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Wedding exits are commonly done just after the ceremony as you leave the ceremony space/church. We recommend prioritizing this so your photographer gets the best pictures and not at the guests as this is normally one of those pictures you will look back at in the future.
Your guests generally form two lines and can throw confetti filling the air as you walk to your car. There are lots of alternative ways of completing this and some might be more suitable than others to your wedding and locations specially if confetti is not allowed by your venue. We’ve got lots of different ideas here to help be creative specially where venues may have some restrictions.
Normally done by the exit of the ceremony building, but it can be done anywhere you can create two lines. You could even wait and have it at your reception venue. Look for landmarks like small bridges over a river, stiles over a fence to a field or even a barn door as these look great in the background. Other Ideas cold including waiting till the evening and do it under festoon lighting across a pathway or have tethered sky lanterns filling the sky. Always check with landowners/the venues so they know what to expect, they can also ensure your guests go in the right direction.
- Farm Field
- Fence Stile
- Barn Door Entrance
- Line the walkway with bales of hay
- Get people on either side holding hand to create an archway
- By a river / hill / mountain
- Under the Porte-cochère (covered entrance)
- By the bar
- Covered walkways
- In front of a fountain
- Car/Horse drawn carriage with confetti in the air.
You may need to check with the suppliers of both to make sure they wont affect the animals/vehicles
- On a nearby beach
- In front of the band
They will have to setup earlier so it could affect your budget
- In front of something meaningful to you. It could be an object you saw on your first date, the day you got engadged, the day you met or even your workplaces
Examples could include modern or rustic fire engines, buses, your first car, ice cream van etc
If your venue doesn’t allow confetti, you want to think green or want other ideas you could go with one of the following. We recommend chatting to your photographer and venue about these as some can affect the equipment they need or may have restrictions or alternative ideas. Generally you want to fill the air with something that doesn’t make it look like your just standing around.
- Flower petals
- Paper Butterflies
Keep buckets of water ready to put them out
- Pom Poms / Ribbon on a stick
Hand them out to each guest, get them to hold them at a 45 degree angle to create an arch and shake
- Party Poppers
Never let the rain ruin the fun so hold those umbrellas up high
Sometimes the simplest ideas can look brilliant on photos specially if you’re on a budget.
- Hang Festoon Lighting / bunting over the walkway.
- Paper Airplanes
- Helium Filled Balloons
Always be safety conscious, venues will most likely ask for a risk assessment so we recommend booking a professional fireworks company how can advise you.
- Smoke / Haze
- Having a light behind you can put you in a slight silhouette in the photos with your guests cheering along and look. Its recommended to use smoke / haze to make the air misty to make this effect really work
- Have the guests hold torches, pointing them at you with the lights off can be a great way to show up on photos. They can also point the torshes at each other and have fun lighting up different things. It can add creativity to the photos.