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10 Fun Options for a Grand Exit from Your Wedding

10 Fun ways to make a Grand Exit from your wedding

This year I’ll shoot my 200th wedding, so with all of those nuptials, I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of fun grand exits!  I often get asked for ideas, since more and more venues are laying down strict rules about what is and what isn’t allowed.  Here are 10 of my favorite ways to say farewell at the end of your wedding night:

No.1  THE SPARKLER EXIT

By far the most popular, it’s a classic way to say goodbye, and photographs beautifully at night.  If you’re planning a sparkler exit, I recommend longer sparklers (the short ones burn out too quickly), and designate 4-6 people with *working* lighters to help light all of the sparklers at once.  Leave room for the couple to walk, and try  not to catch the photographers hair on fire.  😉  And don’t forget to have a few buckets of water for your guests to extinguish their sparklers at the end.

Sparkler Grand Exit from Weddings

No.2 BUBBLES

Bubbles have become more and more popular for the exit, as nearly all venues will allow them outside.  The bonus is they photograph well in bright daylight or at night, so if you’re exiting from a ceremony site before heading to your reception, you may consider them as a daytime exit option.

Bubble Grand Exit from Wedding at Night

No.3 ROLLED STREAMERS

Some instruction required, but they make for some really great exit shots, and the guests will love playing along with this one.  Image HERE.

No.4 BEACH BALLS

Definitely not your traditional exit, but I loved it for this destination wedding in Hawaii, and would be fun for any beach wedding.

Hawaii Destination Wedding with Beach Ball Grand Exit

No.5 RIBBONS ON STICKS

Another fantastic option for venues with stricter rules on how you exit.  No mess involved, easy to coordinate to your wedding colors, and a great impact.

Grand Exit from Wedding with Ribbons on Sticks

No.6 THE HUMAN TUNNEL

Sometimes less is more, and all you need to do is rally up your friends in two rows with hands in the air for a warm and fun exit!

Grand Exit from wedding through Human Tunnel

No.7 CONFETTI GUNS

Please someone use these.  Such a big impact, and a colorful and exciting exit.  Be sure to check with your venue to see if they’re allowed, and please consider biodegradable confetti.  See images HERE and HERE.

No.8 COLORFUL SPRINKLES

This was such a big hit at the wedding, and made for some very colorful exit shots!  The bride filled paper straws with candy sprinkles, and their guests tossed them in the air as they exited.  Heat and moisture are a consideration in this one, as those candy sprinkles could leave some colorful mementos on your wedding dress.

Grand Exit from Wedding with Colorful Sprinkles

No.9  BALLOONS

While I personally don’t think they are as effective at night, exiting down a balloon lined walkway for your daytime exit looks a bit whimsical and so much fun!  Go big on color or keep it uniform with white or another color.  Images HERE and HERE.

No.10 FLOWER PETALS

Flower petals will have the same colorful effect as confetti, (mix and match colors for a bigger impact) and are typically allowed outdoors and at most venues.  Keep in mind you need A LOT of petals for the exit- better to have too many than not enough.Rose Petal Grand Exit from wedding reception

Christine and Collin: Seattle Wedding at Canlis Glass Studio and Ivar’s Salmon House


Bride and Groom with Beautiful Seattle Skyline at Sunset

Christine and Collin’s wedding took place on the most amazing Spring day in Seattle.  And when you plan your wedding for the end of March, you’re also bound to get an arboretum full of gorgeous blooming cherry blossom trees.  Their colorful spring palette of shades of blues and greens was stunning against the bright bouquets and the cherry blossom’s soft pink flowers.  Such a great way to kick off my Spring weddings.

We did portraits in Seattle’s Arboretum (with colorful streamers, big white balloons, and some bright blue umbrellas!), and then made a quick stop at one of my favorite piers to catch a few portraits with the Seatle Great Wheel and the waterfront.  Their intimate ceremony took place at Canlis Glass Studio in Belltown, followed by a fun and colorful reception at Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union.  We ended the evening with a sparkler exit at sunset, and a few more portraits with that glowing Seattle skyline.

Christine and Collin, I am so happy I could be there to watch as your friends and family celebrated your marriage.  I hope these images remind you of all the joy and happiness that day.

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Some of the people and businesses who made this day possible:

Ceremony: Canlis Glass Studio

Reception: Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union

Photography: Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co.

Florist: Jen Gathers

Cake: Mimi’s Bakery (cake) Cupcake Royale (cupcakes)

Hair/Make Up: Belle Marrie Salon

And thank you Saskia for the awesome second shooting assistance!

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Wedding: Brooke and Lindy

 

 

 

Beautiful Seattle wedding portrait at night in the rain with Great Ferris Wheel in background at Four Seasons Hotel

Brooke and Lindy are the perfect example of a winter ballroom wedding done right.  So right.  The Four Seasons could not have been a more beautiful setting.  The views of Seattle’s Great Wheel are breathtaking (and also the backdrop to the ballroom), and on this rainy, cold, night, there was no way we weren’t heading up to the pool area for some night portraits. Brooke’s daughter was the cutest flower girl (please see her reaction to seeing herself in her dress for the first time!), and I just melted while taking the pictures of the three of them together.  It was drizzling outside, but the day felt warm, and happy, and full of love.  Scroll down to see the amazing floral by Flora Nova (Christiane is so talented!), and a full list of vendors involved at the bottom.  Thank you Brooke and Lindy for inviting me along on this day!  I am SO happy for your family!!

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Ceremony/Reception Location: The Four Seasons, Seattle

Photographer: Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co.

DJ: Ed- The Wedding DJs

Florist: Flora Nova

Officiant: Mary Calhoun

Hair/Makeup: Kathy Evans

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