Favorite Ideas for Unique Wedding Exits
Think back to when you were a little girl, dreaming of your wedding day. If you are like most of us, you had it all planned out, even down to the part where rice or birdseed that has been tossed up into the air could end up in odd places as you leave the church/reception area. You run toward a car that is decorated with shaving cream, balloons, tin cans, etc., with just married written all over it. This exit is as much a part of a wedding day as everything else, but it is often overlooked. At Erin Morrison Photography, we have to ask, “Why?”
Why is it that when we actually start planning a wedding, the exit seems like a minor detail? The truth is, making a grand exit can be very symbolic because you are surrounded by family and friends wishing you a happy life together. You are leaving the reception area to begin life as one family, one unit, united forever! Even if you do not want rice or birdseed, it can be a moment of fun and romance, and more. As proof, here are some of our most favorite ideas for unique, and photo-ready, wedding exits.
Our Most Favorite Ideas
Streamers or Ribbon Wands
Imagine yourself walking through a streamers and ribbons as you head off to your honeymoon. Streamers can be colorful or sparkling silver and gold. You can choose colors that coincide with your overall wedding theme. They can be textured as well. To make the most of it, your guests should hold the wand over your head as they shout well wishes for a happy future. To add a fun spin to it, you could even have a couple guests with streamer or confetti party poppers along the walk.
A bonus for most is that ribbon wands are simple to create and the effects will be totally magical for all who see it.
Add a Little Sparkle
Although most appealing in the evening hours, a sparker could be a great way to celebrate the start of your life together. Your guests can make a canopied path for you to walk through using them. If this idea appeals to you, you should be aware that there are specifically designed wedding sparklers available. They have a longer wand and a longer duration than traditional sparklers.
Your wedding photographer can capture the sparkle and the magical effect that the sparklers create. It is even more appealing if you stop for a romantic kiss under the canopy.
Please Note: you need to make sure that the venue or your chosen “exit path” is suitable for sparklers.
Imagine a grand exit that leaves your white gown and path covered in various bursts of color! That is the appeal of glow sticks which are a great alternative to sparklers and a lot more colorful. You can choose long and skinny glow sticks or brighter, shorter ones. Both will add a burst of color to your pathway.
As a fun idea, you can also set up a glow stick bar where guests can pick the one they want to use.
Add a Little Nature
Flowers and lavender, various herbs, and other stuff can also be used in your exit. They are natural elements that are easy to clean up, but the bonus for this type of grand exit is that they add color and scent to it. They are best for “nature” themed weddings, but can be great anywhere. You can use lavender, mint, rose petals, or the petals of the flower you have adorning your bouquet. Either way, the results can be awesome for guests, you, and the photographs of your exit.
A Touch of Winter
We all know that a snowy day can look magical. There is something romantic about trees with snow, church steps that glisten from a freshly fallen snow, and even just watching the snow fall. You can get the same effect, even if Mother Nature has different plans. Artificial or fake snow can give the effect without the chill. All you need is a machine and a little “snow fluid”.
If you don’t want the blower, that is okay as well. SnoWonder is a product that when mixed with water it becomes snow. This will allow your guests to grab a cup full and toss it over you as you walk down your exit path.
Some venues aren’t really into that whole hand-guests-fire idea at the end of a wedding day. So what substitute can provide couples with an equal exit? If you’re looking for a no-flame idea, then pull those cell phones out of your pockets! Heck, you don’t even have to leave the dance for this one.
This is a great idea if your photographer is leaving before you are done celebrating. Gather all your family and friends in a circle, and have one ah-mazing dance! Then, crank up the music and keep those booties on the dance floor.
Other Wedding Exit Options
No one should ever underestimate the power of rice, birdseed, and other traditional sendoffs. However, if you still want to look for alternatives, you have options.
- Colorful Confetti
- Dried Leaves
- Paper Airplanes
- Coconut Shavings
- Colorful Pompoms
- Mini Beach Balls
This list could go on and on. There are millions of great ideas and each one can make your wedding exit outstandingly memorable. Not to mention, they all have the potential to provide you with magical photo ops.
The Get-A-Way Vehicle
We cannot talk about a grand exit without mentioning the way you travel away from the venue. Our suggestion is to have a fun vehicle or motorcycle to “getaway” in, but this is not the only idea. Limousines, horse-drawn carriages, a decorated golf cart, a bride-driven or tandem bicycle, and even an elephant can be used. The getaway vehicle should be fun and tie into your wedding in some way. A lakefront wedding may include leaving in a boat. A wedding in the city of Knoxville may include a decorated or vintage taxi. If your magical day is happening in the Smoky Mountains, a ski lift or sled may be a great choice. The options are endless and our hope is that you consider all the fun possibilities.
Explore All Your Options!
Each venue will likely have a list of things that they allow you use as a prop in your grand exit. For this reason, we suggest that you first speak with the venue about what they allow or what you would like to use. You will also need to consider where you are leaving from. For instance, if you are “departing” by walking down a long hallway, your guests shouldn’t use a sparkler inside the hall. Beyond that, some venues may want it to be easy to clean up, natural, etc.
You should also talk about your exit plans with your photographer. They will be the one to capture the images and memories on film. By giving them an idea of what you are doing, they can get into the best position for those magical moments. You may also discuss specific poses (a romantic kiss, a hug, having the wedding party step into your path, etc.).
At Erin Morrison Photography, we know how special a grand exit can be. If you need wedding exit ideas or want to know what may look best for a specific time of day, we can help. All you have to do is talk to us, and we will help make your grand exit both memorable and photograph-able.