Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Four Months and Counting!

As of today we have exactly 4 months until we get married and hopefully make a grand exit like these:
Photo of Jessica Lynn at Tying the Knot

We have decided to have a bubble exit! We discussed several different options but in the end we decided on the bubbles for these reasons!
A. No mess to clean up
B. Great photo impact which can be seen in the photos above
C. Safe
D. Fun
E. Cheap

The only con I see is that it could get a little sticky! But I will overlook that flaw for a beautiful bubble exit!

Here are some of the other options we considered-

1. Sparkler Exit
Pros-
A. High Impact
B. Fun
C. Cheap

Cons-
A. Safety: large group of people + children who will want to participate = possibility for disaster!
B. Permits: a lot of places, especially historical landmarks, require permits
C. Timing: our wedding is at 5:30pm in August so it will not even start to get dark until after nine or so at night. We would have to wait until after the wedding to really get the impact that I would want.
D. Mess: there would be some clean up involved but no where near as bad as confetti or rose petals.
E. Smoke: sparklers do emit smoke so depending on when they are lit you may have to contend with smoke in your pictures which could inevitably ruin the impact you are looking for.

Don't get me wrong! I LOVE the pictures I see of the sparkler exit but I just don't think it will be conducive for our wedding.

2. Rose Petals
Pros-
A. Very pretty
B. Great way to tie a color theme in with the exit
C. Can be eco-friendly

Cons-
A. Cost: if real rose petals are used the cost can be exorbitant! Silk petals are a cheaper route but can be a headache to clean up.
B. Mess: most places will want you to clean up the petals even if they are real. That being said, if you are allowed to leave the petals and are worried about the environment you could always go with Eco-Friendly Rose Petals which are biodegradable but not the cheapest solution.
C. Stain/Slippery: if real petals are used there is a chance that one could slip or the bride could stain her dress on the petals.

Very pretty but could be a huge hassle!

3. Ribbon Wands
Photo via Favor Ideas
Pros-
A. Great way to tie color theme in with exit
B. Fun
C. Everyone can participate
D. No mess

Reasons against-
A. Cost: if purchased these little babies can add up.
B. Time: if you make these then it is one more thing to add to the good old DIY list.
C. Impact: personal opinion- not as big of an impact as bubbles, sparklers, or petals.

Awesome alternative if the aforementioned ideas can't be used!

4. Confetti/Bird Seed
Pros-
A. Bird seed has no environmental impact and is food for the birds.
B. There is biodegradable confetti
C. Another way to tie a color theme into an exit
D. Fun
E. Impact

Cons-
A. Mess: again most places will make you clean it up
B. Safety: don't laugh but I did have a cousin get bird seed in her eye. She had a red, irritated eye for a good hour after their exit. No thanks!
C. Timely: more than likely you will have to package each packet of bird seed or confetti for your guests to throw

What type of exit are you opting for?!?

Have a great Wednesday! One day closer to the weekend! YAY!

15 comments:

Adrienne said...

Yay for four months to go!! I am sure your bubble exit will be fun and create cute photos in the process! I can't wait to see them!

My Dream Ring said...

I bet those four months will FLY by! I like the bubble exit, how fun!

Lynsey and Brian said...

Thanks for posting this. We've been trying to decide. My love for fireworks and wanting to use sparklers bit the dust when the venue informed us that they weren't allowed. So we went back to the drawing board and I think bubbles is the way we are going too! But this just helped me realize how much I do love bubbles.

Yay for 4 months!!!

Mara (The Wedding Cabaret) said...

4 months!! exciting! We did heart shaped bird seeds.. Then as we danced our first dance, we had people use bubbles. The pics came out awesome!!

Shannon said...

We're doing bubbles too! :) I agree with you, it is the most cost effective and easiest! Can't wait to see pics of your beautiful exit in just 4 months!!

Newport Nuptials said...

Hmmm.. I think I like the bubbles and sparklers best!

Jenny.Lee said...

Yay only 4 months!!!!

Lindsey said...

YAYAYAYA for 4 months!!!

LOVE the confetti!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

oooo only 4 months! how exciting. never have seen ribbon wands used, interesting.

MissKarenAshley said...

The bubbles are a good idea. How cute they'll look in photos! Sparklers would be my second choice.

Cher said...

oooh..I like the sparklers one! That way you can honestly say you saw sparks fly on your wedding day!!...or something like that! Good luck in the rest of your planning! Such a fun time! I wish I could do it over...again and again! Such a happy memory! Don't forget about the romance after the wedding...I've got lots of fun ideas for you!

megankl said...

I love the bubbles idea. I don't think our wedding will be very conducive to any type of "exit" due to our location, but I bet the bubbles would be super cute during the first dance!

Justin and Jenn said...

We went with sparklers when we left. I loved all the pics I saw. The pics we ended up getting weren't exactly what I had in mind- they were cool, just not what I had pictured. I kind of wish we could have used rose petals. EVERY reception site we looked at had a huge list of things they didn't allow: rice, birdseed, petals...you name it!

Cyd said...

I love the bubbles!

Jenn said...

I went to a wedding recently where the bride got a huge burn on her shoulder from a sparkler! No thank you - I like the safe and pretty bubbles better. :)