(Closed) Did anybody do sparklers not at the end of the wedding to get the the photos?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

vintagekitten:  Hi, we planned a ‘sparkler entrance’ to our evening reception. We left after the meal to do some sunset couples photos whilst people had coffees then came back to a ‘sparkler entrance’ As evening guest arrived. It didn’t really work as intended because our best man who was meant to be organising the guests got confused lol but people very quickly picked up the idea and it was really fun, we got some great photos.

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

vintagekitten:  I’m a wedding photographer, we fake it all the time and do it earlier in the evening. We don’t call it an exit but rather a “sparkler photo”. The downside to couples planning elaborate exits is that they end up having to pay for their photographers to stay until the end when it’s not really necessary. Once you’ve captured 45 minutes – 1 hour of reception dancing (not talking key moments, just the actual guest dancing) you’ve basically covered it. After that it becomes VERY repetative with the same photos of the same people dancing, and IMO, a waste of money – espcially when you think that aside from looking at some funny faces/moments you won’t DO anything with those photos. Same goes for exit photos – the sparkler exits are great when done correctly but they don’t always turn out. Speaking from experience, about 40% of the time, they don’t work. It’s not for lack of trying, but more due to guest intoxication and not listening. You need the large, long sparklers…lots of lighters, and a group of people willing to shut up and listen to direction. 😉 I can’t tell you how many times people light them too early, too late, etc. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

vintagekitten:  I would also check with your venue.  Our venue had lots of restrictions in regards to that stuff–no sparklers, lanters, poppers etc.

Post # 7
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7058 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

vintagekitten:  Happy to help! Also, you need at least 36″ sparklers, because anything smaller burns too quickly to get the shot:

http://weddingdaysparklers.com/36-inch-wedding-sparklers/

I would make sure you have a pack of matches for EACH guest, because people waste way too much time trying to get those suckers lit and helping each other. It never fails, half will be burnt out before the others get theirs lit.

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