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Want to make a grand exit at your ceremony, but your venue doesn’t allow you to throw rice or confetti? You’re not alone. Many venues are saying no to messy or potentially hazardous ceremony tosses. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck! See Jessica’s Ask Emmaline question about an alternative to throwing rice:
Hi Emmaline! I had my heart set on our guests tossing rice in the air as we exited the ceremony, but our venue forbids it. My mom suggested we do something different. Is there an alternative to throwing rice?
Jessica, throwing rice is so last year. ;) Kidding. But we have the perfect alternative to throwing rice: ribbon wands! We love these ribbon wands because they make NO MESS. Plus, your ribbon wands can include a bell so you hear wedding bells ringing as guests wave them in the air. Instead of a quick toss of rice with cleanup and hassle, these ribbon wands from Kate Kate NYC are customized in your colors. You can even reuse them as you make your reception grand entrance! Here, take a look at some of the colors available (there are TONS of color combinations):
Alternative to Throwing Rice: Ribbon Wands
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It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! This one comes from Melissa who wants to know about a ring pillow for her ceremony. She asks,
Hi Emmaline! I’m planning my wedding ceremony and need rustic ring pillow ideas. Any suggestions?
Great question, Melissa! There are plenty of ring pillow alternatives and rustic ring pillows from which to choose, but we’ll show you some of our favorites in today’s post. You can pick a traditional ring pillow, where the rings are tied to the top by a ribbon; a box, where the rings are placed inside; or an alternative, whether that means no ring pillow at all (see the banner below) or a fun twist, like a canoe for couples who love the outdoors. Take a look at the boards below to be inspired! PLUS, you can win one of these rustic ring pillows this week! See the giveaway details below…
We hope this helped to inspire you! Now, on to the giveaway!
You can win a ring pillow from Made to Marry, as shown below:
About the prize:
This ring bearer pillow is hand-embroidered with pink shades and is perfect for a rustic wedding. It also has adorned sides with small glass pearls in white and gold. This pillow is hand sewn and handmade with natural colored fine quality linen and luxury satin backing. Measures 8in x 8in.
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Planning a wedding ceremony toss? You’ve come to the right place! A ceremony toss is where guests toss something at the newlyweds in celebration as they exit the space (immediately after the ceremony). It is sometimes referred to as a ceremony exit. If you like posts like these, be sure to keep ‘em coming right to your inbox!
Are you planning a wedding toss after your ceremony? Don’t miss this post! Emma here and I’m so excited that you’ve stopped in today: we’ve rounded up seven wedding toss mistakes to avoid so your hooray’s go off without a hitch. We’ve also included some suggestions for what to toss, what to avoid, I’ll pass on some wisdom I learned from my 7th grade teacher, and we’ll even tie an unlikely connection between the B-52’s and your ceremony exit.
Always ask your venue before planning a wedding ceremony toss. Don’t assume it’s accepted, because many venues won’t let you toss anything anymore, especially indoors, simply because it’s a pain to clean up. So, ask first — and don’t assume anything. (P.S. My seventh grade teacher told us to never assume anything because it makes an ASS out of U and ME. Pretty good rule of thumb for life, yes?)
Mistake #2: Rice. Or glitter. Or anything that’s impossible to clean.
In case you haven’t heard yet, rice is terrible for tossing. Why? There was a big hubbub caused by Ann Landers that basically told brides that rice will cause birds to, you know, explode if they ingested rice. (In case you were wondering, this is a myth, thank goodness.) Rice is still frowned upon, though; it can be more of a tripping hazard than anything. Plus, it’s a waste of perfectly good food.
Now, as far as glitter is concerned, that’s a tough one: we would pretty much advise against it, especially if the ceremony is not on your own property. I mean, the B-52’s wouldn’t have elaborated so much about glitter on the highway, on the front porch, or on the hallway just because it’s festive. They were trying to tell us how glitter is THE WORST to clean up. And does it even really go away? Also, glitter would be a nightmare to get on your beautiful dress, not to mention in your hair or eyes.
Now, colorful sprinkle tosses look amazing in photos. However, I’ve heard conflicting things that the dyed sugar can stain your dress, and we think you’d need a decent size tub of sprinkles and still, that’s a lot of perfectly delicious sprinkles to go to waste. But, hey, to each her own.
Toss an eco-friendly option like dried flower petals or herbs. You can get a bunch of beautiful, fragrant flower confetti from places like Flowerfetti, who offers a ton of lovely eco-friendly tossing ideas, like these.
Make sure the toss bags are easily accessible, too. One suggestion is to have a ribbon strung through a petal cone to attach to ceremony chair backs. This way, guests are prepared long before you recite your vows.
Clean up after yourself. This one’s obvious, but worth noting. It’s also a great idea to have a waste basket somewhere on the premises (obviously not in view, but accessible for after the ceremony) and a small broom and dustpan for easy cleanup.
Mistake #5: Not establishing a tossing space.
If you want to have a wedding toss after the ceremony, make sure you have a specific space in mind. Usually it happens outside of your ceremony venue, but the location is really up to you. Pick your space and coordinate with your photographer to ensure that’s where it happens. Besides, this way you can work together to ensure there’s enough light and room to really capture the perfect moment.
Guests won’t necessarily know what to do unless you request it. Include a line in your program that says something like, “Please take a bag of confetti as you exit the ceremony & toss as the newlyweds exit.” Also, make sure the bags are in plain view, and easy to grab as guests exit. You can even give to guests with their programs as they enter the ceremony space, which works well, too.
Mistake #7: Not assigning someone in charge.
If you don’t have a wedding coordinator, ask a friend to do a huge favor and help you with the toss. This friend can be responsible for getting the toss bags passed out to guests, or having them placed in a basket after the ceremony, or having your guests form two lines so you have an aisle way to walk through. This friend can also make sure stuff gets cleaned up, so you’re not in trouble with your venue. This friend should also be given a nice gift and a big thank you and you should totally owe them one giant favor for helping you out in this way.
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So, are you planning a wedding ceremony toss? If so, what are you going to offer to guests for tossing?