Capturing the Perfect Confetti Shower for Your Wedding Video
Updated: Feb 11
Showering newlyweds with confetti is a timeless tradition that a lot of couples value. It really is an iconic moment that I always look forward to capturing. The beautiful colours, the reactions of the couple and their guests, the pure joy – it’s a truly emotive moment that adds a lot of value to a wedding video. Getting the perfect confetti footage requires a fair amount of planning. Read on for my top tips to ensure your own confetti moment is one for the books:
1. The type of confetti you choose matters.
Big, light pieces – like dried flower petals – will hang in the air for longer and flutter delicately when thrown. This gives your videographer (& photographer) more time to capture the magic. Bonus: using real flower petals also happens to be the most environmentally friendly option. Extra tip: in my opinion, delphinium petals work wonders.
2. Colour needs to be considered.
Make sure to think about where you want the confetti-throwing to happen. Is the background going to be light or dark? Contrasting the confetti colour to the background will look amazing on camera. If your background is going to be dark then you should look for confetti colours that are light and bright. If the confetti will be thrown in a light space (such as outside the venue), I’d suggest going for a darker confetti colour scheme. A mix of light and dark confetti also looks really lovely and helps to create a “pop” on camera.
3. When it comes to confetti, the more you have, the better.
I advise the couples I work with to make sure they more confetti available than they think they need. A fuller confetti shower will always be more impressive on film! Talk to your confetti supplier and they should be able to give you great advice on how much you need to order.
4. How the confetti is thrown will impact your wedding video.
Everyone knows how to throw, but you want to make sure your guests throw high to allow for that perfect shower. If everyone throws the confetti directly at the faces of the newlyweds, there isn’t a great deal to capture on film! I suggest making sure that whoever is in charge of handing out the confetti to your guests directs them to toss it nice and high.
5. Make sure your venue knows about your confetti plans.
Discussing your desire to include a confetti shower with your wedding coordinator or the owner of your wedding venue is SO important. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed this step being missed a few times, which has lead to big disappointments on the day of. A lot of churches and venues have strict rules regarding confetti. For example, some places won’t allow confetti that isn’t biodegradable, some have specific stipulations as to where the confetti can be thrown, and some simply won’t allow confetti at all. Having all of this clarified ahead of time will save you from having to make any stressful last minute decisions on your big day!
6. Tell your videographer when + where the confetti will be thrown.
The confetti shower really is such a beautiful, joyous moment that you will want to treasure forever. Knowing when and where the confetti will be thrown is super helpful as it allows me to plan where to get the best shots for your video. It also gives me the opportunity to help arrange your guests in the right position and even give them some extra 'throwing' tips.
For any videographers reading this: I’m always happy to chat about specific techniques I use to properly film confetti-throwing, so shoot me a message if you’re looking for any technical info!
Check out this clip from one of my all-time favourite confetti-moments.
Are you getting married? Contact me to capture your wedding and I’ll make sure your own confetti shower really is perfect.