A get asked a lot about what I like best for a Reception Exit. What do I prefer? Sparklers are the most popular, but I’m here to give you some more ideas that you might not have thought of and let you find an exit that fits you and exactly the energy you want your reception to end with.
Balloon Animal Balloons… Not shaped like an animal lol. Just blow them up and keep them out straight. This was just part of the dancing, but it would be cool for an exit too! They add pops of color and are so much fun!
Flower Petals are a great natural option to confetti. Just make sure that if you want your guests to throw flower petals, that the petals are large… think, Rose petals instead of guests throwing Lavender. Include a little greenery for a little more color variation too!
Bubbles are a lot of fun, but probably the most unpredictable exit. Will the guests blow enough bubbles? Will it be too windy? If you do decide to go the bubble exit route, a little trick is to bring a couple bubble machines to help your drunk guests not pass out while trying to blow enough bubbles. Just remember to bring an extension cord or two!
Probably the most popular reception exit option. There is something so romantic about them. Just make sure and check with your reception venue to make sure you’re allowed to light them! I would recommend getting sparklers that are meant for Weddings. They offer them in 20-36″ and those sparklers will burn 2-3 minutes, giving you plenty of time to run through the sparkler tunnel… maybe even a couple times!
Confetti is always beautiful. Whether for a ceremony or reception exit, it’s always a good choice if your venue allows it. Biodegradable confetti is the most eco friendly option, like this one, this one, and this one.
Light sticks are commonly brought out for the dance floor, but why not use the for your reception exit too! Just have the DJ/Band announce for everyone to get their light stick and head over to where you’ll be having your exit.
Like spirit fingers, this is another great option for if you forgot or didn’t get your exit of choice in time for your wedding day. Everyone has a cell phone, just have them turn their flashlights on and shine them toward you!
You may wonder why I don’t like Lavender or why Bird Seed isn’t on this list… I don’t like them for 3 reasons:
1. It gets into your eyes and mouth
2. It is usually thrown in a clump or group because it’s got a little weight to it
3. Some guests will throw it at you, instead of throwing it up and letting it fall onto you. ♂️
I hope this helps you decide what kind of exit is right for you and your wedding. Remember to check into if your wedding venue has any restrictions of what you can and cannot have.