2017 is our 20th year of growing flowers to harvest for wedding confetti! The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company has grown enormously over the last two decades, but not changed all that much at all - we are still a working farm and we still do everything by hand!
The Wyke Manor Family Estate has been farming in Worcestershire for over 250 years. It was back in 1997, when considering ideas for farm diversification, Charles Hudson hit upon the idea of real flower petal confetti. The story of The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company began on a late spring afternoon…
Charles paused outside the village churchyard on his way home, and strewn around the lych-gate were tiny wet pieces of coloured paper, debris from an earlier wedding, that had turned the church entrance into an eyesore. Charles could see why so many churches had banned the use of confetti within church grounds, but it seemed a shame that the wedding celebrations could not have started as the happy couple stepped out of the church. When he arrived home some petals fell from the flower bouquet Charles was carrying for his wife and he experienced a 'eureka' moment - confetti made of real flower petals would biodegrade like blossom!
In the early years there was plenty of experimentation with different flowers, harvesting and drying techniques. Eventually Delphiniums were chosen as the best confetti petal for their ability to retain their shape and beautiful colour when dried. Charles carefully developed his own delicate process of drying petals - using just sunshine and fresh air. Each summer since the late nineties a huge field of flowers has bloomed on the farm, and all petals are picked by hand, to be sent out to weddings all over the world. It is quite a spectacular sight to see!
|Our flower field with a view to Bredon Hill|
|Charles in amongst the purple delphiniums|
|Harvesting the flowers|
|The flower field with Pershore Abbey in the background|
The simplicity and beauty of the idea of throwing flower petals over the happy couple meant that the business took off at a pace, and celebrity clients including Prince Charles, Madonna and Michael Douglas helped to capture interest.
Twenty years on the demand for natural, biodegradable confetti has meant that rose petals, wildflowers, hydrangeas, and lavender have been added to our collection, and handmade confetti cones, bridesmaid baskets, petal bags, beautiful paper envelopes and handmade horseshoes are all available to add those finishing touches. The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company are truly wedding confetti experts and have learnt all the tips and tricks to ensure every couple get their magical confetti moment.
|A wedding at St Mary's Church Wick, where it all began|
|Confetti Cones filled with Delphinium Petals|
|A row of confetti baskets waiting for the big throw|
|Flower girls playing with their petals!|
|Another beautiful confetti moment|
2017 is full of excitement and celebrations for The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company - centered around our wonderful flower field - and major plans will be revealed soon! Watch this space!
|The Flower Field is open to the public 30th June - 9th July 2017|