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Monday, 11 April 2011

New Forest Wedding Photographers recommend natural confetti

If you want to know just where the custom of Throwing Confetti came from?
read on..
Natural Confetti

One of the most requested photographs of a wedding is the time when the newlywed couple comes out from the church to be greeted by a flurry of confetti.  It is a wonderful picture that makes any wedding ceremony memorable.
But where did this custom originate?  Many people love the sight of petals floating over the newlyweds, but only a few know the reason behind this tradition.  There is actually a deep reason why people throw confetti, to welcome the newlyweds.
The word “confetti” originates from the Italian word that means “confectionary.”  For the Italians the word “confetti,” means sweets such as candied fruit or sugared almonds, which are usually handed out during special events.
So what do the Italians use to refer to the shreds of paper most Americans know as confetti?  The answer is “coriandoli.”  This was possibly the case during hard times such as in the war, when sugar and paper were scarce.  Instead of using sugar or paper, coated coriander seeds were used as confetti during celebrations.

Throwing confetti over newlyweds is a custom that can be traced to the ancient times.  The purpose of throwing seeds or grain over the newlyweds is to wish their marriage abundant and as fruitful as the grain.  People from the years gone by believed that the couple would be as fertile as the seeds 
thrown over them.

Also, it was a way of expressing to the newly married couple that you wished to sprinkle their coming together as man and wife with blessings.
Nowadays, colorful sheets of paper are sometimes used instead of seeds or grain.  Throwing seeds or grain may not be appealing to all couples.  Just imagine the newlyweds stepping out of the church in a shower of nuts.  However, paper confetti is not very often allowed to be used as, of course, it is just more litter for venues to deal with.
It makes sense, therefore, to use more environmently friendly versions of the confetti including delphinium flower petals, rose petals or even hydrangea as a much more acceptable alternative to sheets of paper and the majority of churches and wedding venues are happy for this to be thrown because it is biodegradable.  And of course, throwing flower petals provides a more romantic  scene and makes a meaningful and memorable wedding day.
So the next time you see a newlywed greeted by a shower of confetti, you’ll know the reason behind this custom.
We always recommend The Natural Confetti company for their natural organic confetti.  The vibrant colours create wonderful photographs and we always carry some in our camera bags in case required.  Very often the little children get left out and we make their day with a handful of natural petals. 
The Natural Confetti company will also colour co-ordinate your confetti with the colours of your wedding day!  Hence, 'bespoke confetti'!

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