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Wedding Traditions - Throwing Rice and 13 Other Great Things to Throw

Updated on August 17, 2012

Alternatives to Throwing Rice

Mini love notes for guests to write on, roll up and and toss while the couple exists. Pick them up and save them in a glass container.
Mini love notes for guests to write on, roll up and and toss while the couple exists. Pick them up and save them in a glass container. | Source
Pom Poms are soft alternatives to rice. Collect them after the ceremony and use in kids crafts or for cat toys or decorate gift packages,
Pom Poms are soft alternatives to rice. Collect them after the ceremony and use in kids crafts or for cat toys or decorate gift packages, | Source
herbs that smell wonderful and clean up is unnecessary Lavender is a sweet alternative
herbs that smell wonderful and clean up is unnecessary Lavender is a sweet alternative | Source
Fresh rose petals in pinks
Fresh rose petals in pinks | Source
airplane theme and throwing paper airplanes as an alternative to rice
airplane theme and throwing paper airplanes as an alternative to rice | Source
I love ecofetti that throws like a light snow and dissolves away safely and in colors!
I love ecofetti that throws like a light snow and dissolves away safely and in colors! | Source
white millet bird seed, an eco-friendly alternative to rice. The birds will pick up the mess for you
white millet bird seed, an eco-friendly alternative to rice. The birds will pick up the mess for you | Source
No clean up, keep out of reach of the kids til it is time for the departure
No clean up, keep out of reach of the kids til it is time for the departure | Source
Balloons, although not an environmentally safe idea, it is a cute idea for outside.
Balloons, although not an environmentally safe idea, it is a cute idea for outside. | Source
Streamers or Ribbons on Wands are a great alternative and reusable for other events afterwards. Donate them to your church to reuse at other weddings!
Streamers or Ribbons on Wands are a great alternative and reusable for other events afterwards. Donate them to your church to reuse at other weddings! | Source
Grass seeds as an alternative to rice and a "Green Wedding" departure idea.
Grass seeds as an alternative to rice and a "Green Wedding" departure idea. | Source

Rice and Alternatives to Tossing Rice

As more personalized wedding planning continues, the ideas for sending the couple off and what you toss at them will represent the "Good Luck". Let's explore some options for modern wedding exists for couples.

Environmentally friendly as some items will become apart of the ground or feed wildlife, or never touch the ground; making cleanup unnecessary. Most couples and churches prefer this method.

What to do when a church disallows tossing anything due to liability or mess: Seek out alternatives, discuss those options with the church and finalize on a choice compatible for you, your church and guests.

1. Butterflies Try a live butterfly release, nothing left behind on the ground and giving back to the environment by increasing the monarch butterfly population.

2. New products that just dissolve. Ecofetti in the place of paper confetti is a wonderful, light snowy option. It is even available in varying colors, so coordinate it with your wedding colors.

3. Rice as tradition can still be used safely, you just need to arrange for cleanup following the traditional rice throwing exit and ensure your guests step carefully after it coats the ground.

4. Rose petals smell so lovely and can compliment your bridal bouquet. I think it represents a more romantic exit and will become a part of the environment naturally. Your guests may pick some up to dry and save.

5. Bird seed, I like white millet seed, it resembles rice and will feed the wildlife and create a natural clean up.

6. Lavender buds are my favorite option. I love the subtle scent and same as with the rose petals, it will become part of the environment naturally.

7. Bubbles are fun, no clean up and dissolve into thin air. It is easy and reasonable to supply all your guests with a bottle if you want to. As recommended by other wedding professionals, keep them out of reach of the children while inside the church, they prefer bubble free inside.

8. Herbs. Another lovely scent. You can try other herbs like Rosemary or mint leaves. Would be free if they are from your garden or someone you know that will give them to you for your special event. Can't beat free!

9. One of my paper favorites are the mini love notes. I had to create some for my Etsy store today. It is named BridalandBabyFavors. This is a cute and inexpensive idea. You can use it as your alternative to a traditional guest book too. Ensure someone or a few people are designated to pick them up after the departure and place them all in a clear container as your keepsake. I designed mine with the idea of rolling them up in mind to make them easy to "toss" over the couple's heads.

10. Paper airplanes are a new and phone alternative. I can just think of as the picture shows, Ensure guests will fly them over your heads and not aim for your heads. My parents always felt a plane flying over them is considered good luck, so I truly believe in this style. You can have guests write on the airplanes too like the do on the love notes.

11. Smokeless Sparklers are an evening sending off and truly light up the night and the couple's exit becomes very grand!

Special Venues - To Toss Rice or Not

Special venues will dictate your choice in throws.

Outdoors, it is the environmentally friendly items that will become part of the earth naturally or take flight in wildlife.

Although paper is recyclable, you can't leave paper planes covering the ground. Unless maybe you make them out of recycled paper pulp with flower seeds in them. Someone would have to spray them all down with water to dissolve them right into the earth afterwards.

12. Balloons are a dreamy romantic release for outside, but it is not environmentally friendly.

13. Wands with ribbons or other decoration on the end of a stick is another environmentally safe and clean alternative, Reuse them for other celebrations and events or parties or donate them to your church to reuse at other weddings!

14. Why not grass seeds or flower seeds? The ultimate in "Green Wedding". You can decide based on the area and what is acceptable according to the venue policies or if you are at a home location.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you qudsiap1. The ecofetti looks like a light snow. Bubbles take care of themselves and they both show up well in photographs. I would do a combo of bubbles and lavender buds.

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      How very useful and interesting. I have seen roses, rice, doves and butterflies being released but I found ecofetti very interesting and who doesn't like bubbles? :)

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      That is wonderful to know Rajan. It makes sense to me, like throwing salt over our own shoulder. There are many wedding traditions that cannot allow any other style of rice throwing. The "Green movement" and creative brides are finding many new ways to depart with good luck. It will be interesting to see what else they imagine and share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting. Incidentally, in our marriages, when the daughter gets married and is about to leave for her husband's home, it is she who tosses either rice or flower petals flipping them over her head while she walks out.

      Voted up, interesting.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      You are welcome faith. I know those wedding wands are becoming a new departure send off. Lots of them on etsy

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I have heard of the birdseed, but these other ideas are great. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas here. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      They are sweet.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Lavender seeds? How cool!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you GiblinGirl. I am a little surprised, can't be the cost, most of those options are pretty low cost. Some churches and venues just won't allow it for potential mess and danger of guests slipping and falling. I do hope brides incorporate back in.

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      GiblinGirl 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Great ideas - especially the Ecofetti. I've never heard of that before but it sounds pretty cool. Most of the weddings I've been to lately have not involved anything to toss and I think that's a shame. You offer some great ways to keep this tradition alive without harming the bride and groom or the environment.

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you Glimmer. I would use lavender, it just smells so amazingly pleasant. I tried to use it at my friend's wedding, but she didn't want us to throw anything. The ring pillow I made for her was full of lavender, so I still snuck it it the wedding :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      I love the idea of lavender seeds. Interesting hub!