The Art of the Exit
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Make a grand exit on your wedding day as you embark on the exciting journey of married life.
But before you glide into your Rolls Royce convertible or hop aboard a bicycle made for two, expect those nearest and dearest to hurl stuff at you.
The tradition of throwing rice symbolizes wishes for prosperity and fertility. In France, newlyweds are showered with wheat, a symbol of abundance. Italians toss candy, with wishes for a sweet life.
Or you can plan a more glamorous alternative. Give each guest a cone of rose petals and exit to a shower of flowers. Make a star-studded getaway amid cascades of sequins. Or open a tulle-wrapped box of beautiful butterflies and watch them flutter to the sky. (Make certain the temperature on the big day will be at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit before you order.)
The Saber Arch is a dramatic tradition born in Britain, first floated by the Royal Navy and often launched in military weddings. For starters, six to eight swordsmen pair off and line both sides of the walkway outside the church or other wedding venue.
When the bride and groom emerge, the swordsmen raise their sabers in an arch, with the blade side pointed toward the sky. (In a comic twist, the last two sword bearers lower their weapons and stop the couple momentarily. The newlyweds are freed after the bride receives a gentle rap on her bottom with a saber.)
Want to go out on a high note? Supply your guests with whimsical musical instruments that anyone can play—kazoos, maracas, tambourines and bells—for an impromptu recessional serenade.
Celebrate your own grand exit at any of five fabulous venues in Philadelphia operated by the CescapheEvent Group. Watch this video to see how the pros at Cescaphe create an unforgettable exit for couples—and a memorable entry into a new life together.This is a paid partnership between Cescaphe and Philadelphia Magazine's City/Studio