Joyful Send-off!

So many joyful, picture-perfect send-offs from which to choose!

In the spring, flower petals offer a myriad of delightful color to a send-off.  In the autumn, fall leaves against a bright blue sky are an amazing backdrop to a send-off.  Both of these send-off activities result in beautiful pictures.

This video highlights all the many litter-free options available for a joyful, engaging, and memorable wedding send-off.

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Other Environmentally Friendly Ideas for Celebrations

Kids love the outdoors!  Add a party, and it is a magical experience!  Outdoors or in, show a child ways that a low waste celebration – without items that can generate trash and possibly litter, like streams and balloons – can be just as festive.  Reduce your use of single-use plastic and paper items, and you can make an impact for life – on your child as well as for the environment.  Below are some ideas foy joyful and litter-free birthdays.  Their are many more on the Internet.  Let your imagination go wild!

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A Good Seed

Handwrite invites on plantable wildflower paper. Instructions on the back told can tell guests to lay paper in a pot of soil or a small garden patch that gets plenty of sunshine, cover with a thin layer of dirt, then water well.

Twirly Batons

Provide the party guests with recyclable wands made from fringed, rolled-up newspaper to run around in play.  Or provide them with resusable pinwheels they can take away rather than balloons.

Name Dropper

Greet the birthday girl or boy with a welcome sign that spells out their name with sticks, flowers, vines, and greenery, using thin garden wire to secure the various elements.

Made in the Shade

Celebrate an outdoors party under a simple tent made from curtain panels (strips of fabric work well too).  Suspend it from a branch, making the perfect dining room for an outdoor party.  A rainy day?  You can acheive the fairy tent effect indoors too!

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Fill old jam jars with juice and keep them cold in an ice-filled pail until ready to serve, or use them to create individual cake trifles.

Whoopie pies are making a comeback. With no paper wrapper and no need for plates, they are the ideal sweet for a green party. Top a platter of pies with all-natural beeswax candles.

Utensils made of cornstarch are a great option too!

Sandwich Satchel

A meal wrapped in a bandanna-turned-napkin creates a paper-less lunch.

String Along

Lead partygoers through the house or through the trees, following a red string to discover small notes and a treasure box. It’s a new take on the standard scavenger hunt!

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Have each child plant seeds to bring home, or send each child home with a small sapling bundled in burlap.

Green Gifts

Encourage guests to save on wrapping paper by using reusable wooden boxes, fabric, or sheets of newspaper comics.

In leiu of gifts, ask party goers to donate books to a local library, food to a local food bank, or pet food to a local animal shelter.  Or adopt an animal at a local nature center.

Plant a tree or flowering bush in honor of the birthday child.  Take pictures of the with the tree each year, and watch them both grow!  Or make it a day to get dirty!  Create a wildlife garden that will attract butterflies and birds.  What an adventurous playground to celebrate life!

Some of these ideas are courtesy of article originally published in the July 2017 issue of Parents magazine.

Want to use balloons to celebrate an occasion or loved-one?  Please do so responsibly.    

  • DROP balloons (non-helium filled) from a tall building. Watch people have fun kicking and playing with the balloons. Then, pop them and dispose of correctly.
  • Release balloons, without attachments, INSIDE a church, gym or ballroom, and then dispose of them properly.
  • Cancer or other illness-free celebrations — Give everyone a balloon, a pin and a marking pen.  On the count of three — everyone bursts their balloons. Messages on small pieces of paper can be inserted into each balloon with an inspirational message. After the fun, dispose of the trash correctly.

Hear from couples about their send-off experiences.

Joyful Send-off has spoken with many future brides and grooms and married couples, and heard that there is great interest in having a beautiful ceremony that is also respectful of the environment.  It is a legacy a couple can start together at their wedding – and grow and share throughout their marriage.

Joyful Send-off encourages send-offs that will not create litter, unlike some traditional as well as current wedding send-off activities.  Rice and bird seed, when scattered on a hard surface, can create a slipping hazard, and rice is also hard to clean-up.  So, couples may find many venues are not allowing these practices.  Since 100% of balloons, and their attachments (plastic valves, disks, ribbons, LED lights being place inside), return to the Earth or the ocean, we discourage the intentional release of balloons. Sky lanterns and non-biodegradable confetti, glitter and sequins also create litter.

Brides should be sure to ask their wedding venue what is allowed.  Sparklers can light up an evening wedding send-off and make beautiful patterns in photos, but some wedding venues do not allow sparklers, or have a rule that they be used in outdoor areas only.  Glow sticks and LED wands are great alternatives.

Listen to what these couples have to share about what how they wanted their weddings not only to be personal and memorable but also have less impact on the environment.

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Reflect the glow in their faces with the light of LED wands!

Glow sticks and LED wands can light up an evening wedding send-off and make beautiful patterns in photos!

Watch the glow of the wedding send-off in this video.

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A colorful, picture-perfect send-off with ribbon wands!

Ribbon wands are a delightful and colorful way to wave couples off into their new lives together.  The wands can be made in a couple’s wedding colors and imprinted with their names and wedding date.  Making these wands together with family and friends prior to the wedding can be a fun and quite meaningful activity.  Bells can be added to the end of the wand so a joyful noise accompanies the waves of color!

Watch as guests gleefully create a path of waving ribbons to wish couples well and happy in this video.

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An uplighting send-off with bubbles!

The idea of creating and walking through a curtain of bubbles is a delight for all ages!

What an uplifting way for guests to send-off a newly married couple!

Enjoy this video of couples joyfully showered with bubbles!

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We would love to hear your ideas, and about your Joyful Send-off! Please share in the comments section below.

And please share this website with any friends getting married!