The idea of a rice toss originated long-ago as a way to wish the newlyweds well for their future. The grain signified a small seed growing into a large crop, which was considered a sign of harvest and prosperity. And there’s something to be said for tradition. So if you want to go by the books, by all means pack up the rice and be on your way. However, these days creative wedding exits are taking off. If you’re looking for a way to make a statement with your send-off, look no further! Here are 10 unconventional ideas that will up your exit ante (and that may or may not include pom-poms and olive leaves).
P.S.: If you’re not into doing a big wedding exit at the end of the night (because some of the guests might have gone home while your wedding dance party rages on), most of these “wedding exits” can be done after the ceremony as you walk back up the aisle as well.
1. Sprigs of Fresh Herbs
Looking for an eco-friendly alternative for guests to toss at you? An herb station filled with baskets of rosemary, mint and basil (or the herbs of your choice) will do the trick! Not only do we adore the delicious scent of fresh herbs, but the rustic simplicity of a DIY herb station is kind of amazing.
2. Bunches of Olive Leaves
The olive branch represents peace and has long been a symbol in Greek culture. Olive branches and lemon blossoms were woven in Greek Stefanas (wedding crowns) and placed on the heads of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony in ancient Greece. This is still a tradition represented in modern Greek weddings today. So, what better a symbol to use as a wedding exit? This version with olive leaves placed inside Kraft bags has our vote.
3. Colorful Wands
Have to keep the venue grounds clean? No worries, we got you! Consider brightly colored ribbon wedding wands, like these orange and pink ones from Etsy. Guests can wave them as you walk their way. Cheerful and colorful – without the mess!
4. Vintage Bells
This could be one of our favorites. We can just imagine the sweet sounds of these mismatched vintage bells as a wedding exit. Plus, they’ll definitely make for a great visual when displayed on a table at the reception. We’ll know you’ll have a great time sourcing these. Think Sunday trips to the flea market, antique store hopping and the tried and true Etsy.
5. Boxes of Pom-poms
Crafts no more! These itty, bitty gems will add so much color to your wedding exit. They’re kind of nostalgic, totally DIY friendly, and definitely a great budget-friendly option for those who want to forgo confetti or streamers.
6. Bags of Popcorn
Popcorn, what? Yes, you heard us! We’re all about this edible treat as the perfect wedding send-off. Let’s just hope guests don’t sneak too many bites during your wedding ceremony, and that there’s a few kernels left for the actual send-off. Just make sure to keep it plain – we don’t think guests will want fingers slathered in butter as they wish you well.
7. Origami Paper-planes
Quirky brides, you’ll love this! You can set up a station of pre-assembled paper planes for guests to grab (our suggestion). Or as alternative, you can occupy guests when they arrive by placing the un-folded plane on each seat which includes the directions they need to make one themselves.
8. Rainbow Sprinkles
Eeeee! Sprinkles! Ice-cream lovers and color fanatics, this one is for you. This super-playful alternative to confetti provides all the color you need in a tiny little confection. For a summer wedding, may we suggest a display of ice cream cones filled with these? The result would be delicious.
9. Metallic Glitter
Glam bride? Opting for gold metallic confetti will definitely offer you that great photo opp you’re after. It feels kind of Gatsby-esque and we’re on board for its simple elegance. Can you really ever go wrong with gold details? We think not.
10. Wire Sparklers
Sparklers have pretty much become the new normal as far as wedding send-offs go. And we can totally see why. They make for dreamy photos, guests love them, and they afford attainable opulence (in lieu of actual fireworks).
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