1. small pieces of coloured paper traditionally thrown over newlyweds by their wedding guests after the marriage ceremony has taken place
There are many niche decisions to made when planning your wedding, decisions that you won't have had to make before or probably not ever again. How much confetti to buy is one of those. Hopefully we can help with this guide that we've put together.
It depends on how you want your confetti to look and what your venue allows.
If there are no restrictions, the round tissue paper discs (biodegradable ones) stay in the air longest and make for the best confetti shots from our point of view.
A lot of venues ask for real petals only and there are loads of options within this, although they don’t stay in the air *quite* as long, real petals look beautiful afterwards wherever they’ve fallen.
Once you’ve decided on that it’s time to work out how your guests will end up with it in their hands. Again, a few options with this.
Individual packets have a few options, flat packets or cones are the most popular, but have a look online (see below for suggested suppliers to get your started), there are so many options! A lot of websites/suppliers let you customise the packets too. Remember to double check if you’re buying packets whether or not you need to fill them yourself or not - which is GREAT excuse to have someone in your wedding party round for drinks and confetti stuffing!
You can have buckets/baskets for guests to grab a handful of it, this is the easiest way from your point of view - no packaging anything up or buying individual packets, but some guests will be tempted to grab a massive handful (a massive pile of confetti does look inviting and we’ve definitely done this in the past!) so you’ll need to factor in a little bit more than if you are having individual packets.
Wedding planning hack: try to order this a few months in advance, it means you can cross it off your list & it means that you won't run out of budget so you get exactly the look you're going for
In terms of actual volume:
Flat packets: 1 per person
Cones: can often be 1 between 2, depending on size
No packaging: roughly 1 litre gives around 20 handfuls
So for 80 guests, either 80 flat packets, 40-80 cones or 4 litres.
Phew! You might be thinking all of this for only a tiny moment of your day?? Honestly, the rush you’ll get when everyone is cheering and you’re showered with beautiful confetti is one of the best feelings. Of course we’ll be there to capture it so you can watch it over and over again. This is one of the only situations that we ‘stage’ during a wedding day. Unfortunately, people lining up to throw confetti over you just doesn’t happen naturally! We LOVE confetti, especially me (Charlotte), I like to be surrounded by it at all times! If it’s important to your day it will be worth the teeny bit of effort beforehand.
Adamapple (this is where we’ve ordered it from for our wedding in February, we’ve chosen biodegradable paper discs)
There are so many though, this is just the tip of the confetti iceberg. We will keep this updated as we find more brilliant confetti suppliers.
Wedding planning hack: It's always best to have too much rather than too little, so we recommend rounding all of your numbers up.
Happy confetti shopping!
Ps confetti fact: the word comes from an Italian word for sweets/candies and one singular piece would be called a 'confetto'