The rice toss has long been favored for wedding recessional tosses, but modern science — and common sense — tells us that the grain is dangerous to animals and makes for a messy cleanup. But what are brides to use in lieu of rice if they wish to embrace the recessional tradition? Our etiquette experts weigh in.
A rice toss may be the traditional choice for a recessional toss, but with the plethora of colorful and creative options available to the modern bride, you may find yourself embracing the alternatives. Before settling on your favorite rice substitute, first make sure to seek options that best reflect the vibe of your celebration and the location itself. Eco-friendly brides indulging in an al fresco wedding may wish for guests to scatter multicolored flower petals, perfumed leaves, or birdseed, options that are biodegradable and beneficial for the environment. More elaborate outdoor affairs may even call for a release of white doves or butterflies as the happy couple makes their exit. Meanwhile, balloons in a custom palette, pastel confetti, streamers, or handmade paper cut-outs would perfectly suit a whimsical indoor wedding. Bling-addicted brides may even walk into the sunset under a scattering of glitter.
If you're a truly experimental bride, you may even wish to think beyond a traditional toss. Handing out sparklers or contained candles offer a cinematic twist to a sunset or evening wedding for more visual couples, while chimes and other hand-held instruments make for a peaceful and harmonious exit.