Confetti at weddings. Traditional, fun and (largely) banned. Understandably, most churches and wedding venues with marriage licences don’t like the use of confetti. It must be an absolute nightmare to pick up – particularly in the rain – so banning it seems like the most sensible thing to do. However, our mobile crepe cart has been hired for quite a number of weddings where confetti is permitted so we do get to witness the confetti-throwing moment now and again and it is satisfying watching the old tradition being performed.
One wedding we attended near the Surrey and Buckinghamshire border made a feature of the confetti and it was quite a nice idea. The confetti was arranged in a “pick and mix” style, (much like the once-popular wedding sweet carts) with glass jars containing different confetti colours for guests to spoon out into small bags. There was white (obviously) along with all kinds of bright colours and pastel colours, so guests could take their time and create the colour mix which they thought looked best. We didn’t get to see the throwing of the confetti (our crepe stand was set up out of sight as a surprise for the guests – we were providing crepes as an alternative to canapes following the ceremony at that particular wedding) but judging by the confetti colours available,the ground outside the ceremony room would probably have looked like Degas or Monet had been invited as guests.
Quite how the confetti was made, we have no idea, but at a guess, we would say that attacking a few sheets of multi-coloured paper with a hole punch would probably be a good start. Either that, or just buy it. But if you have time, making is always more satisfying than buying.
One thing which would concern us as crêpe chefs however is any stray paper floating in our direction. We don’t mind experimenting with crepe flavours, but coloured paper crepes are not something particularly appropriate for a wedding, or indeed any occasion. So please, make sure our crepe van isn’t downwind when you start the confetti frenzy.