How to create a wedding day timeline

wedding day timelineWhen it comes to planning a wedding, having a detailed day-of timeline is one of the most helpful ways to ensure that everything goes smoothly. From getting ready, to your first kiss, to your grand wedding exit, here are some of our top pointers for creating a perfect wedding day timeline.

1. Factor in extra time for hair and makeup

Experts agree that hair and makeup for the bridal party almost always take longer than anticipated. When creating your wedding day timeline, be sure to allot plenty of time—factoring in extra time for hairstyle changes and makeup modifications. Once you decide how long you think your makeup and hair will take, add an additional hour of buffer time to ensure you remain on schedule no matter what.

2. Plan for your guests to arrive early

Guests typically begin to arrive at the wedding 30 minutes before the designated start time. Be sure to factor this into your wedding day timeline, having everything set up and pre-ceremony music ready to start about 30 minutes before the actual ceremony. If you are taking pre-ceremony photos in the church or venue, be sure that you are safely hidden away at least half an hour beforehand so that you don’t end up chatting with guests as they arrive.

3. Set a time limit for toasts

Yes, toasts can be a meaningful and memorable part of your wedding reception, but they also can drag on—leaving guests bored and delaying your reception timeline. When it comes to planned speeches for the best man, maid of honor, and family members, be sure to discuss length in advance. Research has found that speeches that are three to five minutes in length are best. Brides.com also suggests dispersing the speeches throughout the reception, rather than having them all at once. This is an easy way to ensure guests don’t lose interest.

4. Don’t forget to factor in plenty of time for photos

Photos can be one of the most time-consuming activities in a wedding day timeline and are also dependent on lighting, so it is important to plan this segment of your wedding day well. In order to get all of the photos that you want, create a list of shots for your photographer a few weeks before the wedding. This will allow them to streamline the process for an efficient day-of timeline. Planning on sunset photos? This is one of the best times of day to capture beautiful images, so be sure to consider when the sun sets while planning.

5. Make sure to schedule your wedding exit

As you plan the details of your wedding day timeline, don’t forget to factor in 10-15 minutes for your grand wedding send off! This can be one of the most memorable moments of your reception, and also an incredible opportunity for some final photos. Wedding planners suggest having the DJ or MC make an announcement before your getaway, directing friends and family to the appropriate exit location. If guests are lighting sparklers, blowing bubbles, or throwing rice, be sure that your wedding coordinator begins to distribute these materials about 10 minutes before you depart.

Five Tips for Planning a Quick Wedding

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Although many couples spend a year or more planning an elegant black tie affair, many need to plan a quick wedding in only a matter of months. Whether you simply don’t have a year to dedicate to agonizing over every detail, have an upcoming deployment, or are just eager to say “I do,” we have you covered with these pro tips for planning an amazing wedding on short notice.

1. Get the invites out

If you are planning a wedding in three months or less, one of your top priorities should be finalizing the guest list, getting the wedding invites in the mail, and getting definitive RSVPs. Wedding planning experts suggest creating a wedding website for guests to RSVP through and ditching the traditional RSVP cards, which guests can be slow about getting in the mail.

2. Keep your bridal party small

When choosing attendants, Martha Stewart Weddings suggests keeping it very small and sticking to one or two bridesmaids and one or two groomsmen. Having a smaller wedding party simplifies choosing a date, coordinating schedules, and is a major time saver when planning a wedding in a short timeframe.

3. Pick your top priorities and focus on those

If you are planning your wedding in a few months or less, you are going to need to pick the details that are most important to you and focus on making them happen! If you have a specific venue, photographer, or band in mind, check with them right away and reserve their services. This may mean compromising on other areas like catering, flowers, or rentals, but it will all be worth it when you have your perfect day planned in a timely matter.

