With more and more eco-friendly options available to help us save the planet, it’s only fair we do our part. Weddings can be incredibly wasteful with single-use plastics and a “littering” custom such as confetti. Here are some cheap, easy and even free ideas to buy or make your own biodegradable confetti!
Leaf confetti. This can often be free; simply gather fallen leaves or pick some from your backyard or local park and use your hole-puncher to create a natural, colorful confetti. You can prepare them a few weeks before the wedding and dry the leaves, but store in a dark, dry place to avoid mold growth. You can also do this the day before the wedding so it’s fresh and ready to go. You can even use shaped hole punchers to give you more variety in appearance. You can even mix in herb leaves for a naturally healing scent.
Dried flower confetti. These are easy to DIY or even buy pre-dried. You can buy flowers from the grocery store, pick them from your yard or even pick wildflowers. Dry them and press them, then put them in reusable cloth bags and distribute to guests! You can buy pre-made by the litre. Get at least one handful per guest.
Fresh rose petals. Often provided by florists, this is the priciest option. If it’s a year before your wedding, consider planting or buying rose bushes to pick your own. They smell great, look great and make for a very classic and romantic exit for the guests.
Small leaves. These can be gathered from plants or trees with small leaves. There is no need for a hole puncher and you can gather these stress-free the day before your wedding. If you don’t recognize poisonous plants such as poison ivy, stick to getting leaves from trees to avoid getting a horrible rash the day before.
Bird seed. Leave a feast for the birds and let guests celebrate with you at the same time! You can buy large amounts at your local dollar store.
Lavender. A calming flower, lavender confetti will smell amazing and help save the planet. Make sure no guest is allergic before ordering or gathering. Make paper cones to hold them with some old sheet music, book pages or newspaper.