When I was, gosh, maybe 8 years old?, I was in my first wedding. I was the flower girl for my Uncle and was so proud to get the honor of going up the aisle before the bride-to-be. I specifically remember their exit from the church that I grew up in — we all gathered in two lines outside with our silk flowers full of rice, ready to throw them as they left through the doors and ran to their getaway car for the reception.
Something about the magic in that moment has always stuck out in my mind and made me excited for the exit on my wedding day. I always wanted it to be flower petals, so we did it from our ceremony back up to the reception site. Our ceremony was outside, so we just held back for a moment and waited for everyone to line up and then ran through — they are still some of my favorite pictures from the day, right after our first look (I included one picture from our wedding exit below!). Brides often ask me, “well, I kind of want to do X, but wouldn’t that be awkward?,” and I tell them — who cares!? This is your wedding day, do it as you always dreamed. Sure, our exit may not have been the most natural progression of events, but it’s what I always imagined and was still super fun!! I doubt anyone gave it two thoughts; they are there to celebrate you because they love and support you!
All of this to say, I highly recommend some sort of exit whether it be from your ceremony or your reception. Some types of exits lend themselves better to day or night, so I made a list to get you started!
Ceremony or Day Exit Ideas:
+ Ribbon Wands
+ Flower Petals
+ Leaves (would be beautiful for a fall wedding!)
+ Dry Mashed Potato Flakes (for a winter wedding; it looks just like snow!)
Reception or Night Exit Ideas:
+ Chinese Lanterns
+ Glow Sticks