4. Opt for a ready-to-wear dress

Tailoring and alterations can be time-consuming, and many top bridal boutiques estimate designer dress orders to take anywhere from six to eight months. Rather than holding up your wedding for a gown that will take months to be ready (and probably cost you a small fortune), experts suggest choosing a ready-to-wear dress. This doesn’t mean you can’t find something amazing. Some pointers for finding the perfect dress on a short timeline include checking out second-hand wedding shops (as well as eBay!), outlets, and sample sales.

5. Think outside of the box!

Planning a wedding on short notice means that you will probably not be able to book all of the vendors you would like, since many of them book up over a year in advance. However this doesn’t mean that you have to do without great food, flowers, and decor. You might just have to get a little bit creative! Some ideas we love include making your own wedding playlist and nixing the DJ or band, skipping the open bar, purchasing wine and beer in bulk, and hiring a bartender or friend to serve for the evening, and contacting local bakeries about purchasing standard cakes (you can even add your own details later).

Planning a quick wedding doesn’t mean you won’t have an incredible day! By choosing the details that are most important to you, compromising on other decisions, and getting a little creative, you can quickly (and painlessly) plan a wedding in three months or less.

While you are swept up in planning your perfect day, don’t let the little details like your grand wedding exit slip your mind. If you are looking for wedding send off ideas, we offer a wide selection of wedding sparklers that are an easy and inexpensive option for a magical send off.

Five fun ways to use sparklers at your wedding

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Sparklers are a timeless wedding send off idea, which is probably why many weddings only incorporate sparklers into a grand exit. However, there are many fun and festive ways to incorporate sparklers into your entire wedding day, including both the ceremony, photos, and reception. Below we share five of our favorite ways to add some sparkle to your big day with wedding sparklers.

Use them to illuminate your first kiss

Who says you can’t incorporate wedding sparklers into your ceremony? We love the idea of handing out sparklers to guests to light as you share your first kiss as man and wife at the end of the ceremony. This is a sweet way to make the memorable moment extra special. (Insider tip: remember to pass out matches or lighters so your guests can easily light them up at the correct moment).

Spice up your wedding photos with sparklers

If you are looking for a way to add a little personality to your wedding photos, sparklers may be just the touch you’ve been waiting for. The possibilities for incorporating sparklers into your wedding photos are pretty endless. Bridal Musings suggests adding them to your formal portraits, as well as to photos of you getting ready, ceremony shots, and even casual photos at the reception. Another photo idea we love? Using them to write for totally unique photos. Some fun sparkler writing ideas include having bridesmaids spell out L-O-V-E in bridal party photos, or writing out your wedding date for a cute couple photo.

Add them to your cake cutting

Another way to add some pizzaz to your wedding day is to use sparklers in the cake cutting portion of the wedding. You could light up the cake with sparklers for a major wow factor or add sparklers to individual pieces of cake as you pass them out for an extra festive touch. This is an especially fun idea for a summer wedding at the Fourth of July.

Incorporate wedding sparklers into your first dance

What could be more romantic than enjoying your first dance as the room is illuminated with sparklers? Brides suggests having someone distribute the sparklers to guests right before your first dance and then having the DJ prompt friends and family to gather around you as you enjoy your first dance. This is not only a romantic touch, but also makes for beautiful photos!

Mix them into your decor

Planning to use sparklers in your wedding send off? Instead of saving them for the end of your big day, we suggest incorporating them into your decor! Sparklers placed into glass jars, rustic metal buckets, or sleek vases can make for beautiful centerpieces. Looking for ideas? Check out this list of sparkler decor ideas from Weddingomania!

If you plan to incorporate sparklers into your wedding day, we have an assortment of quality wedding sparklers, including 36 inch and 20 inch sparkler options. Interested in learning more about adding some sparkle to your ceremony and reception? Contact us today to learn more!

Four Top Wedding Reception Splurges

top wedding reception splurgesWhen planning a wedding budget, it can be challenging to decide which items to skimp on, and which ones deserve a little extra cash thrown their way. That’s why we’ve done the research for you, and discovered the top four items experts consider worth the extra splurge on your big day!

