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Now This Is Far Better Than Throwing Rice At Newlyweds

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By Kellee Khalil for

Throwing rice on the newlyweds as they make an exit from their ceremony or reception has been a wedding tradition for centuries, symbolizing prosperity and fertility. As weddings become more personalized, we've seen a huge shift away from rice or birdseed and toward non-traditional send-offs. Need some inspiration for your wedding send-off? Here are a few of our favorite alternative ideas.

  • Confetti Poppers
    Forever Confetti Popper From BHLDN
    Celebrate your love with an explosion of colorful confetti. Purchase confetti poppers at your local party store, or buy a more stylized version and give them as favors with a cute tag attached.
  • Flower Petals
    Julianna Collett on Equally Wed
    Flower petals. Beautiful and eco-friendly, tossing flower petals is a great alternative to rice or birdseed, especially at an outdoor affair. If you're looking for the same organic feel at a more affordable price, consider throwing lavender buds instead.
  • Sprinkles
    Justin & Mary on Southern Weddings
    Festive and affordable, rainbow sprinkles are fun for send-offs. Buy in bulk at your local supermarket or dollar store and package them up in cute bags to give guests. But beware: if you’re having a summer wedding, sprinkles may melt in guests' hands before they have a chance to throw them!
  • Pennants
    Haley Sheffield on Grey Likes Weddings
    Sports fans? Give guests old-fashioned pennants to cheer on your marriage. We suggest choosing pennants in your color palette or in the shades of your alma mater.
  • Sparklers
    Jonathan Canlas on Snippet and Ink
    This popular wedding send-off makes for a great picture! We recommend passing out sparklers a few minutes in advance and have multiple people walking around with lighters -- timing is everything!

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