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Wedding Traditions & Superstitions – Confetti

The throwing of wedding confetti is a tradition believed to date back to pagan times when the throwing of rice was a popular way to mark special occasions. These days it doesn’t happen at every wedding, but when it does I usually find that I end up loving the photographs I capture at this particular time. I adore the combination of comical facial expressions and the explosion of colour.

Some churches and venues won’t allow the throwing of wedding confetti, and I think this is a real shame. I understand that it can make a bit of a mess but why not ask one of your ushers or bridesmaids to clear it up afterwards? After all, that’s what the bridal party and groomsmen are there for, to help you on your big day.

Alternatively, you could speak to your venue and advise them you’ll be using biodegradable confetti or explain that you’ll buy bird seed wedding confetti which will be eaten up by the birds a few minutes after the guests have moved away. Here a few of my favourite confetti moments from weddings I have photographed.

Wedding confetti
Wedding Confetti Manchester
Just Married
Confetti Cheshire

If your venue won’t allow the throwing of wedding confetti or you just fancy doing something a little less traditional you could try bubbles. This was taken at Cheshire Hall in autumn last year.
Wedding bubbles

Or how about sparklers, this works particularly well after dark or shortly after sunset. This was taken at the front of the Midland Hotel in Manchester earlier this year during the wedding of Hayley & Dan.
Manchester Wedding

Whatever you decide, I hope you find some inspiration from these photos. If you’re getting married and are looking for a documentary style wedding photographer then please get in touch. I have limited availability for 2017 and I’m also taking bookings for 2018.

Peace is free

Steve x

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