Photography

Once the wedding is over with, your photos are the best way to remember your special day. Many couples try to skimp on photography, since it can be one of the more expensive items to book. However, experts say it is worth shelling out a little extra for the photographer of your dreams to ensure you have beautiful, timeless photos you can look back on and share with friends and family. Is your favorite photographer out of the budget? Kristen Klein of Bridal Guide suggests checking with them about custom packages, or only purchasing a disk of high-resolution photos to print after your budget has had time to recover from your wedding spending.

Lighting

Popular wedding planning website The Knot cites lighting as their number one item to splurge on when planning a wedding reception. Lighting is an easy way to transform any venue into a romantic, dreamy space for your guests to enjoy your reception. In addition to creating the perfect ambiance, the right lighting can also distract guests from details in your venue that may not be ideal. Afterall, everything looks better in dim lighting!

Entertainment

A top-notch DJ or band is another wedding reception splurge that experts agree is worth the extra money. When it is all said and done, the DJ is that one that gets the reception party going and keeps it going all night long. Investing in a seasoned DJ or band is an easy way to ensure your reception is a high energy event filled with happy guests!

Alcohol

Yes, an open bar may be one of the more expensive items to invest in, but it will keep guests happy and the mood high all night long. According to experts, having a cash bar and expecting your guests to purchase their own drinks is poor etiquette. In fact, wedding photographer, Thomas Robert Clarke, told the Huffington Post that “asking your guests to pay is just not cool and is the fastest way to end your reception early.” Full bar not in the budget? That is perfectly okay! Instead, offer guests several beer and wine options, and consider choosing one or two signature drinks to spend on.

After hosting the perfect wedding reception it is also important to end your wedding on a high note. However, after splurging on key wedding reception expenses like a talented photographer, beautiful mood lighting, a high energy DJ or band, and an open bar for guests to enjoy, you may not want to invest a ton of money in this detail. This is why we love wedding sparklers as a fun and memorable wedding send off idea. They are an affordable and easy detail that doesn’t involve a huge investment and is guaranteed to end your wedding in a way you will remember forever.

4 Common Wedding Mistakes and Easy Ways to Avoid Them

4 common wedding mistakesAre you recently engaged? Congratulations! Before you dive head first into wedding planning, it is important to know some of the most common wedding planning mistakes that couples make to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes on your big day. Read on to learn four of the most common wedding mistakes, and some easy ways to avoid them.

1. Not creating a rainy day backup plan

When planning an outdoor wedding, many couples forget to factor in the chance of inclement weather. Since putting down deposits to reserve tents, umbrellas, and other rainy-day essentials can be costly, many couples choose to cross their fingers and hope for the best. However, this is a recipe for disaster!

Wedding planning experts suggest booking tents and other items that you might need in the case of rain six to nine months in advance. If you wait until it is close enough to your wedding date to predict the weather, many companies may already be booked up—especially if it is peak season. Think of reserving worst-case-scenario tents and supplies as an investment in your wedding, and ultimately your peace of mind.

2. Booking your venue before finalizing your guest list

According to The Knot, the first and foremost planning priority for every wedding should be the guest list. One of the main reasons for tackling this task first is to avoid booking a venue that is too small (or too large) for your final guest list.

The wedding photographers behind LeahAndMark & Co. say this is one of the most common wedding planning mistakes that they encounter in their work, pointing out that, “you definitely do not want to book a venue that can’t hold everyone. And you don’t want to pay for lots of empty, unused space.”

3.  Not planning (and sticking to) a budget

Another common mistake couples make is jumping into their wedding planning without creating a budget. Planning a wedding you can afford is an important part of starting your new life together, and you do not want overspending and debt to be a source of tension as you begin your life of wedded bliss.

Instead, experts suggest sitting down and planning a budget before doing any other planning. Be sure to discuss the budget with family members, like your parents, that may be planning to contribute to your big day, so that you can plan accordingly. Once you have a budget in place, stick to it! This may involve choosing certain areas to splurge and certain areas to cut back. By creating a budget and making compromises to stick to it, you will be doing yourselves a big favor in the long run.

