Alternative Wedding Send-Offs for Every Wedding

Your wedding will be over before you know it—make sure your send-off is as memorable as can be with alternatives to the traditional.

Before I started planning my own wedding, I felt like there were certain elements of any wedding that pretty much stayed the same across the board. One of those elements was the send-off—and I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Your wedding send-off is, as the name suggests, the final moment of your big day before you and your newly betrothed hop into your getaway car and officially begin your lives as a we. Traditionally, there have been exits dotted by handfuls of rice and birdseed, and more recently we’ve been waving our own friends off with a sparkler and a smile.

All of that is nice and fun, but there is definitely something to be said for the less traditional avenues—think of it as your first official curtain call as newlyweds. Below, find our ideas for send-offs ranging from new and unique to completely insane.

Unique Wedding Send-offs | Wish Lanterns
Send your wildest wishes into the night sky before your first departure as newlyweds. Image via Beyond The Darkroom Photography

Wish Lanterns

When your guests light and release their wish lanterns into the night sky, they’ll be sending you off with a bright light to lead you wherever your new adventure may take you. Plus, they come in so many fun colors, so you can personalize your send-off to match your wedding!

Eco-friendly Wedding Send-offs | Flower Petals
Pick local blooms or order petals online for a colorful and eco-friendly send-off. Image via Zola

Flower Petals

Not only are they utterly romantic (ahem, photo op), but they’re eco-friendly, making them a perfect choice for a send-off from an outdoor wedding. Bonus points if you use flowers picked from your own yard!

Alternative Wedding Send-offs | Bubbles
Fun, whimsical and offering a subtle pop of reflective color, bubbles are a perfect surprise ending for your wedding guests. Image via Britt Pics.


I love the idea of using bubbles for a daytime send-off, since they’re fun, lighthearted, and add an element of whimsy to your magical moment. Not to mention, your guests will love unleashing their inner child.

Alternative Wedding Send-offs | Ring a Bell
Start the soundtrack to your married life with the help of friends during your wedding send-off. Image via Beaux Arts Photographie

Ring a Bell

Who says your guests have to toss small items in the air for you to have a proper send-off? Use this fun and clever idea and let your guests “ring” you in as newlyweds! Just think: you’ll have your very own exit soundtrack.

Leave your wedding in a hot air balloon!
Make your wedding send-off unforgettable for both you and your guests as you float away into the sky. Image via Wedding Chicks


Extreme(ly Fun) Ideas

Call me crazy, but imagine leaving your own wedding from the basket of a hot air balloon. The thought of being able to look down and truly take in the sheer size of the group celebrating your love is a one-in-a-million chance. If you can do it, do it.

If your big day comes to a close near the water, consider making your exit via (love) boat. You can’t deny the romance of sailing off into the sunset with your one and only.

That’s Not All…

It’s safe to say that if you’re looking for an alternative wedding send-off, you’re going to find one. That said, we’ve made it super easy for you to find one that works for you and your wedding—from the traditional to the truly unbelievable. From Star Wars lightsaber send-offs to Harry Potter wand waves, to riding off on a Christmas sleigh, we’ve got even more ideas for your farewell over on our Pinterest board.

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