The sparkler send off is a new classic way to cap off a wedding reception. However, it is not that easy to make it a success. Most people are familiar with the concept of a wedding exit. However, I feel that covering the basics will be helpful for those who are just being introduced to the concept. If you’re considering using sparklers for your wedding exit, here’re some helpful tips.
1.Choosing the Right Wedding Sparklers
When it comes to sparklers, there are a few different sizes and types available. Make sure to buy long burning sparklers designed especially for weddings. The 20 to 36 inch sparklers will give everyone in line a chance to light up and start sparkling before the couple makes their way through the crowd.
2.Purchasing More than you Need
I always suggest buying two sparklers per guest. One in each hand is twice the amount of light, and photographers love light! Buy a few extra if you want to partake in some fancy sparkler message writing, just the two of you.
3.Don’t Forget Lighters
One lighter isn’t going to cut it, in fact 3 lighters won’t make this an easy process. Grab a pack of lighters, say 5 or 6 or more if you can find or borrow them. This way, lighters can be passed out throughout the line allowing the process of lighting everyone’s sparklers a lot smoother and faster.
4.Where to Have Your Wedding Exit
The most common location to hold a wedding exit is at the main entrance of your ceremony location. If you say your vows in a chapel, this would be right outside of the front doors. However, many couples have their ceremony at the same venue as their reception. In that case, other applicable places would be in the parking lot or in an open nearby field.
5.When to Have Your Wedding Exit
One reason I advise my couples to consider doing their sparkler send-off earlier in the evening is that the more drunk people get, the more difficult they are to organise! Doing your sparkler send-off earlier in the evening, of course, means it’s not really a ‘send-off’ anymore! However, it’s still a fun thing to do with all your guests. If you have a band play at your reception, they will likely play 2 or more sets. Time your sparkler send-off between these and ask the band to announce it.
6.Organizing Your Guests and Getting Them in Position
Now you’ve got everyone outside, sparklers in hand, it’s really down to your photographer to speak up and get everyone where he/she wants them. Discuss with your photographer beforehand how you want guests arranged. Either two long lines of guests for you to run through, or just a big group of people around you.
7.Put someone in charge
Place one person in charge of the sparklers and ignition devices for the wedding. This person has the responsibility of making sure the sparklers and materials are ready and in the right place for the lighting.
Make it a point to go in for a big kiss as you exit! It’s what everyone is hoping to see, and it makes for one heck of a photo. Make it a long one, make it a good one, and don’t be afraid to do a little dip.
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