Get your minds out of the gutter, brides! Of course we’re not talking about an actual bang, although that could be an article in itself considering many newlyweds don’t actually “do it” on their wedding night. What we’re referring to though is making sure the final minutes of your reception are out of this world, unforgettable.
In other words, how do you go out with a big bang? From confetti cannons to wish lanterns, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve.
1. Rent confetti cannons
Obviously, you’ll need to check with your venue first to see if they’re even allowed. If so, this is such a fun idea, says wedding planner Ashley Smith, founder of Buzzworthy Events. She recommends getting metallic or all white confetti. For the boho bride and groom, opt for an explosion of color instead.
2. Set off fireworks
Because baby you’re a firework! On a real note, what could be more magical than a professional firework show to wrap up the night? If it’s in your budget and you’ve got the green light, blow your guests away bylighting up the sky all in the name of love. The pictures will be worth a thousand words, and we can almost guarantee you won’t be the only couple feeling fireworks.
3. Play the same day edit of your wedding video
You’ll definitely want to discuss this option with your videographer beforehand, but if they offer it and can add it to your package there’s nothing guests love more. It’s a sweet surprise for everyone, yourselves included, and gives those that weren’t able to get ready with you a behind the scenes look into your entire day.
4. Make a wish
Kelly Heyn, lead planner and owner of SociaLife, suggests casting wish lanterns into the sky at the end of the night. Make sure there’s enough for everyone, and have guests write their well wishes for the newlyweds on each lantern, as well as a cute little wish card (a great idea in lieu of a guest book!) that the couple can keep and read later.
5. Hire a gospel troop
Yes, really! As Larry Scott, president of Lawrence Scott Events, points out, the end of the party should bring family and friends together to feel good and a 50 person gospel troop belting out classics like Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Seasons of Love will definitely do that. “If you can’t afford the gospel singers, have your band play music that will make people stop and reminisce and feel the love for the last half hour or so.”