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Wedding Birdseed: A Great Alternative to Rice?

Updated on August 30, 2017

Thoughts and Pictures About Throwing Birdseed at Weddings

The tradition of throwing things like birdseed at weddings has been around for a long time. Thrown items, including seeds and grains, usually symbolize fertility, and act as a way to ensure the happy couple will have a "fruitful" marriage. Our goals in getting married might not be quite the same as they once where (we're not all looking to have kids right away, for one thing), but the tradition still stands, as traditions often do.

We threw birdseed at my sister's wedding, and we definitely learned a lot from the experience. If you're considering having birdseed thrown at your wedding, read on for some tips and suggestions. And if you decide against it, you'll find some alternatives here as well!

The Guests Getting Into the Birdseed-Throwing Spirit

The Guests Getting Into the Birdseed-Throwing Spirit
The Guests Getting Into the Birdseed-Throwing Spirit

Our Experience With Birdseed

Plus Some Resources

Overall, throwing birdseed at my sister's wedding went well (except for the fact that we forgot to pass out the bags before the ceremony, and the bride and groom had to come back out so that we could do it!) It added a festive feel to the beginning of the reception, got the guests interacting with each other and the bride and groom, and no one got any in their eyes, which was good. It did take a while to de-seed the bride's hairdo, though. And I got a lot of dust on my black dress when I became a target after the bride and groom had passed (luckily, it brushed right off).

If you really think throwing things at your wedding is important, there are good ways to make sure it goes smoothly. And if you decide you'd rather not deal with the (minor) hassle of it, that's cool too. Weddings aren't tied to tradition anymore, and you're free to make your own choices.

More tips on throwing birdseed can be found here: Wedding birdseed at About.com.

Learn about the origins of throwing things at weddings over at Ask Yahoo.

"Is it true that rice is harmful for birds?"

According to Snopes, this urban legend is false. Rice is a grain that many birds happily eat in the wild. However, it can still be dangerous; when sprinkled on a hard surface, it can cause a slipping hazard to guests.

The Throwing Things At Weddings Debate Arena - We Throw Opinions Here!

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Should things be thrown at weddings?

Throwing Birdseed: A Story in Pictures - A Fierce Gauntlet Awaits the Happy Couple

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Preparing for battle.The ammunition.Under siege!Seeds in the bridal hairdo.Picking out seeds.
Preparing for battle.
Preparing for battle.
The ammunition.
The ammunition.
Under siege!
Under siege!
Seeds in the bridal hairdo.
Seeds in the bridal hairdo.
Picking out seeds.
Picking out seeds.

Tips For Throwing Birdseed - Things You Need To Know

  1. Check out the venue rules first. My sister's wedding was in our parent's backyard, so it wasn't a problem for us. However, many venues have strict rules about what can be thrown (if anything).
  2. Less is more. The more birdseed you give your guests to throw, the more messy everything will get. My sister's wedding turned into a bit of a war zone, with each guest having a whole plastic bag full of seeds. A small handful is more than enough!
  3. Birdseed is messy. In most types of birdseed, you end up with a lot of dust mixed in with the seeds. This can really show up, especially if guests wipe their hands on their black clothing. Consider putting the birdseed through a sieve to remove some of the dust.
  4. The bride will get birdseed in her hairdo. It can be very difficult to remove seeds, especially small ones, from a complicated updo. If this is a concern, consider using larger seeds (such as sunflower) as opposed to millet, or choose something else to throw.
  5. Don't forget to throw! We had to get the bride and groom to come back out of the house (where they'd gone after the ceremony) to get bombarded, because we forgot to do it the first time. It wasn't a problem, because the wedding was fairly informal, but if you've gone to all the trouble you might as well go through with it!

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