7 Sustainable Alternatives to Confetti at Your Wedding

7 Sustainable Alternatives to Confetti at your Wedding

Long gone are the days when artificial confetti was the go-to option to shower a newlywed couple with. Not only is it difficult to clean up, but it is not biodegradable, therefore damaging to the natural environment. In an age where global warming, pollution and climate change is ruining our planet, finding sustainable alternatives and doing our part for the planet has been more important than ever! Sustainability is not only necessary, but in recent years it has become somewhat stylish, too.

We reached out to the event + sustainability experts at the Ash Barton Estate for some tips on eco-friendly alternatives to confetti, and here is what she shared with us…

Dried Flowers

Sustainable alternatives to confetti wedding

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If you want the same effect as a confetti mix slowly falling from the air, dried flowers are the way to go. You can ask your florist for basketfuls of petal confetti, buy freeze dried petals online or DIY your own confetti by drying out flowers. If stored in a cool, dry place this confetti can last for up to a year. Therefore, it is perfect to make over a period of time and store for your wedding day. Pro Tip – some sellers of freeze dried petals even let you select your color palette for dried flowers which we are all about!

Sustainable Seed Bombs

seed bombs

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Think fun snaps but more environmentally friendly. Seed bombs are a unique and visually interesting way to add sustainability to your wedding. Some filled with wildflower seeds even explode as you throw them at the feet of the bride and groom.

Bird Seed

Historically, birdseed has been one of the original alternatives to artificial confetti. Not only will the birds flock to you as you throw it, creating for a stunning photo opportunity but every seed will be eaten or develop into new flowers. By using birdseed, you are actually nurturing the environment rather than harming it. Put the birdseed in recyclable paper pouches or cones that state ‘for the love birds’ for that extra fun touch.

Artificial Snowflakes

sustainable snow confetti

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Artificial snowflakes can create a gorgeous effect of snow falling over the newlyweds, which would look perfect for a fall or winter wedding. The best thing about artificial snowflakes is that they dissolve instantly once in contact with water. So not only is it a self-cleaning confetti option, but a sustainable one too.


dried lavender for your wedding

Who doesn’t like the smell of lavender? As well as walking out the wedding venue to a lovely, delicate scent, the dried crop will add a burst of color and texture to your wedding photos. Lucky for you, you can find lots of great options online and get it delivered to you!.


sustainable alternatives to confetti wedding

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Leaves may not sound like the most appealing natural alternative to confetti, however if it is done right it can create a beautiful effect outside the wedding venue. Simply choose some fresh smelling leaves and purchase a heart shaped hole punch. One leaf will create plenty of heart shaped confetti pieces which can be used immediately or dried to preserve for your big day.

Biodegradable Confetti

Sustainable alternatives to confetti wedding

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Sometimes we just want to stick to tradition. Confetti is fun and colorful, making it the most picture-perfect decoration. Luckily, no compromises need to be made as biodegradable confetti now exists. Made with natural, dye free materials, choose from a range of biodegradable confetti options and make the wedding planning process easier by buying your confetti instead.

Feeling environmentally motivated? Check out these 10 ways to plan an eco-friendly wedding!