When it comes to that grand exit, will you join the masses who have random items chucked at them while running by? Your first reaction is probably — say what? Kinda sounds funny, right? But yet if you think about it, that’s what our tradition of throwing rice/birdseed/blowing bubbles/etc. while the newly married couple runs by is really doing! It’s so funny what our traditions are and where they’ve come from…

This particular tradition was investigated by Ask Yahoo, and it was very interesting what they discovered… check out the link at, but here are the highlights that I found interesting… Apparently, throwing things at the newly married couple is a way to wish good luck — fertility, prosperity, strong crops, etc.  The column highlights different items thrown in different countries & cultures:  in Korea, the groom’s father tosses red dates at his new daughter-in-law for fertility (I found that most interesting and have a mental image of my own father-in-law having done this); in some European countries, eggs represent new life and are thrown at the couple; they report that an old Irish tradition involves chucking pots & pans at the new couple to represent their new domestic life…now if someone threw a nice Le Creuset set at me, I might become a little disgruntled…

Regardless the origin, the question is how to work this tradition into your ceremony.  The urban myth of rice causing the untimely demise to birds has reportedly been debunked by ornithologists. Whether you trust that or not, your reception venue may say no rice or birdseed, or other small items that can be slipped on on dance floors, or perhaps just cause a mess.  Clean up one mess of scattered birdseed, and you’ll probably agree that it can be a tremendous pain. (Case in point: my parents booby-trapped our house for the return from our honeymoon. Little did they know we’d take on the whole drive from Canada in one day, and arrived home at 3 AM. Imagine our surprise, walking in the door to our tiny house, and being showered with birdseed! We were vacuuming that up for WEEKS!)

So Melissa asked on our Facebook page for some fun ideas, and I’ve been researching some fun ones! Her reception facility doesn’t allow throwing of rice/birdseed/etc. so she wanted some other things to do. Just in case your reception facility is item-chucking friendly, we’ve included some ideas and tips for you as well…

Now here’s one interesting product:  For an eco-friendly option, check out this product for sale online:

The traditional ideas:  Rice of course (while it’s still a hotly debated topic, ornithologists have weighed in that this is a MYTH. In fact, some birds are considered pests in rice fields for how much they DO eat!); Birdseed is of course the option that has replaced rice…

One tip about bird seed:  If your guests have hazardous contact allergies (such as nuts), READ BIRDSEED LABELS CAREFULLY! Some bird seeds contain nuts, traces of nuts, or nut oils.  The last thing you want is to have a reaction triggered by celebrating your exit!

The honorable exit:  The photo at the top of this blog says it best:  If your new hubby or you are a military member (and thank you by the way if you are!), then of course you’re considering this honor at your wedding. What a beautiful and tear-jerking moment!

Bubbles:  I think every wedding company out there offers their own take on bubbles. While they may be fairly conventional by now, they do make little mess, won’t harm your dress TOO much (as long as you don’t spill an entire vial on it), and also make for a great way to entertain the kiddos in the meantime. (My youngest is always entertained at weddings by bubbles, and we as parents thank the couple for that entertainment!) One fun idea:  Research quotes either that represent love, or perhaps by your favorite poet, writer, or time period, print one line on little tags, and tie to your bubbles with a hole punched in the paper and some simple ribbon. Find something that represents you two together or individually. Beatles fans? Find some great lines from your favorite songs…a fan of a classic author like Jane Austen? Quotes abound online! Or perhaps are you oriented toward social matters and find the works of Voltaire more your speed, or love skateboarding or love to cook…  Whatever your taste, make your day all about you both and your life together as a couple!

A garden theme:  Check with your reception facility and consider tossing a flower seed or a plant product such as lavender. a beautiful scene, and a gorgeous scent to go along with it! BE SURE to ask though — the facility may not appreciate the abundance of little plants that crop up next year!







