How to get the perfect confetti picture: Scottish wedding photographers share their top tips

It’s arguably the most fun shot you’ll take on your big day, and that’s why we love them! Some of our favourite Scottish photographers show us their favourite confetti pics and share their top tricks for super snaps

A bride and groom leaves a church and their guests through confetti
With Lewis MacMichael Photography’s ‘more is more’ approach to confetti shots, it’s no wonder that Carlyn and Andy look like they’re walking in a winter wonderland at Pollokshields Burgh Hall. We love it!

Lewis MacMichael Photography (above)

“I chat to couples before and let them know that although their natural reaction will be to flinch, they should try not to. Then, I speak to guests and remind them to throw the confetti up, not at the couple – and to make lots of noise (it’s a bit weird when it’s quiet!). I make sure my camera is in tracking mode, lock on to the couple, and then walk backwards through the guests to get the best shot.”

Good Luck Wolf Photography 

a couple leaves their wedding ceremony and are showered with a lot of confetti by their guests
When it comes to confetti, Good Luck Wolf Photography also advocated for a maximalist approach. This shot of Ashley and Declan at Dunblane Hydro is a dead-cert winner.

“Order twice as much confetti as you think you’ll need: around two fistfuls per guest works best,” advises the company’s Gary Thermo. “Also, opt for biodegradable paper over petal options. I ask the couple to walk slowly and smile. We see some couples who look like they’re going into a war zone and keep their eyes shut! Most importantly, they should lean into the madness!”

Karen Thorburn Photography

a bride and groom walk amongst sand dunes and their small group of guests throw confetti
This cheerful wedding snap of Gemma and George at Achnahaird Beach in Wester Ross was taken by Karen Thorburn Photography, and shows confetti can work in any location. Smiling guests and cute dogs: what’s not to love?

“To get the perfect shot, I organise the guests in two lines. Once everyone has confetti, I ask the couple to hold hands and walk towards the camera and try to keep their heads up. I also ask them to stop and have a kiss halfway along. Even if the ceremony is outdoors, I prefer to do the confetti shots as an organised line up. When the couple are walking up the aisle at the end of the ceremony, the guests seated away from the aisle are generally too far away to throw their confetti on the couple.”

Scroll on to see more fab confetti shots…

A bride and groom walk down the aisle and guests sprinkle confetti
Guests were eager to sprinkle newlyweds Lorraine and Garry with confetti at the Kingsmill Hotel in Inverness. SDM Photography was on hand to capture the celebrations.
a bride and a groom in a purple suit are showered in confetti by their guests
Gary James Photography captured the elation felt by Mr and Mrs Moorcroft after their nuptials at Doubletree by Hilton Queensferry Crossing. Bonus points for the colourful confetti perfectly complimenting the groom’s suave purple suit.
a bride shields her face from the confetti guests are throwing at her and her groom
It’s smiles all round in this sweet pic of Elena and Keith at Airth Castle Hotel in Stirlingshire. Lee Fletcher Photography has caught the joy of the big day, while keeping things laid-back.
A bride raises her hands above her head as she and her groom walk out of the church and towards the clouds of confetti thrown by their guests
It’ll be cheers all round if you manage to nail that confetti shot – just ask Karen Simpson Photography who was on hand at Meghan and John’s big day.
a closeup shot of a bride and groom as guests throw confetti at them
Instead of shooting wide angle, Jennifer Glen Photography decided to get a little closer and focus on Kirsty and Dave’s expressions as they married at Melville Castle. “I love doing this when shooting this type of shot. I also ended up with some confetti sprinkle on myself which just added to the couple’s giggles,” she added.
a couple during their first dance, with white confetti coming down around them
Nicolle and Jamie’s DJ brought a surprise confetti canon to Balgedie House. When the newlyweds hit the dancefloor, he set it off, and Rachel Spence Photography was poised with her camera.
a bride and groom walk into a cloud of bubbles while their guests look on
Instead of confetti at their wedding at Lochgreen in Troon, Mhairi and John opted for bubbles and New Chapter Creatives Photography immortalised the moment on camera.
a bride wearing a flower crown and a groom in a kilt are showered in confetti by their friends
David Long Photography captured this bright, playful image of Sophie and Jamie’s big day at Dalduff Farm in Maybole. We love how the confetti perfectly ties in with the bride’s dress and bouquet.
Two brides confetti Biggar Picture Photography
“This shot of Tracey and Nicola worked so well. Guests were packed tightly outside the door of the church, so the confetti went up like a canon, making it nice and easy to capture the moment perfectly,” Allan Forrester of Biggar Picture Photography explains.