4. Letting the reception drag

You heard us right! There is such a thing as too much fun. Wedding planning expert Calder Clark told Martha Stewart Weddings that, “industry insiders agree that a five-hour reception is the tip-top of what people can enjoy and still exit laughing.” To avoid your reception dragging on too long, Calder suggests planning a natural ending to the night.

For many, the perfect ending to their big day is a ceremonious send off with rice, glow sticks, confetti or sparklers! By having your guests gather for a formal exit, you are creating a clear and festive end point for the night.

If you are considering incorporating wedding sparklers into the perfect end to your big day, you can find both our 20 and 36 inch sparklers here.

Five Pointers for Planning the Perfect Beach Wedding

One of the best parts of planning your wedding in the spring or summer is the many outdoor event spaces that are available during these seasons. However, planning an outdoor wedding can be tricky—especially if you opt for a seaside setting—due to the unpredictability of nature. If you are planning a beach wedding this season, here are a few tips and tricks to ensure a seamless and beautiful event from the moment you say “I do” until your triumphant wedding exit.

planning the perfect beach wedding1. Dress Accordingly

If you are planning a beach wedding, chances are you are planning on a less formal affair. However, this laid back event style is important to keep in mind when planning your attire, as a traditional ballgown style dress with heels could easily prove disastrous on the beach!

The Huffington Post’s Destination Weddings & Honeymoons blog suggests ditching traditional ballroom style gowns for dresses made from light, flowy fabrics such as charmeuse or chiffon, which will look stunning and be more functional on the beach.

Other wardrobe elements to keep in mind when planning include opting for flats instead of heels, so that you can comfortably walk in the sand, and considering an up-do in case of strong ocean winds.

2. Timing is everything

Another critical factor when planning the perfect beach wedding is timing. There are many factors to take into consideration when picking the time of your ceremony, including the tides, the lighting, and the temperatures.

To avoid the sweltering mid-day heat, experts suggest opting for either morning or sunset ceremonies. Your guests will thank you!

Along these same lines, it is important to consult with your photographer about the best times of day to capture stunning beachfront photos of your wedding.  

Finally, be sure to research the tide schedules to ensure your carefully planned ceremony set up isn’t interrupted by high tide.

3. Obtain the proper permits

When planning a wedding on a public beach it is important to adhere to all local ordinances and obtain the proper permits for your event.

Some common city ordinances to look into include policies regarding open containers on the beach, noise level regulations, and bonfire permit requirements. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to obtaining the necessary permissions beforehand when using public spaces for your big day.

4. Embrace the setting

The beach provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding ceremony and reception. When planning your decor, it is best to keep it simple and natural, embracing the soft colors of the ocean, sand, and sky. There is no need to spend big on ornate flower arrangements and centerpieces. That will only distract from the natural beauty surrounding you.

5. Plan the perfect exit

One of our favorite things about outdoor weddings—especially those on the beach—is the chance to incorporate sparklers into the reception and wedding send off!

After all, what could be more magical than sparklers lighting up the sky on a warm summer evening as the waves crash in the background? If you are looking for the best wedding sparklers to illuminate your beachfront wedding with a touch of magic, we offer both 36 inch sparklers and 20 inch wedding sparklers, that are perfect for special events like these.

Feel free to contact us today about finding the right wedding sparklers to light up your beachfront wedding this season.

Incorporating Sparklers into Warm Weather Celebrations

warm weather sparklersMost of us think of wedding sparklers as a timeless and beautiful tradition for a picture-perfect wedding send off. But who says that sparklers have to be reserved for weddings alone? Sparklers can add a touch of magic to any party or celebration throughout the year—no matter how big or small the occasion.

With the warm weather here to stay, it is time to get busy planning outdoor festivities to celebrate this season’s special occasions! As you plan for warm weather gatherings, here are a few of our favorite ideas for incorporating this timeless tradition into your spring and summer celebrations with friends and family.

