It’s tradition to have a celebratory send off once a bride and groom have said their “I do’s,” and in the past, the item that was a big part of this congratulatory send off was rice. However, rice turned out to have a horrible side effect to many friendly pigeons in the area, so alternatives needed to be put in place for a safer and more environmentally friendly send off.
To help make your send off with your new husband extra special, we have compiled a list of 13 alternatives to throwing rice that you can incorporate into your send off! These are not only fun and unique options, but they will get your guests involved in the celebration!
1. Paper Airplanes
Go back to your schoolyard days and make paper airplanes.
Give the birds a wonderful dinner as well as a beautiful send off for yourself.
Fun and colorful, pom-poms are the perfect way to work in your wedding colors and wow the crowd at the same time.
A key piece to many parties and a great way to get the party started after the ceremony.
Do what Ke$ha says and “throw glitter in the air.”
Now you can have another tasty treat part of the wedding besides the cake.
Sparks will fly when you exit the chapel!
Bubbles are probably the most popular alternative seen at weddings, but they are still one of our favorites!
9. Rose Petals
Make your send off super romantic and charming by having your guests toss rose petals.
Great for any fall wedding.
11. Ring Bells
Having a wedding around Christmas? Bells would be a nice touch for the send off.
Make it rain (with fake money, of course).
13. Streamer Wands
Amp up the party vibe with streamer wands! They’ll not only get the party started off right, but you can find them in your wedding colors for reasonable prices.
Out of the 13 ideas in this list, we hope one of them jumps out at you as a must-have for your send off. If you’re worried about some of the messier send off ideas, just make sure you have your custom bride shirt handy and your husband has his custom groom shirt ready afterwards.
What are some other alternatives that we missed? Share them with us in the comments section below!