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You're not alone if you're thinking about using sparklers for your wedding exit. When I decided to use sparklers for our grand exit at my wedding instead of a more traditional item, I found very few sources of guidance or inspiration. At the time, not many couples used sparklers at their wedding. All I could find were a few photos of a grand exit being staged while guests held lit sparklers. It took me hours of planning to devise a strategy to ensure that everything went smoothly. The good news is that we had a fantastic experience in the end.
This came to mind when I decided to start a wedding sparkler business. I made a personal vow to make the process as simple as possible for couples to follow. Ideally, they would not have to go through the same difficulties that I did. Everything, including the accessories required for use, would be at your disposal. With this in mind, I've put together this comprehensive guide to using sparklers for your grand exit. Hopefully, it will clear up any confusion or mysticism and allow you to get back to planning the rest of your wedding.
A wedding exit is a concept that most people are familiar with. However, I believe that covering the fundamentals will be beneficial for those who are new to the concept. To begin, wedding exits are known by many different names, such as a send-off line, a grand exit, or a farewell line. Don't worry, they all mean the same thing.
Most of us have seen the classic wedding scene in which the bride and groom exit a chapel. Music is playing, doves are flying away, and guests are tossing rice or birdseed into the air. Finally, they arrive at a car with a "just married" sign and tin cans dragging behind it. This is the most sensationalized version currently available. However, in reality, wedding exits are usually much simpler than they are portrayed in movies. In fact, it only involves one or two of the items listed above.
Assume you've decided to have a grand exit at your wedding and that you'll be using sparklers. Following that, you must select the appropriate sparklers for your requirements. There are several sizes to choose from. Because you're probably not an expert on sparklers in general, deciding on a size can be difficult. Fortunately, it boils down to the number of guests attending your wedding. Furthermore, the duration of each one is important.
The average wedding nowadays will have 250 or more guests, and 36 inch sparklers are ideal for large weddings. They give you plenty of time because they last nearly four minutes. You won't have to feel rushed as you make your way through the exit line. Keep in mind that you must factor in the time it takes everyone to get ready. They need you to light their sparklers and make your way down the entire exit line. Only 36 inch wedding sparklers will give you enough time to complete both tasks.
Some couples prefer smaller, more personal weddings. Unfortunately, in those cases, the 36-inch model may be overkill. If you're only planning on inviting 150 guests or less to your wedding, 20-inch sparklers are ideal. To be honest, there will be fewer people trying to light their sparklers, and the exit line will be much shorter. So, a minute and a half should suffice for that type of scenario. Regardless of how many guests will be attending your wedding, I do not recommend going any smaller than 20 inches. They usually burn out before you start walking down the exit line.
Choosing a location for your wedding exit is a critical step. Unfortunately, it is frequently overlooked until the day of your wedding. Some venues will only permit couples to use sparklers in specific areas. That can make your decision much easier! Other venues will be more accommodating in terms of where you can use them. In general, this is when more thought is required.
The main entrance of your ceremony location is the most common location for a wedding exit. This is right outside the front doors if you say your vows in a chapel. However, many couples hold their ceremony and reception at the same location. In that case, other appropriate locations would be in the parking lot or a nearby open field. The main goal is to do it in an area free of obstacles and safety hazards. Remember that your guests will be holding a burning item in their hands before you make your final decision.
Once you've decided on a location, you'll need to figure out where everyone will sit. Typically, two rows of guests are separated by an aisle down which the bride and groom will walk. Make sure the two lines are at least eight feet apart so that you can walk down the center without running into the lit wedding sparklers that the guests will be holding in the air.
It's also a good idea to designate someone to be in charge of your wedding exit. Their job will be to get everyone in place, distribute the wedding sparklers, and coordinate when everyone begins to light them so that everything runs smoothly. You may also want to position people in a specific order along your route, with your wedding party and immediate family at the front of the exit line so you can greet them first.
When using sparklers for your wedding exit line, one of the most important aspects to get right is getting them all lit in a timely manner. The clock starts ticking as soon as the first sparkler is lit, and they begin to fizzle out. You need plenty of time to make your way down the exit line, and every second spent lighting all of the sparklers eats into your timetable.
Candles and blowtorches are the two most efficient ways to quickly light several wedding sparklers. The large open flames will allow multiple people to light their sparklers at the same time, allowing you to make quick work of it and move down the line as quickly as possible. Other sources of ignition, such as matches or handheld lighters, are time-consuming and inefficient, and should be avoided at all costs. Your designated wedding exit person should assist your guests in lighting the sparklers for your wedding so that the fun can begin as soon as possible.
When using sparklers for your wedding exit, safety should always come first. If you don't properly prepare ahead of time, a wedding exit can be a recipe for disaster! Always keep at least one fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergency, and having one at both the front and back of the exit line is ideal. You should also provide a location for your guests to safely dispose of their used sparklers after your exit. I recommend a few large buckets of water to ensure that every sparkler is completely extinguished.
It is also critical to have first aid supplies on hand in case of an injury. In the event of an accident requiring immediate treatment, a proper kit will include items such as bandages and burn ointment. Finally, you should plan your wedding exit between your ceremony and reception; you don't want to serve drinks to your guests before they have to be responsible for the sparklers for your wedding safely.
This may be a lot to take in all at once. So, here's a quick rundown of how to make your wedding exit with sparklers:
Make sure to select the appropriate size sparklers for your wedding exit; depending on the size of your wedding, I recommend either 20-inch sparklers or 36-inch sparklers.
Select a location for your wedding exit that is both convenient and appropriate.
Prepare a strategy for positioning your guests for your wedding exit.
Make sure there are plenty of ignition sources for your guests to use to light their sparklers. Candles and torches work best, and matches and handheld lighters should be avoided.
Use good judgment and safety precautions. Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand! Also, provide a location where used wedding sparklers can be safely disposed of.
Here are two more suggestions:
Put one person in charge of the wedding sparklers and ignition devices. This person is in charge of ensuring that the sparklers and materials are ready and in the proper location for the lighting.
Inform your wedding photographer about your sparkler plans well in advance. Your photographer may have some suggestions for specific photos that you should think about.