Great Alternatives to a Sparkler Send Off

Sparkler Send Off Alternatives

Sparkler send off photos will always have a special place in our hearts, but not all venues allow them and sometimes it’s nice to change things up a bit, no? 

If sparklers are a must for you, here are a few recommendations to keep the end of the night running smoothly:

  • Delegate to someone the task of lining up your guests, passing out sparklers and the job of lighting them! If you’ve hired a coordinator, that’s their job 🙂
  • Unpack all those 10-pack boxes ahead of time, or let your coordinator know that needs to be done the night of. We have unwrapped zillions of sparklers during dinner or dancing. Just don’t wait until the end of the night to start unwrapping them!
  • Provide a tall bucket with sand or water for guests to deposit used sparklers, or see if your venue provides this. 
  • Be sure your photographer and videographer are ready for you to make your grand exit before you light sparklers! Your coordinator should know this, but if a friend or family member is in charge, they need to wait until the shot is all set up. No need to hurry and miss out on this important end of the night photo op! 

And now, our top picks for grand exit alternatives that you and your guests will love!

Binary Flips Photography

Bubble guns

No need to buy one for every guest. For an average size wedding, 4-6 of these will provide plenty of bubbles! 

Concept Photography

Ribbon wands like these or these (order one per guest)

Fiber optic wands or glow necklaces for everyone to wear

Photo by Cricket’s Photography

Foam glow sticks work well for your exit or during an upbeat party song during the reception

Photo by Captured by Belinda

Confetti poppers are one of my personal favorites! We most often use these during the last dance in lieu of a send off. Your coordinator and DJ/band can coordinate the best part of a song to shoot them off, and usually they are given to the bridal party only.

Do you have other ideas for non-sparkler send offs we should know about? Share them in the comments!

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Leave Us Some Love With Your Positive Reviews

Your wedding day may have come and gone, and we all are reliving every precious moment captured by photo and video. We hate to say goodbye to working with our clients when the planning fun is over! Each thank you note and email that arrives after a couple’s wedding is so special to us, as we’ve built a solid relationship throughout the months of planning your #bestdayever! Sometimes it’s the parents we hear from first, thrilled with how their child’s wedding day turned out and already missing the fun of planning out such a perfect day together. What you can do to send some love that will impact our future business and help new clients find us is to leave reviews on sites like Wedding Wire, The Knot and Facebook.

Why do reviews matter? Think back to when you got engaged. You may have initially heard of Tickled Pink from a past client of ours, or maybe from another wedding vendor. We bet you did a little research and looked around online to see if our company was reputable, if you liked the images we shared, etc. What helps new couples find us in the sea of other planners, and helps legitimize our business for those who don’t know us yet, is your review that shares what a great experience you had working with our team! Whether we worked together for full event planning or month-of coordination, your sister’s baby shower, your son’s first birthday, or your own child’s wedding, we hope you’ll stop by each of these sites to leave us some love. It’s so greatly appreciated! 

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Blush and Navy Wedding | Brynn + Justin | Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center

Blush and Navy Wedding at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center

Pleased as punch to share Brynn and Justin’s gorgeous and heartfelt wedding day with you, as photographed by Kristen Weaver, and filmed by Love and Lustre!  Brynn and I go back quite a few years, as she has been a bridesmaid in a number of weddings I’ve planned and when it was her turn to plan a wedding I had the honor of getting a call from her, too.  It’s always the sweetest thing to be referred by past clients, but this one topped them all with three past brides, one past Tickled Pink employee, and a guest whose wedding we are currently working on all in attendance! 

Kristen Weaver posted about some of the challenges we overcame on this wedding here. Because it was a very busy day in downtown Orlando with a music festival, streets blocked off, and other special events in the city, we improvised on portrait locations and found the perfect place at the Rollins College campus. The couple’s two dogs even made a cameo or two for portraits outdoors and pictured at the bar of the Dr. Phillips Center as featured cocktail names (Lyric and Hudson!). I know I’m not alone when I say I was OBSESSED with Brynn’s wedding gown! Hints of blush pink and navy, a US Navy uniformed groom, city views and the most stunning chandelier made this a night to remember. We may have stayed late at this one removing bits of streamer confetti from the rafters… sign of a great party for sure! 

floral bridesmaid robes

blush wedding

bride and bridesmaids

navy wedding

navy wedding ruffle gown

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louboutin wedding

wedding dog

white wedding



wedding cake flowers


confetti cannons

Brynn + Justin from Love and Lustre Weddings on Vimeo.

