Even though we are not planning on doing a formal ‘send-off’ at the end of our reception (we can’t do sparklers, so what’s the point really, right? That, and I’ve never been to a wedding with an end of festivities send off, so I highly doubt the absence will be missed by our guests). But, I’m thinking that having something tossed, thrown, or shaken at us on our way back down the aisle right after we are pronounced husband and wife might be a fun celebratory gesture.
Plus there are so many options for such an occasion. First, there is the traditional birdseed. It’s inexpensive, doesn’t hurt birds, and gives the couple a nice shower.
Photo by Luster Studios
There’s also bubbles. I actually bought a crapload of bubbles from a garage sale last year for a dollar hoping to use them for this very purpose, but I am terrified that these iridescent beauties will leave stains on my silk gown, so I am not sure these are the best choice for us.
But, then again, I already have them, meaning I wouldn’t need to spend any additional money and very little time sprucing them up to be wedding ready.
Another idea I have seen a lot is rose petals. I love them not only because they are beautiful, but because they are a natural product (thus avoiding any potential cleanup at our venue). Their main drawback is they are hella expensive and I’m thinking I could use that money elsewhere right now.
Ribbon wands seem like they are all the rage right now, and for good reason; they’re fun, no mess, no potential harm to expensive clothing—they’re practically perfect in every way. The huge negative of ribbon wands is the time that must be expended to make them. Time which is not currently on my side.
Yay flags are genius. I seriously love them, even though I think our guests would be supremely confused. Yet again, they take time to design, create, and craft. And, if you look at ribbon wands, supra, you’ll recall time is not on my side.
Rather than tossing or throwing something our way, I love the idea of having bells shaken in our direction. Again, no clean up, no risking clothes for the sake of a photo, and they bring in the element of sound. But, the bells would need to be attached to something to be useful, which again takes time.
I love the addition of bells to these ribbon wands! / Photo and DIY tutorial via Chica and Jo
The confetti in this next picture almost has me sold on it; it’s so festive! Although you can buy biodegradable confetti, our ceremony is at a winery and cleanup would need to be done immediately. I can just see those suckers being an absolute pain to clean up.
Poms! All the fun and excitement of confetti but with an extra shot of adorableness. While poms would be easier than confetti to cleanup, I hate the idea of tossing these poms into the trash after the big toss.
The thing I love about all of these photos, is the absolute joy on the faces of the couples as their guests literally shower them with happiness following the ceremony. And it makes for some awesomely fun pictures.
Now it just comes down to deciding which option works best for us. None of these options are perfect, but hopefully one will stick out to me in the next week so I can finally make a decision and get this project completed.
Did you have or are you planning to have anything tossed, thrown, or twirled at you when you walked back down the aisle?
- Bloomington, IL
- Wedding Date:
- September 2011
- Mackinaw Valley Vineyard; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts