The rice toss originated as a way to wish the newlywed couple a good harvest, but there are so many other creative, fun, and bird-friendly ways to revamp the tradition. Here are 18 sweet, sentimental, and silly ideas for your guests to send you off after you and your new spouse say "I do." And share your own rice toss alternatives in the comments!
Bird seed is very similar to rice, but it's a great alternative that is safe for birds.
Rose petals are a sweet and simple alternative to the rice toss.
Your guests will have a blast waving sequin wands as you walk down the aisle.
Make your return down the aisle candy-coated with sweet sprinkles for tossing.
Make poppers for your guests to break open when you enter the reception.
A beachy wedding  wouldn't be complete without sweet-smelling Plumeria flowers.
Add a touch of sparkle with bags of glitter for your guests to toss down the aisle.
Multicolored paper confetti says "congrats" and "it's time to party!"
Releasing butterflies will be a memorable moment at your wedding .
Tossing lavender, like at this wedding , is a sweet-smelling send-off.
Photo by Géraldine Lentzy-Vilmain 
Hang a paper cone full of pom-poms on all the seats for a colorful and easy-to-clean-up alternative to rice.
This bride hung her late grandparents' collection of cowbells from the seats for guests to ring as the couple headed back down the aisle. Such a great way to honor her grandparents.
I love these DIY crepe streamers  — they are like paper fireworks!
Make your own DIY  ribbon wands in your wedding  colors for personalized wavers.
I love the romantic glow of sparklers. And for even more spunk, go with star- or heart-shaped ones!
These hand-stamped fabric flags won't harm the environment, and they double as a sweet keepsake for the guests.
Have a basket of small bubble bottles available for the guests to lightheartedly send you off. They make for great photos, too!
Big circular pieces of confetti are so whimsical and fun!