At Weddings, Throw Confetti—It’s the New and Charming Custom.
Confetti throwing can be made an especially pretty feature of a June wedding, for the bits of paper can be obtained in all flowering colors to harmonize with the floral decorations of the occasion. Because of its many attractive possibilities, confetti is rapidly being submitted for the time-honored rice.
Where the confetti is bought by the box, to be separated into bags of tulle or gauze, sufficient time should be allowed for the work. If the confetti is chosen in rose petal form and coloring, it should be placed in bags of the palest pink maline, so fragile that it will puncture with the fingernail when the contents of the bag are to be used. White or pale pink gauze ribbon can be utilized in the same way, though the cost will be slightly increased. Where maline is used the easiest way is to cut a square of the desired size, put a handful of confetti in the centre, pull up the four corners of the maline, and just below the corners tie round and round the maline with narrow satin ribbon. Where there is no objection to the extra time spent, the projecting corners of the maline can be decorated with paper rose petals, attached with a little paste. The ends of the ribbons may also be tipped with some appropriate favor, such an imitation wedding ring, a tiny china slipper or an artificial orange blossom.
Other containers for confetti are bags of white or pale tinted crepe paper, manipulated as a fabric would be, gathered at the top with a heading and tied with inch-wide satin ribbons. These can be of any size preferred. Some of those recently used held several handfuls of confetti, the bag being some ten inches deep. The sides of such a bag can be ornamented with cutouts of kewpies, pairs of doves, bridal slippers, or with the initials of the bride and bridegroom painted in gold or silver metal paint. These bags make charming souvenirs of the occasion and cost little more than the time involved.
Flower Tipped Wands
Long wands, wound with ribbon or paper, each ending in a cup-shaped flower, are also in favor as a means of using confetti in decoration. Where there are children present, each little one may carry a wand, and at the proper time release the package of confetti hidden in the cup of the flower. Tulips, poppies and large rosebuds furnish excellent models for this work, and with a little practice they can be made at home.
Another novelty is to attach what are called “confetti balls” to a long wand, the balls to be pulled off and tossed at the bride. These balls are also used piled in baskets and passed to guests when the bride is about leaving. To make these fluffy affairs long strips of crepe paper are cut, from two to four inches wide, according to the size of the ball desired. Each side of this long strip is pulled out at intervals, giving a ruffled edge. The strip is then closely rolled and tied tightly through the centre, the many layers of ruffled edge paper at each side forming a fluffy mass which can be easily pressed together, concealing the thread with which the roll of paper is tied. These look like snowballs, when made of white crepe paper, and are highly decorative when carried out in any of the flower shades to correspond with the color scheme chosen for the wedding. These can be tied at intervals on a thread and suspended from the tip of a wand. Long, slender strips of wood come for this purpose and can be easily wound with paper to match the confetti balls, making a remarkable pretty wedding novelty.
Another method of distributing confetti among the wedding guests is to procure a number of fancy cases such as ices or bonbons are served in, each box topped with a paper flower matching the floral decorations. While the bride is dressing to leave, these boxes are passed on a large tray or flat basket, each guest taking one. When the decorative cover is pulled off, each box is found to contain confetti ready to be showered on the bride as she goes away. By purchasing these cases undecorated and doing the ornamental work at home, it is possible to have a quantity of them at small cost and especially planned to harmonize with the other decorations. A paper doll, dressed in bridal costume, may be chosen for the adornment of each box of confetti which, after it has served its purpose, can be carried home as a souvenir of the wedding.
New York Tribune 30 June 1915: p. 7
Mrs Daffodil’s Aide-memoire: Showers of paper rose petals and coloured confetti seem more suited to a children’s party, but one sees a great deal of confetti thrown at contemporary weddings, some cut in heart and initial shapes. Many houses of worship now prohibit the use of rice as untidy and dangerous to the guests (Juliette Gordon Low, the foundress of the Girl Guides in the States, was deafened by a grain of “lucky” bridal rice in one ear.) Mrs Daffodil cannot see that confetti would be much of an improvement in the view of those unlucky enough to inhale it or those hired to sweep it up. The wands topped with cup-shaped flowers recall irresistibly the thyrsus (a stick wrapped in ivy or vine leaves and tipped with a pinecone) of the Bacchanates. Bands of confetti-throwing Maenads would add much interest to the traditional English wedding.
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