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Replacing rice

Throwing rice at your wedding won’t cause birds to explode, but it can be a hassle to clean up. In fact, many ceremony locations won’t allow you to throw rice at all. Originally, rice was thrown because it is a symbol of fertility. Today, the gesture is one of celebration, so rice is not required. After you check the rules at your ceremony location, consider one of these alternatives:

  • Birdseed
  • Bubbles — give a little bottle to each guest
  • Rose petals
  • Bells — give each guest a bell to chime as you exit
  • Sparklers

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