Wedding confetti ideas and alternatives

posted on 13 June 2011 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding DIY, Wedding Tips & Advice


If you’re bored with normal wedding confetti, the type you buy at shops that is mass made for weddings, then what are the alternatives? Even Rice is boring now, unless you jazz it up by dying it in your own colours. It’s really fun to throw confetti so surely there are other things that are more innovative and a bit different?

Note: Whatever you decide to use as confetti at your wedding, you will have to check with your chosen wedding venue that they will allow you to use the type of confetti you have chosen (most have a “confetti policy”, i.e. what is and what is not allowed to be used).

Alternatives to standard PAPER confetti

  • Rose petals
  • Flower petals
  • whole small flowers (daisies could be fun)
  • Freeze dried petals (see a previous post, flower petals as confetti)
  • Streamers (think white, pink or blue)
  • Feathers
  • Glitter (we don’t think this is a good idea!)
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Seeds, e.g. sunflower or bird seeds
  • Pot pourri
  • Lavender buds
  • Sweets or candy (the wrapped kind)
  • Shredded coconut
  • Coins (2c pieces or if you’re feeling flush, 5c etc …)
  • Metallic stars
  • Paper planes
  • Pom poms, little white, blue or pinks ones could be cute

Alternatives to Throwing Confetti

  • no confetti at all
  • blowing bubbles
  • wedding bells
  • cymbals
  • flying doves
  • vuvuzelas
  • sparklers
  • fireworks
  • balloons

Skip the Confetti altogether

  • Many couples opt to skip this tradition altogether. Those that have say its not missed at all as guests cheer and wave to them as they leave the church.

Have any other ideas?

  • Let us know in the comment section below if you know of any other great ideas for unique “confetti” to share with other brides! We’d love to hear what others are doing!

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What Do You Think?

  1. 25 Aug 2013
    Chrisna says

    We are getting married 26 April 2014. I am looking for live butterfly confetti. If any one can help me where to find them it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. 22 Jun 2013
    Amanda says

    My friend is getting married and now I have wedding fever since I am a bridesmaid for the first time ever. :) i saw someone using ribbon wands. Its beautiful, like streamers, but without the mess after :)

  3. 14 Feb 2013
    Cheri Kriel says

    We would love to have heart shape confetti made out of foam.
    We cannot find anybody that can make them and can only let them be laser-cut, but for a A4 piece of foam it works out about R200, which is insane.
    Can anybody please help us find out about making it.

  4. 4 Feb 2013
    Naaielah says


    I was wondering wherein Cape Town i can purchase silk rose petals at wholesale prices?


  5. 31 Jan 2013
    Carol Wilkie says

    I would like some table confetti in the shape of the map of Africa..does anyone have a source or ideas for this that I can mix with some delicate tartan ribbon bows to represent an African Groom and Scottish Bride

  6. 7 Jan 2013
    Luchae says

    I am also looking for little boxes for my invitations and/or table favors. Any suggestions as to where I can purchase some in bulk at a good price? :)

  7. 25 Oct 2012
    Lorraine says

    i am looking for heart shaped sparklers? do you have? or where can i get?

  8. 18 Sep 2012
    Anni says

    Mini marshmallows, different colours or sorted. They’re often quite bright. I like the blue and white.

    • 20 Feb 2013
      Bianca says

      Do you know where i can find the mini marshmallows? I am looking for white and blue… if anyone knows please help?

  9. 1 Sep 2012
    Benita says

    I love those ideas.

  10. 29 Aug 2012
    Jenny says

    This website is very good ,i like ………..

  11. 28 Dec 2011
    Tanya says

    Hi there, I also want to use popcorn… how do you die them? My only worry is that it will stain my dress…. any advise?

    • 5 Feb 2013
      Mariaan says

      Live butterflies for confetti how does that sound

  12. 20 Jul 2011
    MAri Booysen says

    I am using popcorn as in “cornfetti”. made little boxes for each person for their popcorn and they can decide throw or eat while waiting and having something to drink.

    • 22 Jul 2011
      The Tie The Knot Team says

      Hi Mari – What a GREAT idea! We would love to see photos :)

    • 20 Nov 2011
      Elanie says

      Hi Mari, we will be using popcorn aswell, but can you please tell me where you are getting the boxes from,with the printing?

    • 19 Oct 2012
      Lizelle says

      HI how are you preparing the popcorn or are you buying it poped already, if so where can you buy it poped? thanks

    • 20 Sep 2013
      martha says

      Hi there,

      How did you make the containers?? do you maybe have a template?

  13. 10 Jul 2011
    Carla says

    Hi, I’ve been looking at a number of websites that mention lavender buds as an alternative for confetti. I went to a wedding expo in Cape Town in the beginning of last year and there was a company there that sold lavender buds and I cant find them anywhere on the Internet. Please help!

    Thank you :)

    • 18 Jan 2012
      sarah says

      Ebay! they have lots of dried flowers on there…including lavender – thats where Implanning to buy mine from :)

    • 18 Oct 2012
      Bianca says

      Hi Carla. you can look for Scatterlings on the internet. It is dried fynbos or lavender buds. It is not so bad.