(Closed) The “Send-Off”: After the Ceremony, or after the reception?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

i’m in the same boat you are. the Church has rules about everything but not sure what to do with the time in between pictures and the send off. i’m meeting with my wedding planner this weekend and hopefully she gives me some great ideas on how to handle it. I will share her advice when i get it. good luck in the meantime! 

Post # 4
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did our send off after our reception….all of our guests walked down to the dock where our boat waited for us and we got in our boat while our guests waved sparklers and cheered for us as we rode away!It was one of my favorite parts of the night

Post # 6
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@tinylittlebird: Thank you!

I love the ribbon wand idea and I think it would be really cute if people did it at the end of your reception. Even just for the fun of having your guests cheer you on and say goodbye to you!

Post # 7
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did our “send off” after the ceremony and before the pictures.  We chose to do bubbles, but here’s a few shots of it:


Right after that we gathered everyone that was at our ceremony for a formal shot of everyone:


And from there went on to all the rest of the formal shots.  🙂

Post # 8
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We did our send-off after the church ceremony and then we did pictures after the send-off (although we’d done the bulk of them before the ceremony – we had a first look).

Of the weddings I’ve attended, it’s been pretty 50/50 of doing the send-off after the ceremony versus after the reception so I don’t think anyone will find it strange or out of place no matter when you decide to do it!

Post # 9
4485 posts
Honey bee

I’ve always seen the send off done at the end of the reception. At the same time, not every wedding has one and that is perfectly ok, and most guests are fine with that too. If you weren’t planning to have one to begin with and your venue has restrictions against it, it’s fine to skip it since it is not a mandatory thing.

Post # 10
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@tinylittlebird: I know how you feel!! I really wanted a send off after the reception but didnt want to leave early!! (I even contemplated doing a fake one and then going back in the building but i just thought that was silly!!). I have been to millions of weddings (literally) and have  never seen a send off in my time. The first time i really saw one was on wedding bee.


I guess we did one after the ceremony, we walked out and then collected everyone to do a group shot…you could do the same with the wands then?!!



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Post # 11
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i’m with you – i have no clue what to do. our church does not allow recieving lines so after the ceremony is out – after the reception is possible, we are staying at the hotel we are having the reception though so we would just drive around for a minute and come back. i really want to hang out with people after the reception too – im hoping everyone will head to the hotel bar.

but i made my ribbon wands already haha

Post # 12
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re considering ribbon wands for the end of the ceremony when we’re pronounced Husband and Wife.  It’s not really a sendoff, but it’s the most logical place I could think to use them.  We’re doing most of our pictures before the wedding, but are planning on staying at the venue for family shots after, so it would be weird to have a send off and then go hide and come back.  We’re also thinking of doing a receiving line after the ceremony so we’ll make sure we said hello to everyone.  Blah that was a lot of information lol sorry.

Post # 15
6 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

First, we were going to do bubbles.  Then I saw a great idea of letting go of balloons after the ceremony as we exit the church.  After realizing that it would be hard to everyone to release 200 balloons at the same time, we decided to do bells.

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