December 9, 2019
There are a few wedding moments that are sooooo romantic! The first kiss. The first dances. The I Do’s. And right up there is the sparkler exit. So many couples are looking to plan a dramatic exit at the end of their night. Seriously, who doesn’t dream about driving off, into married life, in a beautiful car with all your guests waving sparklers while you pause to kiss romantically, bonus: A dip! Insert: Sigh… The perfect ending to your perfect day. But there is a lot of work that should go into a sparkler exit, and if you are hoping to simply wing it, you are likely to end up creating a lot of drama, and worst-case-scenario, someone gets hurt! So, today’s blog is going to go step-by step through the planning process for a sparkler exit, so that you can make the best decisions when planning your big day.
You may, or may not, be surprised to learn that a lot of venues, including some on LBI do not allow sparklers on their property. For some venues, for example, this makes perfect sense. A historic victorian in the heart of Beach Haven, The Gables would be crazy to take the fire risk. The perfect solution, is to go right down the street to the beach and do it on the ramp to the dune. If you don’t want to take the walk for this photo opportunity, it’s a block and half, you can do a sparkler exit with your guests out in the street. The set-up will take a few minutes, and you will want to have supplies on hand. More on that in a moment. Basically, if your venue does not allow for a sparkler exit, you will simply need a sensible alternative location.
You do not want to simply tack this onto your timeline. You want to be certain that your vendor team knows about it. Typically, photographers and videographers do not stay until the bitter end of a wedding, most leave after the cake cutting. So, you will want to make sure that you booked a photo or video package with enough time built in to allow for a sparkler exit. If you didn’t, still no worries.
I strongly suggest that you do your sparkler exit photo immediately after your cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss. This way all your VIP bridal party and family members are in one place, and can easily be wrangled to take the photo. I believe that the earlier you do your staged sparkler exit, the better. So, if it’s a time of year when it’s dark enough, you might consider tucking it into the timeline right after dinner. If you are wondering why I believe earlier is better, it’s simple. You are throwing a paaaar-tay and people like to party! The earlier you do your sparkler exit, the better. Especially when you consider that you will be handing very hot metal rods, that shoot sparks to people who have been drinking and celebrating for a few hours already.
If you are looking for more advice on things to include on your wedding day, check out my blog post on three things every couple should include in their wedding day timeline to ensure the day of their dreams.
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