Vows have been exchanged, the cake has been cut, and you’ve busted a move with all of your favorite people. Now, it’s time for an exit as grand as your love. And don’t forget that when it comes to planning the end of your wedding reception, you also have to get your guests out of the venue on time without ruining their fun memories of the celebration. That’s why we’re ditching the sparklers for unique wedding send-off ideas that’ll make for a fun and picture-perfect exit.
From fireworks to parades and even late-night snacks, here are the top wedding send-off ideas you’ll actually want to incorporate into your big day.
Wedding Send Off Ideas
Talk about going out with a bang—literally! If you’re looking to take your reception to the next level, a fireworks display is the way to go. But before lighting up the sky, there are extra safety precautions and clearances you’ll have to consider. Before choosing a grand firework exit talk with your wedding planner and venue about your options. If you get the green light, make sure your photographer knows the plan and simply enjoy that magical final moment of your day.
If your heart is sold on a grand firework exit, you’ll want to make sure you’re asking all the right questions during your venue search. On top of the important questions to ask wedding venues before booking, you’ll want to confirm they allow fireworks on their property. Doing this before booking will help you narrow down your search and help sort out logistics.
2. Let It Snow
No matter where or when you tie the knot, a snow grand exit is always an option. And we know what you’re thinking. Even in summer? On the beach? Absolutely! You can now purchase fake, biodegradable snow confetti which means your incredible grand exit photos don’t have to harm the environment—a double win!
Shop Biodegradable Snow Confetti: 50 Snow Wedding Confetti Snow Packets ($19.70); Snow Confetti ($0.85); Let It Snow Confetti Poppers ($5.85); 100 Bags White Snow Wedding Confetti ($43.35); Let It Snow Wedding Confetti Pack ($11.82)
3. Smoke Bombs
Every smoke show couple deserves a dramatic, eye-catching exit. And smoke bombs are just that. This long-living trend has taken the wedding world by storm because of the texture and color it brings to wedding photos. We’ve seen smoke bombs be used for engagement sessions and wedding party portraits, but why not your grand exit?
No party is complete without confetti—weddings included. And after dancing the night away, we can’t think of a more fitting way to bring your reception to a close than confetti poppers. Much like the artificial snow, you can now purchase biodegradable confetti that’s safe for the environment and makes for show-stopping photos.
Shop Confetti: Push-Pop Confetti ($12.00); 50 Packets Pink and White Flake Confetti ($19.70); Biodegradable Confetti ($20.48); Wedding Confetti Cannon ($4.50); Mini Confetti Bags ($20)
5. Last Dance
Odds are you’ve thought about your first dance. But, what about the last dance? The last dance is an underrated wedding tradition that makes for an incredible end to any celebration. If the idea of a formal exit doesn’t appeal to you, close your night with all your guests on the dance floor instead. You can opt for a sweet and sentimental slow dance or end the night with an upbeat crowd favorite. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
A wedding DJ’s job stretches far beyond picking out songs. On top of their long list of wedding day tasks, they also are in charge of keeping your wedding timeline in check and announcing transitions throughout the day. If you’ve chosen a last dance, make sure your DJ is in the loop so they can announce the final song and instructions for exiting the venue.
6. Parade Your Love
Parades are typically held in celebration of holidays and big events—your wedding fits that description. Grab your significant other, your wedding party, and guests for one last hurrah before the night ends. To take your parade to the next level, bring your band along as you parade your love through the streets.
7. Ride Off Into The Sunset
Rent a vintage car, hop on your motorcycle, a horse-drawn carriage, or even a moped—riding off into the sunset with your spouse will feel magical no matter which transportation you choose. But whatever you do, don’t forget the “just married” sign for the perfect cherry-on-top addition.
8. Late Night Snack Delivery
After dancing and drinking the night away, you and your guests are bound to be hungry when the night comes to a close—even after dinner and cake. That’s when it’s time to cue the curbside snacks. Think pizza delivery, food trucks, or pre-made snack packs.
Your ceremony, check. Your reception, check. Now it’s honeymoon time. Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or take this celebration international, here’s our must-read guide for planning your dream honeymoon from start to finish.
Wow – what the heck, these are gorgeous! Hats off to every photographer on here – wedding exits are possible the hardest thing EVER to capture, and they have some STUNNING shots and inspiration here :)
Ryan Breitkreutz –
Kelowna Wedding Photographer
Nothing is better than a confetti exit!!! it’s like being a kid again!!!!
Awesome Collection of Wedding Photographers :)
Having photographed many wedding exits over the years I’ve gained a serious appreciation for photographers who can create shots like these! Talk about a challenging lighting environment… Everything has to be perfect, and you get like 5 seconds to dial things in. Thanks for the shots!