We are all familiar with the custom of throwing confetti at weddings. But where does the tradition come from?
The practice of of showering the bride and groom in confetti originated in Italy. Early forms were made of flowers, petals, grain or rice, and were symbolically intended to bestow prosperity and fertility on the happy couple.
The custom changed over time to using small bits of coloured paper, not least because throwing grain or rice stings when it hits the skin! The mass of colours flying through the air create a wonder celebratory feel and of course the ‘confetti shot’ creates great photos. Although some wedding venues do not allow the throwing of paper confetti, alternatives such as petals (if permitted) create a wonderful affect, and are of course more environmentally friendly.