The Ceremony Brainstorm: An Exit Worthy of Husband and Wife

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:


Image via Mrs. Elephant on Weddingbee / Lynn Michelle Photography

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?


Mrs. Doily

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Wedding Date:
March 2012
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    jennyDtobe 222 posts, Helper bee @ 4:30 pm

    one of my friends did the ribbon wand recently, it was great!! So fun to twirl around and looked awesome as their exit. Also another cute thing for the guests to take home!

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    CurlyRN 355 posts, Helper bee @ 4:51 pm

    So fun..and kinda perfect for our carnival theme…I need to google me up some instructions for those!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:25 pm

    LOVE the ribbon wands! I’ve gone through the same process and ended up with one of the ones you mentioned 🙂

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:03 pm

    I loved our exit! Before the venue changed the policy on sparklers I thought about bubbles (which we used after the ceremony) or ribbon wands. Can’t wait to see your blue and green ribbon wands in action!

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    Katie98 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:00 pm

    I just saw these really cool floating lanterns. You light them and send them off. I am really considering this for myself. The ribbons are cute too.

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 9:25 am

    we didn’t do a send off but my sister in law had an epic fail with sparklers – the venue had a huge overhang where cars can pull through so we were all standing under this overhang with huge sparklers (the ones wrapped in paper, not the short metal ones) well the paper gave off so much smoke you could barely see anything and since we were all under this overhang it had nowhere to escape to. def a story to remember though.

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    beachstone, Guest @ 6:33 pm

    we had pompoms in our alma mater colors. i am a teacher and don’t have time to diy but it added such fun colors especially for our friends.

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    kettle 926 posts, Busy bee @ 4:39 am

    We haven’t even been thinking about a grand exit since our stuff is all in one place and it will be 9:30 pm in February in Illinois when we’re done for the night. It just doesn’t seem feasible.
    But I’m looking forward to seeing what ribbons you choose for you send-off. 😀

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