A photographer has shared an inexpensive tip to help make the bride and groom's wedding exit extra special.
Wedding exits are an important consideration for any couple planning their nuptials. It's a chance to finish the big day with one final flourish and create a symbolic moment for their guests as the newlyweds embark on their new life together.
However, it's not without its pitfalls particularly as many are now increasingly eager to balance costs with a focus on being environmentally friendly.
In the past, couples often opted for inexpensive options like confetti to help create an eye-catching look. However, as California event planner and stylist Heather Balliet explained, these days, even confetti can come with drawbacks.
"Consider if your venue requires you to pick up any send-off items," she warned in an interview with Brides. "We have been at venues throughout the wee hours of the night to collect every last bit of confetti!"
With many seeking cheap options that remain environmentally sound, one South Carolina wedding photographer reckons she may have found the ideal solution.
In a video that has been viewed 1.6 million times on TikTok, Kate Dye from Charleston recommended couples consider using bubbles to create an eye-catching finale.
"Please steal this wedding exit idea if you are getting married," she said on the video. "Because it turned out so cute and these might be my favorite wedding exit photos I have ever taken."
Dye said she has become "obsessed" at how "magical" the bubbles made the wedding exit look in the photos she took. "They caught the light just right," she explained.
As a result, she's urging anyone planning a wedding to consider doing the same for their big day—and many on social media appear inclined to agree.
"I love this," Megan McKnight wrote. "I'm having a beach wedding and I can see this looking so amazing." Rachellanna agreed, commenting: "I got married 2 weeks ago and we did this."
Themarveledwriter was similarly enthused, saying: "When my sister did this it was below freezing outside and you could literally see them crystallizing!"
Some like missjessicalopez did express reservations about the concept. "Super cute just worried about the bubbles getting in the eye maybe," she wrote. However, Dye sought to allay those concerns, replying: "I don't think it got in anyone's eyes on this night [the wedding she photographed] and there were close to 200 people."
Another TikTok user, Sofado97 had a different concern, commenting: "Yeah but the awkward silence when u do bubbles. remember that people will be too busy making bubbles than cheering…" Again, Dye was keen to dismiss any worries in this regard, responding: "It was a good mix of people cheering and blowing bubbles!! It didn't feel silent at all!"
Speaking to Newsweek, Dye said that she shared the tip because: "So many weddings I have photographed have ended in sparkler exits and to be honest giving hundreds of people who have been drinking at an open bar all night a lit flame can be a recipe for disaster."
She said she has witnessed "lots of close calls with people almost being burned and not so close calls where actual injuries resulted."
"I wanted to give my own couples and anyone else planning their wedding a safe alternative that is just as beautiful, if not more beautiful than sparklers."
She also thinks a memorable wedding exit is an important part of the big day.
"A wedding exit is just a fun and exciting way to end the evening and keep the energy up rather than just having your band or DJ end on the last song," she said. "It caps off what has already been a magical day and is one last chance to get gorgeous images to remember it all by."
Dye has photographed nearly a hundred weddings throughout her professional career but her most "important" piece of advice has always remained the same.
"It is your wedding and the best thing you can do is drown out all the outside noise and do what is going to make you happy at the end of the day no matter what anyone else's opinion is," she said.
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