Ideas of What to Throw at a Wedding

When the bride and groom are leaving the wedding ceremony it is customary to throw something in celebration as they run out. Rice, confetti and birdseed are common.  Our readers shared their favorite ideas and these are our favorites.

  1. Flower Petals
  2. Birdseed
  3. Ring Bells
  4. Throw Sunflower Seeds
  5. Butterfly Release
  6. Throw Air-Popped Popcorn
  7. Throw Stuffed Animals for Kids Before Throwing the Bouquet
  8. Release Balloons
  9. Use Sparklers For Evening Wedding
  10. Bubbles
  11. Ring Bells
  12. Wedding Wands
  13. Throw Lavender
  14. Ecofetti

July 22, 2005

This tip is from my daughter's recent wedding. She wanted something for everyone to throw that would be different than the usual. We looked into several things and found that assorted flower petals from Flowerama were cheap and beautiful.

Not only did they look great as they were thrown into the air, but they filled the air with the most wonderful scent! These flower petals are the "rejects" from the flower shops but they are more than adequate for this. They were cheaper than rice bags, bird seed bags, bubbles, and bells.

By Robin

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July 6, 2009

When you're making flowers using paper sculpting or paper quilling and find that you have extra petals, hold onto them and use them as confetti. They're much easier to sweep up.

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July 7, 2013

Instead of making up rice bags with the netting and tying a ribbon around it, I thought maybe we could fill coin envelopes with rice. I plan to put some kind of a decorative sticker on the outside with the bride and groom's name and date or something like that. My question is does anyone know what size coin envelope I should use to allow enough room for the rice. I've seen a couple of sizes

2 1/4 x 3 1/2 or 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 and where can I buy the white envelopes? I find the brown, but the only way I find white is to buy 50 at a time and I need about 350. I wanted to buy a box of about 500 which the brown ones come in. The 50 count of white are way more expensive.

By Brenda Wilson


July 8, 20130 found this helpful
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There are plenty of people selling the white coin envelopes on eBay you can try there. A simple google search using the criteria white coin envelopes wholesale also brought up a bunch. May I also suggest using bird seed over rice. The uncooked rice thrown at many weddings are ingested by birds, and it kills them as it expands in their tummies. It would be a shame to mar you friend's wedding with a score of dead birds.

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April 29, 2005

My daughter is doing a very "untraditional" thing at her reception. Instead of throwing rice or blowing bubbles she wants to throw mini marshmallows, I think it will be cute but the marshmallows I have bought are starting to get sticky. Any suggestions as to how to "unstick" them so we can put them in tulle bags? I have thought of freezing them, but haven't tried it yet for fear they will become sticky once they thaw.

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April 28, 2006

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


June 1, 20150 found this helpful

Money always work ;>) as does bird seed, flower seeds, or anything else birds won't choke over and is environmentally friendly... congratulations!

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March 30, 2011

I need some ideas for something for the guests to throw at our wedding as we leave the church.

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