Literally one of my favourite things EVER to capture is that confetti bombardment on your wedding day. The fun, crazy and happy moment it creates is amazing to photograph, so I’ve put together some of my top tips for wedding confetti and hope it inspires you to get excited for your own face pelting! All photos by Kelsie Low Photography, of course.
1. GET LOADSSSSSS OF IT!
Out of all of these wedding confetti top tips, if there’s just one thing you take from it all – let it be this! One of the problems occasionally when gearing up to capture that epic wedding confetti moment is noticing that there’s just a little handful for each guest, which really isn’t enough! If you want those crazy and bloody epic photos where you’re basically engulfed in a cloud of metallic/colourful amazingness, ensure each guest has loads! Basically enough to cover you with it so that you can no longer see where you’re going… ok? 😉
2. Use Confetti Cannons
Giving every guest a confetti cannon will work out a bit pricey so I would suggest handfuls of confetti for most and then having a few large confetti cannons dotted throughout the line of guests will definitely ensure those confetti wedding photos are kickass! I’ve created an Amazon list full of my recommendations so if you do wish to purchase some confetti cannons to create awesome shots, click here and check these bad boys out. Affiliate links for the full list of those I recommend is also below!
3. Be Kind to Nature with Biodegradable Confetti
Biodegradable confetti is great for being used outside because obviously after the big moment, where does it go? If not swept, often it’s blown around in the wind and who knows where it ends up. However, its definitely more expensive than regular confetti and not readily available in super bright colours so it’s totally your preference. It is of course much kinder to the environment and some venues prefer you to use only this. Etsy has so many fab biodegradable confetti options you can purchase in bulk and ‘by the handful’ which is super handy… 😉 It’s really important to always get double the amount you think you will need! To view my Etsy biodegradable confetti shopping list you can do so here and also Adamapple are a great supplier of 100% eco friendly confetti, you can find their website here.
4. Scrap Confetti Cones and Bags
When you begin looking for wedding confetti you’ll discover a lot of options online in terms of cardboard cones and paper bags to essentially hold your confetti and make distributing to guests a little easier. Although true in the sense that it keeps it all together, these are totally unnecessary! Just grab a large basket/container and have guests grab handfuls from it, much less fuss and ensures everyone gets plenty to throw. The problem with confetti cones is that rather than tipping the confetti from the cone into their hands, guests use the cones to launch the confetti into the air which means not only does the confetti not fall very well but also in the background of your photos are all of these paper triangles blocking the faces of your loved ones.
5. Advise Guests to Throw the Confetti Up… Not At You
Your guests will (understandably) find the idea of throwing confetti right at your face HILARIOUS, but really what you want is for them to throw it high above you as you walk past so that it falls nicely. Best bet is to delegate a bridesmaid or groomsmen – ideally the same one(s) handing out the confetti – to advise people of this when they grab some. Also it’s great if some can throw before the couple get to them so that there is a really pretty shower in front of my lens.
6. Smile and Face Forward
Getting peppered with confetti is an unusual experience and certainly not something you do every day so it’s understandable to look down and try to shelter your face, but really you want to keep your face up and full of glee! Equally, if you pull strange faces (e.g. get confetti in your mouth so screw up with your tongue out trying to remove it) that’s all I’m going to be able to capture, so just try your hardest to love every minute and laugh at the chaos. Smile at your partner, laugh with your guests, stop for a kiss halfway, I want to see all of your happiness with the biggest, joyful screams so don’t hide – embrace the moment!
7. Confetti Aisle Exit
One fun option is to have someone hand out the confetti whilst you’re signing the register/certificate and get everyone gathered round to throw the confetti/pop those cannons as you walk back down the aisle. This way no one has to worry about getting everyone into place again later on and it’s the perfect way to celebrate as you’ve literally just tied-the-knot. You’ll be on cloud nine at this time! Definitely works best for outdoor ceremonies or venues with a wide aisle.
8. Don’t Feel Restricted by Time
Another option in contrast to what I just suggested in the last point, choose to have your confetti thrown whenever you like! Often venues insist you have your confetti thrown right after your ceremony (mostly for their own ease) but this really is up to you. If you’d rather your wedding confetti moment happen the hour before sunset when the light is lovely and golden (weather depending) then go for it. Adjust your timeline to suit this and make your photographer aware. If on the day the weather isn’t great then you can always decide to change this, it takes max. 10 mins in total from organising to throwing so won’t upset things. Guests may be a tad tipsy but hey, that’ll make it all more comical!
9. Jazz Up Your First Dance
Confetti is theeeeee perfect accompaniment for a first dance! Allocate some confetti cannons to certain guests and get them to pop them just as the big break comes in your first dance song – your guests will SCREAM with excitement (especially if you haven’t told anyone else that it’s gonna happen) and will make for some really amazing photos.
10. ENJOY IT
The final one of my wedding confetti tips is to enjoy it! So important that you love every aspect of your wedding day and this part of the day is over so quickly. Once the first hand goes in the air ready to throw, it’ll last no more than 15 seconds before you’ve reached the end so take your time and have a blast!
So there they are, my top tips for epic confetti photos on your wedding day! To see some full wedding galleries with loads of confetti goodness head over to my wedding stories page. Equally, if you’d like me to capture your own confetti epic-ness then get in touch!