If you’ve trawled through Pinterest for wedding inspiration, then you’ll probably already know that a wedding sparkler sendoff is perfect for gorgeous wedding photographs.
You know the ones, the kind where the happy newlyweds are walking hand in hand as they exit their wedding venue, surrounded by smiling friends and family waving sparklers around. These pics are nothing short of dreamy, and they’re great fun too.
With that in mind, let’s dive into how you can organize your own.
First Things First
You need to ensure your wedding venue allows sparklers, this is essential. Rest assured, most places allow them especially as nowadays wedding sparklers are incredibly safe and easy to manage.
Some places have even had dedicated areas for these kinds of send-offs. This is hardly surprising when you consider how popular they are!
Sometimes, the venue staff (providing you’ve asked them beforehand) will even help you pull this off.
Which Sparklers Are Best?
Our best advice is to source longer sized sparklers. Typically, these have a longer burn time, making them a more practical choice for weddings.
Some premium sparklers are as long as 36 inches! Make sure you buy enough, so each guest has at least two.
Top Tip: even if you opt for longer sparklers, instruct your guests to light them one at a time (this bides the happy couple a little more time).
If you don’t like the look of the extra-long sparklers, never fear. You can still get away with using the standard size ones- unless you’re having a massive wedding (say, over 450 guests).
If you decide to go with the smaller ones, you’ll need to buy more. You should budget for at least three to four per guests. That way everyone should have a lit sparkler in hand as you walk down the procession!
When Should I Buy My Sparklers?
You should buy your sparklers at least two weeks before the date of your wedding, and store them in a cool, dry place.
Here are a few other tips:
- Purchase extra sparklers for the bride and groom to have separate wedding photographs. These are usually shot before the grand send off.
- Only purchase smoke-free sparklers. These allow for much better photographs. Plus, the last thing you want is your wedding guests to be coughing and spluttering over the smoke as you make your exit.
Once you’ve bought them, you don’t need to worry about them. Be sure to check for a sell-by date and purchase them accordingly. Preferably, the sooner, the better so it’s off your mind.
Do I Need Anything Else?
There are a few other accessories you’ll need to ensure everything goes smoothly:
- Several torch lighters (these are far easier to use than matches, these burn too quickly and are a challenge if it’s windy!). Give one to every sixth or seventh person down the line, to ensure all the sparklers remain lit.
- Candles: You could also line the pavement (where you have your send-off) with candles. That way, people can light their sparklers using the pre-lit flames.
You may also want a few personalized signs that display the time of your sparkler send-off (that way your guests have a bit of advanced warning).
Let’s Make it Happen
Get your DJ to announce at the end of the night when you have your grande exit; this will encourage your guests to make their way outside.
This should take around ten minutes. Have a few bridesmaids or groomsmen handing out sparklers at the door, so that everyone has enough sparklers. Make sure they tell them not to light up until you ask them to.
Make sure your wedding photographer is prepared to shoot. You don’t want them to miss this magical moment, so be sure to give them enough notice.
Top Tip: try your best stroll down the line, and enjoy the last moments of your wedding. Resist the urge to run, so you and your partner can take it all in.
Tips to Ensure You Get Your Dream Snaps
There are a couple of things you can do to increase the chances of getting the photos you’re envisioning:
- Position your sparkler exit away from any harsh lighting. For example, streetlamps and entryway lights.
- Be sure to pause a couple of times through the procession. Perhaps at the top of the path and at the end of the line, so that your photographer can get a photos?
- Put your photographer and wedding planner in communication with one another before your wedding day, that way they can discuss the logistics of your sparkler exit.
- Most importantly, you need to tell your photographer if you want any specific shots. Otherwise, you run the risk of not getting them- it’s as simple as that.
If you follow all of the above advice, you shouldn’t go too far wrong. You’re sure to have a successful exit that’ll provide both you and your spouse with plenty of happy memories.
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