the perfect getaway

When you're planning your wedding and reception, don't forget to devote some time to planning your big getaway. This will be the last time your guests see you on your wedding day, and you want to leave them in high style. A sparkler exit is always a hit with guests, and it makes for gorgeous photos as well. Check out this photograph of one of our couples leaving their wedding reception under an arch of sparklers:

sparkler exit

sparkler exit

Gorgeous! And fun, too. Regardless of the time of year, sparklers are a spectacular way to leave your wedding, and wedding guests love being part of something so magical. As you can imagine, there are a few pretty important logistical points to address if you're planning a sparkler exit. Read our post from earlier this year, all about sparkler exits, if you think this might be the grand exit for you.

Looking for something a little cooler? How about a snow exit? This would obviously be perfect for a winter wedding.

snow exit

snow exit

How does it work? There are a couple of ways you can go:

You can keep things simple and let your guests toss "snow" instead of rice or birdseed. There are several biodegradable artificial snow products available (do a Google search for "biodegradable snow" to see your options). Simply prepackage a portion of artificial snow into a paper cone for each guest, and have the cones available for your guests to pick up as they walk outside to see you off.

For a more spectacular exit, you can rent a snow machine! Can you imagine the delight on your guests' faces when they walk outside for your big exit, only to find themselves in the middle of an unexpected snowstorm? There are companies that offer nationwide snow machine rental (Google "snow machine rental"), and you may also have a special effects company nearby that could help you with this (check with the company that's providing your event lighting).

There are even snow machines that'll create a snowstorm indoors -- perhaps over a dance floor? Not exit-related, I know, but it would make for an incredible atmosphere at your reception.

Before purchasing any artificial snow or putting down a deposit on a snow machine, be sure to check with your venue to make sure they'll allow it.

Are you partying at a venue that doesn't allow anything to be thrown during your exit? Have your guests wave something instead.

flag exit

flag exit

This is a great opportunity to personalize your celebration by including something that's special to you. How about pennants for your respective alma maters or your favorite sports teams? Flags representing your cultural heritage? Tissue poms in your wedding colors? All fun options, for your guests and for your photos, too!

Not into the idea of running the gauntlet, so to speak, but still want an extraordinary ending to your event? Make your getaway in a one-of-a-kind vehicle.

bicycle getaway

bicycle getaway

 It might be a super-stretch limo, an antique Rolls, or a vintage Corvette Stingray. But it doesn't have to be a car at all. How about a horse-drawn carriage, a pedicab, a golf cart, or even a trolley? If you're having your reception on the water, consider a getaway by boat. Other unique options would be bicycles (or a tandem bike -- how cute!), horses, or a scooter (think Vespa, not Razor).

However you choose to make your getaway, just make sure it's not an afterthought. Plan it to be an extension of the rest of your celebration, and it'll be the perfect end to a perfect day for both you and your wedding guests.

Photo credits: Sparkler exit photo by Amir West of Photo Fanatic (Northern Virginia wedding photographer). Snow exit photo by Stephania Whitfield Photography (Fort Worth and Waco, Texas, wedding photographer). Flag exit photo by Kate McElwee Photography (Boston wedding photographer). Bicycle exit photo by Grazier Photography (New England and destination wedding photographer).