(Closed) Help with How to… rice toss.. packaging

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You could do little mini paper cones so it is easy to toss…

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

glassine bags with a sticker sealing them that has a message on it?  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Sorry if I’m behind here, but what is eco-friendly rice? Is it safe for birds?

Post # 6
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Honey bee

All rice is eco-friendly. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be a natural resource that has been consumed as food since the dawn of time. Not to mention, all rice is safe for birds. Anyone who tells you otherwise has no clue what they are talking about other than they have mastered the art of scaring people into believing false information that cannot be proven no matter how good their argument may seem. If rice was dangerous to birds, there would be millions of dead birds across the globe in the rice paddies which everyone would be well aware of and there are not.

Be aware though that it will hurt when it is tossed at you, even from a guest’s standpoint.

You can package it anyway you want. Organza bags, tulle circles tied with ribbon (your cheapest option), etc. I don’t think I would use glassine bags as they don’t close the way you need them to when carrying something of that nature.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ember78 – Rice is often not used because it isn’t safe for birds to eat. Supposedly it expands in their stomachs and causes them to get sick and/or die. This is why people often toss alternatives like birdseed, rose petals, or confetti.

This is why I’m curious – is it really rice or some kind of substitute? I’m intrigued!

Post # 8
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Honey bee

Again, if rice was truly dangerous for birds, you would hear countless stories of actual accounts (at rice paddies, no less) of exploding birds. You never hear about it because it does not happen, and therefore rice is not dangerous to the environment, including wildlife. PETA actually started that lie (about the exploding birds), along with all the others they regularly circulate. Wildlife experts and vets generally agree as well that it’s a lie as well. But countless people believe everything the media tells them and don’t research things themselves from objective sources.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I don’t believe that birds eat rice as it is grown would be harmful, since it is not dried, like thrown rice. I have researched the topic myself, which is why I know there is no conclusive opinion either way. Regardless, I am not a bird expert, but I wouldn’t want to possibly risk harming the environment or animals, so I will not be throwing rice at my wedding.

FutureMrs.Harless – Sorry for the sidetrack! I think it depends on how much you are allotting for each guest – tiny glassine or vellum bags folded and sealed would look very sweet but don’t really hold very much. Paper cones are cute and make for good tossing, but could get messy since they can’t really be sealed in any way. Tulle or even muslin pouches would be cute, and you you style them however you want. Keep in mind that whatever you use will likely be immediately thrown away, I would make sure that there was a trash can nearby or assign someone to collect all the trash after. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Maybe do them in little cups, have them at the entrance to your ceremony with one big sign to Please take one and toss at the bride and groom as they walk down the aisle as husband and wife…

Then you can just have a friend make sure people notice them and grab a cup on their way into the ceremony.

It would be nice to put one on each seat, but if you are outside, then they could easily tip and spill with any breeze…

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Rice is not bad for birds. That is an urban legend. See this link on Snopes.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

FutureMrs.Harless – That sounds really sweet! I found this tutorial from Mrs. Caterpillar for cones. It looks like she did hers out of a full sheet of paper (she used rose petals) but you could probably trick your printer into printing two per page to get a smaller version. You could attach a little note, but I think it would be pretty self-explanatory. Here’s another version from Martha Stewart (I’d just assemble without the crepe paper).

And to everyone – for every link you can find in support of something, you can find many more refuting it. Apologies, I didn’t mean to get the thread off topic.

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