As wedding traditions go I'm pretty sure that the confetti shot is one that will stand the test of time. Why? Well for starters Mums and Grans nationwide would never hear of it, it would be sacrilege to attend a wedding without a box of (non venue approved) confetti in their handbags! But mainly because it's lots of fun and the results are always completely random thanks to this moment of the day solely being in the literal hands of your dear guests. It is in them that you trust with the direction and force of the throw which consequently will result in whether you have a smiley, happy response or a 'I'm under attack, abort, abort' expression! Whatever happens though you can be sure that us photographers will be right there in the thick of it with you! I once choked on a piece of confetti whilst walking backwards capturing the moment - so chic!
Although you can't completely plan ahead for what will happen during this time I can certainly advise on a few key points which will help to make this iconic part of any wedding the best that it can be...
BYOC (Bring Your Own Confetti) - Aside from the aforementioned female family members not many people remember to bring confetti to weddings these days so if you want to ensure that you have a good confetti shot then provide your own. You can then choose the colour/ style/ size etc and have this handed out to guests at the opportune moment. And when you've bought what you think will be enough buy some more! For me personally you can never have too much confetti it will always make the shot that much better whereas too little will just make it look a little lame.
Hair & Confetti - If you are planning a gorgeous up do on your wedding day then amazing but please please please take into consideration the size of the confetti you plan to use. On numerous occasions my lovely brides/ grooms have spent a good portion of their reception picking out bits of tiny confetti from their hair which is cool but I'd prefer to have a glass of champagne if I were them. It's not a major problem but the couple shots usually take place after the confetti throw and as pretty as it is you don't always want unplanned flowers sticking out of your hairline! If you do want both gorgeous hair and delicate tiny confetti then grab your best friend to help de-confetti you post throw.
Group or Line up shot - Decide this before the day. I always make the decision of where, when and how we'll be organising the confetti throw with my couples prior to the day. You'll be needing to move and organise a large number of people so decide if you'd like them to throw in a group set up i.e. everyone surrounding you, 123 throw or as a gauntlet oops sorry I mean line up i.e. your guests lining up in 2 rows and you walking down the middle. It's a good idea to do your group shot around this time to so as not to have to gather everyone together again at a later date accept if that's what you want of course.
Enjoy the moment - As tempting as it may be try not to rush down the aisle during the line up or you'll be over and done with before the guests have had a chance to throw!
DON'T LET RAIN SPOIL PLAY - Inside confetti shots are awesome fun to! I always have a backup plan if the sky isn't looking favourable, I mean no bride needs wet tissue paper with colours running stuck to their beautiful dress!
Mates don't care - This is a warning to grooms. Your friends don't care about how pretty this shot will be, their goal is to maim and humiliate so look out for incoming of confetti or confetti baskets (please refer to the below 2 images)!
And finally... Any true confetti loving guest will not be satisfied with a gentle sprinkling of confetti. They will want to ensure that you are still finding it well into the second week of your honeymoon! (see below photo).