Graduations

For many, May and June mark graduation season, which means hosting huge numbers of friends and family to congratulate your graduate and send them off on their next adventure.

Whether you are celebrating a high school graduate or a collegiate scholar, sparklers add an element of pomp and circumstance to any graduation party. Try them out for a celebration the graduate and guests will remember for years to come.

Memorial Day

In addition to being a day of remembrance, Memorial Day weekend also marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season in the United States. Many choose to celebrate by escaping to the beach for a long weekend or having friends over for a backyard cookout to kick off the summer fun.

If you are planning a Memorial Day party over the long weekend, why not add an extra touch of fun with festive sparklers as the sun goes down? This is a great way to incorporate some excitement to your celebration and keep the party going all night long.

Summer Solstice

The summer solstice on June 21st does not only mark the official start of summer – it is also the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. The summer solstice has been celebrated as a symbolic and enchanting shift in seasons for centuries, and is also a part of midsummer celebrations throughout the world.

As you host your own festivities to welcome summer and revel in the longest day of the year, we love the idea of incorporating sparklers for a magical and festive touch. Looking for more solstice celebration ideas? We love these tips for hosting an enchanting celebration for friends and family.

Fourth of July

Arguably the biggest holiday of the summer season, the Fourth of July is definitely something worth celebrating! No matter what your plans may be—a casual barbeque with friends, a beach bonfire, or an annual family bash—sparklers are a must-have to complete the celebration!

We love these fun ideas for making your Fourth of July celebrations extra special—including sparkler party favors with patriotic packaging!

Find the perfect sparklers for your celebration

Looking for the perfect sparklers to complete your spring and summer celebrations? We offer a wide selection of high-quality sparkler options that will illuminate your celebrations this season, including 36 inch sparklers and 20 inch sparklers.

Five Fun Ways to Keep Guests Entertained at Your Reception

Ways to Keep Guests Entertained at Your ReceptionWhen planning a wedding every bride remembers the basic elements such as vows, venue, floral design, catering, music, photography, and a wedding send off. However, in the whirlwind of planning all of these details, many couples forget to plan activities to keep their guests entertained during the reception!

To ensure that your guests have the time of their lives, you may want to consider some fun activities to keep them entertained all night long. Here are five of our favorite fun and unexpected wedding entertainment ideas that will guarantee your special day is an event your friends and family will be talking about for years to come!

1. Classic Board Games

Setting up a table of your favorite games—such as Checkers, Yahtzee, Life, Connect Four, or Jenga—will provide fun entertainment options for children and adults alike! This is an especially nice gesture for guests that are uncomfortable dancing, unable to dance, or have small children to entertain.

2. Photo Booth

A photo booth will keep your guests entertained from cocktail hour until your grand send off! In addition to being a great way to keep guests busy, a photo booth also gives your friends and family a sweet memento to remember your wedding that can double as a party favor! We love these fun photo booth ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings including a sailboat set, fun props, and a photo booth bus. 

3. Art

Setting up art supplies like markers, crayons, and colored pencils on each table alongside paper tablecloths or placemats is a creative way to keep your guests busy while they enjoy cocktail hour and wait for food to be served! You can even collect the placemats at the end of the night to save for a scrapbook memory of your big day.

4. Word Games & Puzzles

Another idea that we love is placing wedding-themed crossword puzzles, mad libs, and word searches on each table! These activities are a great icebreaker for guests that haven’t met before- and will ensure plenty of laughs for all. You may even want to consider incorporating wedding-advice mad libs into your guestbook which will give you hilarious messages to review after your special event.

5. Lawn Games

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, lawn games such as bocce ball, croquet, cornhole, and badminton will add a playful touch to your reception. These options will keep friends and family entertained while also providing a fun photo-op for your photographer!

Taking the time to set up special entertainment options for your guests is a gesture they will appreciate and remember. These five fun ideas will ensure your friends and family have a wonderful time at your wedding from the moment you say “I Do” until the grand wedding exit!

