Ceremony Exits vs. Sparkler Exits

While sparkler exits are becoming less popular for many reasons lots of couples are left wanting a fun photo with a similar style on their wedding day, enter the ceremony exit! A ceremony exit, in modern terms, is adding a little extra magic to your walk back down the aisle after you have just said your “I do’s”. Get your guests involved in the celebration by tossing petals or blowing bubbles, it adds to the fun and makes for a great photo. Ceremony exits have long been a thing but they have been overshadowed by the go-to end-of-the-night celebration known as a sparkler exit since the mid-2010’s. Well, it’s time to bring back this oldie but goodie, and here are some reasons why making the switch to a ceremony exit might be a better option for you!

1. A ceremony exit is versatile

Unlike a sparkler exit, a ceremony exit can be tailored to fit your unique style and personality. There are so many options to choose from, whether it's a biodegradable confetti toss, a petal shower, or a bubble exit. You can even incorporate special items that are meaningful to you, like ribbon wands or personalized signs. The possibilities are endless, and you can create an exit that truly reflects who you are as a couple. Scroll to the end of this post for a list of eco-friendly ceremony ideas!

2. A ceremony exit is safer

While sparklers can create a beautiful and dramatic way to end your evening, they can also be dangerous if not handled properly. Sparklers burn at high temperatures and can easily catch clothing or hair on fire. Plus, they can leave behind hot ashes that can be a hazard for guests. Not to mention many guests have been drinking for a while by the time you get to the sparkler exit portion of the night. Think intoxicated people + fire = danger. I have personally seen fires started at events by sparklers and it's not something you want to have happen on your wedding day. Many venues have actually banned the use of sparklers for exactly these reasons. But not to worry, with a ceremony exit you can avoid these risks and create a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

3. A ceremony exit is more inclusive

Not all of your guests may be able to participate in a sparkler exit. Children or older guests may not be comfortable holding a sparkler or standing in close proximity to them. With a ceremony exit, everyone can participate and have fun. You can even provide props or items that are safe and accessible for all guests.

4. A ceremony exit is just as stunning

A ceremony exit can be just as stunning and memorable as a sparkler exit. Ceremonies often happen during the day which leads to beautifully well-lit ceremony exit photos. Sparkler exits take place at night and the ability of a camera to focus is hindered by the lack of light leading to softer more grain photos. You won’t have that issue with a ceremony exit!

5. A ceremony exit requires no additional time in your timeline

With a ceremony exit, you can enjoy the moment without worrying about the logistics of coordinating the sparkler exit. You just walk back down the aisle as your friends and family celebrate tossing flower petals or whatever at you! Sparkler exits require 15-20 minute timeline block at the end of your reception to coordinate. It is a lot harder than you think to get 100+ partying guests outside, lined up, and then get all those sparklers lit. So you end up losing a block of party time at the end of your reception to do a sparkler exit.

Totally sold on this fun idea?

Sweeeeeet! Here are some eco-friendly ceremony exit ideas you can use for your own ceremony exit. Always check with your venue or ceremony location first make sure its okay first!

  1. Biodegradable confetti or flower petals: Instead of using paper confetti or artificial flower petals, I always suggest using biodegradable alternatives. There are many companies that offer eco-friendly confetti made from natural materials like lavender, or wildflowers. If you are a DIY kinda person you can even make your own biodegradable confetti, check out this easy-to-follow tutorial by Mother Natured.
  2. Birdseed: Birdseed is a great option for an eco-friendly ceremony exit. It's natural, biodegradable, and won't harm the environment. Plus, it's a fun way to feed the birds and add to the natural beauty of your ceremony site.
  3. Leaves or herbs: Another natural option for a ceremony exit is using leaves or herbs. You can use fresh leaves or dried herbs like lavender or rosemary for a fragrant and natural exit.
  4. Blowing bubbles: Bubbles are a fun and eco-friendly way to make your exit. You can use biodegradable bubble solution or make your own solution using natural ingredients like glycerin and water.
  5. Ribbon wands: Ribbon wands are a great alternative to sparklers and are also eco-friendly. You can use natural materials like bamboo or wooden dowels and tie ribbons made from recycled materials or organic cotton.