Today I am thrilled to welcome natural petal confetti specialists Shropshire Petals as a brand new shiny Sponsor on the Plans and Presents Blog.
Originally specialists in dried flowers Shropshire Petals has diversified into other areas; wheat sheaves and of course natural petal confetti.
As part of the farming community they recognise the benefits of growing sustainable, environmentally friendly products whilst maintaining a farming practice that’s kinder to the countryside.
I hand a chat to to find out all about their amazing work…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“We are Shropshire Petals and we grow and produce natural petal confetti on our Shropshire farm.”
“Each and every one of our petals used to make our confetti is delicately handpicked to ensure only the best quality petals are used to shower you with on your special day.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“This year marks our 10-year anniversary from when we first started our confetti business.”
“Originally we were an arable farm ran by Michael and Rosemary Bubb, until Michael’s mum started to grow and sell dried flowers at local Women’s Institute markets, which soon led onto them selling through retailers and wholesale.”
“In 2005, we were approached by someone asking if we could dye our flower petals for confetti… and this is when Shropshire Petals was born.”
“Already growing delphiniums, these made the perfect confetti petal, as they are small and light giving that perfect flutter when thrown over a newly married couple.”
“We grew a variety of colours and dried them naturally, which meant we didn’t have to dye any of our petals, ensuring they were 100% natural and biodegradable.”
What inspires you?
“We are inspired by everything around us, especially brides we meet and speak to.”
“We have a unique feature on our website which enables customers to pick and mix their confetti.”
“We are sometimes asked for a colour we don’t grow, which is why every year, we trial new petals to see if we can grow some.”
“Some of our trials work and some don’t, it all depends on the weather we have had, the petal we use and the way they dry.”
“Our biggest success was a lilac petal we trialed a few years ago; it actually dried a silvery grey which has been extremely popular for vintage weddings.”
Do trends influence your work?
“Yes, from upcoming wedding trends to trends in fashion, they all influence our work.”
“We are always introducing new packaging and displaying products for brides to ensure they can find the perfect option to display their confetti on their wedding day.”
“We are shortly introducing some fantastic new coloured confetti cones, which mean they can be matched with more and more wedding themes.”
“We like to take the latest trends to develop inspirational ideas to show couples what they can do with their confetti other than just using it for throwing.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“For the growing of our confetti, our biggest achievement and highlight was appearing on the BBC show Countryfile, as well as several local news broadcasts and Christine Bleakley’s ITV show Off The Beaten Track which all showcased our fields and how we grow the flowers to produce our confetti.”
“We were also proud to have supplied the wheat for the 2012 Olympic medal winner’s bouquets, as well as throwing confetti in front of the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee.”
“Our latest achievement was winning the Good Web Guide award for Excellence in Customer Service, something we are very proud of.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“We hope that all brides everywhere will turn to Shropshire Petals for their confetti instead of using paper, synthetic or foil confetti, which is damaging to the environment and harmful to wildlife.”
“We also hope to expand our natural colour range of petals to ensure that there is a petal for every bride and groom-to-be.”
“Customers can use our pick and mix tool to create their unique confetti.”
“They can match or contrast it to their wedding theme.”
“We have developed a confetti calculator to help customers to decide how much confetti they need depending on the amount of guests they have and what they want to do with it – throwing, decorating, flower girls or even creating a petal path.”
“After choosing your perfect confetti mix, you will want to capture that perfect confetti moment.”
“The confetti shot is one of the most requested by wedding photographers and capturing that moment isn’t as easy as you may think.”
Here are 6 top tips for how it should be done!
1. Choose the right confetti
There are different colours and sizes of natural petal confetti.
The best petals for throwing are small petals such as delphiniums or wild flowers as they are light and fall delicately to the ground.
Choosing small petals will ensure your photographer has plenty of time to capture the magical moment.
If you are set on a colour only available in larger petals, you can add some of these to smaller ones, which will also give a lovely textured effect to your photos.
2. Choose the right colour mix
The colour might sound simple – be sure to consider where your photographs are being taken – is the background light or dark?
Choose colours that will stand out, for example, if you are using church walls as a background, pale colours will be enhanced on a photograph and use darker colours like Cadbury purple or cerise pink on a light background for a bold colour splash.
3. Work out how much you will need
Depending on the type of shot you want – a confetti shot full of petals or a delicate confetti shot – you will need to know how much confetti you will need.
For a full shot, make sure you have plenty for your guests to throw; one or two large handfuls per guest will be perfect.
For a more delicate shot, one handful per couple will work wonderfully.
Usually only half of your guests will throw confetti (this tends to be just the ladies), so make sure you have enough depending on the number of guests you are having. You can use the Shropshire Petals confetti calculator to help.
4. Discuss your confetti shot with your photographer
Make sure you plan your confetti shot with your photographer before the big day.
Ask to see some photos they have taken previously to give you an idea of their style.
Your photographer will probably know the wedding location, ask them where they think is the best spot to have your confetti moment.
They will be able to discuss options with you according to the time of day, light and surroundings.
5. Make sure your guests know how to throw!
This might sound simple, but you only get one chance to capture the perfect confetti moment and the key is in the throwing.
Delegate a bridesmaid or usher to organise the shot by getting them to ask your guests to stand close to each other and throw their confetti as high as they can to create a perfect flutter. You don’t want guests throwing confetti directly at your faces!
6. Throwing high
If you want your confetti shot to capture the whole moment – you surrounded by all of your guests throwing confetti – then ask your photographer to take the shot from a ladder or somewhere high to ensure they can get everyone in.
As you will probably be looking up towards your confetti, taking the photo from a higher spot will give it an interesting angle.
And it’s as simple as that! Remember to relax and enjoy your perfect moment and cherish the confetti shot forever.
Thank you so much to the team for coming onboard as Sponsor and sharing some tips on natural petal confetti.
I look forward to sharing much more about the brand in the coming months…
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