Want to ensure the fun continues into your send off? Wedding sparklers are a fun, interactive exit option that will keep the party going for your guests even after the party’s over. If you are looking for quality sparklers, we’ve been in the business for almost 20 years, and have a wide selection of sparklers including both 36 inch sparklers and 20 inch sparklers that will add a touch of magic to your event!

Five Pointers for the Perfect Spring Wedding

perfect spring weddingBlooming flowers, chirping birds, and warmer, brighter days make spring one of the most romantic times of year for a wedding. There are many benefits to planning a spring wedding including beautiful seasonal flowers, warm evenings made extra dreamy with twinkle lights, candles, sparklers, and endless spring-theme options. Here are five tips to ensure you have the ultimate spring wedding:

1. Keep In Mind Spring Weather Can Be Unpredictable

Ideally, your wedding day will be the perfect 70 degrees with sunshine and a lovely breeze. However, spring weather is hard to predict and can change within the blink of an eye. This is why it is crucial to plan for all scenarios.

If your wedding is outdoors, don’t despair! There are many ways to accommodate guests—no matter what the weather. Some ideas include using canopies or tents in case of rain, renting heat lamps in case the weather dips, and providing guests with pashminas and umbrellas in case of cooler weather or rain.

More importantly, if it does decide to rain, don’t forget that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck in many cultures! It also adds a romantic touch to your special day and makes for beautiful photos.

2. Dress In Layers

On a similar note, it is important to keep temperamental weather patterns in mind when planning attire for yourself and your wedding party. Nothing can ruin your big day more quickly than being uncomfortable if cooler weather or rain moves in.

Instead of opting for sleeveless wedding dress options, you may want to consider many of the elegant and beautiful dress options with sleeves. This can also be a great excuse to invest in stylish wedding accessories for your wedding party!

3. Embrace Seasonal Flowers

One benefit of a spring wedding is that the seasonal flower possibilities are endless! Some of the most popular spring wedding flower options include hyacinth, roses, daisies, lilies and tulips—all of which should be in full bloom during spring wedding season.

Want to mix it up a little? For early spring weddings, crocuses, snowdrops, and cherry blossoms are whimsical options that will be at peak season. If you are planning a late spring wedding, peonies and sweet peas make lovely options, and are also available in a wide range of colors that should work with any color scheme.

4. Consider a Spring-Themed Wedding Favor

Wedding experts suggest embracing the season and adding a touch of spring to every aspect of your wedding—your favors included. One idea we love is sending your guests off with little containers filled with planted spring bulbs that will remind them of your wedding when they grow. Another romantic spring wedding favor is packets of flower seeds personalized with your wedding date.

5. Use The Warmer Temperatures For An Outdoor Send Off

You know we love a good outdoor wedding send off, and the warmer weather sets the stage for dramatic outdoor exits that may not have been an option in the cooler months. Fireworks, glow sticks, and wedding sparklers are all lovely send off options that will illuminate your grand exit on a warm spring evening.

If you do decide to incorporate sparklers into your spring wedding reception or send off, we offer a wide variety of high-quality options, including 36 inch sparklers and 20 inch sparklers, that will add a sparkling and memorable touch to your big day.

Sources: ModCloth, Martha Stewart Weddings, Wedding Ideas Mag,Woman Getting Married

30 Wedding Send Off Ideas for the Perfect Exit

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When planning a wedding, there are many details to be attended to. In the whirlwind of planning, one of the most important details often gets overlooked: the grand wedding exit. If you are searching for one-of-kind ideas to end your big day on a high note, you have come to the right place! Here are thirty of our favorite wedding send off ideas to make your special day extraordinary.

