I know that traditionally, you are supposed to do your big exit following the reception. As much as I would like to do an amazing sparkler exit like Mrs. Elephant did, it’s just not practical for us. Though I am so sad and disappointed that I don’t get to have this wonderful sight:
As much as I would like to do this, there just is no guarantee that the guests will be sticking around long enough (or, let’s be hones,t be in any condition because of our open bar) to do a proper send off. So I gave up my dreams of doing a big, sparkly exit and decided to expand my horizon on exits.
Traditionally around here, bubbles are the ones that are usually done after the ceremony (the norm here).
I love the sight of lots of floating bubblish, but with the potential for cold weather in March and certain liquids freezing, we started to really re-think them. Like I said, I LOVE bubbles, but they have been done a lot, and I wanted to do something that was not done all of the time, something new and exciting (at least, new for our group of friends). So these were out:
Image via Two Ring Studios
I was considering confetti, but I quickly squashed that idea because it is so messy! It goes into cute little bags, the bags are carried outside, the people take the cute confetti into their hands, they toss it up, it looks pretty, it comes down and BAM! Mess. Pass. Pretty yes, not worth the mess:
Image via Tamara Lackey Studio
Then I saw Miss Macaron’s post on her pom project and I did a double take. So cute, so doable, still messy. Mr. D said no to the idea. He pointed out that someone would have to stay behind to clean them up. In Iowa, weather in March is either wet or wet, whether by snow or rain. Little yarn balls sitting in puddles was probably not the best idea, despite their absolute cuteness.
Then Mr. D saw this:
Image via Embrace Life Photography
Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool, it’s unique and whimsical, but much like the confetti and poms, it just wouldn’t stand up to March weather. The paper would get soaked upon landing, and then we would have paper mache. Bleh. No thank you. So we passed once again, this time to Mr. D’s big disappointment.
Just when I was going to give up on any kind of exit, I remembered seeing these all over the place:
Image via Intimate Weddings
I started to get really excited. With these beauties, Mr. D and I can have our colorful exit without worrying about messes, and the apparatuses not standing up to the weather. We figure it it’s raining when we leave the church, we can always just have people wave them in their seats at the reception as we enter. They look so cool when being waved:
Image via The Schultzes
We are planning on doing ours in our wedding colors, to give some punches of blues and greens. I’m so excited for these! I can’t wait to start delving into making these and see them in person.
What about you? Did you find your perfect exit? Did you find yourself putting aside ideas you really loved due to weather or location limits?