For the traditional bride and groom, throwing classic items, such as rice, birdseed, and flowers, never goes out of style. The custom of throwing rice comes from ancient Roman times where it symbolized fertility and good fortune to the newlyweds. Throwing rice has fallen out of fashion due to a long-standing myth that rice harms birds. According to online myth debunkers, such as snopes.com, rice actually will not hurt our feathered friends. But it does have its drawbacks. It's messy and difficult to clean up, so many venues do not allow it to be thrown. (It also will get stuck in your fancy up-do, and your new hubby may spend the first moments of marital bliss picking rice out of your hair before photos!) Plus, it's super slippery, and can be a hazard to guests that may be walking on it after the grand departure. So, as beautiful and safe alternatives to this now long-standing American tradition, many modern brides throw seeds, dried lavender, rose petals, sprinkles or leaves to spread good luck.
|Photo by Caroline Eller|
The grand exit from my own wedding where guests threw petals!
For the dare-devil bride and groom, your grand exit can be a showstopper by incorporating the theme of your wedding or something special to your relationship.
|mini beach balls|
|Paper Airplanes (from my super fun airplane-themed wedding)|
If you want to keep things clean or your venue has restrictions on what can be thrown, try some of these options that require little or no cleanup.
|Bubbles (from my lovely Art Institute wedding)|
What are you doing for the big exit? Tell us below…