13 Clever Send Off Alternatives to Throwing Rice

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.


2. Birdseed

Give the birds a wonderful dinner as well as a beautiful send off for yourself.


3. Pom-Poms

Fun and colorful, pom-poms are the perfect way to work in your wedding colors and wow the crowd at the same time.


4. Confetti

A key piece to many parties and a great way to get the party started after the ceremony.


5. Glitter

Do what Ke$ha says and “throw glitter in the air.”


6. Sprinkles

Now you can have another tasty treat part of the wedding besides the cake.


7. Sparklers

Sparks will fly when you exit the chapel!


8. Bubbles

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.


10. Leaves

Great for any fall wedding.

Wedding leaves

11. Ring Bells

Having a wedding around Christmas? Bells would be a nice touch for the send off.


12. Money

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!

2 thoughts to “13 Clever Send Off Alternatives to Throwing Rice”

  1. First of all, these images are all stolen and not credited properly. Second of all, one of these images is linking to my blog where I specifically say NOT to throw sprinkles at a wedding. Credit photographers and sources!

  2. Danielle,

    We’re sorry about our mistake. We always credit the source of the image by linking that specific image to where we found it online. We do our best to find the original source, but are sometimes stumped by an image that we love from Pinterest, Google Images, or other sources that do not show its origin.

    It looks like we linked to your blog post and you linked to the original photographer. You’re right though, we should link to the photographer as well. We fixed this by linking the sprinkles image to photographer, Diana Rush. (http://www.dianarush.com/).

    We’ve also done our best to hunt down the original sources for all of the images in this post and have updated their links to original photographers.

    Thanks for keeping us on our toes!


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