Just because it's tradition for the bride and groom to leave the wedding as guests toss handfuls of rice or flower petals doesn't mean that's your only option. In recent years, grand exits involving sparklers and fireworks have become popular, as have unique getaway cars and even boats. Remember that your wedding is really a party for you, so there's no rule that says you have to do anything that doesn't feel entirely authentic to who you two are as a couple. You also don't have to be the last people standing like you would at any other event you're hosting. Instead, consider planning a send off that helps you kick off married life in style and leaves the cleanup for someone else!
No matter what type of grand exit you're thinking of, you'll need some helping hands. Consider working with a wedding planner, your venue's coordinators, or members of your bridal party to ensure your exit goes off without a hitch. You'll need help wrangling guests, ensuring you get to say some personal goodbyes, and having transportation ready at the perfect time.
If you plan to have guests participate in your big exit, you'll want to make sure they have what they need (sparklers, pouches of flower petals, bottles of bubbles, and so forth) in time for your departure. Whether you have a dedicated person hanging these items out or plan to display them for guests to grab is up to you.
Make the Announcement
The last thing you want is a well-planned theatric grand exit that only half of your guests are there to see, so enlist some members of your wedding party to encourage guests to stick around for your grand exit as a married couple. Then, when the time comes, your MC, a parent, or someone from your bridal party should give you a ten-minute warning to say goodbye to your closest loved ones before they announce your grand departure.
Choose Something Unique
Sunna Yassin of Bash Please reminds couples to think outside the box. "There are endless ways to creatively say farewell and leave a lasting impression on your guests without breaking the bank!" Consider having guests blow bubbles, wave flags or streamers, ring bells, or throw natural confetti like flower petals or herbs like thyme, mint, or lavender. Julie Savage Parekh, creative director of Strawberry Milk Events, recommends surprising guests with a grand exit that will really 'wow' them like a helicopter, hot air balloon, or speedboat exit. "I always say go big or go home—give them something to talk about!"