Wedding traditions | Confetti

Wedding traditions | Confetti

Humanist wedding ceremonies are flexible and can incorporate a range of wedding traditions from around the world – and that includes the throwing of confetti! We all love that special confetti moment!

Throwing confetti is a long-standing tradition, with guests showering the married couple with well wishes for the future. It also makes for stunning wedding photos.

The Martins by Simple Tapestry 
Sanayar and Steve by Nikki van der Molen
Chloe and Josh by Alex Miller Photography

Choosing the right confetti

Choosing the right confetti can create endless creative opportunities for you to tell your unique, personal love story. Your humanist celebrant will be able to help you devise the right device or secular ritual to make the moment magical and meaningful.

For example, you might choose the colours of your favourite football team, colours that represent pride or gender confirmation, your favourite Harry Potter house, or the flag of the country where you were born.

Blue and white confetti streaming down the photos can help bring a bit of Scotland – or Chelsea FC, if that’s more your speed – to a beautiful English dale, Jersey beach, or gorgeous civic building.

Think about what kind of confetti works best for you and your venue (and check that they allow it!). You could opt for confetti cones, confetti balloons, paper confetti or flower confetti.

Biodegradable confetti

There are many websites selling biodegradable petal confetti from flowers grown in the UK. They are eco-friendly, dye-free, natural and very pretty! Check out the choices available from, Confetti Direct, and Shropshire Petals.

Tell your love story

A humanist ceremony can also help you to tell a story about a meeting of cultures or perspectives. That’s what a love story is all about, isn’t it? From the outfits you wear on the day to the readings of your family and friends read out, a humanist wedding is here to tell a story about you, your love, and the joy you feel in coming together as partners for life.

Imagine it now: your picture-perfect wedding. Every photo bursting with colour and personal touches that show the thought and care you have your relationship and the life together you are about to embark on.

Confetti is just one of the tools you can use to make that perfect wedding come to life, along with words, music, and a focus on you as individuals. Your wedding day begins as a blank canvas – think of your humanist celebrant as someone to help you bring your vision to life.

Further information

About humanism

Humanists are non-religious people who believe that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They have trusted to the scientific method, evidence, and reason to discover truths about the universe and have placed human welfare and happiness at the centre of their ethical decision-making. Stephen Fry explains humanism in this short video.

A humanist wedding is ideal for you if  you’d like a non-religious wedding that is unique, personalised, and meaningful.

How do you know if you’re a humanist? Take our quiz and find out!

If you’d like a humanist wedding, you can talk to your local celebrant today.

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Simple Tapestry

Nikki van der Molen

'My humanist ceremony was the most special day of my life. All my family were blown away. Both my parents said that they'd never been to a wedding that was more personal or heartfelt.'
Madeleine, 34

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