1. Confetti Poppers

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Photo Credit: The Knot: A Retro Glamorous Wedding at Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, OH

Loaded with festive confetti and colorful streamers, confetti poppers are a fun and affordable way to add some color and excitement to your grand exit! You can buy these in bulk from your local party store, or opt for one-of-a-kind, hand-made confetti poppers from Etsy’s online marketplace.1  2

2. Bubbles

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Perfect for a wedding send off—no matter the season—bubbles will add an elegant yet playful touch to your event. In addition to looking beautiful in photos, bubbles will provide endless fun for your guests, both children and adults alike! Did we mention they don’t require any clean up?3

3. Balloons

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We love this wedding send off idea for a fun-filled daytime event. Brightly colored balloons will add to the festivities and create the perfect photo op for guests. Want to add a special touch? Linen Tablecloth suggests having guests attach well wishes for your future or packets of seeds that will fall to the ground and grow flowers long after your wedding day!4

4. Sky Lanterns

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These dreamy lanterns have been used throughout history at festivals and
celebrations in Asia. Releasing these lanterns into the starry night sky will add a romantic touch to any wedding farewell and create a beautiful backdrop for photos as they illuminate the sky. You might even have guests attach well wishes for the happy couple.5

5. Flower Petals

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For the romantics out there, you cannot go wrong with delicate flowers or flower petals for your send off. This classic wedding staple can easily be customized to your taste and budget. We love the way this couple created rustic paper cones for the petals, adding a decorative touch.6

6. Flags

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Photo Credit: The Knot: A Casual Wedding in Old Bridge, NJ

Personalized flags are a one-of-a-kind idea for a quirky wedding send off. You
can customize the flags to your taste, and even include your name and wedding date to create a unique wedding keepsake for guests. This is an affordable and creative exit idea that doesn’t require any clean up after the big day!7

7. Leaves

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If you are planning an Autumn wedding what could be better than incorporating the fall foliage into your grand exit? Not only do they create a seasonal backdrop for wedding photos with friends and family, leaves are a free and environmentally-friendly option that will not create any waste.8

8. Streamers

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What could be more celebratory than departing your wedding through a sparkly tunnel of streamers? Available in a variety of colors and textures to go along with your wedding theme, streamers create a magical exit that you and your guests will not soon forget.

9. Seasonal Herbs

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Aromatic herbs like rosemary, lavender, and mint make for a whimsical and fragrant send-off. Perfect for an outdoor wedding with a nature-inspired theme, this biodegradable and environmentally-friendly option can be placed into paper cones, stuffed into dainty pouches, or laid out on a beautiful tablescape.9  10

10. Wedding Bells

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Reminiscent of traditional wedding bells, this send-off idea is a spin-off of the
classic church bells. Doubling as a party favor, you can adorn them with 
ribbons in your wedding colors, add personalized tags with your wedding date, or even tie them to dowel rods with festive streamers for a dreamy wedding exit.11  12

11. Glow Sticks

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If your wedding venue won’t allow you to use sparklers, glow sticks make for a great alternative! This bright and playful option is a fun way to light up your exit during an evening wedding, and guests will have a blast playing with them!13

12. Glitter

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Although it can get a bit messy, nothing says glitz and glamour like a wedding send off with handfuls of glitter tossed your way. For an added decorative touch that doubles as a wedding favor, you can even package the glitter in individual vials adorned with a cute “Toss Me!” label, like this festive Sonoma wedding!14  15

13. Pom Poms

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If you want to add a pop of color to your send off, you can’t go wrong with pom poms! Playful and affordable, pom poms will add a lighthearted touch to your special exit surrounded by friends and family. You can package them in dainty paper bags or in customized boxes. The options are limitless.16  17  18

14. Beach Balls

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If you are planning a beachfront wedding, why not incorporate a beach ball toss into your grand exit? Not only will beach balls add a playful pop of color to your wedding photos, guests can also take them home with them as a memento of your big day.19

15. Cow Bells

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Who doesn’t love a little cow bell? If your wedding has a rustic, farmhouse theme, you can’t go wrong with ringing cowbells as you make your exit from the wedding festivities. For a personal touch, adorn them with customized labels secured with rustic twine.20

