Look, our NY / NJ wedding videographers have seen their share of epic exits in their time in the business, but there’s just simply nothing quite like the sparkler exit, which is exactly what it sounds like. The newlyweds exit under an archway of, or just surrounded by, guests holding sparklers and it’s always a sight to see.
It’s just that, these are lit sparklers we’re talking about here, and while they’re not the most dangerous thing in the world, there are some things you should consider and keep in mind just in case. So, read on for a few tips for ensuring your sparkling exit goes off with a hitch.
1. Keep everyone in the loop.
First of all, if you’re planning on doing a sparkling exit, then it’s imperative that you keep your wedding videographers and photographers totally in the loop throughout. That means letting them know not just the when and where, but also of any specific shots, angles, etc., that you want captured.
Then there are your guests to inform, considering that this type of exit requires their help, and the thing about epic exits is that enough people need to stick around and participate in them for them to be truly epic. That’s why it’s so important to let your guests know about the end-of-celebration activity. How?
Well, there are plenty of ways to do it. For example, you could have your DJ make an announcement early in your celebration and then remind everyone later; include a bit about it in your itinerary, programs, or wedding website if you have one; or have it written on a cool reception sign. The point is, make sure everyone knows it’s going down.
2. Be safe!
We obviously cannot stress this enough. Again, sparklers aren’t the most powerful nor dangerous firework in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make safety paramount when doing this type of exit. After all, accidents can happen and that’s the last thing you want just as your wedding’s reaching its conclusion.
First off, you need to check with your venue about their safety rules pertaining to sparklers, and from there, you need to be very careful with how the sparklers are actually lit. You don’t want to light a bunch at once and then hand them out, for instance. The best bet is usually to hand them out, light the ends of the rows, and then let each person use their lit sparkler to light the person’s next to them.
You also need to make sure the sparklers are safely disposed of when all is said and done, but the bottom line is that no matter how relatively harmless they seem, you don’t want to take any chances, especially on your wedding day. So, don’t, and put safety above all else when it comes to planning for this kind of epic exit.
3. Make someone the designated sparkler person.
As you can see, planning for a sparkling exit isn’t as easy as it seems, which is why it’s also a good idea to appoint someone to deal with the task, specifically. It could be the best man or maid of honor, your wedding planning, or perhaps just a close friend or family member. It really just comes down to their ability to take charge of the situation.
The point is, like mentioned above, the actual lighting of the sparklers requires some coordination, and you’ll also want to have someone there who will take measures to ensure that there’s enough space for you and your partner to make it through the gauntlet of sparklers unscathed.
We haven’t even mentioned how critical the timing of it all is. Sparklers don’t last forever, and you don’t want to rush through it. You may even want to try to run through it all twice to ensure you make the most of the moment, which is yet another reason that designating someone the “sparkler person” is such a smart move.
We’ve seen a lot of sparkling exits in our time in wedding videography in NJ.
One last tip: get the longest sparklers you can, but the bottom line is, while making your wedding exit through those bright sparkling lights can absolutely make for one of the most memorable moments of your entire celebration, that’s the last time you want anything to go wrong. After all, you’re literally on your way out the door. So, we hope these tips help you to make the most of it without any hiccups. Good luck, and stay low!
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