When a bride and a groom decide to use the beach, forest or another amazing Australian back drop, it breaks my heart when they decide during the recessional to use non-biodegradable confetti that is terrible for the environment.
Ok ok, plastic, foil or even coloured paper may look gorgeous when blessing the newlyweds as they walk down the aisle as husband and wife. However, we really need to think about the impact that these have on the environment. Coloured paper may also stain fabrics and particularly white wedding dresses!
Plastic and foil – well , that is a given. They are non-biodegradable. However, even with coloured paper the dye can seep into the ground and likely also end up in the belly of some unsuspecting animal.
So what are the alternatives?
Some people use rice, although the myth of birds exploding has been disproven, it is difficult for them to digest and – have you even been hit by flying rice? It hurts!
Petals are a great option – natural and will bio degrade. You can also find them in all sorts of colours to match or complement your colour scheme. Silk petals can also be used, but I am not convinced they are as good as the real thing!
Another growing trend is lavender confetti. They smell great wafting through the air and are not as tough as the rice seeds. However, do consider that the seeds are seeds…. Wherever you through them, they might end up growing! If you want to really make a go of it, why not try any seed pack? You can get your gardening done at the same time if having a DIY wedding!
Seed paper is also a sustainable option and you can even paint it with edible paint to ensure that it will bio-degrade. This way you can still have the glitz of confetti, but without the negative impact!
Bubbles are a huge favourite of mine. Sparkling in the sun, a bubble machine is cheap and can look amazing. The only draw back is its lack of effect if windy, and possible staining if bubbles pop on silk and other fabrics.
If you love confetti, you can use something that will ensure it is just your memories and photographs that last forever, not the confetti.