The Send-Off

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Directly after the ceremony guests often send-off the couple with well wishes and much fanfare. There are many different takes on the traditional rice launch. Some couples provide real or silk flower petals or packets of birdseed to toss. Others prefer blowing bubbles, waving ribbon wands, jangling bells or releasing doves. For nighttime weddings, sparklers, glow sticks, and even Chinese paper lantern releases make for a dramatic exit.

If you do opt for the more traditional rice toss, make sure to run it by your ceremony venue first. Some facilities simply do not allow rice because their small size makes them tricky to clean up.

Below is a list of send-off ideas:


  • Rice
  • Real/silk flower petals
  • Birdseed
  • Bubbles
  • Ribbon wands
  • Bells
  • Helium-filled balloons
  • Butterfly release
  • Dove release
  • Glow sticks
  • Fireworks
  • Sparklers
  • Chinese paper lanterns