The long tradition holds that after a wedding is through, the bride and groom whisk away to their newlywed life in a grand escape. Friends and family line the doors as the couple runs to their getaway car. Candid pictures are captured that the lovebirds hold dear for a lifetime. While this tradition may seem as easy as leaving the venue with your new spouse, there are a few details that need to be discussed to make this event as smooth as possible.
When does your reception end?
This is an important question to ask as your “great escape” pictures can be as different as night and day. Literally! Do you have an early afternoon wedding that ends before dusk? Keep in mind that your grand exit will be pictured in daylight. This might change your mind on the sparklers. If your reception ends at night time however, make sure to plan accordingly with your photographer. Depending on how late the party goes on, you could also run the risk of losing some of your guests as they leave for the night. Be prepared to not have quite as many folks cheering you on to your fancy ride.
Have you delegated accordingly?
This little detail is probably not the number one thing on your to-do list of wedding planning. However, it can’t be overlooked! It is really important to delegate someone to take care of all of the decorations, presents, and belongings for when you leave the venue. Give yourself that peace of mind knowing everything is covered while you enjoy the rest of your night. Don’t forget to send a big thank you to the friend that stays behind!
How creative can you get?
As far as I know, throwing rice at the newlywed couple as they run out of the church has been a big wedding staple. It’s something that comes to my mind when I think of a grand escape. Nowadays, couples have gotten quite creative with their exit props. From sparklers, glitter, and confetti, the possibilities are endless. Even releasing paper lanterns into the night sky has become quite a wedding trend. Whatever you decide, I encourage you to let your personality shine through. Find something that is unique and fun that guests will certainly love to be a part of!