Couples marrying fifty years ago didn’t have much choice in how to exit their reception to a waiting car. They ran out under a rain of rice. Now, few people use rice and there are a wealth of options to make your wedding departure unique.
Rice lost its favor with couples when it was rumored (unwarranted, by the way) to hurt birds, who tend to eat it off the ground afterward. It also lost its meaning because most people don’t believe in the superstitions that rice will increase fertility or prosperity.
Practically, rice is a problem because the pelting can hurt if thrown too hard at bare skin and the couple, wearing dress shoes, can slip on it if too much of it is on a sidewalk or pavement.
There are other options to rice that couples find are wonderful alternatives.
Bubbles are the biggest hit and took over after rice was tossed to the curb. They are pretty, fun and safe. Kids attending the wedding love them, so everyone can be involved.
Glow sticks are growing in use for exiting weddings. These come in many colors and make for interesting pictures if the exit is done after dark. Plus, no pelting.
Flower petals. These are colorful and make for beautiful pictures. They are soft and light, so they are easy to run through.
Confetti is fun and can be colorful, but is messy to clean up.
Candy is used in European countries to symbolize sweetness in marriage. It could be a creative option if there are children attending because they can easily be drafted to clean up afterward.
While rice isn’t the most popular options today, some couples may opt for the old tradition. Whether you use rice or an alternative, leaving your reception to start your life together is a moment you will treasure. Please visit us for more information by clicking here .