:
The most common way, but by no means the only way, to organise a confetti shot is a confetti line.
A confetti line is often organised upon exiting the ceremony, when all the guests are together. Having exited the ceremony, the photographer or wedding coordinator will organise the guests into two lines whilst someone in the wedding party will give out confetti. Then the couple will walk down the pathway between the guests and be showered with confetti.
But, remember there are no set rules! Yes. Confetti lines are the most common approach. But they certainly are not the only way of creating a confetti shot. One couple we photographed a couple of years ago loved confetti shots so much they had a confetti line and a whole group shot in which the bride and groom were showered in confetti. This made for a fantastic shot full of fun, colour and, above all, laughter. A shot of the happy couple blowing confetti towards the camera can make for a fun, colourful shot.
Beyond that, be creative – we’d love to hear from you if you have any other more creative ideas!
Which type of confetti?
The confetti toss can come in all colours and shapes, some of which might not actually be confetti but will make fantastic photographs.
There are lots of options for confetti these days, from traditional coloured petals and paper to more creative ideas such as bird seed, bubbles or even sparklers. So which one should you choose?
Whether fresh or dried, petals can make for stunning natural confetti especially if you have a certain colour, or lots of colours, in mind. You could match them to your wedding flowers or go for the multi-coloured look.
Paper or ribbons
Paper or ribbons are a great way to get the same colourful look but at a much cheaper price. Be aware though some venues no longer allow paper confetti because of the cleaning up that’s required and they have a tendency to stain if they get wet – a biodegradable confetti is a great alternatives which simply dissolves as soon as it rains.
An increasingly more popular option with guests – especially kids – is to blow bubbles at you during your exit. These can make for fantastic pictures and ultimately they’re a great way of entertaining the kids the rest of the day! Do be careful again on the type of bubble brands you buy though as some brands can stain fabric.
If you’re getting married in the winter or are looking for a fantastic way to exit your wedding, then sparklers can make for magical photographic moment after dark.
Summer or beach wedding but don’t fancy confetti? Beach balls could make for a fun, creative photograph. Again this is another great way to entertain the kids the rest of the day too!
Plan your confetti shot?