Whether you want to illuminate the dance floor with glow sticks or use them as a Grand Exit at your celebration, we’ve got you covered!
In this blog post, we’ll tell you everything on how to have glow sticks at your wedding. We’ll tell you where to get foam glow sticks in multi colors, white foam glow sticks, those smaller glow sticks in bulk, and how to set it up for success. :)
Let’s get started!
Wedding Glow Sticks: How To Use Them At Your Reception
The first thing to know about having wedding glow sticks is to figure out when you’d like to use them.
► Do you want guests to take them out on the dance floor?
► Are the glow sticks for kids only?
► Would you like to save the glow sticks for a grand exit after the reception?
By knowing this, you’ll know what kind and how many glow wands to order.
What Kind of Glow Sticks For Wedding?
Next, let’s decide what kind of glow sticks you’ll need. Here are some suitable options.
Large Foam Glow Sticks for Wedding
If you’re giving out glow sticks for wedding favors or to all the guests in attendance, plan a glow party and have a glow stick table set up where guests can take one and bring it out to the dance floor. The glow sticks can be these large colorful foam sticks that are personalized (recommended), or the white light version if you prefer that style for photos (also recommended).
You can get these large foam glow sticks from the popular shop known as WoosterCo and they’re on sale now. You can buy them in bulk at 30% off for a limited time.
Fiber Optic LED Wands
Small Glow Sticks to Wear
For the type you wear on your arm as a bracelet, you can get these personalized glow sticks for wedding receptions from WoosterCo. Fun idea!
Light-Up Ribbon Wands
And lastly, these ribbon wands that light up are a really fun twist! Use these in lieu of the above options for a one-of-a-kind element. They’re handmade by GrandExits. I adore these!
PRO TIP: Get inspired → To see some Real Wedding photos of glow grand exits in action, see them at Wooster Co. They had some of the best ones we’ve seen yet!
When To Start The Glow Party
It helps to set up for the glow party after toasts and when dinner is over and dancing begins, simply because it will eliminate having glow sticks all over the place in those early photos. :) Most of all, the lights won’t be set low enough yet to make as big of an impact as later, when the lights dim a bit.
Once dancing has started and the light are dim, it’s time to bring out the glow sticks! Simply place them on a table and include a sign that encourages guests to take one and bring it out to the dance floor.
This sign by Glow And Etch is my top pick!
Here is another option: “Light Up The Night”. Nice and simple! By SweetNCCollective.
PRO TIP: Make sure your photographer is aware of your glow party plans so they can capture tons of fun illuminated candid shots!
How Many Glow Sticks to Buy
If you’re planning to give the glow sticks as wedding favors (you totally can!) I recommend one per guest.
If you’re offering other favors and the glow sticks are just a fun bonus, plan on ordering enough for roughly 65% to 75% of guests in attendance. Make sure all the kids get one for sure; then, allocate the rest to whomever wants to take one. Not every guest will take one or need one on the dance floor.
Glow Send Off
Planning on a glow send off instead? This is a popular option for couples especially when a venue prohibits a sparkler exit, but you still want the fun (and cool) illuminated photos.
A glow send off works easily at the reception! Simply offer glow sticks at a later time, i.e. 10:30pm and include them on a table with a sign. The sign instructs guests to grab a glow stick when it’s time for the grand exit and instructs them where to assemble for the exit. This usually takes place outdoors, with two lines creating a tunnel with an aisle in the middle so the newlyweds can walk through (and the photographer can capture snapshots as they pass by!)
My best advice: have the DJ or band emcee make an announcement of the glow send-off five minutes prior so guests can run over and grab a glow stick and then head outdoors for the event.
I hope this article helps you as you plan a memorable send off! If you have any tips to add, I’ve love to hear them. Let me know in the comment box below.
Happy (Glow Party) Planning!