Biodegradable Wedding Poppers;

Poppers:  Here’s a fun idea — Find poppers much like those used to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here’s one product found online: Downside — they’ll create a confetti mess, so your facility may put the kabosh on them. The loud pop may scare babies & little kiddos. Upside — what a fun way to celebrate your new marriage — with a BANG! (Yes, I had to say that.)







Sparklers:  The same website ( also offers sparklers in straight and fun shapes like hearts! These make for fabulous photo ops — especially when you’re making your grand exit at night!  Be careful as sparklers are of course a hazard with kiddos and fabric.  Be sure every kiddo that has a sparkler is being monitored and that your exit path is wide enough that you won’t risk brushing too close to the business end of that sparkler!







Ribbon wands:  These can be handmade months ahead of time, probably while you just sit and watch some TV with your honey… Here’s a website with a DIY set of instructions: Products also are available online where you can buy ribbon wands pre-made. This exit option may be a little pricier than bubbles or rice, but I think you can work smart if you work early:  shop the sales! Perhaps you can work with a color such as white, red, green, blue or silver…post-holiday sales at craft stores often times involve ribbon. Keep your eye on those sale flyers year-round! Ask your florist about their ribbon resource. Many buy ribbon from a wholesale supplier, sometimes even the same supplier they buy their flowers from. Ask if you can order some rolls of ribbon through their shop — you might end up saving yourself some $$! For the dowels, ask your local lumber store if there are dowels that are either flawed or spares that they want to get rid of for a bargain. If a rounded dowel isn’t too important to you, consider blocks of wood cut to thin rectangles (something that your guests can hold on to easily).  You can either drill a hole through the wood for the ribbon, or you can find eye hooks or a push pin to attach the ribbons at the top of the wood.  Buy a few pieces of lumber and have your favorite handyman cut them to size, or ask a local carpenter for his unusable scraps. (Do a little sanding to get rid of splinters, and consider spray painting the wood for a matching look!) You’ll be amazed the number of deals you can find when you muster up some courage and ask!

A Musical Exit:  So…throwing things are out of the realm of possibilities, sparklers and poppers scare you, and ribbon wands are just not your thing? How about orchestrating your own special exit? Involve your guests and/or your wedding party and put on a show as you leave! Here are a few ideas…

Hopscotch! Seriously, who didn’t do hopscotch at some point as a kid? Draw a big blank hopscotch template on the cement somewhere outside your facility, and have your guests add their signature or wishes of good luck (what a photo op!).  Be sure to leave enough space wherever you draw it to let your guests see as you each hopscotch your way across their wishes and into your new life! And who still doesn’t want to have that fun return to childhood?!

Dance out the Door:  Who remembers the scene in Dirty Dancing where there are two lines and people dance down the middle? Yup, you know what I’m talking about then.  If you have a fun-loving group and want to make a light-hearted exit, consider the chicken dance and dancing your way down the line along with your wedding party and guests.  Or in a reverse take on the viral internet clip of the wedding party that dances to Chris Brown’s “Forever” down the aisle…take it out the door!  Play the song and make your fun dance with your wedding party that takes you down the line and onto your honeymoon in style… Are you great at Latin dancing? Or perhaps country line dancing? What better way to boot-scoot into your new future than a line dance or tango? It might take a little orchestrating and organizing beforehand, but what fun for your guests — and what a way to exit and end the night! It will be something your guests will talk about for a LONG time!









Image by Joanna Wilson Photography;

Tandem bike:  My  husband and I had the BEST couple in our wedding as Maid of Honor & Best Man. When we were in their wedding a few weeks later, they hopped aboard a tandem bike and rode it through the lines of people…what fun and we’ll always remember that!  If you’ve got a motorcycle, hop aboard and ride through the line as you exit… If you’re a fun-loving group, consider something funny like mini cars, Hot Wheels (watch the dress!), roller blades or scooters… what fun!


I hope these ideas help get your creative juices flowing! Have an idea that we’ve missed? Please share! Email or post on our Facebook page or Twitter (@wyoweddings) and we’ll add it to this blog!

‘Til Next Time…Keep Those Creative Juices Flowing!

