As we head into the warmer months of wedding season, one topic that I’m so excited to be writing about is sparkler exits! Some couples love to have their wedding reception exit photographed, and adding a fun element like sparklers add extra visual interest to their photos. After photographing countless exits like these, I wanted to share a few tips on how to make the most out of your sparkler exit while ensuring you get wonderful photos to go with it!
Purchase Long Sparklers
The longer the sparklers, the more time we have to capture your exit! Most sparklers I’ve seen during exits are 36”. If you buy the small sparklers that we all used as kids at July 4th parties, your sparkler exit will be over before it even begins! This brings me to my next tip…
Coordinate with Your Venue
The most successful sparkler exits I’ve photographed have always started with a few staff members of the venue or catering team working together to quickly, efficiently, and safely to light all of the sparklers before you walk down among your guests.
Safety is Key
Sparklers are fun and look great in photos, but their excitement and beauty disappear very quickly if someone gets hurt. Remember, it’s fire we’re dealing with here! When we line up your guests, Arturo and I try to make sure there are about 8-10 feet between the two lines of people. We also ask them to hold their sparklers upright, rather than outward, as to keep the two of you as safe as possible when walking through your exit.
Don’t Wait Until the Night is Over
You don’t have to wait until the end of your wedding reception to have your sparkler exit. Quite often, many of the exits you see on our blog (like the photo below) isn’t the end of the party. If you plan to do a faux exit, you don’t need to stop the party to do so; in fact, I recommend you do not stop your reception for a faux sparkler exit (trust me, your venue and DJ or band won’t be happy if you do). While the rest of your guests are dancing, simply gather your wedding party and your closest family members to step away for a few minutes to capture the sparkler exit photos. I promise you, your guests won’t even recognize that the newlyweds are gone, and the party never has to stop!
Are you planning are doing a sparkler exit at your wedding reception? If not sparklers, then maybe bubbles or lavender? Share your thoughts on unique wedding ceremony and reception exits by commenting below!
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