The bride’s been kissed, the garter’s been tossed and the cake’s been cut — now it’s time for the grand finale exit. It’s easy to make your wedding exit just as exciting as your entrance with a little help from your guests. From streamers to sparklers to balloon releases and beyond, here are favorite wedding sendoff ideas
- Lighting the Way with Pillar Candles
Your guests can light the way out with romantic pillar candles so you and your love exit through a sweet sea of candlelight.
- Waving Streamers
Provide your guests with colorful streamers to wave at you as you leave the wedding. The vibrant colors will make for eternally exciting wedding pictures. And, naturally, you can coordinate the streamer colors to the colors of your wedding.
- Releasing Balloons
Have your guests release a sea of biodegradable balloons into the sky for a truly uplifting moment! This is best for a day-time wedding so you can watch as the balloons ascend into the sky.
- Releasing Sky Lanterns
If your wedding reception will end after dusk (as most weddings do), you can have your guest release sky lanterns as you take off. There’s nothing more romantic than watching these pepper the sky. (Use battery-operated lights, however, instead of an open flame, which can lead to a fire!)
- Tossing Flower Petals
Move over flower girls, blooms aren’t just for tossing along the aisle anymore. A post-nuptial petal toss is a pretty and festive way to kick off the rest of the day’s celebration.
- Blowing Tiny Bubbles
Streamers and petals are pretty, but require extra post-ceremony cleanup. Bubbles double as fun favors with less mess—just don’t get too sticky!
- Releasing Butterflies
Entrust a few appointed guests to release butterflies as you depart (just make sure to find a butterfly release company that ensures the safety of the butterflies, first and foremost.) Setting the butterflies free symbolizes your new beginning together and happiness. The butterflies will flutter about the new couple before flying free, making for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity and a final wedding memory you’ll never forget.
- Releasing Doves
Send doves soaring off into the sky as you and your beloved head to happily ever after. As with the butterflies, just make sure the safety of the doves comes first! Releasing doves symbolizes
- Tossing Oversized Glitter
Why oversized? It’s easier to clean up than regular glitter, and it will show up better in your photos.
- Tossing Sequins
Just like glitter, you can’t go wrong with sequins if you’re looking for a super sparkly exit.
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