Maggie
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Necessary or Not: Grand Exit?

Maggie, on February 19, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 81
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A grand exit is a great time for a photo op and a final farewell to the newly married couple! Is a grand exit part of your reception plan? Or are you skipping it?

Is a grand exit necessary or not?


Necessary or Not: Grand Exit? 1

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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
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    I want to party with my guests at some sort of after party, so I feel like it is only a necessity for pictures (which I plan to do) and those couples that are leaving their wedding and going straight on their honeymoon.

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  • Swtnss238
    VIP May 2019
    Swtnss238 ·
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    Not necessary. We r staying until the end of our reception. Then going to after party with remaining guests.
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  • JustKidding
    VIP April 2018
    JustKidding ·
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    Not necessary. I wanted a sparkler exit, but that's because I love fireworks.

    Ours was fake anyway. We went back in to keep dancing.

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  • Mrs. H
    Rockstar September 2019
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    Not necessary… IMO, it's rude to your guests. It takes too dang long to round everybody up and make them wait just so you can get a "pretty pic".

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    I think I agree with that, Danielle! I'm not usually someone who does something for the pictures, but the ones I've seen of grand exits do make me wonder if maybe that would be a good move for me.

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    LOL, the phrase "herd of cats" comes to mind. Smiley laugh

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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    Not really necessary for us. We'd like to enjoy every month with our guests until the very end!
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  • Danielle K
    VIP June 2019
    Danielle K ·
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    Not at all. We were only going to have one so we could get everyone out side in order to have a secret last dance. Recently we have decided to cut both because it saves us hundreds of dollars by not keeping the photographer, videographer, and coordinator that late.

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  • Melissa
    VIP October 2018
    Melissa ·
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    I have never in my life actually seen a grand exit at a reception. So no, absolutely not necessary! With our reception ending at midnight, what was the realistic expectation that anyone would stick around for that (and be sober)?! We did a photo-opp exit at our ceremony when we walked to our limo. That was it. And it was because it was a nice photo opp, but I would hardly call it a "grand" exit.

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  • Expert October 2020
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    We are doing something after the ceremony, like confetti or rice. Then our guests will go to cocktail hour. We are ending the night with a local bagel company stopping by to give everyone some yummy bagels. They are a huge hit in our area for bar goers and I think at some point or another we have all had a Winston bagel after heading home from the bars while in college.
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  • Tara
    Master May 2020
    Tara ·
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    It my situation, no. Everyone will probably leave before us, lol!
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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    Mm, bagels. Are you telling me you don't want everyone to get bagels and send you well wishes as you go off into the sunset to eat your bagels? Smiley laugh

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  • Nemo
    VIP August 2018
    Nemo ·
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    We skipped this. We didn't need a forced grand exit 2 hours before the reception actually ended for picture purposes.

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  • Martika
    Expert September 2019
    Martika ·
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    We are still debating on this one. We want to stay until the end of the reception.

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  • Abby
    VIP March 2019
    Abby ·
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    Not necessary but I think they are fun and we're planning on doing one!
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  • Mrs.
    Super May 2019
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    Honestly, I think they make for some gorgeous pictures and videos, but I haven't figured out how to incorporate it for myself. We're staying overnight at the venue with our wedding party and inviting some of our guest to stay a little later for an after party... I feel it'll look a little funny doing a grand exit and then... staying haha

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  • Expert October 2020
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    😆 I don’t think all of our guests would want pictures taken of them at this point in the night that might get hung on my wall forever. Lol! I think by 10pm hair will be a mess, makeup will be long wiped off and I’m sure some will be walking around barefoot holding their heels.
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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    Lol, me. You've just described me at 10pm at the last wedding I went to. Smiley laugh

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    Just because you do a grand exit doesn't mean you have to leave the reception necessarily. In fact, a lot of the grand exits happen before the party is over so that the photographer can go home.

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    Could you do a grand exit-esque event leaving your ceremony? Or are you having your ceremony and reception at the same place?

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