The vows are said, the rings are on your fingers, and your face is tired from all that smiling. It’s time for you two to be on your way. Leaving your reception is your last hurrah on your big day. You want to do something fun, unforgettable and romantic. And of course you want it to reflect your personalities. The send-off is a special moment for you as well as your guests. Low-key and classic, or wild and crazy, there’s all kinds of ways to tailor a grand wedding exit to your style.
Involve your guests, and step outside the rice-throwing tradition. Having your guests participate in the wedding exit only ups the fun and excitement you’re all feeling. Here are some wedding exit ideas:
- Flower petals
- Biodegradable confetti
- Dried lavender
- Confetti poppers
- Silly string
Pick a creative getaway. Your wedding exit is your perfect opportunity to show off a bit of personality and have some fun!
- Bicycle built for two
- Rickshaw (then the bride doesn’t have to pedal!)
- Vintage car: Adds to the nostalgia. Borrow from a friend or rent.
- Limousine: Nothing is sleeker or classier.
- Golf cart: Makes for a fun exit if you’re getting married at a country club.
- Your own car: Hint to your friends you’d love a little decoration. How about streamers tied to the trunk and a classic “Just Married!” sign?
- Motorcycles: If that’s your thing, it’ll make quite the statement.
Fly away: If it’s in your budget, you can really make a statement with a hot air balloon getaway. Some couples charter a helicopter – make sure you’ve used lots of hairspray!
Float away: Even if hot air balloons and helicopter rides are out of your budget, add a dimension of height to your wedding exit with balloons. Order a bunch of balloons in your wedding colors, fill ‘em up with helium, and have someone pass them out to your guests. When you and your new hubby exit, the photographer or wedding coordinator can have everyone release them at once – making for gorgeous wedding photos and a brief cloud of balloons hovering above the newlyweds. Order them in bulk from a party supply store.
Paddle away: Getting married near a lake? Maybe you’re the couple who paddles away in a canoe. Or has a speedboat whisk you away. Maybe a sailboat is more your style. Or a yacht. Heck, maybe you’re a trash-the-dress kind of bride and you guys just swim away.
Make some noise: Kazoos, maracas, mismatched vintage bells, small Christmas jingle bells. If you don’t want confetti in your hair and your venue doesn’t allow sparklers, let your guests shower you with noise, er, music, instead!
- The Knot: Eight Amazing Wedding Exits (ski lifts and more!)
- The New York Times: The Wedding Couple Depart in Good Humor (ice cream trucks, horse rides and jet skis!)
- More alternatives to rice-throwing at The Wedding Café. And the pros and cons of those alternatives at Heart Love Wedding