Your wedding day is filled with unforgettable moments, but one of the most magical and photo-worthy is the wedding exit. It's that final flourish that sends you and your partner off into the beginning of your new life together. While traditional rice tosses are charming, there are countless creative, unique (and less messy) to make your wedding exit truly memorable. We've gathered the top 6 ideas including a few from Washington's most seasoned experts to help you create a send-off that will leave a lasting impression.
1. Bubbling With Excitement
When it comes to creating a memorable wedding exit, Kate Niklaus of The Edgewater Hotel recommends replacing traditional confetti or sparklers with bubbles. Bubbles add a colorful and whimsical element to your exit without leaving a mess behind. They're easy to use, safe for the environment, and create a dreamy atmosphere that's perfect for photographs.
Amanda Lloyd, Lloyd Photos and Film
2. Tunnel of Love
The Venue Experiences Department at Seattle Art Museum recommends making your grand exit through a tunnel of ribbon wands as it can a picture-perfect moment. Not only is it easy to execute, but it also requires minimal cleanup, making it an ideal choice to replace sparklers or rice tossing.
Camille Docena Photo
3. Authenticity is Everything
Marc Sense of Integral DJs suggests keeping the wedding exit authentic and organic. Staged exits for photos can disrupt the flow of your celebration, causing guests to leave prematurely. Additionally, alcohol and fire don't mix well, so it's wise to skip sparklers. Opt for eco-friendly options and avoid single-use items to minimize your wedding's environmental impact.
Sarah Wettleson Photography
4. Planes, Traines and Automobiles
"When leaving what is sure to be the most memorable night of your lives, why not go out with a bang?" states Michelle Rankin of Tipsy Trailer Mobile Bar & Bartending. "Take that opportunity to get everyone gathered for an amazing photo op of the two of you leaving in a way that is special and fits you two as a couple. Board a boat and exit into the water for a quick ride to an undisclosed location, set up a sparkler send off or hop on your Harley and take off into the sunset with everyone surrounding you. Most importantly, make it about something special and unique to your love."
Kayla Willis Photography
5. Love Is In The Air
Balloons have evolved from casual party decorations to delightful and innovative statement pieces. "Although commonly associated with informal gatherings such as birthday parties, they should also be taken into account for weddings," states Donna Laer of Seattle Balloon Artist. "Don't underestimate the elegance of balloons! If you're searching for a charming and uncomplicated idea for your wedding exit, look no further than a balloon tunnel that will guide you into your married life with a touch of whimsy."
Sharee Davenport Wedding Photographer
6. Be You-nique
"Above all, do something that matches your personality," recommends Kelvin Lozano of Kaneri Films. Whether you prefer a traditional sparkler or bubble exit, a luxurious car or boat departure, or even a romantic horse-drawn carriage, choose an exit that feels authentic to you. Your exit should be a reflection of your unique love story, ensuring that it will be cherished for years to come.
In conclusion, your wedding exit is a moment to savor. By embracing these expert tips and considering creative alternatives, you can create a farewell that perfectly encapsulates your love and leaves a lasting impression on your guests. Whether you opt for bubbles, ribbon wands, balloons, or a personalized departure, your wedding exit will be a beautiful start to your new life together.
Main Photo: Salt & Pine Photography