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10 Ideas for a Memorable Exit that Your Guests Will Love



ideas for your recessional toss

The recessional toss–it’s the last impression your guests will have of your wedding, and, more importantly, the final hoorah for you on your special day. So, if getting pelted by rice or sticky from bubbles doesn’t sound appealing to you, maybe it’s time to get creative about what you give your guests to toss at the end of your big day.  Here are 10 creative ideas for your recessional toss to make your getaway a unique and memorable event.

1. BALLOONS

Balloons are fun, inexpensive and visually appealing, and timing the release is easy. Go the extra step by choosing colors to match your theme. You can even be environmentally conscious by purchasing biodegradable ones!

2. BLACK EYED PEAS

This Southern tradition is said to bring good luck to the newlyweds. They’re light, so you don’t have to worry about getting hit too hard, and of course they are completely natural, so if you miss some in the cleanup there’s no harm done. Find them at your local grocery store.

3. LAVENDER BUDS

This is probably the best-smelling item you could have thrown at you as you make your grand exit. Lavender buds are dainty, light and eco-friendly. The only downside is you might be picking the tiny buds out of your hair for a while afterward—but at least you will smell lovely!

4. HERBS

More than a century ago, it was common for Victorian brides to choose a combination of herbs for their bouquet to express their sentiments and hope. Give each guest a satchel of herbs with a little card that explains the Victorian meaning of each herb that they’ll be tossing.

5. POM POMS

Fun and fl uffy, colorful pom poms are a great alternative to messy confetti–and they’re super cute. Find them at any craft store.

6. SPARKLERS

Now, don’t actually have your guests throw these because that’s a fi re hazard. But if your reception is later in the day and your send-off happens after dark, sparklers are a fun item to have your guests hold as you head off.

7. BEACH BALLS

If you’re having a seaside wedding, what better way to be escorted out than with a bunch of miniature beach balls? Just remind the kids that it’s a wedding reception; not a soccer game.

8. LANTERNS

If your reception ends at night, another great send-off idea is the wish lantern. Fill the sky with lights as you walk off into your happily ever after, and do it guilt-free with some beautiful biodegradable options.

9. GLOW STICKS 

Here’s another great idea for a nighttime reception. Just make sure you have your guests pick them up and take them home as a souvenir afterward.

10. BUTTERFLIES

Make the recessional a magical moment with the release of some beautiful butterfl ies. These critters are a bit more expensive than a couple bags of rice, but they make for a truly memorable send-off.

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