We have had a few emails from our current brides asking what our favorite “send off” ideas are so I thought I would put a quick blog post up explaining some different options! We have seen a lot of different things but the majority of weddings here in Oklahoma use either sparklers or rose petals. We are starting to see a new trend of a send-off after the ceremony when all of your guests are still there instead of at the very end of the night when only a few family and friends are left. We absolutely LOVE this idea for a couple of reasons. ONE… there are WAY more people there to throw or hold the things that you will be running thru. TWO- a lot of times it is still light outside and you can still see all of the people in line and we dont have to light up the exit with flash. We have a couple of different things that we have seen at receptions that we will talk more about below…

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Brad and Katie were married 4 years ago and they had a send off right as they were walking down the aisle. They had cute little flower petal holders hanging on the end of each aisle and I love the color and celebration that  showed in their images from the aisle exit.

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Confetti is another fun option. Guests thru colored paper confetti at Rachel and Evans wedding a few years ago. I love the different sizes of paper.

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Glow sticks are fun but in my opinion they dont photograph all that well for the actual send off. When its dark I love the colors they put off (see below) but when you are running thru the lines we have to use flash to be able to see your faces and they look like sticks being held.

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This fun crowd decided to throw the colored glow sticks instead of hold them and it actually looked a lot better! Glad these guests got crazy ;)

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This is some sort of eco-fetti that Lauren and Cody used as their send off. It had a different texture than I have seen and was a fun send off idea! Kristin and Matt, and Brittany and Rob used confetti as well!

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Certain venues that have restrictions require to use something that doesnt involve fire or that they have to pick up. Quite a few of our brides have used these types of ribbon wands that you can make yourself or find on Etsy.

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We even have had one bride and groom almost 7 years ago use placebo pills because they were both pharmacists… how fun is that?

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Sparklers are the most popular option for late evening send offs…

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I found this funny pic in the archives as I was searching for sparkler send offs… how funny is this little guy?!?!

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Our bride Aija used balloons and rose petals for her send off… we loved this idea! I have seen balloons a handful of times at one of my weddings and think they are really fun for a send off post ceremony when its still light outside!

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Bubbles are also still a popular option….

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But sometimes when it is really windy you cant see them… thanks to the lovely Oklahoma wind ;(

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Pom poms are a new trend that I havent seen all that often but think they are fun!

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Chinese lanterns have made their way to Oklahoma wedding receptions… they are a fun way to end your evening.

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We hope this gives you some insight on reception send off ideas! As always, feel free to email us if you have any questions or thoughts on what to use for your own wedding! We love to help!

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  • You know what’s funny? We didn’t have a send off and didn’t even plan one because we were some of the very last people to leave our reception. We wanted to stay and play and eat and drink and dance and enjoy the band we’d paid for and spend as much time as possible with all the friends and family who had come so far to see us. Just before we walked across the street to the hotel we were staying at, a friend asked us to walk hand in hand down the street (a beautiful downtown street in Tulsa) so she could get a picture of our backs as we walked away. That’s the closest thing to a send off we have and it was taken with a phone!

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