The story of Confetti

  • You may already know that the word confetti is actually the Italian word for those little sugar coated almond sweets.

    The Italians are fanatical about their confetti and every town will have at least one shop specialising in them, but for some strange etymological reason, the word has been co-opted in English to mean something completely different.

  • In virtually every culture, we know that the tradition of throwing flowers, petals or seeds over the bride and bridegroom had its origins in fertility rites of one kind or another, and what was thrown depended largely on the local crops. In Medieval England, the Bride's path to the church was often covered in Rose petals by a flower girl both as decoration and to symbolize the future happiness of the couple.

The modern custom of throwing confetti made of paper or rice really took off in the Victorian age but is now dying off as we know neither are particularly ecologically sound. To add, both are difficult to clear after an occasion and can become extremely slippery.

There has also been a rather unpleasant growth in the use of butterflies in place of confetti - the less said about that the better. It might look good - but in this enlightened age it seems unnecessary and cruel.

PetalMania rather likes freeze-dried petals as confetti - naturally!! The advantages are many and various, but just to list a few:


Petals are sorted by hand, meaning every petal you receive can be used without staining, wilting, or rotting. Freeze-dried petals are the most beautiful petals you could choose for special occasions like weddings, game reserves, beaches, and at venues that won’t allow fresh or artificially coloured petals.

Our petals are non-slip, 100% biodegradable, Eco-friendly, and long lasting.

  • Confetti Cones

    Hand crafted confetti cones

  • Petal Bags

    Organza bags for your petals & leaves

  • Country Mix Confetti

    Regular price From R 270.00 ZAR
    Regular price Sale price From R 270.00 ZAR
    Country Mix Confetti
  • Peony Confetti

    Regular price From R 270.00 ZAR
    Regular price Sale price From R 270.00 ZAR
    Peony Confetti