I personally love grand exits with sparklers.
Perhaps it’s the fire lighting up the venue; maybe it’s the excitement of guests as they wave the sparklers boldly through the night sky. Either way, I’m a sucker for happy endings to wedding receptions that end with sparklers!
If you’re hoping for a sparkler grand exit after your big day, I have a few must-know safety tips and best-use policies for the most stunning (and safe!) grand escape possible. Read on for what you simply must know for the perfect grand exit with sparklers!
1. Will your wedding venue allow sparklers?
Before you ever start planning, you need to make sure your wedding venue allows items like sparklers on premises. Otherwise, you could be stuck with disappointment – or legal action resulting in a major fine.
2. Make sure your wedding photographer and videographer know about the exit location and timing.
Want your grand exit captured to remember for years to come? Your photographer and videographer should be on the top of your need-to-know list!
3. Have your DJ or MC make an announcement so all guests can participate.
Guests get caught up talking, laughing, and mingling during wedding receptions. Make sure everyone knows when and where the big grand exit is happening so you actually get a grand exit!
4. Appoint someone to be in charge of saying “when.”
You may not think this is a big deal, but it actually is. If guests light sparklers whenever they want, hardly anyone will have one lit when you actually appear to make your exit! Appoint your DJ, MC, or a member of your bridal party to be the call person – and make sure guests know ahead of time not to light until told.
5. Give your getaway enough space.
Sparklers shoot off tiny flaming fragments, so it’s obvious that there is a bit of a fire hazard involved. Ensure you don’t get burned (or caught on fire!) by having someone ask guests to stay at least three or more feet from you during your exit! It’s also a good idea to ask they don’t shake their sparklers or tilt them towards you as you walk by. (You’d be surprised how often common sense gets abandoned where sparklers are involved!) This is especially true if you’re wearing your delicate wedding dress through the exit.
6. Ensure guests are safe by spreading out.
Much like you don’t want yourself burned, you also won’t want guests to sport a nasty souvenir after the big day. Give them enough space to spread out during the exit so they’re not crammed together with live sparklers.
7. Keep small children out of the sparkler participation.
Sparklers are most often made with tiny, somewhat sharp metal rods. Not only do they pose a safety hazard if small children begin running with them, but they also get quite hot after lighting. For these reasons and more, ask that small children be given bubbles or some other (harmless) celebratory exit option – or that they at least have adult supervision at all times during the exit.
8. Make it easy for guests to light their sparklers.
Some brides have people pass around matches to light their sparklers or even lighters, but that often doesn’t work out as planned. Some guests’ sparklers will light, while others won’t have the chance to celebrate with you at all. I always suggest making it simple by lining your grand exit path with lit candles that guests can then stick the sparklers into to light! Not only will this give you a great barrier for guests to stay behind (see #5 again), but it also makes sure all sparklers are lit within seconds of each other.
Hint: Have someone in charge of re-lighting some of the candles, since a few guests may get overeager and snuff the candle out before their sparklers are lit.
9. Don’t let the flames burn out too soon.
I always say that there’s no harm in doubling up on sparklers, especially if the ones you’ve purchased die out quickly or won’t last throughout your exit. Give each guest two if you have enough so the fun and the pictures can keep happening until you’ve left.
10. Designate appropriate areas to put leftovers out and toss away the sticks.
This is a must! Once the sparkler exit is finished, you need to have an area where guests can throw their metal rods away, put out still-flaming sparklers, and stack up leftovers. I suggest three (metal) pails: one with cold water, one for trash, and one for leftover sparklers.
What other suggestions do you have for a grand exit with sparklers?
Share them with me in the comments below!
Images courtesy of Nashville photography company Frozen Exposure Photography.