Departing in Style!

We continue our new series “Wedding Talk” with an article about departing your wedding in style by our own My Portland Photographer, Paul Rich. Each month we plan to share about exciting wedding topics and showcase local wedding vendors featuring the work of our talented photographers.

When I meet with couples to discuss their wedding preparations one of the lesser thought about items is how the couple will depart from their wedding. Whether leaving the ceremony for the reception or departing at the end of the evening, there are lots of options to consider. We wanted to pass along some fun tips and ideas to our readers.

If you are getting married in the warmer months, consider renting a convertible. Not only is it a fun experience for the couple, but guests can visibly see you as you ride off (and this clearly makes for great photos too!).

Best Car in Town offers Oregon’s only 1947 “Silver Wraith” Rolls Royce Limousine and is the recipient of Oregon Bride Magazine’s Best Getaway Car for 4 years in a row. Whether departing from your ceremony or your reception, this is an excellent choice.

Make a bold statement by renting a Hummer. This is an exceptional choice for transporting an entire wedding party from one location to another. It affords the ability for everyone to ride together.

A classic sparkler departure guarantees a high energy high impact way to end the evening. Who doesn’t love to twirl a sparkler? Guests will joyously gather around and send you off in a very memorable fashion. One of the tips I always give my couples is to wait until after the 4th of July (if possible) to purchase your sparklers. Why? Because at that time of year they are oftentimes on sale. Secondly, buy a handful of inexpensive lighters. This will allow all of your guests to light their sparklers at once and it will produce the greatest impact. The last thing you want is 200 guests gathering around 2 lighters.

Want a twist on the sparkler theme especially if your venue does not allow sparklers? Consider using glow sticks! They are simple, inexpensive, and a heck of a lot of fun…

For a truly unique send off, consider loose chamomile tea. Chamomile is a rather benign looking substance, however, when photographed with the flash of a camera, it transforms into a magical gold dust and makes for an extremely dramatic image. How neat is that?

If you are getting married in downtown Portland and want to add some creative flair to your event, consider a pedicab. There are a number of companies in town that offer this service and nothing says “Portland” more than pedaling off in a pedicab. After being showered in chamomile, Lindsay and Colin hopped into their pedicab and rode off into the evening.

Maybe you don’t plan on departing your reception but want a fun upbeat conclusion to the evening. Michelle and Tim were married at The Governor Hotel and planned to simply spend the night there as well. However, they really liked seeing the high energy photos that captured some sort of send off. While the hotel obviously would not allow sparklers inside, the use of bubbles were certainly permitted. Michelle and Tim had bubbles passed around to all their guests to be used during their last dance of the evening.

Another option is to simply have your guests gather around you and join in for the last dance of the evening. Jessica and Jeff asked their DJ to play “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey as their final song of the evening. Everyone surrounded the couple, sang aloud, and concluded the evening with a huge gigantic hug.