Confetti – Can you pass the confetti test?
Are you boggled by biodegradeable, floundering on freezedried or just plain confused by confetti? I’m not suprised, with so many words being thrown around such a simple accessory – JUST WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL ABOUT CONFETTi?
So here you go – my top facts about confetti
Air dried Larkspur
Freeze dried Larkspur
1. Biodegradable confetti is just that, it will naturally degrade over time but check with your venue because some will only allow real petal confetti.
2. You get what you pay for and yes, I remember getting pelted by well wishers air dried confetti which is why I manufacture it so that lovelies like you do not have to go through the same ordeal! Air dried confetti is dried naturally and is easily recognisable. The colours are dull, it feels dry and a bit clumpy (see above left) Best avoided if relatives have a deadly throwing arm and definitely avoid giving to grannies who like to get close for a better aim. Air dried confetti is easily produced by hanging stems upside down in a well ventilated space until completely dry. Many companies offer free confetti to entice customers. but you can harvest the flower heads and dry them at home yourself. Confetti dried in the microwave/AGA fall into this category. Price varies from free up to £10/litre. Commonly used for Potpourri.
3. Manufactured Fibre Confetti has fallen out of favour as venues opt for a natural alternative but readily available and cheap to buy. Usually supplied in small tubs <£3
4. Paper confetti again also banned by some venues but inexpensive and readily available. Used in confetti balloons.
5. Throwing confetti is generally made from a mixture of silica or freeze dried petals. The mixture is available in different flowers/colours and will gently fall in layers capturing those confetti moment shots. The colours are true to the fresh flower and petals are wide, open and SOFT. Production time is around 14 days for bespoke orders to be manufactured. (See right hand photo of freeze dried flowers)
6. Table confetti or premium confetti is freeze dried generally from rose heads. the colour and shape of the petals are true to the fresh flower. Avoid flowers that have been dyed as they can leech colour in extremes of temperature. If you turn a flower upside down dyed flowers are the same colour from stem to petal and have a slight waxy/wet feel. A litre of premium confetti will cost around £10/litre and gives 10 handfuls of confetti or enough for 8 tables of light coverage.
7. Fresh petal confetti is made by separating the petals from the calyx of the flowers. Best left til the morning of the wedding as any bruising will appear in the petals causing a brown discolouration. To separate the petals from the calyx hold the petals in one hand and clasp the calyx in the other and wiggle gently ( the calyx not you 🙂 The petals will come away completely and you can discard the seeds and calyx. Allow time for this process, it takes longer than you think!
8. Spritz a light spray over your petals the night before for a gentle fragrance if your petals are unscented. We love Jo Malone sprays which can be layered throughout your bridal range.
9. Create an entrance with a confetti aisle. Available in lines or patterns, swirls and whirls. Use freeze dried confetti for a uniform effect.
10. Make a Top Table backdrop by gluing petals to lengths of bullion wire, making alternate rows of petals and flowers
I had to add 1 more.
Take a relaxing pre wedding dip in a petal filled fragranced bath.