Post # 1
Our ceremony and reception are in the same place so we are not leaving till the end of the night prob AFTER everyone. I was curious if you do the “send offs” right after the ceremony when walking back down the aisle together?
I have also seen a bunch of ideas on what to give guests instead of birdseed.
Sparklers seem to be more of the right thing maybe for us only cause we are having fireworks. But is it too much? Thoughts?
Post # 3
I don’t know that “Favor” is really the right section for this post. Maybe “Venue”?
Anyway, the send off is generally done at the end of everything, and then you get in your car and drive off to begin your married life together. Ideally you do it toward the end of the reception as things are winding down, but before too many people have left. it means not staying until the very end and relying on other people to help clean up and grab gifts and other things for you on their way out.
At my BIL’s wedding, they stayed until the very end so I don’t think there was a send off, and usually at other weddings the party’s pretty much done after the send off anyway. So I think it’s really up to you what you want to do, but I think it would be awkward to have the send off and then show back up later.
We ended up buying giant three-foot-long sparkerls from some firework store online and they worked great, but I’ve also seen bubbles and birdseed.
Post # 4
We are having small bells for the guests to ring as we walk the aisle together as a family! I am pretty excited about my little bells 🙂
My sister did sparklers as they left the church a few years ago — I would suggest testing them out ahead of time! She had blue and white – the white were great, but the blue smoked horribly and filled the air with smoke, people were coughing and moving away and it made the leaving the church pictures impossible.
Post # 5
@78science: We were gonna do bells if we couldn’t throw stuff. 🙂 I love the bells.
We did flower petals. We got lucky in that our venue didn’t care.
People are sitting so far away from the aisle for the ceremony, that I don’t know if it would work. The people 6 seats away from the aisle would just be throwing stuff at the person next to them. It would be better to do it at the end of the reception. You have to leave sometime.
Our ceremony and reception were at the same place, and our send off was after the reception.
Post # 6
We have a few bubbles but mainly shakers in our school colors! They’re fun and make for great pictures.
A winter wedding I went to last year used bells. It’s was really pretty!
A cautionary tale: My brother and SIL used sparklers. Beautiful! But on the way out, one of them broke off INTO her cleavage. She still has the scar today and needless to say, the pictures were a bit forced as she was literally burning inside her dress! Just be careful!