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 our favorite ideas to inspire you today including a few that aren’t tossed (which means couples in all ceremony venues can participate!) PLUS, we’re announcing the next prize in this week’s giveaway lineup! You won’t want to miss it…
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 cheery handmade flags by Betawife are one example of a ceremony exit idea that has plenty of charm (and requires no clean-up!) Score.
Lavender is 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 Sepia Smiles – is one of our favorites.
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 Mother & Daughter Creations 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 seat; 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). You can find bells at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. If you’re looking for a large bulk order, try these. They have great reviews and are under $2 a pop.
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 Wed Designer are customized in your color palette with plenty of ribbon choices available.
This week, you can enter to win 150 FREE ribbon wands for your ceremony exit! Enter below!