3 Great Sparkler Exit Alternatives For Your Wedding Day

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While sparkler exits look cool, sometimes you’re left looking for a sparkler exit alternative for your wedding day for one reason or another.

  • Your venue does not allow sparklers
  • Your reception venue does not have a great place to do a sparkler exit
  • It’s not in your budget to have your photographer stay til the end of your reception
  • The weather sucks
bride and groom holding sparklers and smiling at each other

Why Sparkler Exits aren’t all they are hyped up to be

It’s dangerous.

Sparklers cause accidental burns quite often. Sometimes the bride catches on fire. The last thing you want for people to remember about your wedding is that they got burned. It really negates all the fun stuff and overshadows the massive amounts of effort you put into making everything else perfect.

Giving drunk people long, pointy sticks of fire isn’t the best idea.

By the end of your reception, many of your guests have already left, and any remaining guests are probably pretty drunk. Sparkler Exits Gone Wrong is a thing.

And honestly?

Sparkler Exits are kiiiiiiinda over done.

When you need a great sparkler exit alternative for your wedding day, what can you do instead?

There’s a ton of things you can do, that look just as cool (or cooler) than a sparkler exit. Here are 3 great sparkler exit alternatives for your wedding day.

Sparkler Exit Alternative 1: Do a grand exit from the ceremony!

Bubbles, flower petals, biodegradable confetti, ribbon wands, rally towels for those outdoor ceremonies… it’s all super cool. I absolutely love ceremony exits!

You can also do a traditional receiving line, if you have time. Post ceremony, there’s such a great vibe of happiness and excitement. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get a lot of love from your guests.

Tip: If you’re getting married in a church, have your exit outside of the church. I love getting the church or the venue in the background because context is everything when it comes to photos!

BONUS: if you do a receiving line and greet your guests after the ceremony, then you don’t have to go table to table and greet each guest during the reception. You can use that time to celebrate. And receiving lines make for such fantastic candid photos! We really should bring the receiving line back.

Sparkler Exit Alternative 2: Take a group photo with your guests at the reception

You can’t always see everyone, and there’s always some goofy faces (this is actually the best part), but it’s truly a really fun thing to do, and you get pretty much everyone who was there in one photo. It’s my favorite image to add at the end of photo album. (Ahhh! What a fun photo that will be to look at with future generations.) Plus, it’s a great way to kick off the dance party and get everyone out on the dance floor. (Having a great DJ is key to keeping them out there.) The big ole group photo is far superior to the sparkler sendoff.

Sparkler Exit Alternative 3: Have a special first dance (this one is my favorite!)

Give your guests glow sticks and have everyone gather around at the edge of the dance floor and sway with the glow sticks. All these different colors of glowing light behind you as you dance will look absolutely magical! It’s such an incredible way to include your guests, and encourage everyone to be present in the moment.

If you’d like a more sustainable (and FREE) option, you can ask guest to download a lighter simulator app and hold their phones up behind you during the first dance. Seriously. It’s so magical!

Tip: Glow sticks also make for an insanely fun dance floor later in the evening!

I hope this was helpful for you as you’re planning your wedding!

Which is your favorite sparkler exit alternative? Would you consider doing all three things? Do you have an amazing idea for an alternative to a sparkler exit?

If you’d like to find out more about wedding photography, head on over to my website or fill out my contact form. You can also check out my posts on 14 of the Best Wedding Day Timeline Planning Tips and 3 Helpful Tips to Make your Wedding Day Portraits Enjoyable

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