The Wedding Sparkler Send Off (also known as the Wedding Sparkler Exit) has been a popular trend for some years now, and one of the most popular ways is leaving the venue through a sparkler lit tunnel. This interactive lightshow is one of the best ways to exit a wedding with style and excitement, leaving your guests feeling thrilled and delighted, and producing some fantastic memorable photos.
In the UK, Wedding Sparkler Send Off's do require a lot of advanced planning to achieve the best possible results. To help you with this, we have compiled some information that you will need to consider in the preparation for and coordinating of your sparkler exit.
Getting Permission from the Venue
It is best to get permission for this way in advance as some venues will not allow sparklers due to insurance reasons. Most venues will allow sparklers to be used outdoors providing proper safety precautions are taken, so something that will need to be discussed with the venue. Venues run by the National Trust may require a risk assessment being carried out, so it is best to speak to the venue way in advance to allow time for formal paperwork to be prepared. In addition to this, Health & Safety precautions will need to be factored in to minimise any risk to guests.
Buying the correct Sparklers
Sparklers are often mis-sold as 'Wedding Sparklers' and are far to short for them to have any effect - they will burn out before the bride and groom reach half way down the tunnel. Wedding Sparklers should be extra long and slow burning. In addition to this, the long length helps keep the hot parts further away from clothing. The slow burning speed will also provide enough time for the photographer to nail the shot. Look for sparklers with a burn time of at least 80 seconds (1 minute and 20 seconds) . Our 18" Monster Golden Sparklers are perfect for most weddings with a burn time of 80 seconds. It will also be beneficial to test the sparklers to see how best to light them. Don't use matches, these are the worst thing to light sparklers with; they do not get hot enough, burn quickly and are not windproof. For best results use a Butane Flame Gun Sparkler Igniter.
Planning with Photographer
Photographers need to know that you will be having a sparkler send off at your wedding. This will give the photographer advanced notice on which lenses to bring, and if any additional lighting or flashes (flashguns) are required. The photographer can also assist with the planning of the best setting - the best spot for the shot. This will give time to map out the route 'exit strategy', to make sure that there is enough room for a tunnel and guests, and to plan timings to ensure sparklers don't all burn out before the dramatic exit.
Delegating someone to take charge of sparklers
At most weddings the send off will be at the end of the night - when most people have had a few drinks - so it is important to have a responsible (sober) person to take on the role of organising the sparklers on the night. This may include gathering the materials, lighting up the first few sparklers, telling the guests to light the rest of the sparklers with their lit ones and instructing the guests to create an archway or pathway for you to walk through.
Sparklers can get 5 times hotter than a pan of cooking oil, so it’s important that guests holding them are aware of this.
Once you light up all your sparklers, you’ll need a way to put them out. Coordinating with your venue about setting up metal buckets filled with sand or water in the vicinity of your exit and make sure your guests are aware that they should use them after they are done with the sparklers. Once the sparklers have cooled they are safe to be disposed of.