The tradition of throwing rice at a newly married couple is a ritual that has stuck with marriage ceremonies for hundreds of years all over the world. It is believed that the tossing of rice brings good luck and fertility to the newly married couple. Some years back an urban legend circulated that rice was causing the death of birds due to digestion issues. This caused some brides to nix this step when planning their ceremony. That legend, however, has proven to be false and no longer an environmental threat. Nowadays rice is more frowned upon due to the danger of guests slipping or venue restrictions. Luckily, more unique and fun elements have replaced this ritual and now alternative brides can enjoy this tradition with a touch of their own personal style. Keep scrolling to see clever alternatives to throwing rice.
Perfect for a winter or white theme, snow-like confetti is light, airy, and the best part – biodegradable!
Perfect for fall, helicopter leaves are cheap, part of nature (so no harm to the environment), and looks amazing when spinning around the happy couple.
A unique idea for literary couples, heart shaped confetti hearts from books are a wonderful way to celebrate the couple’s first walk together as man and wife.
Bubbles are a delightful and whimsical way to celebrate the union of marriage. They are inexpensive, no mess, and fun to create for all ages.
Rose petals can be on the more expensive side, but are beautiful, have a wonderful scent, and looks gorgeous in photographs. So if you have a little extra to splurge on, choose rose petals as your alternative to tossing rice.
Perfect for an autumn wedding, fall leaves are a unique choice to toss concluding the ceremony. Leaves are free, just look around – they aren’t hard to find and look beautiful in pictures.
Throwing Sprinkles Is Prettier Than Throwing Rice
Fun, yummy, and colorful, sprinkles are an excellent alternative. They look amazing in photographs and not to mention, the birds will appreciate the sweet treat too!
Lavender is colorful, smells delightful, and also does not harm the environment. It could also double as a wedding favor.
Glitter is magical, glamorous, and full of sparkle. It can get kind of messy, but overall inexpensive and a nice touch to a very girly wedding.
For all you nature lovers, birdseed is a great alternative to tossing rice. You can also give as a wedding favor. It tosses easily and doubles as a delicious treat for birds. Be sure to thank them for the clean-up.