Brides: you’ve planned a grand entrance, but what about your grand exit? You can make a great last impression in style with a wedding sparkler send-off, one of the hottest summer outdoor wedding trends! Today we’re helping you plan a perfect wedding sparkler send-off with seven wedding sparkler mistakes to avoid. If you keep these seven key tips in mind, your sparkler send-off will go off without a hitch… and you’ll have plenty of photos to enjoy! Wedding sparklers are a fun way to engage your guests and give your photographer an opportunity to capture some really fun, memorable shots. Plus, you get to steal the show – again! – one last time. Read on to find out which wedding sparkler mistakes to avoid before you make ’em…
Wedding Sparkler Mistakes to Avoid
Wedding Sparkler Mistakes – #1: Not checking with your venue.
Before you do anything, check with your venue to make sure they allow a wedding sparkler send off. Some places do not allow sparklers because of insurance, safety, or hazards. Find out first – if it’s a go, move on to number two.
Wedding Sparkler Mistakes – #2: No announcement.
You’ll want to have an announcement (as in a sign) for a few different reasons. First, you’ll want as many guests as possible to be present at the sparkler send-off, so let them know what time it’s happening so they stick around. Also, make sure there’s a specific time. Timing is essential: in the summer, it gets darker much later, so keep that in mind. Also, make sure the time you select isn’t at the exact end time as agreed upon by the venue: you want to take your time (and you may have a few odds and ends to take care of before leaving). Likewise, your timing shouldn’t be too early so you don’t feel forced out of your own party. ;)
If you already plan to use a chalkboard sign at your reception – great! Utilize it by including ‘sparklers’ and the time, like this example as shown below.
Or, order a custom handmade wedding sign + frame it. We love this chic wedding sparklers send-off sign spotted at CrossvineDesigns…
… and this chalkboard-inspired sparkler send off sign spotted at The Polka Dotted Bee.
Wedding Sparkler Mistakes – #3: Not enough outdoor space.
Where will your sparkler send-off take place? Make sure it’s in an open outdoor location away from anything potentially flammable or hazardous, for obvious reasons. Also, make sure it has enough room for guests to form two lines, through which you’ll walk down the center of together. Think of it like the starting line up of a pro basketball game, but a million times more fun than that. Ha! And, last but not least, an ideal location would be close to your getaway car for a seamless exit.
Wedding Sparkler Mistakes – #4: Overbuying.
You don’t need one sparkler per guest, simply because not everyone will participate your sparkler send-off. It happens! Some guests will leave early, others will be snapping photos in your booth, and some will simply have run to the bathroom and precisely the wrong moment. Order enough sparklers for about 75% of guests in attendance, and you should have more than enough.
Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers
Since you’ll be buying plenty, you’ll want to buy in bulk. Check out this store as one resource, where we spotted those ever-so-popular heart-shaped wedding sparklers we’ve been seeing all over the place. (VIP Sparklers is a sponsor of Emmaline Bride, but would we recommend ’em regardless!)
Wedding Sparkler Mistakes – #5: Not supplying enough matches.
You’ll need plenty of matches, so this is when a matchbox wedding favor is an especially handy idea! Whether you plan to give matchbox favors or place ’em at a ‘sparkler’ station, make sure you have more than enough. We love these custom matchboxes spotted at Hope & Fancy.
Wedding Sparkler Mistakes – #6: Wrong timing.
Sparklers can be tricky. Some light easily, others take longer; some stay lit longer, others burn out too quickly. Buy a box of wedding sparklers ahead of time and try ’em out first. See how long they take to light and how long they burn, and have your wedding coordinator (or ask your MOH!) to time your grand exit accordingly.
Wedding Sparkler Mistakes – #7: No Place to Put ‘Em Out
Of all the wedding sparkler mistakes to avoid, THIS ONE IS CRUCIAL. Guests will need a place to put the wedding sparklers out (and throw them away) once your send-off is over. The best, most effective (and clean!) way to put them out is in a galvanized steel pail with sand. Sand will ensure the sparklers are distinguished and cooled off completely before throwing them away. Place a sign on a galvanized pail so guests know where to put them, fill it at least halfway with sand, and place nearby. Afterward, they can be thrown in the garbage once they’re completely cool. (If you throw sparklers in the trash before they’re cool, it’s not only a fire hazard but they will melt away the plastic bag, too.)
If you want to dress up your sparklers with a personalized tag, here’s one style that we love! It’s by For Your Party and can be customized to coordinate with your palette.
These tags from SayAnythingDesign are also a beautiful option.
And, last but not least… make sure you get plenty of photos of your wedding sparkler send-off! It makes for some pretty incredible photos.