Wedding Send-Off Tips & Ideas – 5 Awesome Ideas

Wedding Sparkler Send-Off

Wedding Sparkler send-off!

Wedding Sparkler Send-Off, at Antebellum Oaks – Austin, TX

Looking for great wedding send-off ideas for your big day? We’ve got you covered! When it comes to wedding send-offs, by far, the most popular & fun way to end a great wedding night is to have a send-off for the newly married couple at the end of the night (for a traditional, classic wedding).

For the weddings we do in the Austin and central Texas area, the sparkler send-off is a great option and by far, the most popular. Sparklers look GREAT in photos (especially under the Texas night sky) and they are fairly easy to do! Photographers always do a great job at capturing this magical moment!

You simply need to buy 24 or 36-inch sparklers, bring a way to light them, and a bucket with water! Buying sparklers isn’t too hard, either. There are plenty of websites that have them for sale. The prices can really vary, depending on the seller and on the size you need. We recommend 36-inch sparklers since they last about 3-4 minutes, each.

20 inch sparklers are okay, but they only last 1-2 minutes. You’ll need a longer time since you have to light everyone’s sparkler before the happy couple walks through! The site many people use to purchase our sparklers is “Wedding Day Sparklers.” They have the best prices and great products. Find your sparklers, today, by visiting wedding day sparklers.

Wedding Bubble Send-Off

Bubble wedding send-off!

Bubble Send-Off

Bubble send-offs are also a great way to do a send-off, and they look great for pictures! Keep in mind, however, that the lighting has to be bright, so the bubbles show up well in the photos. You definitely have to keep this in mind with a winter wedding, or fall wedding, and the time change.

If you do want to do a bubble send-off, try scheduling a “mock send-off” earlier for evening wedding send-offs. You can have all your wedding party and wedding guests line up early during the wedding reception (just before sunset photos is a great time) and take send-off photos!

The bubble will look great and all your guests will be in the photo. Then, you can go right back inside (if it’s not an outdoor wedding venue) and party! 🙂 We’ve also seen bubbles on the dance floor, (usually with a bubble machine) during the first dance. These look great in photos and are a great way to have very creative wedding photos!

Neon Glow Sticks Wedding Send-Off

Glow Stick Send-Off Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths

Glow Stick Send-Off

​If you don’t like the idea of an actual fire, or if the venue does not allow sparklers, glow sticks are a great alternative! They look great in pictures, too! These can work in day or night settings and you simply need to have your guests grab one on their way out. No time wasted, waiting for everyone to light their sparklers. Keep in mind many of your guests may be “tipsy” so lighting sparklers can often take longer than it should! 🙂


Environmentally-Friendly Send-Offs

​We definitely did not forget green wedding send-off tips! Environmentally friendly option send-offs are a great wedding exit sparkler alternative! Birdseed send-offs, which have to be done in brighter settings, unless the photographer has the appropriate lighting, which they should. Just be sure to speak to your photographer about this, in advance. The best part: no clean up! (This is more green than a traditional confetti toss).

Another green alternative is leaves and/or dried flowers! In the fall, the various fall leaves have colors that look amazing in photos! You can also try to match your fall wedding colors or color scheme! Search for “leaves for wedding send-off,” to see some great photos! Keep in mind, photographers use editing, so the colors can be enhanced on some of the photos. Rose petals and flower petals also always look great in photos, too!

Other green wedding send-off tips & ideas include:

  • Paper airplanes- yes, you can ask your friends and family to take a moment and make their best paper plane to throw during the grand exit!
  • Ribbon wands, pom poms, and beach balls, and biodegradable confetti are also great, green alternatives! They’ll look great in photos and can be reused, too! We’re a huge fan of green/environmentally-friendly wedding send-off tips & ideas, so if you have more ideas that we didn’t mention, feel free to let us know and we can add them.

Other Wedding Exit Ideas

Silly String, confetti poppers, colorful smoke bombs, guests release sky lanterns, guests release balloons, etc., are all a great choice for final exit ideas, for a memorable wedding exit.

Overall, these are the most popular wedding send-off ideas to send off the newlyweds into their new life on that special day! There are plenty more great ideas, of course. Feel free to leave us a comment, or contact us for more info. Thanks for reading and happy wedding planning!

– Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths Team

Jason Alexander Rubio

Jason has a Master's of Education (MEd), and a Master's of Public Affairs (MPAff). and has been in the DJ field for over 2 decades as a DJ, nightclub owner, radio show DJ/host, bar/club DJ, concert & festival organizer/promoter, and is the co-founder and owner of Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, Radio DJ Drops, Rent Letters Now, and Quince Expos.Jason is also a certified wedding/event planner and has written articles/been featured in The NY Times, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Bustle, Disc Jockey News, DJ Times, DJNTV, The DJ Insider, Mobile Beat, My Wedding Songs, Fox Business News, NBC, ABC, Telemundo, and Wedding Planner Magazine.Jason also published his book "Succeeding in the Wedding Business," in January of 2023. He currently writes all of the wedding/event planning tips and blogs to help everyone plan their event, successfully!

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