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Sparkler Send-off Alternatives

Debating on a sparkler send-off? One of the most time-honored wedding traditions is the grand exit, the moment that wedding guests commemorate the departure of the wedding couple from their reception as newlyweds. The ancient Romans tossed rice, a symbol of prosperity and fertility, at newlyweds. In modern times, rice is still common send-off fodder, along with loved ones brandishing lit sparklers on either side of a couple’s exit path. Unfortunately, this is a fire hazard and many venues have banned it. But fear not; there are plenty of other ways to send off your favorite newly-lawfully-wedded duo in style. 

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Things you can throw:

  • Birdseed
  • Confetti
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Herbs
  • Leaves
  • Oatmeal
  • Paper airplanes
  • Rose petals
  • Snow (real or artificial)


Things you can wave:

  • Glow sticks
  • Military swords*
  • Pompoms
  • Ribbon wands
  • Spirit fingers/jazz hands

Other options:

  • Blowing bubbles
  • Ringing cowbells
  • Setting off smoke bombs*
  • Shaking tambourines
  • Spraying Silly String
  • Squirting water guns

*Safe for adults only

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