Kati Hime, Editor



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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Charlotte & Justin’s Teton Wedding


Thanks to Ken Stoecklin of Beartooth Photography in Casper for sharing this week’s wedding spotlight!  Ken traveled to Jackson to capture the beautiful wedding of Charlotte & Justin. They were married August 6th in front of the picturesque (and famous!) Moulton Barn on Mormon Row — check out these images, what a gorgeous natural backdrop!  Their reception was held at Dornan’s in Moose, Wyoming.






















































This was a beautiful classic wedding, with lots of great dress and ceremony photo ops — and who can go wrong when you have the majestic Tetons as your backdrop?!  Ken says that family from Texas traveled to Wyoming for the ceremony, where the couple celebrated their love of both the outdoors and the mountains – Jackson easily epitomizes both!















CONGRATS to Charlotte & Justin, and WOW what a gorgeous wedding — check out Charlotte’s dress! I am seriously in love with the fabric and flow…just gorgeous…and I adore the cute little guy between them in the pic from the ceremony…  You two look fabulous and VERY happy — the best to you both! Thanks Ken at Beartooth Photography in Casper for sharing this happy wedding!





























Ifyou have a Wyoming wedding spotlight you’d like to see featured on our blog (as a couple or as a photographer!) please contact us at  We also feature engagement spotlights as well!
‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor



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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Green River Love, a Puppy Dog & Pink Shoes…


Thanks to Janelle Rose Photography of Cheyenne for our wedding spotlight this week! She’s got a fun story from Green River — meet Kade & Katie!

From Janelle:  Katie and Kade met through Kade’s sister. Knowing that Kade was somewhat shy, she insisted that they meet, and helped things along by inviting them both to dinner at her house. She invited them “just as friends,” but they have been together ever since.

Katie and Kade were married July 9th, 2011 at Centennial Park in Green River. Katie’s grandmother was unable to make it to the wedding, so Katie wore her grandmother’s necklace in honor of her and as her “something borrowed” for the big day. Katie wore the first dress she tried on. When she saw the pistachio-colored sash on the dress, she knew exactly how she wanted to complement it; with pink heels…watermelon-colored, to be exact!

There were many happy tears during the day, plenty of sunshine, and great food by the talented Gomez family. The reception featured a photo booth, which made for plenty of laughs and memories. And last, but not least, there was a dog named Digger-K who showed up somewhat grudgingly later on in the night for her portrait with her doting parents.

Thanks Janelle for sharing this special day with us!  (I am in LOVE with those shoes and that cake topper…) Do you have a wedding or engagement spotlight to share? Contact us — you could be our next feature!  Email or contact us via our Facebook page — or on Twitter @wyoweddings!

‘Til Next Time…Keep sending us your beautiful Wyoming Weddings, we LOVE what you’re doing out there!

Kati Hime, Editor



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Thanks to Sarah Merrill of Suite Blooms in Cheyenne for today’s blog post!  Sarah provides us with the best inspiration, whether it be for floral design or tips for your wedding day.  Today she’s here to offer you some unique and creative ways to personalize your bouquet!  Personalization has been a popular wedding trend for ages — from monograms to silhouettes, using your new name, blend of names, cultural influence and even your own likeness can make your wedding 100% yours.  Read on to find more ways to incorporate this timeless trend…

For many brides, the bouquet that they carry on their wedding day is much more than just a handful of blooms.  In fact, for many brides, their bouquet is largely sentimental.  Carrying the scent of a bouquet that includes Jasmine could evoke the smell of your mother’s perfume, or perhaps you will choose a bouquet that includes the flowers that your grandmother grew in her garden.  What ever bouquet you choose, don’t overlook the details that will make this bouquet – the most meaningful of your life – all the more unique & special to you.










Bouquet jewelry is becoming hugely popular with brides this year, and no wonder – it can add some sparkle and glam to any bouquet.  You can find simple rhinestone picks in a variety of gemstone colors, flower shaped rhinestone picks to peek out between your blooms, initials to show off your new monogram & a variety of buckles to have incorporated into your bouquets handle.














