Oct 10 2018
A traditional wedding has many rituals, including the pre-wedding customs to those which are followed after the wedding. One such custom followed in most of the cultures is throwing flower petals or rice at the newlywed couple.
This ritual has been followed by the society for many centuries. While in Indian culture, especially in Hindu weddings, the newlyweds are showered with flower petals as a blessing. In the western culture, the rice is tossed over the couple as they emerge from the church or the wedding venue as a symbol of fertility and prosperity.
As the years passed the changes in the society have also made their presence felt in the wedding traditions. The weddings nowadays have become some sort of display of wealth and people want innovation in wedding customs also. One such custom which has got evolved is the tossing of flowers/rice to welcome the couples. Instead of the rice tossing tradition, several creative ideas have become part of the ceremony.
One such thing is confetti. The bright colour of the confetti will add vibrancy to the tradition. If you want to add more life to it then instead of throwing the confetti in the air you should use small handheld confetti cannons to literally explode it in the air. Usually, a small bit of paper is used in confetti cannons, but if you are having an eco-friendly wedding then you could use biodegradable freeze-dried flower petals instead of paper.
You could replace the confetti with colourful pom poms. As pom poms are available in various colours you could pick a colour which goes well with your wedding theme.
If it is an evening wedding then sparklers are a great option. But there are certain precautions you should take if you are planning to use sparklers to welcome the couple. It is best suited for an outdoor function and make sure that there is enough room for the guests to stand and the couple to make their entry/exit. It is better to give it to only a handful of guests other than equipping each and everyone present there with one (it's for your safety only).
There is also a problem as some sparklers will light easily while others will take more time to light and it will cause a problem with the coordination. Also find a safe place for your guests to throw it after the ceremony.
Bubbles are also an inexpensive way to welcome the newlyweds. It will also be like taking a walk through your childhood memory of bubble blowing. It will also create a lot of great photo opportunities.
Do you know that ringing bells at weddings is also a part of marriage traditions and was practised even during the Celtic period? Instead of the loud church bells, you could use miniature handheld bells to welcome the couple to the venue or while they make their exit.