For no apparent reason, I feel compelled to create a pros and cons list of various items which guests can throw at the bride and groom as they make their getaway!
1. Rice. This is the traditional item to throw, and one of the first. According to this handy site, rice and other grains (& fruits!) were originally thrown at the couple to give them good luck, particulary with respect to fertility.
2. Birdseed. Due to the urban legend (not true apparently!) that rice is bad for birds to eat, a lot of people started throwing birdseed instead. This is equally slippery to step on, however, and still hard when it hits you in the face. Also, if there are cats around, it’s not exactly nice to lure the birds to the area. (True in my case.)
3. Confetti. Can be purchased in your wedding colors to match, doesn’t hurt if it hits you in the face, but still slippery. Also creates a bunch of litter that you really should clean up.
4. Flower petals. Beautifully romantic, can be purchased in your colors, doesn’t hurt if it hits you! But you have to be careful about them turning brown before you get to the toss time. I’ve heard freeze dried petals stay pretty but feel a little weird, and dried petals both look a little morbid and are crumbly. Plus flower petals cost more than a bag of rice. 🙂
5. Bubbles. Not technically thrown, but rather blown at the couple. Very pretty and…bubbly! No cleanup afterwards, no pain. However, soap in the eye can sting, and I’ve heard tales of wedding dresses becoming discolored by bubbles popping on them. If someone spills their bubble solution, it will be veeery slippery and probably get on people’s clothes.
6. Sparklers. Also NOT to be thrown! This is probably what we will end up going with for our wedding. They look great in pictures, and you don’t have to clean anything up afterwards or worry about people spilling things. You might want to be sure none of your guests are pyromaniacs though. And if you have a really flowy veil, maybe take that off before you go running through the sparks. Plus you have to orchestrate everyone getting matches at about the same time and getting their sparklers lit close enough together so that the first ones aren’t out before you actually walk through them. But they’re oh so pretty!
Did I miss anything? What are you doing, or are you skipping this tradition altogether?