Through my last two journal entries I have covered the in’s and outs of grand wedding exits, and how to select the right sparklers. So now that you have those incredible little fire sticks in hand, let’s run through a few logistics. First, I’ll cover the most efficient way to get them lit up in a jiffy. Then I’ll go into how to set yourself up to have epic, and I mean EPIC wedding sparkler exit photos!
Follow these foolproof steps to light sparklers:
Have your planner designate where everyone should stand. Even consider putting down tape on the ground and ask guests to stand on it.
Ask the guests to form to line up in two rows approximately 7-8 feet apart, lining where the bride and groom are going to walk.
Now begin distributing the sparklers. I cannot stress this point enough. If you give your guests sparklers in advance, someone will invariably have a lighter on them and decide to light one up. Once they do, the masses will follow and there goes your sparkler exit.
Assign 2-3 people to be the designated lighters.
Use only butane or barbecue lighters because the flame is far away from your hand. Whatever you do, DO NOT use matches to light sparklers. In a pinch, a candle in a votive will work well but your hand will be very close to the sparkler as it’s lighting so it’s not recommended.
Have your designated lighters light their sparkler on the tip with a butane lighter and then go to the first guest and light their sparkler off of the lit sparkler. That’s correct — light sparklers with sparklers. It’s almost instantaneous. Working their way down the row, it all moves very quickly and effortlessly while keeping guests lined up.
Have your planner ask everyone to raise up their sparklers high to form an arch for you to run through. This will form a seven or eight foot lane for you to run through.
Slow down and enjoy the ride to get INCREDIBLE sparkler exit photos!
As a photographer this moment in the evening is very intense (and so much fun!). There is a lot for me to do to get truly amazing images. Not to mention, I basically have one or two chances to capture them. So here’s where a little extra planning can make all the difference in your photos. Here’s what I recommend to all couples just before they do their walk!
Add music if you can. It will add to the fun and excitement of the moment!
The energy in the moment will be high, but try not to run, and instead try to slow it down and savor every single second.
Stop 1/4 of the way through and do something dramatic! Get really really close and go in for a hot kiss and a dip, clap your hands, fist pumps (haha), dance together, shout “we’re married"!! Anything goes here. Your guests will definitely be cheering you on!
1/2 way down the tunnel, and stop or slow down to do something else! A hug, kisses, high fives, bows, pick up your bride and carry her the rest of the way! Please make sure you’re facing my direction so I can see your faces.
Often guests will yell “ENCORE” that means people want to see you do it again. Bask in all the positive energy and run back to the start and do it again!!
I’ll be with you every step of the way. In order to get the shot, I will need to walk into your tunnel. It helps to know this because guests are often looking at you and don’t see me coming from behind. Your second photographer will be standing at the head of the line where you’re starting to shoot from another angle. Sometimes even from above. They may also be using a flash, so don’t be surprised if you see the flashes popping!
As a recap, the takeaway for a flawless sparkler exit is to coordinate the effort and enlist several responsible guests to help pull it together. Then, as a couple just take your time and let out all that joy you’re feeling!!