So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night

So many people have cute sendoffs!

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Once it was rice or bird seed…

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…but now people use things like sparklers…

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…or confetti.

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Some people make cute flags for their guests to wave…

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…while others make ribbon wands.

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And of course, bubbles are still a popular option.

Mr. Raccoon had talked about bubbles a long time ago. I didn’t want to take something he wanted or cared about away, so I double checked.

It wasn’t that he would die without bubbles, he just wanted to have something. I’m all for something. Sorry guests, there will be something and I’m sure you’ll love standing outside in Indiana’s snowy cold winter for it!

Ok hive, I need some help! Do most people use their send off materials at the church after the ceremony or later on at night when they leave the reception? Which would you suggest?


Mrs. Raccoon

Wedding Date:
January 2012
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  1. parasol Member
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:58 pm

    We did our sparkler send off at the end of the reception when we left for our mini moon. Which was perfect for my parents because it got everyone out of the house and signaled to them that the party was officially over!

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    missicecream 174 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:13 pm

    ill probably do a sparkler send off after the reception too. largely for the same reason. its gonna be a big fat hispanic wedding, so nobody’s gonna leave until we kick ’em out. we went 2 hours over on my sister’s wedding and it cost a ton of money! so this will be a polite way of getting their behinds outta the venue on time!

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    HappilyEverAfter54 10833 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 1:19 pm

    I’m changing outfits since I don’t want to take my dress on our honeymoon and we’ll have a ‘grand exit’… we have bubbles but it’ll be dark so we’ll probably just have guests clap =)

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    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 1:25 pm

    My friend had a gorgeous winter send-off where it was snowing and it made for amazing pictures! We are doing our send-off at the end of the reception (although our ceremony and reception are at the same place). I think it is a fun way to end the night!

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    Lone Star, Guest @ 1:25 pm

    We used flutter sticks (small sticks with confetti in them) and people then threw confetti over us as we did our last dance (our venue wasn’t conducive to a sendoff since we were on the 23rd floor and didn’t want to make people come all the way downstairs).

    Also if you do something that will be thrown, double check with your venue about cleanup. I know of a wedding at the Dallas Museum of Art that charged a $1000 fee to clean up confetti. A complete shocker to the bride.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:40 pm

    We did ribbon wands as we walked back down the aisle. I’ve yet to go to a wedding with a send off at the end of the evening though.

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    Jessica, Guest @ 1:58 pm

    Jingle bells!!!

    What about the dissolvable in the shape of snowflakes?

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    Jessica, Guest @ 1:58 pm


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    HayleyJane 361 posts, Helper bee @ 3:26 pm

    My friends that got married in Valparaiso last December (brrr!) had a sparkler send-off leaving the church. It seemed to work out better leaving the church because some people left the reception early. Even though the sky was spitting a sleet mixture and we had to work quickly to light everything, the pictures turned out really well.

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    beachstone, Guest @ 4:48 pm

    we had pompoms from our favorites teams after the reception

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    reine_de_rien 914 posts, Busy bee @ 8:36 pm

    After the reception. It kind of seems silly now to do a send off when you’re just going to see them an hour later. That tradition started before receptions were really a thing, so it probably needs to be updated for new traditions, lol.

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    Dressilyme, Guest @ 8:37 pm

    Charged a $1000 fee to clean up confetti! Then you must pay attention to your sparkler. Horrible.

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    Wallis, Guest @ 9:18 am

    I want to do a bubble send off at the church but im afraid of the bubbles staining my dress! i didnt even think of this issue till someone mentioned it to me the other day! has anyone else thought of this problem??

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    raccoon 308 posts, Helper bee @ 9:24 am

    @Mrs. Parasol: @MissIcecream: Good idea! We are pretty bad about leaving places on time and it is super expensive to go over!

    @Lone Star: Yikes! Unexpected hefty fees are the last things needed at a wedding! The place where our reception will be has a strict no confetti rule.

    I’m seeing ups and downs for both times so I guess no matter what it will be ok!

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:53 pm

    Our guests will be freezing their dupas off outside of the church right after the ceremony. They have our bells so we will make it quick!

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