Can’t decide on what to have tossed at you and your groom after you say your “I DOs”?…. Sometimes the smallest wedding details are the hardest to decide on. With that said, the tiny details are what make your wedding special, unique, and stand out from the rest. So don’t let this detail go undone.
If you’re looking for some inspiration you have come to the right place. Libby’s got your back !! Here are some of my ideas. Please let me know what you think or if there are any I forgot!
Rice: This is an obvious choice but *yawn* it’s so predictable. It is tradition though. Rice grows abundantly and quickly, so is seen as a symbol for fertility. Guests throw rice at the couple to ensure prosperity and fertility. If you were thinking of using rice because you like to follow tradition, go for it (as long as you don’t mind picking it out of your hair the entire night). Don’t let me or the popular belief that rice is harmful for birds deter your decision. It’s just my opinion and the whole rice/bird thing is totally FALSE. However, you do want to be cautious because once thrown, a hard surface covered in rice will be slippery to walk on.
found at Minneapolis + St Paul
Birdseed: Another popular choice, very similar to rice. And though birds will eat the rice, they will most likely clean up the birdseed in a more timely manner. That is why I prefer seed over the rice. It doubles as something to throw but also feeds some feathered friends… VERY ecofriendly.
found at Dinofa. Be sure to check out the rest of this wedding. It is Super SUPER cute! And while you’re there browse around… Tim and Lauren always have some great eye candy!
Bubbles: Another popular option is to blow bubbles. I think bubbles look fab in photos. However, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. If it is extremely windy the bubbles don’t stay around very long making the photographs a bit tricky to capture. But on a positive note, they are very inexpensive and if you plan to have kids around… PERFECT. What kid doesn’t LOVE bubbles. This will keep them occupied and they would enjoy blowing as many bubbles as you need to get the photos just right! They also double as a cute little favor!
found at The Knot.
Confetti: I would stay away from confetti. Talk about a serious mess! However, I would TOTALLY recommend ECO-FRIENDLY CONFETTI!!! What is eco-friendly confetti? Well I’m glad you asked. It is confetti that actually melts away. Yes, that’s right…. biodegradable confetti….. PERFECT!!! It comes in many colors and even styles. You can purchase Eco-Friendly Confetti at Beau Coup or another online vendor.
found at Aisle Dash
Flower Petals: They come in an endless array of colors. You can buy real or artificial (Although, if you buy the fakes or are inside… you will need to clean up afterwards). Petals are commonly thrown and look very nice but I suggest adding some lavender buds into the mix. If you do, it will bulk up the petals a bit so you won’t need as many but even better than that… It will smell AMAZING!
found at NY City Weddings
Bells: Okay, so you don’t actually throw the bells. I love this idea because ringing some wedding bells after the ceremony is such a change of pace. Bells come in different shapes and sizes and can be tied on different colored ribbon, depending on the color scheme. I also think this is a great idea if you are having a videographer. It will look cool in pictures, but will sound beautifully and will be appreciated more so via video. I have been to a wedding where the bells were also rung at the reception signaling the bride and groom to kiss. CUTE idea! They were placed in a basket in the church lobby with a sign that read :
I’m a little wedding bell
I’m here to wish the couple well
Ring me loud and ring me clear
When the bride and groom appear
Ring me at the reception too
So they may share a kiss or two
This is a photo from one of our featured weddings: Heather and James.
Ribbon Wands: I love a great DIY project so this idea is right up my alley. With endless color options ribbon wands can fit ANY wedding scheme. And look how amazing they photograph. What a wonderful project for you and some bridesmaids
found at the ONE and ONLY RUFFLED. Oh Ruffled, how I love thee…..Be sure to check out their site for a fabulously easy DIY Ribbon Wand Tutorial!
Paper Airplanes: LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Super cute and inexpensive. Just get some scrapbook paper and start folding! How unexpected and fun! Visit eHow for an easy paper plane folding tutorial.
found at The Knot
Doves: This is definitely different! And believe it or not, there are quite a few Dove vendors out there. Lasting Memories is just one, but you could Google it and I’m betting there is a vendor or two near you! This would be unforgettable and make for wonderful photos.
found at Something Pink Girls
Butterflies: Not sure about releasing Doves? How about butterflies?? You could order them from Butterfly Weddings, or again use Google to find a vendor in your area. I think butterflies are a lovely option and a MUST HAVE for a garden wedding! Just look how gorgeous they can be…
found at Butterfly Sales Outlet
Balloons: You could hand each of your guests a balloon as they leave the ceremony. When they release them when you make you grand exit, your photographer has no choice but to snap a great photo. I have heard of brides leaving notes on the end of each balloon so when they eventually land, whoever discovers it, has the story behind it! I must admit, though I think this is a cute idea, I’m not a huge fan. You never know where the balloons will end up which makes them a possible hazard and littered around town. Balloons are one of the least eco-friendly option!
found at Once Wed
Sparklers: If you are having an evening ceremony, I adore this idea. There are some cons though… You must be cautious with the children, the embers could fall and damage clothing, and be careful if you are standing near a building. The amount of sparklers being used will result in a fair amount of smoke. This is why I love the idea for a beach ceremony! If you are near your ceremony site, close venue doors and allow smoke to recede before opening them back up again. Okay, we went over the cons…. How about the pros… VERY inexpensive, EXTREMELY fun, and look how GORGEOUS….
found at Erin Ax Events
Chinese Wish Lanterns: Although they seem like a fire hazard, Wish Lanterns are safe to use. They have been used for hundreds of years and made of flame resistant material and are biodegradable (although I would double-check that any lanterns you purchase follow that criteria). Not only are they safe and eco-friendly… again, they make for stunning photos…
found at Wish Lantern