You’ve probably seen hundreds, if not thousands, of wedding photos of a couple running through a sea of sparklers at the end of their wedding night. It’s become so customary that it’s a standard question I ask during my photography consultations. But lately I’ve been following with: “well, have you thought about this…”


Remember when your parents, and their parents, and their parents before them were married and everyone gathered around outside the church to throw rice? Well that sentiment (not the rice part, but the celebrating after the actual ceremony) is becoming more popular.


One of the happiest moments I capture as a wedding photographer is the walk back down the aisle right after the kiss, when the couple has finally relaxed and are ready to party. So why not make the moment even better with confetti, pom poms or ribbon. Post-ceremony, it’s much easier to get guests to participate as they can grab the item in question as they find their seats, they are better listeners as they aren’t drunk and they have a lot of fun celebrating with you.


Some venues ban throwing things such as glitter and confetti (and even sparklers) but at least with recessional celebrations there are creative, out-of-the-box ways to have fun and take some amazing photos. For eco-friendly venues, consider oatmeal, colorful cereals, dried flowers (like roses or lavender), sprinkles or paper airplanes.


With so many possibilities, why not ditch the sparklers and do something truly unique to you?