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Alternatives to 'Throwing' Rice/Confetti
So many brides ask us - 'Where did the custom of 'throwing' at the
bride and groom originate?' We patiently answer that this custom
dates a long time back and is thought to have originated to wish the
couple with fertility and prosperity by throwing food grains at
them. Couples later modified it to suit their wishes. Some wished
for fragrant petals and some others wished for greener alternatives
like birdseed at their weddings.
Pat comes the next question - 'Is it necessary that people throw
something? Are there not any alternatives? Can this custom be done
away with?' Our answer is that while it is a matter of personal
choice to go with or dump this custom at your wedding, there
certainly exist many alternatives. Here are many possible
Throwing Something Else
Here is a list of things that can be 'thrown' at the couple as they
2. Birdseed or Organic Millet
3. Rose Petals
4. Lavender Buds
6. Eco-friendly Confetti
7. Sunflower Seeds for a Summer Wedding
8. Seasonal Flower Petals
Note: Use freeze dried petals to ensure they do not stain upon
Alternatives to Throwing
1. Blowing Bubbles - Note that the soap water may cause stains on
dresses. Bubbles are available cheaply to suit every color scheme or
2. Releasing Balloons - If you are having an outdoor ceremony, tie
balloons loosely to the guests' chairs. Balloons can be personalized
by getting them printed and are available in every color to match
your wedding colors. They look beautiful when released together.
3. Ringing Bells - Give guests little bells engraved or tied with
personalized ribbon to ring as the couple leaves. Bells can be taken
home as a keepsake.
4. Releasing Butterflies - If you are not averse to using live
creatures, give guests a live butterfly, each packaged and ask for
them to be released as you leave. Makes for a lovely sight as well.
Caution: Make sure the butterflies come from a good source and
are in good health. Some of them fall to the ground as soon as
released which is very depressing and cruel. Skip doing this if you
are not sure.
5. Sparklers - Hand adults sparklers and kids some light sticks to
wave as you leave.
Completely Skipping the Custom
Many brides and grooms are opting to completely skip the throwing
custom. And most of them swear that the custom was not missed at
all. Your guests can simply cheer, clap and wave as you leave and
assemble for the bouquet toss.