(Closed) What’s up with rice/bird seed/flower throwing?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Many years ago, people traditionally threw rice at weddings in the U.S. (I never bothered to research why.) However, a number of years ago, the practice of throwing rice ended due to (I think) it causing problems for birds that ingested the raw rice.  Then people began throwing birdseed. I would imagine that throwing anything — even things such as flower petals that are deemed environmentally safe — would depend on the rules and regulations of the venue. I can’t imagine that it is easy for venues to clean up after each wedding.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@AlbertaBride:  I’ve only ever seen this done outside, as the B&G exit the church and head to their limo.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

The bride and groom stay for the receiving line and therefore are the last to leave.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My understanding was the throwing rice was to wish luck in never being hungry, then

@AlbertaBride:  is totally correct that it was changed due to not being healthy for the birds.  Nowadays I think it’s more about the photo op than anything else.  And yes, definitely check with your venue.  Ours did not allow us to throw anything, including blowing bubbles. 

I’ve seen ribbon wands, and sparklers though, if you wanted something still celebratory.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@ThingsThatShine:  Yes. And, also, they usually remain for their formal pictures, while guests are either headed to the reception or waiting outside for the bride and groom to finish with pics at the church.

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