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Recessional: Love Will Be In The Air, Confetti Will Not

March 8th, 2011 by     


After we tie the knot, Apple Sauce and I will make our exit out of the ceremony space and … into the next room. Our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception are all in the same venue. While this is super convenient for our guests — no one has to worry about driving to and finding parking at a second location — it makes it hard for us to get that classic wedding photo op. You know the one: where the bride and groom emerge from the church under a shower of confetti and make their way to the getaway car.

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Credit: sparklersonline.com

My week, so far, has been all about finding unique ways to dress up our indoor mini recessional. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

At first, I was all set on using big felt Valentine’s hearts. Yes, the ones I snuck into last week’s Valentines inspiration board. I’d planned to have them tucked into cones of sheet music that were lined in rustic boxes for guests to take as they walk into the ceremony space. I couldn’t wait to be married and then showered with these gorgeous graphic hearts!

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But alas, after re-reading my venue’s contract, it turns out that confetti of any kind is strictly prohibited, or suffer the consequence of a $300 cleanup fee. So, someone PLEASE steal this idea and then post the pictures! Onto the next idea…

Sparklers are out, of course, because we’ll be indoors and um, FIRE!

Bubbles are cute, but I think they’re a little too precious for our “Old Brooklyn boardwalk” style of wedding. I mean, were bubbles even invented in the 1920s? (Yeah, they probably were.)

And then it hit me: pinwheels. They perfectly evoke the fun, colorful vibe we’re going for, they don’t require any cleanup, and there are a million places to find them on etsy! Guests can hold them up, wave them, spin them and bring them home for a fun carnival-like souvenir. I found these adorable handmade pinwheels below by etsy shop owner petitsmetier.

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What do you think?

6 Responses to “Recessional: Love Will Be In The Air, Confetti Will Not”

  1. Sabina Says:

    It’s amazing what you can do if you use your imagination

  2. Magnolia Bud Says:

    I love them! and i love the polkadots !

  3. Sandy Says:

    The pinwheels are adorable, but personally, I don’t see the need to be so worried about a recessional. I’ve attended many weddings where the couple doesn’t have one. Instead, they do a “sendoff” when they leave the reception site, at which point they can have sparklers or flowers or whatever. A big, exciting recessional seems anti-climactic to me since you’ll be seeing the couple in 20 minutes at the reception. I’d give out the pinwheels near the end of the party and have everyone see out to the limo. Just my opinion.

  4. Orchid Bud Says:

    I think it’s a cute idea, but I think I have to go with Sandy on this one. Every wedding I’ve been to has had a lame exit. This is mostly due in part to capturing the moment by the photographer. My cousin’s photographer faked the whole thing. After taking pictures of the bridal party standing at the door of the church he then instructed the couple to run, like they were running out of the church. Anti-climatic is definitely the word for it.

    I think it looks and feels more dramatic if it’s done as you are leaving the party for good, which was probably where the tradition started. If this sendoff is done outside, then your sparklers totally aren’t a fire hazard ; )

  5. Magnolia Bud Says:

    I think they just need to really *twirl* in order for them to be exciting. Check out the ones from Etsy store pickledparlor. Hers REALLY spin!

  6. jen Says:

    something that could be really effective is ribbon wands, you can make these yourself cheaply and to co-ordinate with your colour theme.

    I love them =D