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5 Tips for Adding a Sparkler Exit to Your Wedding Reception

Using sparklers for your wedding reception exit is such a fun way to celebrate the end of an amazing day! They give everyone there an opportunity to participate, and the pictures always look stunning. And now that it’s summer wedding season, sparklers are going to be an even more popular choice. That being said, there are several things to consider if you plan on adding a sparkler exit to your wedding reception!

Choose the Right Sparklers

You might think that you can just go to the store and grab some packs of sparklers and everything will work out (and you wouldn’t be the first to do so), but being aware of the different types of sparklers will guarantee that you choose something you’re happy with. Sparklers come in different lengths, which means some sparklers will last longer than others (crucial for picture time)! I recommend going with 36 inch sparklers to give your guests extra time to get them all lit before the bride and groom run down the middle. Try to choose sparklers with little to no smoke, and you can even purchase ones made specifically for weddings. Sparklers come in all sorts of colors too, but white and gold are common wedding favorites!

Run the Numbers

How many guests will you have? How much space will there be for your exit? Will some of your guests have left by the time you leave the reception? These are all things to consider when planning out your sparkler exit! In order to guarantee a larger number of guests (more guests means more sparklers in the pictures), I recommend leaving about 30 minutes before the reception is scheduled to end. If you end up with less guests than you were hoping, or you decide to host a more intimate reception, you can always pass out one sparkler for each hand to get that full effect! The two rows of people should be long, with the distance between them wide enough that the bride and groom can run through side by side. You don’t want to have to worry about getting singed!

Designate a Sparkler Supervisor

In order to guarantee that everything goes as planned, designate one or more members of the wedding party to be responsible for sparklers and lighters. Unwrapping the sparklers ahead of time will make them easy to access, and be sure that MULTIPLE people know where the sparklers are to avoid any scrambling! The sparkler supervisors can get things going by lighting the ends of the lines, and then the guests should be able to light each other’s sparklers (because already lit sparklers will work faster than lighters)!

Have a Plan

You only have so much time once those sparklers are lit, so it’s important to have some sort of game plan when it comes to your exit. The bride and groom should be ready to run out as soon as the sparklers are ready so they can take their time with the exit photos. Do a dance, spin the bride, kiss each other – there’s so much opportunity for cute photos (and consult your wedding photographer to make sure you get the shots you want)! Even run through again for a second chance at those killer exit shots!

Remember to Be Safe

We don’t want any accidental fires on your wedding day, so be sure to have a bucket of sand or water ready as soon as the exit is over! The guests can put their sparklers in the bucket and, once they’re cold, the sparklers can be thrown away. Easy as that!

Sparklers are such a fun and exciting way to conclude your wedding celebrations (and mark the start of your marriage)! No matter how you celebrate and no matter how things turn out, the most important thing is that you’re going to get to spend your life with the person you love!