June 29, 2020
Bride Guide #61 is 4 tips on having the perfect exit from your reception/ celebration by Cedar City Utah Wedding Photographer Lauren Kay Photography.
If you’d rather your exit not be a big deal, you can definitely sneak out under the radar. Personally, I am
a fan of big exits! I love sparklers and cheering and all of that good stuff. It’s nice to end your day with a
Remember to consider how you want to leave. Maybe you want to ride off in a fancy car, or snuggle up
in a horse-drawn carriage, or sail off on a boat, or pedal off in a tandem bike. Be creative, consider your
resources and connections, and make it you! And make sure to coordinate that far in advance. That is a
great thing to put your groom in charge of!
With any exit, put someone else in charge of it. You don’t want to be the one coordinating it while also
trying to leave. When choosing what you want to exit with, just keep in mind your venue’s restrictions
and the cleanup. Have the person in charge have everything ready and distributed by the time you’re
ready to exit. And let your photographer know once you’re getting close!
You can keep wearing your wedding dress, change into a different dress, or even wear casual clothes,
it’s up to you! I think it’s fun when a bride treats herself to a bridesmaid dress or a nice white dress to
wear. That way you can leave your dress with your parents and don’t have to worry about it during your
wedding night and honeymoon. I do recommend wearing the lingerie you’re planning on wearing
underneath whatever you are exiting in! We’ll get to that more in a bit.
1. Have everything ready.
Have your car (or however you’re exiting) pulled up close and ready to go.
Make sure your man has the keys and that you have everything you need! Grab keys, wallets, and
phones. Also grab any gift cards or cash you were gifted that you want to bring. Make sure your
wedding night and honeymoon bags are packed and in the car (do this way beforehand). If you’re
preserving your bouquet, give it to whoever is taking it to get preserved. If you’re keeping a slice
of cake, put someone in charge of preserving it. Have everything ready to go before you exit. You
don’t want to have to come back for something you forgot.
Dance your way through it, let him carry you, or run! You can
definitely run but it will be hard for your photographer to get that perfect exit shot. So, if you want
to run, let them snap a few pictures first and then go for it. Don’t forget to give your main man a
good kiss for the photographer!
Chances are your car will be decorated. Even if you told
people not to. Just embrace it! Choose to laugh. If it’s safe to drive, keep it on until the next day. If
it’s not, stop at a gas station real quick and wash the windows.
Hug everyone beforehand so that once you’ve made the dash you can just go. The more
you can keep the mood of the day going, the better. Once it’s time to go, just go!
Have fun with your exit, whatever that looks like for you, and don’t stay to cleanup. This is your one day
to be the bride and groom! Get in your car and go!
● Sparklers! I know they may seem taboo, but don’t let that scare you. They are so fun! Get the long
ones so they don’t burn out and make sure people don’t light them until you are totally ready to
● Confetti. You can do normal confetti or a natural type of confetti so that it is less cleanup, like rice
or Rice Krispies cereal.
● Bubbles. These are great for a mid-day exit!
● Flower petals. Get extra flower petals from your florist.
● Fireworks. If you want to literally end your night with a bang! Just remember, fireworks are often
illegal unless it’s around certain holidays.
● Lanterns. Remember “Tangled”anyone?
● Ribbons on sticks. When they’re waved back and forth by your guests it looks so neat.
● Clapping and cheering. No one has to coordinate anything, which is nice, and if people put their
hands in the air and cheer, this can still be a great way to exit.