I need some ideas for something for the guests to throw at our wedding as we leave the church. I do not want to use bubbles, rice, or petals, something original and inexpensive. There will be about 300 guests and our colors are black and white with red accents. Thanks again, we have only 4 weeks to the wedding!
Melissa from Topeka
What about birdseed? I only pay about $9 for a 50 pound bag @ Tractor Supply. You could put it in black and white tulle and tie a red bow around the top. And you won't have to clean it up because the birds will do it for you!
My daughter used flower petals. We got them from a floral shop. They sell the "rejects" by the bag and they sell them cheap! I think we paid less than $15 for enough for a wedding of approximately 500 people. Not a bad deal and the pictures look great! The flower petals floating through the air were beautiful! (04/28/2006)
Bird seed works great. You can get it pretty cheap from Wal-Mart. (04/28/2006)
Instead of throwing something, why not have them help "ring in" your new life together with their very own party favor bells? They can be bought in bulk and tied with ribbons in your colors. You can type up an explanation of what to do with them and tie it on. They can be handed out on the way out of the church. And you don't have to deal with those tulle and macadamia nut bags everyone tosses anyways. (04/28/2006)
I did the bells, but if you want to "throw" how about sunflower seeds? Remember this will all get in your hair/dress/etc and be a mess! (04/29/2006)
I like Ree's idea with the confetti. You could get the crinkled confetti and that would be cute. It would float on the breeze, its safe because its paper and is not gonna hurt a bird, and comes in colors.
Have you seen the confetti soap? It comes in shapes such as hearts, but its paper thin and dissolves real fast. That also would be cute and since it dissolves there would be little chance of it harming a bird. And its cheap. (04/30/2006)
A co-worker of mine is getting married and she is going to order butterflies online for the guests to release. (04/30/2006)
Simple...Popcorn! Pop a bunch of it & people can even munch on it if they catch some. It's white, it's clean, the birds will eat what's on the ground. The white matches your wedding party just great...not messy, will easily fall out of your hair. Any that remains on...you can eat it together:)
Good luck! Patsy
(b)Editor's Note: (/b) Good idea Patsy. Make sure the popcorn is air popped so you don't get grease spots on the bride and grooms clothing. (05/01/2006)
This doesn't have to do with throwing outside the church but at the reception.
When it comes time to throw the garter and bouquet, all the single men and women line up and sometimes there are kids there that can get hurt by some over zealous people. What I saw at the last wedding I attended was they called up the kids. First the girls, then the boys. They threw little bears dressed up like a bride and groom. The kids really enjoyed this. (05/01/2006)
We used Bird Seed, It works great and is great for the birds after everyone left the Church. (05/01/2006)
Many churches would rather you DON"T use confetti. Yes, it is just paper and doesn't hurt anything, but it's also a pain to clean up, especially if it gets wet. Those little bits stick to everything. Do the groundskeeper (often a volunteer) a favor, and use something else (05/01/2006)
Keep allergies in mind. I am arranging a wedding for my daughter, and thought about the birdseed, but, a friend told me when her sister got married, they threw bird seed. (her sister is allergic to birds, and broke out terribly with the bird seed), what a way to spend your honeymoon! (05/02/2006)
I just went to a wedding and they gave "sprinkles" to everyone to throw. They went to "Sams club" and found ones that matched their color scheme. It was pretty cool. The little kids probably ate more than they threw. (05/02/2006)
What I used at my wedding was wild bird feed. I put the seed in colored netting and tied with a ribbon, passed those out to the guest. It is environmentally safe and the birds and squirrels love it. It is highly recommended not to use rice, potpourri and such as the birds and squirrels will eat it anyway and they are unable to digest it. The rice will swell in the digestive track and will cause severe illness and most likely death to the birds and squirrels. (05/02/2006)
By Cindylou Carney-Houston, Texas
Birdseed! I've seen this wrapped in netting just like rice. Your not hurting the birds, but feeding them! (05/02/2006)
How about red balloons? Let your guests release them into the air. Ask your guests to make a wish as they release the balloons. (05/03/2006)
My sister had everyone stand outside with lit sparklers as her and her husband took off. It was really cool. (05/04/2006)
Red black and silver sequins and/or glitter might work! (05/12/2006)
Have people ring little bells and you could also have them as a wedding favor for your guests. (05/22/2006)
How about heather, the purple plan? its pretty and is all natural and will be easy to clean up. I'm thinking about using it for my up coming wedding. (04/14/2007)
I'm having the same dilemma. Theres Eco-fetti, but the sample I got sees too light to get any height. I'm thinking streamer throws? (06/12/2007)
At my dd's wedding this summer, we used birdseed, but nobody wanted to make up 250-300 little bags, or buy them, so we put them into a cool looking tin tub and had everyone grab a handful. By the way, we bought way too much, so think ahead of who will actually be there at the end of the reception!
I love the flower petal idea, by the way. wish we would've thought of that one. Maybe the next daughter. :o)
Use bird safe rice. They are shaped like hearts are white and can be found at most craft stores. (05/15/2008)
How about bubbles? Everyone loves bubbles! (06/06/2008)
Ok for all of you that believe everything you hear. A widely circulated urban legend says that if you throw rice at your wedding, birds will eat the uncooked rice, and it will expand in their stomachs, causing the birds to explode. There is no truth to this story, and ornithologists and bird watchers have thoroughly debunked the myth. Uncooked rice doesn't harm birds - they often eat it in the wild. Throwing birdseed, however, is a more modern idea.
So throw as much rice as you'd like. Although these days, I'm not sure if it would be cheaper to do that, because of the eco-consumer flux! (08/18/2008)
We used miniature beach balls. We had my daughter's & her husbands name printed on them with the wedding date. It was awesome and a lot of fun! (08/28/2008)
We are giving our guests "wedding wands" They are basically dowels topped with ribbon the coordinates with the wedding colors, for the guests to wave around as we exit. and they make a nice keepsake for the guest to take home. (09/09/2008)
We're planning on doing rose pedals; one florists trash is another couples treasure. Also, someone suggested giving guests Sparklers if it's an evening wedding. May be hard to find if nowhere near July 4th or New Year. (09/19/2008)
We are getting married at a location that's kind of "woodsy". In keeping with the woodsy, fall theme, I am trying to convince my fiancee to throw acorns. If you have plenty of oak trees, they don't cost a thing and go right back to nature. I just hope you don't invite people that might peg you with them! Good luck (11/01/2008)
My sister ordered a bulk of lavender and put it in little sachets. It's the size of rice or bird seed, but had a purple color (her wedding color) and smelled amazing. (01/19/2009)
One thing I can tell you not to do is bubbles. Our photographer STRONGLY advised us not to use bubbles b/c if even one lands on his lens - it will take a week or 2 of photoshopping pictures because of the soap on the lens. Just an FYI.
We threw ecofetti. Available in different colors and bio-friendly. No regrets. Although, I am going to suggest flower leftovers for my cousin's upcoming wedding. (02/27/2009)
I would use stale bread left over from your house, that way you don't have to make a special purchase and it can be ground down to bread crumbs in the blender. Then when scattered the animals will eat it and there will be no left over mess.
Also, you could use food coloring to dye it if you wanted to give it that festive look.
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