Sparkler Exits :: 5 Tips for a Picture Perfect Exit

Sparkler Exits

You’ve seen the pictures. You can imagine how cute it will be to end the night with your now husband, running through beautiful glowing sparklers. Right now, one of the hottest trends in weddings is to have sparkler exits. Many of our brides choose this beautiful exit and today we have rounded up our top 5 tips on how to have Picture Perfect Sparkler Exits from your Wedding.

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Tip #1: Make sure to use the right size sparklers! 

Sparklers come in a variety of sizes. From your standard 12in 4th of July style sparklers all the way up to the 36″ long sparklers you see in the photo above. When choosing sparklers for your sparkler exits, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, is burn time. You want sparklers that will last long enough for them to all be lit and you to run through for pictures. Second, you want to make sure that they are not too long and look like fizzled out sticks. The appropriate length for sparklers is between 20″-24″. This will give you the perfect look and right amount of burn time.

Sparkler Exits

Photo: Jessica Connery Photography

Tip #2: Make sure there are enough people left at your reception for the photo!

Sometimes, we plan to do what is called a staged exit. When the Bride and Groom want to ensure that they get pictures of their sparkler exits but they also want as many people as possible to participate, we “fake” the exit. Usually this is done right after the cake cutting and we make several announcements that this is just for pictures and the party is not over yet! If you think a lot of your guests might leave before the end of your reception, choosing a staged exit might be for you!

Sparkler Exits

Photo: Leah Langley Photography

Tip #3: Make sure you have enough space to exit safely!

Sparklers are essentially flaming objects. A lot of things are flammable… such as hairspray, clothing and more. Making sure that you have enough space to exit safely from your venue and run between the sparklers for the sparkler exits is key. You don’t want to accidentally come too close to a sparkler and your gown gets a singe mark! Leave enough room between the two lines of guests that you can safely walk through without any potential emergencies resulting.

Sparkler Exits

Photo: Victoria Angela Photography

Tip #4: Alcohol + Fire = Potential Disaster

A lot of alcohol may be consumed at your wedding. We get it. It’s a party… everyone wants to celebrate and usually that means some great cocktails! But when alcohol and fire are mixed together sometimes things can go poorly. If you plan on having an extended bar (meaning more than 3-4 hours) you might want to rethink the sparklers. We have seen our fair share of sparkler burns over the years when the Groom’s Best Friend thinks it’s hilarious to try and put out the sparkler with him finger after one to many jack and coke’s. There are lots of other types of exits that don’t involve flames or maybe think about a staged exit mentioned above (before too much alcohol starts flowing!).

Sparkler Exits

Photo: Jessica Connery Photography

Tip #5: Remember to stop and kiss to get the perfect picture! 

The whole reason you did a sparkler exit was for the pictures, right? So make sure to listen to your photographer and stop for the kiss! It might end up being your favorite picture of the night. Plus, who doesn’t love ending the night with a little smooch?

Sparkler Exits

Happy Planning!

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