Post # 1
Hey bees, my wedding is this coming week (yikes!!) and we still don’t have plans for a send off. After the ceremony, we are staying at the church for pictures, so it seems weird that we would do a send off from there. And we want to stay at our reception until the very end.
For those of you who took pictures at the ceremony location, did you go out and have a send off and then just go back inside? Is that normal? We were thinking of doing the ribbon wands since we can’t throw anything and I’m worried about bubbles staining the satin part of my dress. Anyways..let me know what you did/are planning to do!
Post # 2
We did a fake send off for pictures. Our photographer was only scheduled until 9:30 (we had a pretty low key reception), so right before her time was up we staged a grand exit. Unfortunately a lot of people took that as an excuse to leave, so keep that in mind if you’re hoping for a longer reception.
Post # 3
Our wedding is also next weekend! EEK! Can’t stop smiling!
We’re going straight to our photo location (a nearby park) for bridal party/family photos, then going back to the ceremony location to take pictures there (just the two of us) to avoid an awkward exit.
We’re staying at the reception until the very end and are going out afterwards. We’re just having our band announce prior to our last dance that we’re going to a certain bar and leaving directly after. I assume people will just follow us?
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been to a wedding where there was any sort of “grand exit.” I think it’s totally normal to just stay until the end and enjoy yourselves! After all, that’s what you’re paying for!
Post # 4
We didn’t have a send off as we stayed at the reception venue til the very end. We did go out and say goodbye to all of our guests as they were leaving. However, after the ceremony at the church we had some time before we left for the venue and our photographer had everyone go outside while she took a few pictures of us inside the church – as we exited the church all of our guest were outside blowing bubbles and waving the ribbon wands I had made. It worked out great for us to do it this way. Also – my dress wasn’t satin but my bridesmaids dresses were and no one said anything about the bubbles staining their dresses.
Post # 5
I second both previous comments. Have a ‘fake send off’ for photography purposes or just skip it. One less thing you have to plan and buy stuff for…and no one will really care. 😉 I’m pretty low key about everything though.
Post # 6
I didn’t have any sort of exit in fact we were some of the last people out as we helped pack up and had to pay the bill!
Post # 7
We didn’t have a picture of any sendoff. Our wedding was small and simple, so we personally said goodbye to our guests as they left, and then we cleaned up and packed up with the help of our family. There were so many pictures of all the other events that I don’t think it’s a big deal that we didn’t do a big sendoff.
Post # 8
Ive been to lots of weddings where they do fake send offs, both frm the church and during the reception. If you want to do one, go right ahead! Have your people blow bubbles at you as you come out of the church, get some cute photos and then tell them all bye bye, and go back in the church to do your photos. Or from the reception just say you’re doing a sparkler run at so and so time, get people to line and run through them. Bam, fake send off photos
Post # 9
We’re not doing a send off… but we’re also having a domestic destination wedding. I guess I don’t see the point of it, but I’ve never been to a wedding with a send off.
Post # 10
Yes, I’ve been to lots of weddings where they do a grand exit from the church and then just go back in for pictures. As a bridesmaid we once exited the church to the limo, then the limo drove us around long enough for guests to leave, then we just went back to the church. Or, if your church has a back or side entrance you can exit out the front and walk around.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2015 - Surrey, BC, Canada
I’ve never seen anyone do a send off in person. We aren’t doing one.
Post # 12
No, our reception is on the top floor of a very tall building so that would be impossible go get everyone downstairs. We are going to have the photographer do the fake send off. We can go with just her downstairs outside of by the elevator or something cute.
Post # 13
Nope. We are getting married just outside of our reception venue. Bridal party will be hanging back for photos while guests go inside for cocktail hour. Fiance and I plan to close down the reception and shuttle back to the hotel with guests! I don’t see an appropriate place for a send off nor do I have the desire to do a fake one just for photos.
Post # 14
We didn’t do one. I think these are a lot less common then they used to be a generation or two ago, when people left the reception before their guests to get right to the honeymoon. I’ve only seen it done a few times myself.
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
You are a week from your wedding. Do not add an element tpo your wedding (e.g. a send-off) at this point in time. You really do not need another thing to coordinate/time added to your “to-do” list right now. Skip it. Noone will notice and noone will care.