You’ve scored the man, the gown, and the venue of your dreams. You’ve got your wedding party dressed, your wedding vows memorized and you’ve planned your grand entrance from top to bottom and bottom to top. But wait. Have you planned your grand exit? The grand exit, also called the wedding send-off, is an ancient tradition in which guests throw rice or other items at the newly married couple. In Roman times the majority of the items tossed represented fertility and abundance meant to give the couple good luck. Today however, wedding send-offs have become more of a reflection of the bride and grooms personality. The these days, the objects waved, tossed, or released are more varied than ever and make for one amazing photo-op! If you’re looking for fun, pizzazz-filled alternatives to the traditional rice send-off, consider these 12 stylish ideas for an unforgettable wedding exit!
1) Ribbon Wands Wedding Exit – BellaBrideCreations | $125 for a set of 100
Why we love: If you have a strict wedding venue having your guests wave ribbon wands is an excellent option. Choose from an array of colors and select either silver or gold bells. If you don’t find the color that you need you can message BellaBrideCreations with your specific color/s and they’ll do their best to match.
2) Hand-Rolled Streamer Wedding Exit – ExtravagantExits | $129.98 for a set of 200
Why we love: These colorful streamers have a small loop on the end for guests to slip their finger through and then when the drum-roll begins they let loose. The result is a colorful tunnel of streamers for the newly married couple to run through. Streamers are available in Black, White, Blue, Red, Orange, Purple, Yellow, Lime Green, Hot Pink, and Turquoise. Finger loops are available in white, black, hot pink, purple, yellow, orange, blue, red, green, and brown. Pick your color and check it off!
Why we love: The best wedding exit option if you want photos that truly pop! (pun intended) You can buy them at party supply stores — but the best bang we’ve ever seen is from the confetti cannons at Wedding Sparkler Direct. These are bio-degradable which is very important for our mother earth and the explosion is like none we’ve ever seen. We recently used these colorful confetti cannons at a Super Bowl Soiree photo shoot…the party-goers are still talking about the moment we shot off these cannons. Your guests are going to love!
4) Yippie Yay Bravo Wedding Exit Flags – AlRoad | $4.25 ea.
Why we love: What’s not to love about heavy woven fabrics flags attached with rustic wooden sticks, finished with hand-paint words like Yippie, Yay, and Bravo!? Even better – choose your ink and fabric to match your wedding colors. Ship AlRoad your own fabric that you’d like to be used, and receive a fabric discount.)
5) Paper Airplane Wedding Exit – TaylorSoMae | $60 for a set of 100
Why we love: It’s unique, original, and the postal red and blue stripes gives it an adorable vintagy vibe. One order comes with 100 specially folded paper airplanes printed with stripes and text – “When the newlyweds walk your way…” and on the other wing: “gently toss and yell HOORAY!” Also, feel free to customize with your own wedding colors.
6) Gold Sequin Exit Wands – via Pinterest, via 100LayerCake, Photography by: EP Love
Why we love: Um…gold…sequins…what more can we say? While I’m not 100% certain who crafted these pretties above, I did find a similar version on Etsy for ya. JessicaAnnBoutique sells a set of 50 for $87.75.
7) Rainbow Sprinkle Wedding Exit – Photography by Jessica Fike
Why we love: They’re sweet, colorful, and your guests can eat them as they’re tossing them. Win, win, win! Place them in a pretty jars and let guests serve themselves, or place them in pretty to-go bags like these glitter favor bags.
8. Sky Lanterns – via Wedding Chicks, Photographer: Josh Deaton Photography
Why we love: If you’ve ever seen in person you know why we love. These luminescent sky lanterns are absolutely breathtaking at night and make for stunning photos. We also love the heart-warming gesture of each guest releasing a wedding wish for the Mr. & Mrs.
9) Jingle Bell Wedding Exit – via Pinterest, Photography by: Nancy Ray Photography
Why we love: Love a Jingle Bell send-off as a symbolic gesture of a church bells ringing or when incorporated into a winter holiday wedding. After all “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Tie in your wedding colors with ribbon or tie a tag on them and make them favors your guests can take with. Another plus – this wedding exit would most likely we permitted with any venue.
10) Eco Dove Balloon Wedding Exit – Skylanterns.us | $15.99 for a 5 pack
Why we love: Why have a regular balloon wedding exit, when you can have a Eco Doves Helium Balloon wedding exit?! Eco Doves are unique, memorable, and biodegradable. Plus, a tad safer and more predictable than the real thing. They are made of a special biodegradable plastic that decomposes quickly when in contact with sun and water. When filled with helium they take the form of a dove, and when released they fly into the sky mimicking the flying motion of a real dove. Due to their unique shape and construction they give the appearance of real doves flapping their wings and circling in the air. Simple, lovely, and makes for a fantastic photo-op.
11) Wedding Sparkler Wedding Exit: Photography by Your Street Photography
Why we love: There’s a reason so many select wedding sparklers for wedding exits. They are both affordable and fabulous. They are romantic and entertaining. AND they make for unforgettable photos.
12) Glow Stick Wedding Exit – Photography by: Pearl Events Austin
Why we love: Think about it – people of all ages buy glow sticks; wear glow sticks; and are entertained by them. Why? Not quite sure. But what we do know, is we love the cool colorful neon vibe of a Glow Stick Wedding Exit.