What I failed to mention in that post was that we didn't actually leave right after our sparkler exit. In fact Kristian and I were two of the last to leave that night. When it came to our exit we cheated a bit. We saw some of the older guests and those who had a long drive ahead of them starting to leave around 10:15 or so and not wanting to have a lot of people miss the sparkler send off we decided to go ahead and do it early. More people were able to enjoy the sparklers and we were able to get the cute pictures.
After we were done with our "exit" we told the group to feel free to go back inside and continue to dance and drink for a while which many of them did. Over the next 30 minutes more people slowly started to file out and we had plenty of time to say our goodbyes to all the guests rather than just rushing out and into a waiting car. This gave us the best of both worlds...a fun "exit" and also the opportunity to say goodbye to our guests.
At the end we were left with our parents, my brother, a few groomsmen who were handling taking home the leftover booze and food and our 3 Day of Coordinators who were helping the caterers with clean up. We had to help figure out who was taking what home.
Tip- decide in advance who will be taking home all the leftover decor items like flowers, candles, favors, alcohol (if you provided it). It makes things much easier at the end of the night. Also, make sure there is enough room in those peoples cars for these items. We had to break up the big ceremony arrangement into smaller sets because nobody had room in their car for the large piece as a whole.
Even though we had a limo bring both the guys and girls to the venue before the wedding we chose not to spend the money to reserve the limo for 8 hours to be there to take us home. It just didn't make sense. Most of our wedding party was able to ride home with their date/spouse who had arrived separate or via taxi if they were drunk. And since the hotel we were staying was only 5 miles away it didn't seem necessary to have some fancy ride.
Instead Kristian and I actually caught a ride with my older brother after the wedding. We, along with my mom and her BFF piled into my brother's not exactly large BMW. It was so cramped with the 6 of us plus all our shit that I had to sit on Kristian's lap...not that I minded that part :) It was a cheap and easy transportation option.
The story of the rest of our night (the PG version) is to be continued....
**Did/Will you leave before your guests and what is your mode of transportation?