This oh so elegant bouquet holder dates back to the 1700’s and is called a Tussie-Mussie. It’s perfect for the bridal party that wants a small, lightweight bouquet with a formal feel.   Search on eBay to find an antique, or if you prefer new ones talk to your florist about providing them for you.














Looking to add a little 1930’s sophistication to your  bouquet?  These white ostrich feathers will add the perfect touch to achieve that fringed feel.  Want to add a rustic charm to your bouquet?  Think Pheasant Plumes.  Or maybe a little Las Vegas show girl glam is the look you’re after?  Layers of brightly colored ostrich drabs will add loads of drama.  Feathers are an inexpensive way to dress up even a simple bouquet while adding a dash of the unexpected.

















If you are looking for a great way to make your bouquet stand out, than consider using an unusual fabric to wrap your stems.  Getting married in a rustic setting?  Consider asking your florist to wrap your bouquet in raffia, twine, leather, or thin rope!  Looking for something a bit more sophisticated?  Try velvet, embroidered ribbon, or pearls!  Incorporating fabric from your mother’s wedding dress could be the touch that makes your bouquet.  This bouquet of Vanda Orchids, Spray Roses, Calla Lilies, & Billy Balls is wrapped in a scrap of lace and a satin ribbon.







The ocean is a place full of joyful memories for couples all over the world, which makes it a great source of inspiration for many couples on their wedding day.  This bouquet features a variety of pastel roses, and is accented with seashells and starfish.

This elegant bouquet of Mini Calla Lilies was given a refined sparkle when each stamen was studded with a faceted lavender Czech bead and pearl.  After the wedding, the bride can simply remove the beads and string them together to create a necklace that has a unique story.








 Image by Kio Kreations

This simple bouquet of white roses is personalized by wrapping the stems in a monogrammed handkerchief edged in glass beads.  The lovely handkerchief will forever be a keepsake from your wedding bouquet long after the blooms have wilted and died.















Image by Neysa Ruhl Photography,

This bouquet highlights a very special way to celebrate the love of past generations.  The bride provided photos of her grandparents to her florist who shrunk the pictures & hung them from her bouquet.  What better way could one say thank you to the family that has paved the way and taught her how to love?







This bride is carrying a simple bouquet of succulents and flowers as an addition to her family Bible.  This tradition was common during our grandparents time – and what could be more sentimental than carrying an heirloom that goes beyond 66 books and a leather cover.  This book has been the basis of many of those marriages, and this is a beautiful way to honor your history.

Thanks Sarah for a really interesting article!  Sarah Merrill at SuiteBlooms in Cheyenne provides us with fabulous inspiration — connect with them on Facebook or their website,!

‘Til Next Time,

Kati Hime, Editor









After seeing Keileigh’s red Dorothy shoes and these pictures, I instantly got the feeling that this wedding was about more than a WEDDING — it was about celebrating two people incredibly in LOVE — even more than just in LOVE, but two people who are Over the Rainbow for each other. (OK, that’s corny, but I challenge you to find a description for their love once you see these pictures!)

Keileigh & Shane have been together for awhile (I’ll be quiet here in a sec and let Keileigh tell the story), and the one thing I’ve noticed in all of these pictures is that they made this wedding about their unique personality together.  Fun little elements and details, and notice the depth of emotion in these pictures — from elated smiles to funny moments (check out the photo booth pic, it cracks me up!), from tearing up to sobs…I just love the way Ardent Photography in Laramie captured these moments.  It makes me feel like I was there too.  These two were celebrating a new chapter in their lives together, and they threw their hearts into it, you can tell — I’m honored that we can shine a spotlight on this heartfelt wedding.  CONGRATULATIONS you two — you deserve every happiness in the world!  Now I’ll hold true to my word and shut my yap and let Keileigh tell the story… 🙂



















