Sparklers, candles, fireworks, sequins, oh my!

By Alyssa Brown
May 13, 2020
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Sparkler send-offs, second line parades, firework displays, and decorated cars signal that the wedding festivities have come to an end and that it's time to send the newlyweds off with good wishes and a final moment of joy. But is the big wedding exit overrated? Here, we take a look at some of the pros and cons of the grand exit strategy to help you decide whether or not this tradition is right for you.

Pro: It ends the night on a high note.

These send-offs are created to end the night on a high note, and they always deliver. If a final moment of f-u-n is what you're after, this newfound tradition is sure to be exactly what you want for your big day.

Con: Not everyone loves this kind of attention.

Your wedding day will be filled with moments where all eyes are on the two of you, which is the kind of thing some people love but others truly dread. If you and your fiancé both lean more toward the introverted end of the personality spectrum, a quieter exit will likely be best suited for you.

Pro: It's a great photo moment.

Encapsulating that joy you feel after a day of being surrounded by your loved ones, this is one photo you'll probably want to frame. Even if you decide to exit quietly, in a decorated car, this moment is a fun one for the books.

Con: You may not want to keep your photographer until the end of the party.

Most photographers start their packages at six hours, then go up in one- or two-hour increments. This means there's a good chance your photographer is set to depart long before the reception ends, and contracting them to stay through the end of the evening would cost more money. Unless you plan to fake the exit early for photos, you may not have a chance to get the moment on film without extending your photographer's hours.

Pro: It's a great way to incorporate a cultural tradition.

A send off is a great way to incorporate one last cultural tradition you love. Maybe it's a second line parade from the dance floor to the exit, or maybe you decide the grand exit is a great time to toss your bouquet.

Con: There will likely be restrictions around what your venue will allow.

Every venue has its limitations, so just be sure to get your grand exit plans approved, especially if fire, confetti, or outdoor music is involved.

Pro: It serves as an official end-of-night cue for your guests.

A grand exit leads to a swift guest departure, as the night is officially and clearly coming to an end. If you're providing shuttles for guests, it's a great time for your planners to communicate with them about departures and wrap up the event seamlessly.

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