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5 Tips for Your Best Sparkler Exit

A sparkler exit on your wedding day is one creative way to end your reception on a high note and involve all of your guests. Having a defined exit event, like a sparkler exit, is an upbeat way to signal to your guests that it's time to go home without being awkward about it. As a bonus, you get some memorable images to add your wedding photo experience!

Planning your sparkler exit takes some forethought, but consider these five points, and your sparkler exit will be a breeze!

  1. Check the time of sunset. Depending on the time of year you host your wedding day, the time of sunset can vary between 5 p.m. in the wintertime and 8:15 p.m. in the summertime. You can easily Google the time of sunset for your location to know it will be dark enough for your sparkler send off, and so you can plan accordingly.

  2. Buy the right sparklers. Makes sure you purchase sparklers specific for weddings. Wedding sparklers have a safe accelerant on a wire that burns hot, and the hotter the spark, the whiter it is (which is best for the photo op!). I've photographed sparkler send offs that have used ones designed for kids that did not burn as hot, which casted an orangey hue on the happy couple and did not provide as bright of a light for photos. Also, I'd highly recommend purchasing wedding sparklers that are at least 20in, so they remain lit long enough to capture all the best images!

  3. Coordinate with your photographer and DJ. Make sure both your photographer and DJ are aware before the wedding day that you plan to do a sparkler exit. Your DJ will help with announcing to your crowd of guests that it's time to grab a sparkler and head outside. A little bit of extra planning and thought can also go a long way for your photographer to capture the best final photos of the night! Your photographer may guide you during your sparkler exit to pause and kiss or twirl halfway down the aisle for some extra pizzaz for your photo op!

  4. Mobilize the bridal party! As their final task of the day, designate your bridal party to make sure all your guests have a sparkler and are guided to the right outdoor location. Make sure the guests are lined up with at least a 10ft space for the couple to walk through; the aisle space should also leave room for guests to hold their sparklers out without catching anyone's hair on fire. Your bridal party can also serve as the designated lighter dispensers to ensure that sparklers are lit when you are ready to walk down the aisle one more time.

  5. Work that runway! Although the sparkler exit images you've seen may seem like the bride and groom ran through the sparklers once, it may have taken a couple of takes up and down the lit runway.

Most importantly: have fun with it! As long as you're smiling and enjoying the experience, those images will make you smile every time you look back on them to remember the perfect end your special day.

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