When planning your wedding day you, encounter a lot of “firsts”. The first look, the first kiss, and the first dance are just a few of the first things you experience as husband and wife. Another thing to think about is the last thing you will do before leaving your reception. The exit. Here at Complete, we see many types of wedding exits from bubbles to confetti. Hands down, wedding sparklers are the fan favorite.You add magic, sparkle, and a great photo opportunity to your day. There are some important things to know about wedding sparklers. Here are a few tips that will help you have a fantastic sparkler exit.
Choosing Your Sparklers
It’s highly important that you choose a quality sparkler for your exit. There are many places to purchase sparklers, and it is crucial to get a sparkler designed for wedding exits/photos. Wedding sparklers burn cleaner with less smoke and tend to burn a bit longer than your typical 4thof July sparkler. Time is crucial. Some of the larger/longer sparklers can burn for up to three minutes.
Sometimes couples opt for cute matchbooks to pair with sparklers, but we want to encourage you to keep the matchbook favors separate from your sparklers. It is crucial to streamline the lighting process as you will have up to three minutes total to light the first one and complete your exit. In that time frame, you don’t want your guests to be fumbling around with lighters or matches. Light the first sparkler or two with a wind-resistant, torch-style lighter. The next best thing is a long-stem grill lighter. Once you start getting some sparklers lit, you should use the sparklers to light other sparklers. A sparkler will light up almost immediately from another sparkler. You should be quick but safe only lighting one sparkler at a time.
As with anything involving fire, you want to have a safe way to dispose of the sparklers when you are finished using them. Since the sparklers will still be hot, you won’t want to toss them in trashcans. You can place the discarded sparklers in buckets of sand for them to cool before throwing them away. Have buckets positioned in an easy-to-see place at the exit.
Scheduling your sparklers is an extremely important part of your wedding itinerary. You want it to be at a time when you have plenty of guests on hand, but you definitely do not want to “exit” your party too early. Our team can help you work out the perfect time to do your exit.
You want to be prepared and informed to capture a sparkler exit or any sparkler photo. There are some technicalities involved that are better handled by a seasoned photographer. Our team at Complete has experience capturing these photos and can help you and your family and friends get the perfect photo.
When it comes to lining up sparkler photos, the possibilities are endless! Guests usually form a sort of tunnel for the bride and groom to walk through. These photos are fun because you get to see all the people who stayed until the end of the wedding. Capturing a kiss at the end of the tunnel also makes for some great photos.
You can also do close-ups of yourself and your partner with your sparklers. These make for a more intimate photo and are easier to capture since you can control the light. It’s also fun to include your bridal party in these photos!
Other Fiery Alternatives!
If you went through this whole article and you’re still not convinced that sparklers are the exit for you, no worries. There are plenty of alternatives. Here at Complete Weddings + Events Sarasota, we are always staying up on the latest and greatest wedding trends and sparklers are no different! We have recently added to our inventory cold spark fountains! They are great for your grand entrance or exit, as well as introductions to your first dance! And did we mention they are COLD? This means they are totally safe and able to be used indoors! Contact one of our event specialists today for more information!
Cold sparks not a big enough grand exit? Here’s the biggest you can go, FIREWORKS! Setting off fireworks at the end of your wedding day will for sure leave a lasting impression on your guests! Fireworks are also the best symbol for a true celebration. What better day to use them than on your wedding day?
Wedding sparklers are a beautiful way to finish off your big day. We hope this guide helps you understand how best to use them and gives you some ideas for your photos. If you have any questions, we here are happy to help!