Yes, the exit. We think about all the other aspects of the wedding: the cake, the food, the music, the flowers, and completely forget about the night’s end! Your exit is the very last thing your guests will remember. I don’t know how many weddings I’ve been to where I’ve drank and danced the night away, and honestly, the last thing I remember is watching the bride load paper plates of half-eaten cake into a black garbage bag. Not the best mental picture to be ending your night on.

So plan a grand exit instead. Either budget to have the venue clean up, or assign the duty to your close family or wedding party. This is your night and you should be heading out the door in one of the following scenarios, not on your way to the garbage out back in the alley.

1.) On a bike. Grab your grandma’s old vintage bicycle, tie a few cans to the back and add a front basket with a “Just Married” sign. Have your hubby do the grunt work while you ride on the handlebars. This kind of getaway is perfect for a little ceremony or when the bride is wearing a short dress (don’t want it to get caught in the tires). Or have bikes for both of you, and have the photographer take a few pictures of the two of you walking off into the sunset together.

2.) In a horse drawn carriage. People say horse-drawn carriages are overrated. They say the horse stinks, it’s loud, it’s not a smooth ride; please, let the naysayers be naysayers! We love the idea of a horse-drawn carriage! And take it from me, a girl born and raised on a horse ranch in western Montana, the naysayers got it all wrong. It’s still incredibly romantic. People may complain all they want, but they sure as hell will remember (and talk about) your amazing exit for years to come.

3.) In a boat. Personally, I’m particular to the idea of hoping on a jet ski in a little white bathing suit and twisting the throttle until you’re headed toward that sunset at a respectable 65 miles per hour. However, if you’re looking for something just a bit slower paced, stepping into a gondola, a sailboat or even a rowboat can be super romantic. Just make sure you know what you’re doing; that rowboat is a lot tipsier than people want to believe.

4.) In a balloon. Rent a hot air balloon. It’s not that expensive (maybe a few hundred dollars, depending on the company), and it’s incredibly memorable. You’ll be able to glide across the countryside with your new spouse. What’s a better way to make an exit than that?

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