As fellow mywedding.com wedding blogger, Mary, said so eloquently: Rice throwing just shouldnâ€™t happen anymore. Well, unless you would like to be pelted with small, hard objects. Then, by all means, go for it! However if youâ€™d like your guests to throw something a little softer and less violent on your wedding day, opt for one of the following rice-free alternatives.
Bubbles - The is a well-known alternative to rice throwing today. Bubbles are fun, easy, affordable and pretty. Kids love ‘em too. Actually, everyone loves bubbles! Theyâ€™re a whimsical way of sending you off as Mr. and Mrs.
Birdseed - This may not hurt any less than rice, but at least the birds will enjoy themselves afterwards!
Living Creatures -You know, like butterflies or doves. This makes for a very dramatic exit! And donâ€™t worry I looked into it – typically this is not an inhumane thing to do. The doves, for instance, have an uncanny ability to fly back home.
Tiny Rose buds - Dried rosebuds will definitely hurt much less than rice. Theyâ€™re much prettier too.
Bells - Not to be thrown, but rather rang, by your guests as you make your grand exit. Yes, I think bells would smart a bit more than little specks of rice, so make sure your guests are sure that theyâ€™re to ring, not throw, the bells!
Lavender buds - Just the same as rosebuds, lavender buds are a sweet way to have your guests send you off as a married couple. This is a great rice-substitute since lavender buds are approximately the same size as rice, but are a little softer around the edges.
Sparklers - Another item not to be thrown at the newlyweds, sparklers are a fun way to exit your ceremony start – especially for weddings that take place around the 4th of July. Also, only choose this option if your guests will be outdoors when the sparklers are lit – you donâ€™t want anyone lighting themselves on fire!