(Closed) Stage a sparkler exit Or skip it all together?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee

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Faith Falls :  I would skip it, or do it and just have non professional photos. TBH, I would find this annoying as a guest to have to “stage” photos. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I agree with PP.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Ditto to all of the above.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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Faith Falls :  I’d skip it anyways – the ones I’ve been to have been forced and awkward. Guests are sort of standing around with the sparkler like “ok so can we light this thing? Is the whole party over or are you just leaving?” 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

My friend tried to have a sparkler exit and it was a bit of a disaster.  Half the sparklers either didn’t work or they weren’t lit in time with the ones that did work.  It also felt very forced like a PP said.  Her photos didn’t even turn out that great.  I would skip it altogether.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

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Faith Falls :  I think that is a great option! I am sure there is a way to capture some still from the video if you really wanted the pictures

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

My brother and sister-in-law staged the whole sparkler exit thing with just wedding party and family. It was kind and of awkward and weird. And annoying to be asked to leave the reception in the middle of things. And the photos are meh anyway. 

I would just have the videographer capture it. You can grab stills from it and turn them into photos.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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Faith Falls :  Realize that at the end of the reception, most people are a mess.  Unless you and your family have a hair and makeup stylist at your disposal, you’re not going to want to display those pictures.  That’s part of the reason why my friends’ pictures were bad and it was something she didn’t think about until she actually saw them.  Half the guys had their jackets and ties off with their sleeves rolled up, the women looked hot because they were dancing all night, and it happened to be very humid so things didn’t photograph well anyway.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Skip it. They rarely turn out as pretty as they do on Pinterest and since it’s not even your actual exit, that’s kinda weird. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We did it, and I wish we didn’t…It threw off the whole party. Definitely the one big regret/mistake we made. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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Faith Falls :  I would skip the exit all together.

However, I think it would be perfectly acceptable to have some cool sparkler photos done with your family/wedding party before your photog leaves. You don’t need to stage it as an exit to get cool pictures. Just have it organized so that it doesn’t take you away from the party for too long.

We did paper lanterns like this and it worked well. Some people came to watch, others stayed and dance, and we got some cool pictures. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I wanted a sparkler exit as well, but there is so many logistics in it – that I decided to skip (plus I found out my venue didnt allow it), but looking back… the night was so busy already constantly getting pulled in many directions, so many photos, etc I wouldnt have wanted to do it, especially a staged one in the middle of the reception. Being pulled away to do the staged photo would be a pain, and wouldnt let you enjoy your reception. 

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