An Exit Strategy: Wedding High-Five

Hive, on May 30, 2013, early in the planning process, I found out something that made me a little sad: our reception space cannot do a sparkler exit. I know it’s sort of pathetic to get so upset over something so little, but I had fallen in love with photos like this:


Unfortunately, our reception coordinators had run into some trouble the last time they had allowed a sparkler exit. Previous guests had left the sparklers lying on the lawns, scorched the deck, and made a general mess of things. So, for good reason, they had banned the use of sparklers on the grounds.

So”¦what else can we do? What will work for an evening exit?

Over the course of the next two months, Mr. Big and I deliberated what to do. A glow-stick exit was proposed, but didn’t match our general wedding “theme”; bubbles don’t photograph well at night; and confetti is usually out of the question because of the mess factor (and I don’t really like confetti).

The reception space usually has a goodbye circle or an archway, but a goodbye circle involves the bride and groom saying goodbye to EVERYONE (and we will have over 100 guests) and the archway was used by my cousin for her wedding (and I’m trying not to do the same thing as her).

And then I stumbled upon this post during a jaunt over at Offbeat Bride.

Mr. Big and I are perpetual high-fivers. The first thing we do when either of us has succeeded in something, be it in my academic work or Mr. Big’s job, we high-five each other. The same applies to others. For example, my little sister/junior bridesmaid/Groom’s Homie gets a good mark in her exams, she gets a high-five; my older sister and maid of honour gets a job, she gets a high-five, etc.

send off high five

I suggested the idea to Mr. Big and he was so there. We think it’s an awesome example of us as a couple. We’re constantly high-fiving each other and everyone else. What’s even more is when others found out they were all for it. We even got one of Mr. Big’s groomsmen giving us a thumbs-up for it.

What this means, however, is that the send-off will have to happen indoors. Guests will have to line up, similar to the “archway,” where guests form an arch with their arms. Instead of holding hands above and running underneath them, which will be extremely difficult for my six-foot-tall husband-to-be, they’ll put their arm up, palms facing toward us. We will then run through them, high-fiving each and every one of our guests!

So all of our guests (who survive to the end of the night) will be getting high-fives (and possibly even hugs) from us before we leave! <3

What do you think, hive? Good idea or great idea? ;)


Mrs. Bighorn Sheep

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wedding Date:
February 2014
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    dreamer1288 416 posts, Helper bee @ 8:19 am

    We made confetti out of mylar (metallic/mirror-looking) tissue paper.. The pictures were amazing because the flash from the camera made it look like little lights falling. I wanted to do sparklers too but the exit space was narrow and I wasn’t about to get caught on fire lol. I love the high five idea! So fun and much easier clean-up. ;)

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2002 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:25 am

    Haha that’s cute and really original!

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    lolot 7066 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 9:25 am

    That is freaking adorable! Love it. Can’t wait to see pics!

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    Mrs. Genie 709 posts, Busy bee @ 9:57 am

    High-fives are so fun! What a creative way to exit and share your joy with your loved ones!

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    DanceawaytheNight 99 posts, Worker bee @ 1:04 pm

    I love this idea! My FI and I are total high-fivers! I was also considering doing a soul train line and being the final couple to dance through, and dance all the way out the door as we waived goodbye.

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    Miss_Mimosa 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:47 am

    I think high fives are a great idea! I’ve never seen that at a wedding and it sounds so fun!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:34 pm

    What a fun idea, love this!

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    Mrs. Gondola 981 posts, Busy bee @ 3:43 pm

    Cute idea!

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