It’s your special day — maybe the one you’ve been waiting for your whole life. You want everything about it to be nothing short of magical. The send-off is one part of your wedding that symbolizes you and your bride or groom stepping into the rest of your lives together. With it being such a strong symbol, there’s an important decision to be made: what kind of wedding exit do you want? Many newlyweds opt for a sparkler or paper lantern send-off. Which is better? We’re here to help you decide.

Wedding Sparkler Send-Off 

We’re veterans when it comes to a sparkler wedding exit. It’s what we do best, and for good reason. We love the glow of sparkling light that surrounds newlyweds, with sparklers held high by the guests they treasure most. Think about it. Whenever you experience the touch or presence of the one you love, you feel a “spark”. This spark comes alive with a sparkler wedding exit. 

With any option, there will be cons. Sparkler exits can at times be hard to coordinate when you have a lot of guests, since they need to be directed to light their sparklers at the same time and stand in a certain formation. Sparklers are also flammable, and they may raise a safety concern if you have guests who may not be able to properly handle them. 

But to us, the pros of a sparkler send-off far outweigh the cons. An additional benefit of a sparkler wedding exit is the stunning photos that come from it. The glow of sparklers shining above you and your spouse is an effect that can’t be seen naturally anywhere else. It looks almost like a fairytale, and you’re being sent off to your happily-ever-after as newlyweds. Sparkler wedding exits also give your guests the opportunity to be personally involved in your wedding as they light their sparklers and hold them high above you and your bride and groom. It’s a collaborative and enchanting experience for everyone involved, and that’s why we love sparkler exits. 

Paper Lanterns Wedding Send-Off 

A paper lantern wedding exit is also another popular option we’ve seen a lot of over the years. Like sparklers, paper lanterns provide an ethereal glow that closes your wedding in a magical way. Lanterns light up the sky, reminding you of stars and keeping your gaze held high. 

A paper lantern wedding send-off is a fun way to have all your guests participate in your wedding, and it’s a sight everyone can marvel at. They also create the opportunity for magical photos as everyone releases the lanterns into the air. 

One of the biggest challenges of a paper lantern wedding send-off is gathering everyone together and providing a number of people with an ignition source. It can be a daunting task. Lanterns are also larger than sparklers, so it may take even more time to get everything lit and released at the same time. However, one of the most critical concerns with paper lanterns is the waste they produce and the damage they can do to the Earth. Paper lanterns have gotten stuck in trees or have come back down to the ground as litter, which can be harmful to the environment. This is an even more serious problem when the lanterns aren’t made of high-quality or environmentally friendly material.   

The Results 

To us, it’s better to not create environmental problems or worry about coordinating the mass ignition of many paper lanterns. Sparkler exits are more collaborative, more intimate, and much livelier. However, both send-off options are a magical way to bookend a wedding or reception, and they’re equally worth considering. At the end of the day, it’s up to you and your partner to decide what will signify your love in the most magical way for you both.