Post # 1
So fellow Bess. This is the plan. “It is my honor, for the first time, to prounouce to you Mr and Mrs HAPPY PANTS!!”. Then Groom (Hubby) and I will walk back down the aisle together and out of the church. Our ushers will usher folks out, and we will greet, hug, kiss, etc as they leave.
The bridal party is sticking around for pictures, and I want to get going on them asap (Not a lot of extra time in the schedule). So, I want folks to give their kisses, get in their cars, and head off to the reception venue for a glass of wine while they wait for us to arrive.
In thinking about this, I realized, we won’t get that cute picture of the ‘send off’. So, has anyone ever done ribbon wands in the church during the initial recessional? I was thinking that I would tie them to the programs (Programs are a single sheet rolled up like a scroll and tied with ribbon). I could slide the stick of the wand under that ribbon, and tie a note to it letting guests know to wave the ribbon during our recessional.
Thoughts? Here are some logistics. Church is TINY, 25′ aisle. Is it even worth the trouble to make 60 of these for our guests, will the photog be able to get a shot. Any pictures from brides that have done this INSIDE the church during their first walk as husband and wife I would love to see.
Post # 3
Hi! We’re doing “yay flags” which are similar and since our ceremony and reception are in the same venue we will have them wave the flags during the recessional. I don’t think it’s a huge issue and you would still get some beautiful and fun photos!
The other option would be to save them for a send off when you leave the reception if you’re having one.
Post # 4
I thought “send offs” were done when you leave the reception. Or at least that is how it is done in my area.
Post # 5
We will be haning at our reception until it ends, so no ‘send off’ will be done there. I guess we really aren’t having a send off technically… I was just bummed about not having that fun picture.
@HnyBee: Are your guests waving the flags inside the church while still in their seats (standing maybe).
Post # 6
Anyone done this, pictures?
Here is our church, view from back? Is the photog even going to be able to capture this shot?
Post # 7
I think its a great idea! As long as you do note in the program to wave the ribbon as you walk back the aisle. Maybe inform some of your family so they can take the lead. I say this b/c a recent wedding did not have a send off either. So as they walked down the aisle everyone was supposed to be blowing bubbles but no one knew to do that sooooo the bubbles went unblown. What a waste.
But ribbon wands are so cute! My fingers are sore from screwing the eye screw in the dowels just now. And I jumped online to order my ribbon too. Found it cheapest per yard($0.19 a yard!) at JKM Ribbon. Here is a tutorial in case you need it!
Post # 8
We are doing wedding wands as well. I feel the same as you. Get the guests moving and onto the reception. We’ve decided to walk out of the church and come back in through a back door once everyone has exited the church. Our ushers will then pass out the wands, and instruct guests what to do with them. Then once we do the send off, we will go back in the church for pictures with the bridal party.