I love the idea of confetti at a wedding - the photos of the bride and groom in the shower of confetti always look so full of joy! So of course I wanted confetti at our wedding, but I definitely wanted to make sure it would be safe and biodegradable, as well as fitting into our overall aesthetic. So I decided to use dried sage - it fit with our colour scheme and was quite easy to grow in the large quantity that I needed. The bonus was it smelled nice too!
The process wasn’t difficult, but it did take a long time. It was a matter of growing the sage, picking the leaves and then drying them flat on a towel somewhere warm and dry, like our conservatory. Once dried, I kept the leaves in a shoe box with some packets of gel silica to make sure they stayed dry, and then repeated the process until I had enough.
Winter "helping" me with the harvest (i.e. sitting right in the way)
To make it look a bit prettier, I added in some small roses from a rosebush that we already had in our garden. These were hung upside down to dry, I’ve since heard that drying them out of the sun retains their colour a bit better, but they worked fine hanging in the shade of the screen in the conservatory. Adding the roses was also a lovely way to bring something from the home we share to our wedding.
A few weeks before the wedding I packaged the leaves and roses into small paper bags which I’d stamped with our wedding monogram, and we were ready to go. We enlisted our nephew and niece to hand them out on the day, they loved having a job to do and Flynn in particular took it very seriously!
It was a sweet little touch to our day and a fun way to involve our guests, and I got my confetti shot!
Additional images by Libby Ellmers Photography