Alternative Exits for the Bride and Groom
By Elizabeth Watts
Leaving your wedding in a shower of rice is the traditional
grand exit. However, many brides are creating other options
- something more dramatic, or romantic, or environmentally
friendly. Whatever you choose, remember this is your guests’
(and your) last impression of your wedding. Make it amazing!
Alternatives to throwing rice include:
Pros: It’s organic and if the birds eat the free
meal, no one has to clean up.
Cons: Think how hard it will be to pick little grains
out of your hair - not how you imagined spending your
wedding night, huh?
Toss colored confetti or paper
Pros: Pretty and relatively cheap.
Cons: Rather wasteful (unless you recycle) and lots to
Pros: Gives an affect of childlike innocence and fun.
Also, if you decorate the bottles with your names and
wedding date they can double as favors. It’s lots
of fun for kids and it’s environmentally safe.
Release butterflies or doves.
Pros: Very dramatic.
Cons: Live animals can be unpredictable. They may not
fly as you wish them to and there can be accidents, if
you know what I mean.
Throw rose petals.
Pros: To be super-romantic, use petals from flowers your
fiancé gave you during your courtship.
Cons: Can there be anything bad about roses? Perhaps their
expense can be prohibitive and there is some pick up and
If you are going all out, this option is particularly
effective for a late summer evening. Light up the night
with fireworks in the background too and exit with a bang
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