Making It Memorable – Decorating for Fun Send-Offs

I remember seeing “Father of the Bride” as a kid with my father and sister. One of the most memorable parts of the movie (along with many others) was the send off. The bride and groom’s grand exit included running down the stairs of their home as the bride’s father frantically sought a way to say goodbye to his daughter.

An all-out vintage approach<br /> Image provided by Tic-Tock Couture Floral Creations<br />Photography by Duke Photography

An all-out vintage approach
Image provided by Tic-Tock Couture Floral Creations
Photography by Duke Photography

They reached the car and waved goodbye to all their guests, anxious to embark on their honeymoon…and the father, well, he was a few seconds too late and missed the send off. It was exciting and I found myself watching and wondering, will he make it in time?” I remember my father saying, “you girls better not do that to me when you get married,” and we laughed and laughed.

When looking at the send off in the movie, had it not been for the excitement of the father of the bride rushing to get to his daughter on time, the whole thing would’ve been just a typical send off. That’s usually what happened back then: the bride and groom changed clothes and left their guests to initiate a new beginning.

Today’s send offs are a far cry from the typical, but create as much excitement as the scene above for all involved. People from around the world are finding unique ways to end their special day; from dance routines, to neon lights, the options are limitless.

A romantic departure complete with champagne and a singing gondolier. Image provided by Lawrence Crandall Photography

A romantic departure complete with champagne and a singing gondolier.
Image provided by Lawrence Crandall Photography

Decisions, Decisions

So, how do you choose? First off, consider your location and personal tastes. Having your event near a lake or body of water? Consider a Venetian send off, complete with a gondola and gondolier. Are you a kid at heart who loves laser tag and all things colorful? Try glow sticks instead of rice! The pop of color will light up the night and look great in pictures. Is your wedding during the day? Bubbles and beach balls are a great way to go.

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Some people love music and dancing. Try a send off with fun choreography to your favorite song and have everyone sing along. Do you love lights? Sparklers make a great send off for an evening wedding and add that special spark to your night. If you wanna go bigger…try fireworks if the location allows for it.

Today’s send offs have changed from the limo or car with “just married” written on the window.  They are experiences touched with your personal creativity that build memories for all those involved in your special day.

Happy Planning!

Images provided by: Tic-Tock Couture Floral Creations, Lawrence Crandall Photography, Duke Photography, Robert Evans Studios, A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production, KLK Photography, Michael Jonathan Studios

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Bright streamers and confetti fill the air
Image provided by A Good Affair, Wedding and Event Production
Photography by KLK Photography

Sparkling Send Off Image provided by Robert Evans Photography

Sparkling Send Off Image provided by Robert Evans Photography

Showers of confetti Image provided by Michael Jonathan Studios

Showers of confetti Image provided by Michael Jonathan Studios

Let guests fill the sky with glowing orbs Image provided by Robert Evans Studios

Let guests fill the sky with glowing orbs Image provided by Robert Evans Studios

Be the captain of the boat Image provided by Robert Evans Studios

Be the captain of the boat Image provided by Robert Evans Studios

Send up the fireworks Image provided by Robert Evans Studios

Send up the fireworks Image provided by Robert Evans Studios

Glow sticks light the way Image provided by Robert Evans Photography

Glow sticks light the way Image provided by Robert Evans Photography