(Closed) Sparklers for our exit?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

It depends on where you’re getting married at if you’re allowed to do that. For instance at the place we’re getting married at they no longer allowed sparklers. They told us that the bride ended up with a hole in her dress. Cute idea though! I’ve seen pictures of it done and it photos well.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I saw sparklers used as the grand exit at a wedding a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love. Then I saw how awesome they look in pictures, such as this one:  

And that made me know for sure I’d want to do it for my wedding! The long ones (as shown in that photo) look the best since they create an archway, but my venue doesn’t allow them.  (Be sure to check with your venue that sparklers are allowed at all.) The coordinator had a good reason though, at least I thought so. She noticed that guests, especially those who had a few drinks, get tired of holding the long sparklers before they die out. And they end up laying them down somewhere without noticing if they’ve gone completely out. Fast forward to the staff trying to stomp out the small budding grass fires.   So she compromised with me and is allowing me to use the small, regular sized sparklers. This will be a little more difficult because the burn time isnt as long. But with our team of groomsmen all armed with lighters, I think we should be able to pull off getting them all lit quickly enough for us to walk through (and get some great photos!). I know this is a risky idea and I’m sure there will be some who advise against it. But I personally am going to take the risk. I would be interested in hearing about problems others may have had, though, so I can be prepared. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Okay, so I can’t seem to get my picture to work! But trust me it was a good one! (I followed the instructions and it showed up in my editing page, but not here. Can anyone help?) You can probably just search for sparkler exit photos or something online.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

if your venue allows sparklers then ABSOLUTELY DO IT!

it’s the best grand exit photo setup possible. Just make sure your guests give you enough "aisle" space so you don’t catch fire running through. It’s so much fun, you’ll love it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We are going with the 20 inch sparlers from sparklersonline They also have a gallery of pictures.  We were going to go with the 36 (4 min) ones, but we timed it and realized that we didn’t need it that long.  Break out your stop watch and do a practice get away.  You shouldn’t be running under an "arch" of sparklers.  Rather two lines with plenty of space in between. 

Also note that sparklers light better with other sparklers instead of lighters.  Smaller sparklers light ok with lighters.  I would suggest ordering a box of the smaller ones to help with lighting the big ones.  Our ushers are going to walk around with 3 small pails with sand to put the used sparklers in. 

If your venue doesn’t allow it, do it on the street!  We are making our get away via peddi-cab, so our cabbie is peddling his way through the sparklers.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I love this idea too, but I can’t quite figure out the logistics of it.  How do the sparklers get lit?  Should we give everyone at the end of a row a lighter, and pass the light back?  I just wouldn’t want everyone to be busy trying to light them while we stand up front waiting.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We got the 36" ones from sparkersonline. They come with a few of the smaller ones, since it’s easier to light the bigger ones that way. So we are going to give the smaller ones to our groomsmen and have them go around and make sure everyone is lit before we exit. Once a few of the larger ones are lit, people can light theirs off of them too, so I think it should go pretty quickly.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I attended a wedding this summer that had a sparkler exit. The bride had changed into a getaway outfit so she wasn’t really worried about the dress. However, a few of the girls around me were nervous about her hair, she had extensions and a lot of hairspray and thought there could be a disaster. Thankfully, there wasn’t. Guests lined either side of a sidewalk and the couple ran through, but a slightly wider path might have been more comfortable. The groomsmen went around lighting every few people’s sparlers with lighters or other sparklers then the guests just helped light each other’s from there. I don’t really remember if they were long or short ones, but it worked perfectly for the amount of time it took. It was really neat and I’d love to use them as well.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I have only ever been to one wedding where they were used. The venue def didn’t like them (we all got lectured on the how-tos beforehand), and it was a little awkward lighting them and lining up. However, their pictures looked amazing! If you can, I would say go for it.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I’m considering the sparkler-exit for my wedding. Since my wedding is only a couple weeks before Independence Day, it will be really easy to find a bunch of sparklers, and I think it will be a gorgeous send-off!

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