The tossing of rice at newlyweds as they exit the wedding ceremony is a time-honored tradition. Nowadays, many couples instead choose to use confetti for their wedding exit for a fun spin on the custom. Unfortunately, neither option is very environmentally friendly. But you don't have to sacrifice those beautiful wedding exit photos. These eco-friendly wedding send-off ideas are just as pretty—but won't harm the planet!
With many believing the wedding rice-toss to be harmful to surrounding wildlife, and with most confetti on the market being nonbiodegradable, many couples are looking for wedding-exit toss ideas that are still fun and festive, but also eco-friendly. Look no further! Try throwing flower petals or having a lavender toss. (Rose petals are a classic choice, while throwing lavender will both smell and look beautiful.) Some couples will even use dried flowers to throw at weddings. For more eco-friendly wedding send-off ideas, there are also pretty green leaves and herbs. And if you really love the look of confetti, rest assured that there is eco-friendly tossing confetti out there for an environmentally friendly wedding send-off. See? Even wedding toss ideas can go green!
Ready for wedding exit ideas that are just as beautiful as they are environmentally friendly? Here are some of our favorite eco-friendly wedding send-off ideas to celebrate your newlywed status.
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Pretty leaves make a lovely wedding-exit toss, especially when they’re elegantly packaged in envelopes and placed on each seat. Choose leaves that complement your wedding aesthetic—olive leaves for an elegant outdoor celebration, or perhaps fall leaves like oak or maple for an autumnal wedding.
Fresh Eucalyptus Petals
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For an eco-friendly wedding toss, use pretty dried flowers. Estimate a half cup per guest if you’re using cones or sachets, or one cup per guest if you’re using a basket or bowl for guests to help themselves.
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Hand out these confetti pops that are packed with floral petals! As you exit your ceremony, guests can push the bottoms of the pops for a colorful burst of biodegradable petals.
Wedding Confetti Pops
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Another beautiful and fragrant idea: Give guests dried lavender buds to shower you and your new spouse as you recess up the ceremony aisle.
Lavender Wedding Toss Wands
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Fragrant herbs like rosemary, sage, and thyme are a wonderful eco-friendly wedding send-off idea. Many herbs have symbolic meanings, so you could choose ones that are especially apt for a wedding (for example, rosemary represents loyalty and fidelity, while mint symbolizes wisdom and virtue). Invite guests to help themselves to a tossing bar stocked with bowls of fresh herbs; there, they can scoop herbs into paper cones or little sachet pouches. Bonus: Guests can even take home any extra as a wedding favor.
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Eco-Friendly Tossing Confetti
Instead of regular paper confetti, fill kraft-paper treat bags with biodegradable confetti (it’s water soluble and comes in a wide range of colors) and place bags on each ceremony chair. The same festive look, but none of the harmful features!
Biodegradable Wedding Confetti
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