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TOP TIPS FOR THE BEST CONFETTI PHOTOS | ADVICE FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER

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There are so many traditions on a wedding day but one of my favourites that's having a comeback is confetti!

The throwing of confetti dates back to ancient Roman times when rice or wheat would be thrown at a newly married couple to signify fertility and a bountiful marriage, and in Italy it's still the usual practice to throw bucketloads of rice at a couple exiting their ceremony. I'm here for it!

But I often get asked about how to get the most out of your confetti photos so here a few useful tricks and tips to get the best confetti (or confetti adjacent) experience.

1. DOES YOUR VENUE ALLOW CONFETTI?
First of all, not all venues allow confetti so this should be the number one question to ask your venue if you're hoping for confetti photos. Some venues are totally against it on site, others may allow it at a specific spot on the grounds or even inside. And don't be discouraged if they say no, you might be able to work around it or below you'll find some solutions for alternatives to confetti photos.

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2. WHAT TYPE OF CONFETTI IS BEST?
In my experience the original tissue paper confetti is by far the best, it floats nicely and stays in the air longer to get the most out of your photos. Most confetti nowadays is biodegradable so do check before you buy. Rainbow colours, hearts and confetti canons are all awesome for photos. It's all about the flutter, so if your confetti floats and flutters on the breeze, then it's the right stuff for your wedding day.
If you're in a wild or natural setting and you don't want to leave anything manmade behind, then you can use dried flower petals. Rose and lavender is the safest for Irish wildlife to consume but be warned, they don't float and will get stuck in your hair but this can also make for the fun photos.
 

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3. HOW MUCH SHOULD I GET?
The answer to how much should I get? More than you think!

The more the merrier when it comes to confetti. Most couples will allow a small handful per person but really it should be TWO large handfuls per person. If you're looking at confetti canons, get two or four, they pack a punch so you don't need many of these for an epic amount of confetti.

4. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CONFETTI THROWN?
Yes this is a relevant question.
Would you like a confetti tunnel?
This is where we line up your guests and have the two of you walk down the middle, slowly. Or would you like the static confetti shot?
This is where we put the two of you in the centre of of your guests and they bombard you with confetti? Both are great options. 
The trick is to get your guests to throw it nice and high so you get maximum flutter time and to make sure everyone has at two handfuls each.

5.HOW TO PRESENT YOUR CONFETTI
Guests don't tend to bring their own confetti to a wedding day so you are the ones to provide it to your guests. You can leave little organza bags or pouches of confetti on each seat during the ceremony or another nice way of doing it is to designate one of your wedding party the job of handing it out in a basket. We set up the shot with everyone in position, then you pass around the basket and everyone takes a couple of handfuls and we're ready to go. This is a good way of making sure no one throws theirs prematurely...or forgets to throw it at the right time.

6. YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE CONFETTI...WHAT DO WE DO?
Don't fret! There are tons of fun options if your venue won't allow confetti on site. The best option in my opinion is...bubble guns. Bubbles are always allowed outdoors and they float! Instead of having all your guests blowing a couples of bubbles each, get them bubble guns. You can get them in the euro shops and they give out tons of bubbles for epic photos.
Other options include, flags, ribbons, streamers, swords, hockey sticks, neon glow sticks, sparklers, pom poms or whatever else you can think of...there's always an alternative option.

 

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7. INDOOR CONFETTI
So your venue won't allow confetti outside but will allow it inside, when is a good time for an indoor confetti moment?
The cutting of the cake can be a good time, it's after dinner and your guests are ready to get the party started. Getting them involved with the cake cutting by throwing confetti can make it a lot more fun. 
Another time is the first dance. Are you a bit nervous or not looking forward to being the centre of attention on the dancefloor? Then getting your guests to throw some confetti or set of a confetti canon can not only make the moment more special for the two of you, it can also provide a bit of a distraction if you're a bit self conscious. 
I recommend gold or metallic confetti for indoor use as it gives you extra sparkle.

8. HAVE FUN
Whether you're having a confetti moment at your ceremony, bubbles outdoors or sparkles on the dance floor, the one thing confetti brings is fun! So remember to go big...more is more and to have a blast with your confetti photos!

TOP WEDDING DAY TIPS FOR CONFETTI PHOTOS:
1.DOES YOUR VENUE ALLOW CONFETTI
2.WHAT TYPE OF CONFETTI IS BEST DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU ARE
3.MORE IS MORE!
4. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CONFETTI THROWN
5.HOW TO PRESENT YOUR CONFETTI
6.ALTERNATIVES TO CONFETTI
7.INDOOR CONFETTI
8.HAVE FUN!

 

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