Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Truly Make An Exit From Your Wedding Ceremony

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One of the most photographed parts of any wedding ceremony are after the couples have completed their vows and are exiting the building. Catching those first glimpses as husband and wife is a crucial moment, and therefore the way you choose to exit can help shape these pictures. As wedding traditions evolve, so do the way couples like to leave their ceremonies. Here are some creative ways to change up these otherwise pretty standard types of photographs.

Traditional rice is always a great way to go. Photo by Gary Owen via Flickr.
Traditional rice is always a great way to go. Photo by Gary Owen via Flickr.

When thinking about wedding exits, many may think about the attendees throwing rice on the couple. This is a very traditional way for the couple to be greeted by their wedding guests, and one that continues today. Though sometimes not the best, the white color and light texture of rice is a simple way for your guests to say goodbye to you as they exit the room.

Traditional rice is always a great way to go. Photo by Corey Balazowich via Flickr.
Sparkles and sequins are a newer way to shower the bride and groom. Photo by Corey Balazowich via Flickr.

A trend that is becoming increasingly popular is, considerably, a newer rice alternative. Tossing handfuls of glitter or sequins is a beautiful way to shower praise and love on the new couple. The best thing about glitter and sequins is that, even when stuck on the bride, groom, and guests, it looks great in photographs. Light reflects off of sequins and glitter beautifully, making it a new accessory to the wedding ensembles once it has been tossed. A very inexpensive product, glitter makes a great addition to the big day.

Exiting through a crowd of bubbles is a blissful way to leave the ceremony space. Photo by Gary Owen via Flickr.
Exiting through a crowd of bubbles is a blissful way to leave the ceremony space. Photo by Jacob Spencer via Flickr.

Looking for a clean, gorgeous way to have your guests greet you after the ceremony? Have your guests blow bubbles as you exit! Bubbles leave no mess on your clothes and, again, look great in pictures. Additionally, having a container of bubbles for every guest is a great gift that you can personalize with your wedding theme and colors. It’s a little something for them to take home and keep as a momento of your day, while also providing them with a way to really get involved with your special day.

Elegant rose petals fall gracefully as you exit. Photo by Joe Delgado via Flickr.
Elegant rose petals fall gracefully as you exit. Photo by Joe Delgado via Flickr.

If you want to be showered in a more natural element, have your guests toss rose petals. Rose petals are a natural, beautiful way to have your guests send you off. Whether you go with artificial or real, rose petals will work elegantly to create a dazzling moment of your big day.

Combining two elegant ideas - rose petals and bubbles - can help make a great exit. Photo by Amy the Nurse via Flickr.
Combining two elegant ideas – rose petals and bubbles – can help make a great exit. Photo by Amy the Nurse via Flickr.

Want a nontraditional combo? Give your guests flower petals and bubbles to help them create a whimsical curtain for you and your new spouse to walk through on your way out of the ceremony. Combining bubbles with rose petals brings a level of child-like elegance, combining bubbles with the gorgeous petals, to your big day. Using bubbles with rose petals is also another way to bring your wedding colors into the big day.

Taking a non-traditional route of sparklers is a great way to go. Photo by Bob via Flickr.
Taking a non-traditional route of sparklers is a great way to go. Photo by Bob via Flickr.

Don’t want anything tossed on you or put in your face? There are other ways to have your guests send you off to the reception or honeymoon. For a nighttime ceremony, having your guests light shiny sparklers for you to walk beneath is a great idea. Sparklers will shine enough to illuminate a photo, instead of having to use an unnatural flash to capture such an amazing moment. Sparklers also emphasize an excitement to get you and your guests excited for the reception or party to follow.

Another non-traditional yet beautiful exit is making a tunnel of flowers for the happy couple to walk under. Photo by Mihai Bojin via Flickr.
Another non-traditional yet beautiful exit is making a tunnel of flowers for the happy couple to walk under. Photo by Mihai Bojin via Flickr.

If you want to top off your ceremony in a sweet, simplistic way, consider having your guests surround you with flowers. Again allowing another opportunity to further incorporate your theme, flowers, and colors, walking underneath a tunnel of your guest’s love is a gorgeous way to part ways from the ceremony. This could be a great option if you are not getting married outside, or if the weather for outdoor flower pictures isn’t in your favor. Incorporating outdoor elements when an outdoor wedding isn’t your setting could be a great way to get natural colors and light in your ceremony.

No matter if it’s having them throw glitter on you, or simply wave goodbye, there are endless amounts of ways to have your guests say sayonarra to you and yours on the way out the door. Let this moment be one of the best, with one of these glamorous goodbyes.

 

 

About the author

Josie Bungert

Josie Bungert

Josie is a recent graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she studied journalism & English. In her time at Creighton, she was Editor in Chief of their student publication, The Creightonian, and was also published as an intern at Omaha Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys blogging and running, and is a lover of weddings, cats & coffee.

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