We love a confetti photo – obviously! We run an annual competition to find the Perfect Confetti Photograph… and it’s wonderful to see all your happy pictures. Consequently, we’ve seen a fair few over the years, and so we thought we should share our knowledge and the wisdom to help you get a fabulous photo!
We think that the best pictures are the ones where the love and happiness really shines through. In other words, you can see the emotion of the whole day captured in one moment. The confetti throw marks the completion of the formal ceremony and therefore the start of the marriage, the celebrations, and the party! It’s a newlywed moment you’ll only experience once, and a great photographer can encapsulate that all in one confetti photo.
“We loved the petals, the colours were just fab, and walking out of the church as the new Mr & Mrs Robinson!
We used the photo on our thank you cards as we look very happy in it.” Sarah, 2018
Don’t worry if that sounds like a lot of pressure! We’ll outline a few tricks and ideas we’ve learnt to help you with organising the throw, composing the picture, and framing the shot. That is to say, with a little luck, it’s quite simple to create a wonderful picture to treasure forever.
Things to think about
Most importantly, we’d recommend you choose to throw our Delphinium & Wildflower Petals or Small Natural Rose Petals. These are the lightest and floatiest petal options. We guarantee they will look lovely in your pictures! Pick your favourite colours and create a Bespoke Mix or choose the pre-mixed colour combination that you love best. “How much do I need?” is a question we get asked a lot: Certainly, we’d say that if you have the space and the budget available to include all your guests, then do.
Secondly, you should talk through your confetti photo plans with your photographer. They will have ideas of their own, and their experience will help you, for instance, find the best spot at your venue to take the picture.
Finally, it’s wise to nominate a friend, family member or a bridesmaid to organise the confetti moment. For example, they can make sure your guests have petals ready for the throw, they can tell people where to stand and what will happen. And your photographer will appreciate the assistance.
The Confetti Kiss
Perhaps the best way to encapsulate your love, this is an image that will stand the test of time. You can surround yourself with your friends and family, and a flurry of flower petals will fall over your heads. Beautiful!
It’s simple for your photographer to arrange, and if they have a multiple exposure button – where they can get lots of shots of one moment – you stand a good chance of getting that brilliant picture.
Frame your Photo
A good backdrop can be the making of the image. A talented photographer will know this, and they should take the opportunity to look at your venue, if they don’t already know it, so they can help you find the best place for the confetti throw to take place. The most natural location is the doorway out of the ceremony venue, and doorways, archways, porches and steps all provide lovely frames to your image.
What a Line-up
Taking a little time to arrange the guests can make a world of difference to your picture. A simple line of friends and family means that the confetti throw will last longer (it continues down the row as you walk by) so your photographer has more chances to get the perfect shot – and you’ll have more fun!
Circle of Friends
A circle of guests around the happy couple can make for a very effective photo. You’ll literally be surrounded by love! The photographer can play with angles and heights. This arrangement of people looks especially good from above – ask them if they have a step ladder!
This is a simple trick to secure a lovely photo: That is to say, arranging your guests on steps will add instant height and depth to your picture. When people stand on steps it allows your photographer to fit a lot more happy faces into the image. Therefore, this is a great choice if you’re having a larger wedding!
The most intimate of confetti photos can also be the most beautiful. In other words, it’s all about the emotion on the happy couple’s faces.
It requires a little bit of luck to capture the right moment, and so this shot is probably hardest for your photographer to try to get. Moreover, bear in mind that the bigger the confetti petal you choose, the more chance there is of it obscuring your features in the photo.
Black & White
Confetti might be all about colour, but in a black and white image your happiness really stands out.
Black & White doesn’t date so quickly, and therefore the image will sit happily on your mantlepiece for the next 50 years!
The Big Group Shot
Sometimes bigger is just better! That is to say, the confetti throw is a great way to get a picture of all your guests togther.
If you have a wedding of over 150 people, this probably isn’t a feasible option. (That’s a lot of people to arrange, and most of them will be throwing the petals over each other!) However, a big group confetti photo creates a great atmosphere and looks amazing.
Ready, steady, throw!
Gallery: More lovely ideas for your confetti photo…
Look at how photographer’s have captured, for instance, different angles and heights and how they have caught the petals in light. Likewise, look at how the best pictures focus on the happy couple whilst also including the setting and venue in the background… All sorts of clever ways to tell a story in your confetti photo.
Checklist for guest – confetti throwing tips…
Throw your petals high up in the air – as a result, you’ll maximise the fall and the flutter.
Are you stood by a little child? Hold them up and tell them when to throw the petals – they’ll love it and consequently the picture will look super cute!
If the confetti moment is arranged in a long line, wait until the couple are two steps away from you to throw your petals. Consequently, they will step into your falling confetti.
Confetti Cones are great for helping you to fling your petals high into the air. If you have a Petal Bag or Envelope of confetti then we’d recommend you empty it out into the palm of your hand and wait for the moment to throw.
If you don’t want to get covered in petals then work out which way the wind is blowing!
Don’t spoil the background of the picture by holding up your camera phone. In other words, if you want to get a picture too, you should stand behind the official photographer. (But be careful if they are walking backwards…!)
Are you holding a glass of champagne too? PUT IT DOWN!
Remember you’re also in the photograph – smile!
If you’d like some more help with the organisation read our post – Organising Your Confetti Moment.
And for more inspirational confetti moments check out our dedicated Pinterest Board.
Finally… the very best tip we can give you, to ensure your photo is beautiful, is to just enjoy the moment! There can be a tendency to close your eyes and screw up your face, but the petals won’t hurt you! It’s one of life’s very best experiences. Therefore, open your eyes, smile and soak up the joyous moment!
Love from The Petal People x
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All photographs by or with permission: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company