The origin of throwing confetti over newly weds predated Christ since it
originates from the ancient Pagan rite of showering the happy couple with grain
to wish upon them a 'fruitful' union.
Pagans believed that the fertility of the seeds would be transferred to
the couple on whom they fell. The throwing of rice has the same symbolic
meaning. The word confetti has the same root as the word 'confectionery' in
Italian and was used to describe 'sweetmeats' that is, grain and nuts coated
in sugar that were thrown over newly weds for the same Pagan reason.
In recent years, small pieces of coloured paper have replaced rice as an
inexpensive substitute but the use of the word confetti has remained.
Confetti is now available in a wide range of colours and designs to match
you wedding theme. Despite the longevity of this tradition, it is on the
verge of extinction because the throwing of confetti is not permitted at
most register offices and churches due to the mess it makes.
However, the tradition may survive with the recent introduction of
wedding bubbles, which provides an environmentally safe alternative.