We love wedding exits. They’re so much fun because they’re at the end of the night and they’re all about everyone cheering you on as you leave to start your new life together. It’s also an ancient tradition that dates back to Roman times. But, as much as we love the actual exit, the photos from wedding exits aren’t always the best.

The lighting can get a bit crazy.

The guests don’t always know what’s going on.

Your hair and makeup has been through hours of dancing, plus a few potential tears.

The happiness can often lead to deer-in-the-headlights wide eyes.

And it all happens super duper quick.

We personally love even the not-so-good photos taken by videographer near me because of what the grand exit stands for and how much love and excitement we can feel looking at those photos. For a lot of couples though, the grand exit is a big deal and they want the dream worthy photos they’ve seen online. So, when we saw the photos from The Landry’s grand exit, it reminded us that there are ways to help ensure you can pull off an epic grand exit and get the best wedding exit photos in the process.

From taking extra photos to faking your exit to beefing things up, here are some of the best ways to get the most out of your wedding exit, plus a handful of different types of exits we’ve seen through the years.

First and foremost, exit photos don’t have to be taken just during the exit. 

Do you have a vehicle you love as your exit vehicle? Pose with it during daylight hours so you can actually see it. Having a sparkler exit? Light up a sparkler and go outside once it’s dark to take a few photos of just the two of you and your *sparks.* You’ll still get your exit photos – and they could be stunningly gorgeous too – but taking some extra photos ensures that you get the shots you’re really wanting. It also gives you more time to take those photos, because grand exits happen really fast and are surrounded by a lot of people. It puts less pressure on your photographer while also giving you more photo options, so it’s a win win. We think this is especially important if the exit you’ve planned is something you’ve really put a lot of thought into – you want to make sure what you’ve planned is captured as well as it can be.

Secondly, your exit photos don’t have to be your real exit. 

A lot of couples opt for their grand exit to be hours before their actual exit. It helps ensure you have enough people hanging around if you’re worried about guests leaving early, it allows the lighting to sometimes be better, fewer drinks have typically been served, less dance floor boogie-ing has gone on, and it lets you focus on the exit experience without actually having to leave immediately after. This isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely an option depending on your wedding timeline and what’s important to you.

Regardless of if you take extra photos beforehand or if you plan a pre-exit exit, there are still some things you can do to ensure that you get better photos out of your exit.

Number one, have a plan. 

This seems silly, but with grand exits we have found that a lot of people think through what the exit will be but now how it will actually happen. For example, with a sparkler exit, who is passing out the sparklers? Who is lighting them? Where are people standing? Are certain people standing at the end so they’re more likely to be in the kissing photo? With planning, we also highly recommend incorporating a last dance. Last dances give you the opportunity to get everyone outside so they can be set and ready for you when you come out. Finally, make sure your photographer knows the plan. You can’t expect them to capture the exit if they have no idea how it’s supposed to play out.

Number two, slow down. 

We get it, exits are exciting. With that said, it’s important to make an active effort to slow down. If you are speed walking/practically running through your exit tunnel, you’re probably not going to love the way your photos look. With slowing down, you can also incorporate a kiss/dip/lift, which makes your photos more fun and personable that just showing you walking together. While sparklers may be one of the most common exits, this really applies to almost all of the exits we’ve seen. Take time to enjoy it.

Number three, more is more. 

Whether you’re using balloons, sparklers, glow sticks, or something else, typically the more you have the better the photos will look. It doesn’t really matter if you have a super long line of people, because more than likely you won’t see the whole line in the photos, but it does help to have people close together and a lot of whatever you’re using. With exit photos, most people want to see the “thing” in their exit more than your guests holding them (no offense to your gorgeous guests, we love them too) so it’s important to have a lot of it. You can also think of ways to beef it up, like cold spark fireworks for sparkler exits, balloons tied in place for balloon exits, bubble machines for bubble exits, etc.