Send Off Ideasby Tommy Scott on 06/14/16
Over the years I have the pleasure to DJ hundreds of wedding, even attended a few as a guest. Some weddings just kind of end while others plan a send off. Send offs are kind of tricky sometimes. You seem to start losing guests after 3 or 4 hours, there are exceptions but this is my experience. That is something to think about, especially when the ceremony and reception are taking place at separate venues. Sometime photographers like to stage fake send offs, so that they can get a picture with more people. The problem there is it still signals to some guests the party is over even though we make announcements explaining it’s just for pictures. I suggest if you are going to do a fake send off, to wait as long as you can and judge it by when you are losing guests.
My real idea about writing this was to discuss send off ideas. Traditionally rice was thrown at the newly weds as they left and that became taboo because the rice choked birds. So people started throwing birdseed instead, either way they don’t make good pictures in day or night pictures.
Daytime – Sendoffs, I recommend bubble, they are inexpensive, you can buy them at the Dollartree, Party City, Hobby Lobby and online. I would also recommend buying a few of the toy bubble guns, these can put out a lot more bubbles, give these to the groomsmen and bridesmaids. It is generally not a good idea to do bubbles inside as it does make wood and tile floors slick
Nighttime – sendoffs, Sparklers look great in pictures. Buy the long ones, and try to find easy lighting ones. The short ones don’t last as long, if you have a lot of guests they can be fizzling at the front of the line while the end of the line is still lighting. Also the heart shaped ones don’t create the effect that people expect. Some venues don’t allow sparklers due to city ordinances or insurance reasons. A great alternative is glow sticks. Remember to get the long ones, like they use for necklaces, these will look the best.