5 Steps To Ensure a Successful Sparkler Wedding Exit

5 Steps To Ensure a Successful Sparkler Wedding Exit

Happy Friday everyone!  Today, we’re looking into “The Sparkler Exit”.  Sparkler exits are a beautifully bright and brilliant way of bidding your guests adieu after a festive reception. We’ve taken notes from both top wedding planners and the best wedding photographers and have provided you 5 Steps to ensure a successful sparkler wedding exit – AND ensure fabulous wedding photos. 

Step 1, Planning the Exit: Place your sparkler order at least six weeks prior to your wedding date.  Keep in mind that the big sparklers work best.  Longer sparklers last up to 4-5 minutes, and will give your guests time to light them and then give you time to make your exit before they go out.  The shorter ones will do the opposite.  Half of them will be extinguished by the time the other half are lit.  You can find 20 to 36 inch sparklers available at Wedding Sparkler Direct as well as super cute Sparkler Sleeves & matching Notecards.   Designate your venue coordinator or a responsible (sober) friend to be in charge of your sparklers ahead of time.  Select a clear pathway outside and be sure to get said pathway approved through your venue.  Finally, hire a driver for a safe exit ride in your chosen getaway car.

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Step 2, Capturing the Moment: If you don’t have a wedding planner you’ll want to let your photographer (and videographer if you have) know your wedding timeline which should include what time you wish to have your planned exit.  Your guests should begin lining up about fifteen minutes prior to the end of your reception. This will give them plenty of time to gather their belongings, grab a sparkler, and line-up outside.  This will also give the bride time to freshen up for photographs, grab her bridal bouquet and the groom’s jacket, and soak in one last moment before her wedding day is officially complete.

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Step 3, Making Guests Aware: Not every guest will make it to the very end to witness the wedding exit.  However, your best bet of having all your loved ones included in this special moment is to provide some sort of advertisement by way of a wedding sparkler sign, emcee, DJ, or placing a single sparkler next to each slice of cake along with a tiny tag instructing your guests on what-to-do and when.

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Step 4, Delivery and Completion: Bride and Groom should be ready, but hidden.  Before anyone lights a single sparkler, all of your guests should be lined up and ready to light their sparklers, and you (The Bride and Groom) should be in a designated, hidden spot that gives you easy access to your exit.  If you want to have a successful sparkler exit, you must have help.  This is where your designated wedding coordinator or responsible guest/friend come into play.  Have at least two people who are “designated lighters.”  They each light two sparklers and then put away their lighters.  ”Designated lighter one” starts at the front and “designated lighter two” starts at the end.  Using their lit sparklers, they should light a sparkler ever 6-8 guests and inform your guests to light off each other until they meet in the middle.  Note: They should also let people know to hold the sparklers up and not to wave them around.  

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Step 5, Go For It!: Put a big smile on, hold hands, and slowly trot through the crowd. Pause halfway through and give each other a big, romantic kiss. Jump in your selected vehicle and with the windows down, wave, blow kisses, high-five, and thank all of your guests! Take your time.  Take all the time you want.  You should happily mosey through the sparklers (soak it up and enjoy!), maybe stopping to smooch along the way if you feel like it.  This gives your wedding photographers plenty of time to get the photograph that you are expecting.  It also ensures you will safely make it down the through the line for sparklers.

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And there it is boys and girls!  Five steps for a successful sparkler wedding exit!

Photo 1 & 2 via Wedding Bee

Photo 3 & 4  by Landon Jacob Productions via Society Bride

Photo 5 by SomebodyLovedShop via Society Bride

Photo 6 by Kat Braman via Floridian

Photo 7 by James M. Dvorscak

Photo 8 by Photo Jennette

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