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Lavender is soothing, fragrant, and vivid in color.
Be basked in basil.
Bubbles are clean, joyful, and look lovely in photos.

You may want a bit of fanfare as you exit your ceremony, but if you’re the cool, trendsetting type who bends the rules and bucks tradition, so the idea of having your friends and family chuck fistfuls of uncooked rice at you and your honey probably doesn’t excite you. You’re not a burrito bowl — you’re a bride or a groom!

So what to do?

Don’t fret – here are a few fun, socially conscious, and eco-friendly alternatives to rice that will make your exit appear as unique as the two of you:


This biodegradable confetti dissolves in water, so it can be hosed away if Mother Nature doesn’t take care of the clean up. It also comes in wedding-friendly colors such as pretty pink, vibrant purple, and periwinkle. Best part? It’s made from recycled materials and is safe for nosing wildlife living nearby,.


Imagine making your getaway under a sun shower of fragrant, soft, and bright lavender? These buds make for a classy, colorful, and cool exit and can easily be found online in rich blue or delicate lavender colors. Lavender, of course, is biodegradable and won’t hurt the environment or any cute, little fur babies.


Not only are seeds biodegradable, they’re also food! Birdseed usually contains cracked corn, sunflower chips, and oats, and is a favorite of songbirds. So, apart from making your exit in style, you will also be feeding your tiny, winged friends. It’s also inexpensive and can be bought in bulk.

High-float confetti

Star Light’s hig- float confetti is similar to Ecofetti — it is water-soluble and biodegradable. But each individual piece is much larger than Ecofetti’s and boasts a long, drawn-out, float factor, making it look fantastic in photos.

Plantable seed confetti

Plantable seed confetti, like birdseed, also contributes to the environment. These tiny, plantable seeds eventually grow into wildflowers, leaving behind a long-term symbol of your union.

Flower petals

Flower petals are soft, aromatic, and fall beautifully, looking gorgeous in photos. The only downside is cost. It will cost you a pretty penny if you want all of your guests to have a palm-full of pretty petals.


This new wedding trend involves items found in your kitchen. No, not tongs — herbs! Couples have taken to choosing thyme, rosemary, basil, and sage to be tossed about as they leave the venue after the ceremony. Earthy-smelling and as green as it gets, herb tossing no longer has to be something you do when prepping dinner.


Who doesn’t love a well-blown bubble? Not only are bubbles a green way to go, they also lend an element of fantasy to your ceremony. Not to mention, bubbles are extremely photogenic, making for excellent wedding photos.

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