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Where Do You Stand: Should the Bride and Groom Make a Grand Exit?

The spotlight has been on the bride and groom all day, so at the end of the night when everyone has finally let loose and gotten into the groove, do you think they should go out with a bang and make a grand exit or sneak away, letting guests celebrate without interruption? Although making a big deal out of the departure seems a little outdated, some couples prefer to keep every part of their wedding day as traditional as possible. Of course no one way is better than the other, so weigh in and tell me where you stand on the bride and groom making a big deal out of their good-bye. Is that what a wedding is really all about or does it just seem a little too contrived?

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ewray4381 ewray4381 8 years
I was originally planning on staying until the end and just making a quiet exit, but my Mom has made it clear that she has her heart set on us making a grand exit. We've only got our reception venue until a certain time, so I've planned our exit for about 20 to 15 minutes before that. That way the party will already be winding down and it'll help send the signal that it's time to go so we hopefully won't have to worry about overtime charges from the venue.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
We'll probably have the 'grand exit'. I went to a wedding yesterday and they did it. It was fun and sweet :)
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 8 years
I might just say my byes to close people, then exit the room semi-quietly. I think my new husband and I would want to get a jump start on our honeymoon.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
We didn't leave the party. The party broke up into smaller parties with our parents and older family in one area and our friends in another and it was basically an after party. I would have felt weird about leaving our guests formally or just saying goodbye since most of them didn't really know each other.
workin9to5 workin9to5 8 years
We are definitely going to stay to the end with our guests. It's our party with our family and friends, and we want to have fun! And we'll all have an after-party for sure. But that is just how we are. We probably won't leave for our honeymoon for a couple days so why the big exit? And we will be at brunch the next morning too.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
it seems fun in the movies but I have a feeling that by the time we'd exit a lot of the guests would be gone and it seems like it would be a pain to wrangle everyone up to see us off so I doubt we'll do it.
sass317 sass317 8 years
we stayed until the reception was over- so people were going to be leaving anyway. It wasnt a crazy long reception, I had a friend that had like a 7 HOUR reception, that was TOO long
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Hmm I'm not sure about this one, I guess we'll see...
Jesi_Oh Jesi_Oh 8 years
A big exit can be a party killer but on the other hand its a nice finale for the parent's etc to get teary at the symbolic leaving as well
emalove emalove 8 years
My husband and I didn't leave our wedding reception fact, we met up with our friends after and did some after-partying. We probably didn't go back to our room until 3 a.m.
ally14 ally14 8 years
I'd love to have a grand exit but I am very traditional so maybe that's why. I don't know why but I kind of think that people will feel cheated with me and my husband would just leave secretly. It would be like they wouldn't have a chance to say good-bye.
rocketgirl rocketgirl 8 years
Oh, I love the grand exit idea! If I have a wedding, I want to be sent off in a shower of birdseed.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i think the grand entrance sounds fun in theory, but as soon as you do that, the party will likely end and plus, i plan to be the last one there, dancing the night away!
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I think that we would also say our goodbyes individually. I'd wouldn't feel right about getting up in front of everybody and just being like, "well, we're leaving, but have fun!", there are definitely some people I'd like to thank and just be a little more considerate of when saying goodbye.
bbkf bbkf 8 years
We said our goodbyes to people individually, then snuck out to the bridal suite before the guests moved on to the afterparty.
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