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An Exit Strategy

Once the ceremony and reception has concluded, the bouquet has been tossed and the final song has ended, it’s time for you and your spouse to make your grand exit as husband and wife. This timeless send-off tradition, which makes for a beautiful photo opportunity, dates back to the age-old custom of tossing rice at the newlyweds to symbolize prosperity and good fortune. This unique moment you share with your guests is one you will surely remember. All guests in attendance gather round to provide a joyous farewell bursting with love! Brides and grooms are now opting for a more unique approach to this longstanding tradition. From confetti to ribbons, here are a few creative ideas to make your grand exit truly memorable with a little help from your guests. 

CONFETTI SHOWER
Many couples love the look of a confetti send-off for their wedding day. Confetti provides beautiful pops of color for the wedding photographs while allowing the bride and groom to completely customize the look of their grand exit. Include confetti in a couple different shapes, sizes and colors to coordinate with your wedding décor. Setting up a confetti bar can also serve as a fun interactive addition to your reception. Your guests can have fun creating the perfect blend of confetti to shower you with love as well as heaps of vibrant confetti! If this send-off option appeals to you, first make certain your venue allows the use of confetti and be sure you understand any restrictions as to usage and materials. You certainly do not want to forfeit your rental deposit due to a misunderstanding.

FLOWER-PETAL FAREWELL
Flower petals are no longer only for the flower girl to toss during the ceremony. They make a delightful alternative to paper confetti. Many couples are choosing this as an alternative for their wedding send-off. You can have your guests toss bloom petals that are customized to match your wedding color palette or include petals from blooms that are incorporated into your bridal bouquet. For a personalized look, create customized paper cones full of petals to pass out to your guests. This romantic wedding-day farewell creates beautiful photographs of a stunning exit.  
RIBBON WAVE 
For a ceremony or reception venue that has rules prohibiting tossing confetti or blooms, ribbon wands are a fun alternative that are completely mess free. Guests can send off the happy couple by waving these graceful colored wands and they also double beautifully as wedding favors! The wands can even be used throughout the ceremony and/or reception to create an interactive element to the festivities. With an unlimited number of ribbon styles, widths and textures to select from, customizing your ribbon wands to fit your color palette is a breeze. Your guests will have a blast waving their well wishes of love and joy throughout the day as well as when you make your exit as husband and wife.  

SPARKLER SHOW 
For a reception ending after dark, opt for a glamorous farewell with one of the most popular tried and true wedding send-offs. Present your guests with sparklers in a customized wrapper unique to your wedding décor. The key to capping off the celebration in style is to purchase wedding sparklers that burn longer. It is also important to have venue staff or family members prepared with butane lighters to light the sparklers for your guests. A stunning display of the newlyweds surrounded by a sea of light will provide the bride and groom with some amazing photos as their guests shower them with love.

WISH LANTERNS
For a breathtaking nighttime send-off, make a memorable impact with your guests by launching wish lanterns into the night sky. Traditionally used in Asia for celebrations and festivals, brides are using this romantic element as a means for their guests to present well wishes for the newlyweds on their wedding night. Gather your closest friends and family members to participate in this memorable farewell and create an incredible photo opportunity. You and your spouse will be in awe as you take in the stunning nighttime visual with your loved ones. If you are interested in this option, be sure to do your homework first. Wish lanterns are a potential fire hazard, making it important that you obtain approval from your venue as well as verify applicable laws within your community before planning a wish lantern send-off. 

No matter the method, you can be certain that your grand exit will be bursting with love and joyous best wishes from all in attendance! |NWD|