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Ever wonder why people throw rice or confetti at newlywed couples at weddings? This post-ceremony practice has been around since ancient Roman times and isn’t just a festive way of ending a wedding—it actually symbolises showering the bride and groom with abundance and fertility.

Don’t want to use rice (or maybe don’t want a baby right away)? Borrow other ideas from around the world. In France people throw wheat, a symbol of bounty, after the ceremony. Italians rain candy and sugared nuts over couples, for sweetness in marriage. For something a little less traditional, give your guests flower petals or paper airplanes to toss, or choose biodegradable confetti, which is even easier to clean up.

If your venue won’t allow guests to throw anything, don’t fret! You can attach fabric or ribbons to long, thin sticks, for waving in the breeze. Guests can also blow bubbles, or serenade you with little bells or other noisemakers. For more ideas, get inspired by these….

PAPER AIRPLANES

Ask your guests to make up some simple paper airplanes whilst waiting for you to walk down the aisle. Not only are they fun to do and gives your wedding party an activity before you arrive, they also create some really unique wedding exit pictures!

FLOWER PETALS

White rose petals are lovely and beautiful and create a romantic way to leave the aisle as newlyweds. The petals can be put into paper bags stamped with your names to make them really personalised.

DRIED LAVENDER

Long live the newlyweds! The French say envelopes of lavender for guests to toss bring luck to the newly wedded couple (and they smell great!).

dried lavendar

BICYCLE BELLS

Not only will your guests clap but they will also ring their bells to your wedding. What a fun (and noisy) way to celebrate your ceremony.

FRAGRANT HERBS

Instead of paper confetti, why not have baskets of lavender, thyme, mint, and rosemary in paper cones. After the “I Dos” everyone could toss the fragrant herbs, showering you as you depart.

FLAGS

Guests could wave flags, either in your colours or your nationalities. A really unique and personalised way to celebrate the nuptials.

RAINBOW CONFETTI

Massive amounts of rainbow confetti create fabulous pictures, especially if you keep it as a surprise from your bride or groom!

Rainbow wedding

POPCORN

Some venues ask you not to throw confetti or anything that causes a big mess, so why not throw something organic for guests to toss during the exit. How about popcorn? Not only can guests have a sneeky munch during the service, but again a fab way to make your celebratory walk out!

BUBBLES

Bubbles and bubbly can be on hand for the celebration. You could even personalise the bubble containers for all to keep!

BELLS AND RIBBONS

Bells topped off ribbon wands for guests to wave with tags attached to each read: “When the bride and groom walk your way, wave your wand and shout hooray!”

bells and ribbons

They are many, many more ideas too that can add a unique exit to your service! Have you thought of anything different? What are you going to use to celebrate your nuptials as you walk back down the aisle together?