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Wedding Sparklers | How To


Wedding Sparklers | How to

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 think to think about is the last thing you will do before leave leaving your reception. The exit. Here at Complete we see many types of exits from bubbles to confetti but hands down wedding sparklers are the fan favorite.

You add magic, sparkle, and a great photo opportunity to your day. Here are a few thing you’ll need to know to have a fantastic sparkler exit.

Photographing Sparklers

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.

Photo Options

When it comes to sparkler photos, the possibilities are endless! Guests can form a tunnel for the bride and groom to walk through. Capturing a kiss at the end of the tunnel makes for some of the best photos.

You can also do close-ups of just the bride and groom with their sparklers. These make for a more intimate photo.

Include your bridal party.  This is a fun way to get all your friends into one unique shot.

Scheduling Sparklers

Scheduling your sparklers is an extremely important part in 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.

Choosing 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.

Lighting Sparklers

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 only have up to three minutes total to light the first one and complete your exit and photos. In that time frame you don’t want your guest 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.

Disposing Sparklers

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 warm you don’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.

Let our team guide you

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 at Complete are happy to help any questions that you may have.


Complete Weddings + Events is a fun company that provides Photography, DJ, Video, Photo Booth, and Lighting services for weddings and events. Complete helps coordinate a plan, shoot great photos, capture compelling video, and provide the perfect soundtrack for the day. And we do it with heart, feeling, emotion and the perfect amount of cleverness. Photography. DJ. Videography. Photo Booth. Uplighting. We do.

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