A grand post-reception sparkler send-off can conclude your big day in a final blaze of glory, but they’re not for everyone. Your wedding day is stressful enough without the fear that a stray spark from your tunnel of guests could engulf your train in flames. Okay, that’s probably not likely but there are plenty of alternative farewell options for the not-so-pyromantically inclined – many that may even ignite one last burst of Chicago pride. Just make sure your photographer is ready for that closing action shot!
If you’ve cleared it with your venue (many specifically prohibit anything messy), confetti is an old standard that’s easy to have fun with and personalize. Consider making your own out of something meaningful to you like the pages of a favorite love story or, if you’re nature lovers, plantable paper like the kind owner Jill Goldman stocks at her Highland Park stationary business. For an extra local touch, distribute the confetti in custom baggies stamped with your names, the date and the skyline like the ones from Chicago Etsy shop Second City Stationary.
To take things in a more playful direction (with considerably less clean-up required), try good old fashioned bubbles. Flower girls and full-grown guests alike will have a ball blowing their little wands and several sites, like MyWeddingFavors.com and Oriental Trading, have customized bottles available for purchase that you can top with artisan-made favor tags like these adorable ones from Naperville Etsy shop Meyer Market Designs.
Chicago sports enthusiasts will appreciate a team-inspired goodbye. Arm guests with mini stick flags, available at large online retailers like Amazon or Walmart, to honor your diehard Bulls, Bears, Cubs or Hawks fandom. Just be sure to keep things cordial if your family roots for the Cubs and you’re marrying a Sox fan.
Couples saying “I do” amid the plants and greenery of a venue like Lisle’s Morton Arboretum or Lincoln Park’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum can keep the nature theme going all the way until the end of the night with a leaf-tossing send-off — an especially apt choice for autumn nuptials. Run it by your coordinator and make sure the fronds are clean and dry first.
Rock star pairs looking to try a twist on the sparkler exit with just as much heat will feel right at home surrounded by the (very carefully) flickering flames of personalized lighters from a corporate swag vendor like Aurora’s Quality Logo Products.
Keep things whimsical and bright by offering guests a chance to wave goodbye with custom ribbon wands like these in a rainbow of colors from Shorewood-based Etsy vendor JaxDesigns 27, which come complete with a vase for storage and a custom sign directing your friends and family to your fond farewell.