It’s a long-standing tradition to throw rice at the bride and groom as they make their grand exit from the ceremony. It can be traced back to Egyptian times, where it was a sign of good luck to throw a successful harvest at the new couple. However, some venues prefer if you don’t throw rice at all. The reason? It can be messy to clean and can be very slippery for your guests to walk on. Here are some great alternatives to throwing rice post-wedding ceremony.
This tradition is everyone’s favorite. They are simple and classy. Bubbles are easy for children to use; and there is little to no clean-up. Look for package deals so you aren’t buying these individually. To add just the right touch, there are ways to personalize the containers with the wedding date, the bride and groom names, or maybe a quote you both enjoy.
These are another option that should be approved by your church or venue of choice due to possible air pollution. Having one per guest to release as you pass could look really beautiful with the proper planning of colors. Balloons could also be implemented into theme weddings such as sports lovers. The balloons could also have the personal touch with wedding dates, names, quotes, or even a picture of the bride and groom that can be that can be printed onto the balloon!
Confetti poppers have been known to show up at weddings here or there, but it is mostly frowned upon due to the clean-up and noise complaints from the guests. It is best to remember whatever is coming at you may hit a few guests instead. These are also hard for children to operate. If confetti is still your wish and it has been approved, search for bulk prices as well as possible ways to personalize the containers.
Recently, the sparklers have been in big demand by the bride and groom; especially with night weddings. Although this can be very beautiful and romantic, it also has it’s downfalls. Some churches and venues may refuse this idea due to safety and fire hazards. The last thing you would want is your wedding dress getting singed or yours or any guests hairspray up-do to catch flames. If these sparklers are everything you’re envisioning, make a safety plan. It would be polite to have a few bubbles handy for the small children attending the ceremony. Make some kind of line visible for the guests to stand behind at a safe distance from bride, groom, and wedding party. Have someone ask the guests to politely stand side by side as to not hurt one another.
There are other ideas such as rose petals or any flower petal really. You can make them available to your guests in small baskets, lined next to the exit door. But since they will be scattered in front of the venue, make sure to assign someone to pick them up after your guests leave.
Nothing says romance and a fresh start like butterflies being released as you exit the ceremony. You can buy these butterflies in cooled packages that you hand out individually just before the grand departure. Butterflies would put any wedding on a high level of elegance.
With so many ideas to choose from, it can become daunting. Consult a LimeLight Expressions wedding planning professional for more ideas to cater to your theme or for help on how to narrow an idea down. Now you’re in the LimeLight!