Our ceremony and reception were both held at Hidden Valley Picnicground.  We tried to be really creative in how we did everything. Rather than the classic ceremony music we chose “Men in Black” by Will Smith for the guys (and Shane’s sister was a groomswoman), “The Way you Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson for the girls, and then “Wouldn’t it Be Nice”  by The Beach Boys for the bride.  When we walked back down the aisle, we walked down to “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” by Thompson Square.  Part of our creativity included a photo booth for guests to use (provided by Ryan Sprague).  However, our most creative part was for sure our first dance.  We started with the song “Then” by Brad Paisley but after the first chorus it changed to “What Was I Thinkin'” – Dierks Bentley and we finished out the dance in full country swing style!! I think that will be one of the most memorable parts of our wedding.

However, for me, the most memorable part of our wedding is that we both finished our vows with “Always and Forever”.  We’ve said that to each other for about 5 years of our 7 year relationship, but neither of us planned to pretty much say the same thing at the end of our vows! Overall, I’m so excited to see the video and all the pictures because I hear so much happens that you don’t even see!




















































































Thanks Keileigh for sharing — and congratulations to you & Shane!  Thanks to Stephanie & Rick of Ardent Photography in Laramie for sharing this beautiful day — we are Over the Rainbow for them!

‘Til Next Time…We’d love to hear YOUR Wyoming Wedding story! Wedding, engagement, doesn’t matter — share your story with us and we’d love to make YOU a Wedding Wednesday spotlight!

Kati Hime, Editor



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INSPIRATION: Trash the Dress!


Thanks to Abby of Abbydell Photography in Jackson for providing us with today’s inspiration!  “Trash the Dress” has become a fun way to wrap up your wedding photos. Not looking to hang onto or pass on your dress? Brides are finding fun and creative ways to trash their dresses for some amazing photo ops.  Do you have some images you can share with us? We’d love to see your ‘Trash the Dress’ experience — email or post to our Facebook page!

Here’s what Abby says about trashing the dress…

“It is becoimg popular for brides to “wreck” their dresses a few days after the wedding, just for fun. Some wreck with their groom, some do it in paint, mud, cliff jump, or in a pool; the possibilities are endless. It’s a fun way to be very romantic and yet fun! Forgot to do bridals? Do a wreck the dress!”

Thanks to Abbydell Photography of Jackson and thanks for sharing these cool pics!  Do you have some trash the dress pics to share? We’d love to see them!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor



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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Sweet Story from Sheridan


Thanks to Melanie Araas Design & Photography in Sheridan for sharing this week’s wedding spotlight with us!  This  is such a sweet and touching story…

From Melanie:  “I love this story! The bride, Raechel, is a high school classmate of mine who was in a pretty bad car accident recently and has to undergo a lot of surgeries. This wedding (held on June 25 in Sheridan) was very important to her and her new husband, Jesse. Most of the time Raechel has to wear a brace to hold her upright due to the injuries to her rib cage, but she took it off for the wedding.  The day turned out so great and she was able to get up on her beloved horse and ride to the aisle. Shortly after the wedding she had to go to the Mayo clinic for a big surgery and will have another one in a few months.”

WOW! Thanks Melanie for sharing this story.  Check out Melanie Araas Design & Photography in Sheridan!  Raechel & Jesse, congratulations and you two are a beautiful couple! Raechel, we’ll be thinking of you and hope that your recent surgery was a success, and that surgeries in the future are as well…you are a beautiful and strong woman — we can tell by the pictures!  Congrats again to you both, and every wish for success in the future!

‘Til Next Time…We’d love to hear your Wyoming Wedding story!

Kati Hime, Editor



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SHOESDAY TUESDAY: Raechyl & Rollie’s cool shoes…


This was a fun wedding held up in Cody — my parents were there and they said it was a blast!  David Huber Photography in Worland captured the action — including these awesome shots of their personalized sneakers…an AWESOME Shoesday Tuesday spotlight!

‘Til Next Time…Let us see your Shoesday Tuesday awesomeness!

Kati Hime, Editor