Round Up: The Best Wedding Departures I've Seen

I've seen plenty of wedding departures in my photography career and love how some of my sweet couples have taken these last wedding moments as a chance to be creative and leave their guests with something memorable. I've rounded up some of my favorite newlywed departures and wanted to share them with y'all. I hope this gives inspiration to those planning weddings and trying to dream up a creative send off!


Lauren and Ben had guests throw these adorable metallic twinkle poms as they left their reception. We did a similar departure at our wedding so this is obviously one of my very favorites!

image of newlywed send off at resort wedding in Mexico
image of gold confetti puffs on the floor
image of bride and groom walking away

Resort: Finest Playa Mujeres | Twinkle Poms: Etsy


Anna Kathryn and Jesse had what I'd consider my most memorable departure so far - a second line! Guests paraded behind Kinfolk Brass Band in a second line waving custom white hankies and beads. It was a literal party through the streets of New Orleans! To give you some background, these are legit because an official police escort is involved and you have to have a parade permit to do this. It was by far the most unique departure we've experienced and I loved every second of it. Can we bring this tradition to the rest of the south east?

image of second line band in New Orleans
image of newlyweds kiss during their wedding departure
image of wedding guests in a second line in NOLA
photo of guests wave white flags during New Orleans Wedding
image of bride and groom stand with their guests outside of a New Orleans hotel

Planner: Sapphire Events | Custom Beads: Beads By The Dozen Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band


I loved getting to photograph Anna & Edward's wedding with Caitlin, especially since it was a festive Christmas-time party! Guests happily jingled these adorable gold bells as the couple drove off in the cutest vintage green Thunderbird (more on departure vehicles later on...I couldn't resist sharing!).

image of jingle bells in wooden box
photo of a bride and groom depart their Christmas time wedding in Georgia
image of newlyweds sit in vintage Mustang before leaving their wedding


I've experienced several great confetti moments recently, both paper and snow versions. I love how slowly the paper confetti falls; it makes for fun photos and a charming exit.

Several of my couples (Grace & Bryan, Carrie & Hudson, Marita & Reed, Taylor and JP) used confetti flick sticks, which ranged in color from classic white to two toned metallic to multi-colored flecks raining down! Carrie & Hudson even added in pink ribbon wands, which were super fun mixed in with their shower of rainbow confetti. Others, like Elizabeth & Patton, used "snow" confetti to match their color palette. Betsy & Walt chose white to mimic real snow for their holiday festive!

image of bride and groom departing to white paper confetti
image of newlyweds as their leave their Kentucky wedding
image of a couple in a vintage white car
image of rainbow confetti falling over a couple kissing
image of ribbon wands at a Memphis Wedding
image of a couple throwing confetti out of a convertible after their wedding
image of white confetti at Mississippi wedding
image of couple leaving their wedding as guests throw confetti
image of couple walking through a shower of yellow confetti
image of couple departing their wedding under white snow confetti
image of a couple leaving their Memphis, TN wedding