Sunday, June 01, 2008

A Wedding Trend: Throwing Birdseed, Not Rice

Although the busiest wedding season is in the autumn for New Yorkers, June brings to mind weddings. I wanted to help clarify something I've been hearing often, that the reason we throw birdseed instead of rice nowadays is to protect the birds from eating them and exploding (this is an urban legend), but according to the Church Center for the United Nations, the reason is to not waste precious food (rice) and instead, to throw food to the birds and not human food supply to the ground.

Another sensible option if you don't want to get pelted by overzealous seed throwers is to throw flower petals or blow bubbles from a solution made from biodegradable soap.

Happy June!