Alternatives to the Traditional Rice Toss

Ceremony & Vows
Alternatives To Rice Toss

Photo: Lilian Haidar

Rice may have been the confetti of the 17th century, but the inherent disorder and health risks associated with the grain have made the ritual a modern-day taboo. So what is a bride to do when she has her heart set on a triumphant rice toss? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

Though a customary rice toss may appeal to your sense of tradition, choosing another material to toss is a wonderful chance to personalize your wedding. Clean up and potential harm to animals aside, rice is also a staid convention that you can improve upon for a truly unforgettable exit. When searching for alternatives, employ all of your senses. Scattering white flower petals will look beautiful and lend your exit an exquisite aroma. Dried lavender provides another fragrant option, as do heavily perfumed leaves such as eucalyptus, lemon-verbena, rosemary, or juniper. If you favor ecological solutions, gift your guests with a selection of plant seeds to pitch during the recessional; if the wedding is outdoors, you'll have the added pleasure of returning to see which plants have taken root for years to come. Hand-cut confetti provides a similarly whimsical solution, and can be cut to look like grains of rice.

What are you using for your big-day toss? Tweet us @BRIDES!

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