Ceremony Venue //  St. Stephen Catholic Church
Reception Venue // Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Hair and Makeup //  Makeover Station
Floral Design // Peddles Florist

Chandelier // Swag Decor
Videography // Love & Lustre Films

Photo Booth // Flash by KWP
Catering // Arthur’s Catering
Cake Artist // Publix
Band // Who Rescued Who
Bridesmaids //  Sorella Vita
Wedding Gown // Essence of Australia from CC’s Boutique

Wedding Hairstyle Ideas for Short Hair

Looking through Pinterest, it seems like most of the wedding hairstyles often require long hair. From braids to intricate updos, ladies with short hair often feel limited when deciding on the right style for their big day.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need long locks to be a stunning bride. Whether you’ve got a pixie cut or rocking pink ombre hair that reaches to your waist, you have plenty of options when it comes to your wedding hairstyle.

Here are some ideas to consider if you’ve got short hair:

If you have short, curly hair…
Leave it au natural and just accessorize! Sometimes the best thing to do is to keep things simple with your hair and dress it up with an ornate hair clip or a headband. A woman featured on Brides Magazine showed off her natural curls and put on an oversized gold accessory for that wow factor, which can work just as well with your hair.

If you have a pixie cut…
Channel your Audrey Hepburn and sweep your hair to the side. Styling won’t take long, as a quick blowout with a brush should do the trick, finishing off with some hairspray, clay or pomade to keep your hair in tact. The side swept bangs can be held in place with embellished pins or even bobby pins to keep things minimal but classic. Another accessory you could add is a birdcage veil, which can be worn in various ways as seen on Stylish Wife, though it might be best to wear it on an angle, depending on the design of the veil and how much of your face you want to cover.

If you have a bob…
Try beach waves. Those soft, bohemian waves look just as good on short hair as they do on long hair. While a curling iron will get the job done, a one-inch flat iron works best on thicker hair, as Glamour’s beauty editor at large Theodore Leaf explains in a styling video featured on The Scene. Leaf states that the iron will really press your hair and still give you the wave. The key is to section your hair and create curls away from the face but alternate the direction of curls as you move back. Make sure to stretch out each curl and finger comb with pomade once your hair has completely cooled.

If you have shoulder length hair or a lob…
Wear a headband. Thinner bands look best on shorter cuts, which is perfect since most wedding hairbands are quite delicate, accented with crystals, pearls, flowers, etc. To make your hair work around the headband, experts from The Right Hairstyles suggest that you wear your hair half up, teasing the top half to give yourself some more volume. It’s up to you whether you’d like a few strands falling out at the front or keep everything neat by pinning or spraying your hair down. This look almost has a princess vibe that would look gorgeous on any bride with this hair length.

 We hope you enjoyed this collaborative post, and would love to hear what other topics you’d like discussed on our site!

Welcome, 2017

Happy New Year from our families to yours! We are so thankful for the couples who invited us to be a part of their wedding in 2016, and can’t wait to meet more happy couples that the holiday engagement season brings. 2016 brought us quite a few highlights, including:

  • Tickled Pink’s 7 year birthday
  • One of our favorite styled shoots ever, which you can see here, featured on Ruffled
  • Brittany and her husband Sam renewed vows in a Vegas wedding chapel
  • Our Tickled Pink planner, Michelle, both graduated with an event management degree, AND got married! 
  • Kristi’s promotion to Lead Planner for our company, which has been such an exciting transition 
  • Featured wedding publications on The Knot, and various wedding blogs
  • Time well spent volunteering for Community Based Care of Central Florida’s annual gala
  • Many new friendships within our vendor community!

Looking back, it’s safe to say that 2016 was a fantastic year and we are really looking forward to seeing what 2017 will bring. In the past year I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to put the big scary thing out there into the world. Need change? Say it out loud. Then actually do something differently. Want to try that new project? Then you have to start it.  What’s scarier than the “big scary thing”? Never even trying.  Set small goals, take those baby steps, and over time the transformation will happen. 

So cheers to the coming year, and all the adventure that lies ahead! Happy New Year!