Brides: you’re making a grand entrance at your ceremony, but what about a grand exit? A ceremony exit is an opportunity to engage guests as you walk down the aisle for the first time as a married couple. Traditionally, guests would toss rice at the bride and groom; today, though, rice is on the outs. I’ve heard this is because rice can harm birds when ingested, but Snopes reports that it is a slip-and-fall hazard for guests. To stay on the safe side, skip rice and opt instead for one of these creative ceremony exit ideas. We’ve gathered up nine of the top ceremony exit ideas to inspire you today including a few that aren’t tossed (which means couples in all ceremony venues can participate!)
Ceremony Exit Ideas
Have you considered poms for tossing? These poms in particular – which are handmade by Extravagant Exits – are heavy enough to be tossed, but won’t injure the bride and groom.
Venue says no to tossing? You can still engage your guests! These fun handmade flags by LarkspurAndLinen are one example of a ceremony exit idea that has plenty of charm (and requires no clean-up!) Score.
Lavender is a natural, eco-friendly, and delightfully scented. It’s no surprise that couples are opting to toss lavender during their ceremony exit. This sweetly handmade lavender toss packet – by Pauhana – is one of our favorites. Plus, it’s a very affordable option!
Petal cones can be customized for your wedding ceremony and filled with your favorite rose petals for tossing; these cones, in particular, were spotted at White Tulip Boutique as one resource. Customize yours for your event, have them shipped to you, and fill with these for guests to toss.
Birds love birdseed! These tossing birdseed packets by TastefulArtisan are perfect for your ceremony and the local birds will be pretty happy about it, too.
Invite guests to blow bubbles as you process down the aisle by placing these in a basket near the entryway of your ceremony. Include a sign for guests to take one on their way to their seats; a tag telling them when to blow bubbles is a great way to encourage participation.
Bells are another no-toss idea! Have your guests ring these bells as you walk down the aisle (and at the reception to get you to kiss).
We saved ribbons for number eight because it is part of this week’s giveaway series! Ribbon wands are a fun way for guests to show their excitement, tie in your color palette, and provide a fun handmade detail at your ceremony. These ribbon wands by TheBridesMadeShop are customized in your color palette with plenty of ribbon choices available.
Which of these ceremony exit ideas is your favorite? Are you planning a grand ceremony exit?
Updated to reflect the latest ceremony exit ideas.