There are many elements that go into planning the perfect wedding — finding your ideal dress, booking your dream venue, choosing a DJ — the list goes on and on.
However, during the hectic planning process, one important detail that often gets overlooked or pushed aside until the last minute is the wedding exit.
In our opinion, this is one of the most critical moments of every wedding and ensures the celebration ends on a high note.
No idea where to start when thinking about wedding exit ideas?
Do not worry! We have you covered.
Whether you have not given your wedding send off a thought, have waited until the last minute, are scrambling for ideas, or are just getting started with your plans, this post will cover some of our favorite tips and tricks that will guarantee you have the perfect ending to your wedding day.
Check with your venue
When deciding on your grand departure, a good place to start is checking to see if your venue has any rules regarding wedding tosses.
This may come as a surprise, but many venues have restrictions and guidelines in place regarding what you can (and cannot) toss during a wedding exit.
For instance, many indoor locations do not allow guests to toss glitter or confetti, since it is a major hassle to clean up, and some outdoor venues, like botanical gardens and parks, have restrictions based on environmental concerns.
Figuring out what your venue allows is good way to narrow down your choices and figure out what options will work best for your specific location.
It will also save you from additional fees or even the loss of your security deposit!
Consider your budget
Another important factor to keep in mind when choosing a wedding exit idea is your budget.
Knowing what you can afford to spend on your send off will help you figure out a plan that will work without breaking the bank.
Fortunately, if budget is a concern, there are tons of affordable yet stylish wedding send off options out there.
Some of our favorite budget-friendly wedding toss ideas — that are equally as romantic as more expensive options — include having guests blow bubbles, toss leaves, throw paper airplanes, or even shower you with popcorn!
When picturing wedding exits, most people immediately imagine the classic rice toss.
However, wedding exits have come a long way in recent years, with couples experimenting with out-of-the box ideas that fit their personalities.
Some of the most creative ideas we have seen include having guests ring cowbells, release butterflies, wave glow sticks, or even set off colorful smoke bombs!
Getting creative and figuring out a totally unique wedding send off idea that works with your theme will ensure you have a grand farewell that you — and your guests — will look back on fondly for many years to come.
Coordinate every last detail
Many couples that we hear from think that an epic wedding exit does not require a lot of planning.
In fact, many think that the exit should be completely impromptu and unplanned.
However, in reality, some very detailed planning is critical to ensuring that even the most bohemian wedding exit is pulled off without a hitch.
Below are a few key details to coordinate in advance:
- Let guests know when you plan to depart
It may sound strange, but we suggest telling guests when you plan to leave the wedding. This will ensure that you have a good crowd and leave the wedding on a high note. If guests do not know when to expect your exit, they may end up leaving before you, resulting in a less than stellar crowd to bid you farewell.
- Pick an epic last song
An easy way to signal that your wedding exit is drawing near is to have the DJ play a popular last dance song that will gear up your friends and family for a theatrical and high-energy send off. If you are looking for ideas, there are a lot of great lists of last dance songs, with some fun options including Michael Jackson’s iconic “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” or The Beatles’ classic “All You Need Is Love.”
- Have your DJ (or wedding planner) announce your exit
Another key to a successful wedding exit is to have your DJ, wedding planner, or emcee announce your last dance, with clear wedding exit instructions. By having someone let guests know exactly where to go and what to do when the song ends, your exit will be seamless.
No matter where you are in your wedding planning, it is never too early to put some time and thought into a magical wedding exit. And most important of all, you don’t want to forget to capture the magical moment! That said, look for a highly rated Houston wedding photographer to ensure you remember this moment forever.
With a little bit of creativity and planning, you can ensure your grand exit marks a memorable and romantic end to the perfect day.