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. The exit can consist of anything from lighting wedding sparklers to ringing cow bells. If you are searching for one-of-a-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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Photo Credit: Southern Jewel Photography via Bridal Guide

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 4

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!5 6

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.7 8

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.9 10

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!11

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.12 13

8. Streamers

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Photo Credit: Nathan Mitchell Photography

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. 14

9. Seasonal Herbs

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Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty via Brit & Co.

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.15   16

10. Wedding Bells

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Photo Credit: Nancy Ray Photography via Society Bride

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.17 18  19

11. Glow Sticks

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Photo Credit: Nicole Ryan Photography via Colin Cowie Weddings

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!20 21

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!22   23

13. Pom Poms

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Photo Credit: Vanessa Joy Photography via Colin Cowie Weddings

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.24 25  26  27

14. Beach Balls

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Photo Credit: Emily Crenca Photography via HGTV

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.28 29

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.30 31

16. Cheer Poms

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Photo Credit: Jen Hopkins Photography/The Knot

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!32

17. Birdseed

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Photo Credit: The Bride’s Cafe via Brit & Co.

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.33 34  35  36

18. Feathers

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Photo Credit: Ben Q. Photography via Ebony Peoples

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!37 38  39

19. Sequins

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Photo Credit: Landon Jacob via Brides

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.40 41

20. Snow

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Photo Credit: Jeremy & Kristin Photography via Heart Love Always

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.42 43

21. Percussion Instruments

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Photo Credit: This Love of Yours via Brides

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. 44 4546

22. Butterflies

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Photo Credit: Michael Segal Photography via Style Me Pretty

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?47 48

23. Handkerchiefs

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Photo Credit: Alexan Events via Anyway You Want it Events

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.49 50 51

24. Paper Airplanes

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Photo Credit: Southern Weddings via Brit & Co.

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?52  53 54  55

25. Smoke Bombs

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Photo Credit: True Love Photography

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.56 57 58

26. Cap Guns

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Photo Credit: The Knot

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.59

27. Silly String

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Photo Credit: JL Photographers via Mon Cherie Bridals

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.60 61

28. Kazoos

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Photo Credit: McShane Photography via Mon Chere Bridals

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.62 63

29. Ribbon Wands

Photo Credit: Woodnote Photography via Style Me Pretty
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!64 65 66

30. Sparklers

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Photo Credit: Rowan Berry + Lavender via Bridal Guide

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. 67 68

 

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.

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