16. Cheer Poms

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What better way to depart your wedding than surrounded by friends and family cheering for you on your big day? We are big fans of this idea for college sweethearts or sports enthusiasts, as you can tailor the color of your pom poms to the colors of your alma mater or favorite sports team!21

17. Birdseed

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For the eco-conscious couple, birdseed makes an excellent alternative to the traditional rice toss. You can craft handmade cones from recycled materials for guests to grab or even set up a birdseed bar where guests can fill up white paper cones before your triumphant exit.22  23  24

18. Feathers

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Unique and beautiful, feathers are a lovely option for the boho bride. In addition to adding an airy touch, they also double as decor. Depending on your tastes, you can have guests toss small feathers or wave longer feathers. This is yet another send off idea that also serves as a lovely wedding favor for your friends and family!25  26

19. Sequins

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Another glitzy option to add some pomp and circumstance to your getaway, sequins are a festive choice for guests to toss as they send you off. Available in a variety of colors, and easier to clean up than glitter, sequins may be just the sparkly option you’ve been looking for.27

20. Snow

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Planning a winter wedding? Embrace the season and create a winter wonderland for your guests by giving them artificial snow to toss as you make your graceful exit. For a cute touch, create cones out of the paper of your choice for guests to carry it in.28

21. Percussion Instruments

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Want your guests make some noise to celebrate your big day? Incorporating fun percussion instruments like like tambourines and maracas will make for playful and lighthearted departure. You can even personalize them with your names and wedding date, creating a keepsake for guests to take home. 29

22. Butterflies

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Add a romantic touch to your wedding send off with a beautiful butterfly release. A symbol of new beginnings, what could be more poetic than having your guests release these magical creatures as you start your new life together?30

23. Handkerchiefs

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If you are looking for a send off item that will also serve as a wedding favor for your guests, personalized hankies are the way to go. You can add your wedding date, names, or a simple “Yippee!” This is an especially cute idea for weddings with a vintage theme.31

24. Paper Airplanes

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A fun and playful idea that we love for a daytime wedding is custom paper airplanes! This is an affordable and easy option, that you can personalize to your theme or color palette. And how cute are these handmade planes from Taylor Somae?32  33

25. Smoke Bombs

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Named the “hottest wedding photo trend” by the Huffington Post, smoke bombs are a dramatic and photo-worthy send off we won’t get tired of anytime soon. You can have your guests or wedding party shoot them off, or save them as a surprise to wow your guests as they send you off into marital bliss.34

26. Cap Guns

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End your wedding with a bang by having guests send you off with cap guns! This idea works perfectly for outdoor weddings, especially those with a barnyard or western theme. For a personalized touch, add cute labels, like this couple in Austin, TX.35

27. Silly String

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For the class clowns out there, silly string provides a hilarious and fun-filled wedding send off idea that your friends and family will not soon forget. An added bonus is that silly string sets the stage for some pretty fabulous exit photos.36

28. Kazoos

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What’s a party without kazoos? Harkening you back to childhood celebrations, kazoos are a festive way to end your wedding celebration! In addition to being a super affordable option for your send off, you can make them extra cute by adding a personalized tag like these “Make a Joyful Noise” labels.37

29. Ribbon Wands

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Photo Credit: Woodnote Photography via Style Me Pretty

If you are a DIY bride looking for an adorable send off idea, ribbon wands may be just what you are looking for! You can customize them to your wedding colors, and they make a super cute party favor for your guests to take with them. Not to mention that they look great in photos!38

30. Sparklers

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Last but not least, sparklers are one of the most spectacular ways to make a grand exit from your wedding reception. This timeless tradition will light up the night sky, creating a magical ambiance as well as beautiful photos for you to look back on for years to come.

 

As you can see, there are endless options for a memorable wedding send off. If you decide to incorporate sparklers into your grand wedding exit, be sure to check out these creative sparkler ideas that will help you illuminate your special day in a magical way that you and your loved ones will not soon forget.