Everybody enjoys the moment at a wedding where the bride and groom walk through an aisle made by friends and family and are whisked away in a car to spend their honeymoon together. It has been a long standing tradition for guests to participate in this post ceremony practice by throwing things at the bride and groom as they leave the reception.
Originally this custom was carried out using rice or other grains to symbolize the showering of fertility and abundance on the bride and groom. Today, couples get way more creative with their send-offs. In Italy, people toss candy and other sugary treats to wish the couple “sweetness” in marriage. And in France, they toss wheat as a symbol of richness.
Over the years, 7F has also seen its fair share of unique send offs. I asked Donna and Laura (our manager) what some of their favorites were, and wanted to share them with you:
- One 7F couple was high school sweethearts, so they decided to run through a decorated banner for their send off, like football players usually go through during high school football games. Not only was this one of a kind, but it also represented their history together!
- Because we are located in College Station, we have some very proud Aggie couples, who carry their love of A&M over to their weddings. A few couples have incorporated this into their send off by having their guests wave 12th Man towels as they walk through. We’ll “whoop” to that!
- Another couple decided to have Styrofoam airplanes at their send off, an especially sentimental choice because the groom was a military airman.
Those have been some of the most unique, but here’s a quick list of some of the other ones I really like:
- Glow Sticks
- Flower Petals
- Hand Clappers
Whether you are getting married in a couple months, or a couple years, you can keep these ideas in your back pocket to make your special day even more memorable!