Your wedding day is filled with unforgettable moments, but one of the most magical and photo-worthy is the wedding exit. It's that final flourish that sends you and your partner off into the beginning of your new life together. While traditional rice tosses are charming, there are countless creative and unique ways to make your wedding exit truly memorable. We've gathered the top 10 ideas including a few from Oregon's most seasoned experts to help you create a send-off that will leave a lasting impression.
1. Ignite the Night with Sparklers
Haley Bringuel of Amanda Claire and Co recommends using sparklers to create a magical and romantic atmosphere during your grand exit. The soft glow of sparklers held by your guests will light up the night and provide a stunning backdrop for your farewell.
Kayla Sprint Photography
2. Casades of Confetti
For a burst of vibrant color, consider confetti cannons that incorporate your wedding colors if the venue allows, recommends Cam Von Clevenger of Vibrant Table Catering & Events. The sight of confetti fluttering around you will create a lively atmosphere, making for fun and artistic photos.
3. Bubbling With Happiness
For a touch of whimsy, Haley Bringuel of Amanda Claire and Co also suggests incorporating bubbles into your farewell. Whether you gift your guests with bubble bottles to blow as you walk by or set up a bubble machine, these floating bubbles will create a dreamy and enchanting moment.
Julianne Brasher Photography
4. Glow Stick Extravaganza
Jordan Morales of Lit Productions recommends using mini glow sticks for a unique exit. Guests can throw a handful of these into the air during the exit, leaving a trail of rainbow colors behind. Pro Tip: Don’t do it over gravel if you want an easier time picking/sweeping them up.
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5. Cold Spark Send-Off
Create a magical grand exit using cold sparklers. This widely embraced and secure special effect produces a stunning show of sparks devoid of any flames or warmth. Whether your wedding exit unfolds under the radiant sun or beneath the starry night sky, the cold sparkler fountain's display promises to add an enchanting and unforgettable ambiance.
Britt Rene Photo courtesy of The Indigo Bride
6. Faux Exit Photo ... Then Keep the Party Moving
Rithy H. Tamba of RTFaith Photography has a clever suggestion for those torn between ending the night and having an exit photo. If you don't want the party to end but you want the exit photo, gather your wedding party and a few others and create a faux exit photo. It'll be less effort to organize, you'll get the photo you wanted and still be able party into the night.
7. Save The Last Dance
To ensure a smooth wedding exit, Alisha Reicks-Sturgill of The Indigo Bride advises making sure you allocate sufficient time for your guests to prepare, whether it involves sparklers, glow sticks, or confetti. While they are getting ready, take advantage of this opportunity to share a final dance with your new life partner. By doing so, you can fully embrace and cherish the last moments of your wedding celebration.
Britt Rene Photo
8. A Final Toast
Jennie Streitberger of Events By Jennie recommends a "final toast" exit. Set up a table with champagne and sparkling cider for guests to grab as they form lines for your exit. As you walk through, your guests raise their glasses to wish you well, creating a heartfelt and memorable farewell.
9. Get Lit
Natalie Barwegen of Urban Venues shares a unique and fun exit idea – LED foam sticks. These modern alternatives to sparklers create cool and vibrant exit photos, adding a contemporary twist to your send-off.
Kate Holt Photography
10. Stamp of Approval
Ashley Lachney of Alston Mayger Events suggests working closely with your Planner and Venue to ensure that everything that you're dreaming up won't come to a screeching halt when the powers that be find out about it. Once everything has received the stamp of approval, party on! Your exit can be as big or as small as you want it to be, but including a personal touch (like this couple whose Groom works on an Indy Car racing team!)
Julie Green Photography
Your wedding exit is a moment to treasure and the options for creating an unforgettable one are endless. Whether you choose sparklers, vintage cars, glow sticks or explore other ideas, creating a wedding send-off that authentically mirrors your personality will leave an indelible mark on everyone who participates in your special day.