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Aug 16, 2010

Making an event extra special

photo from sciencecheerleader.com
Today I'd like to talk a little about making an event extra-special.  What makes an event extra-special for you or your guests is adding a small touch that's different, unexpected and uniquely you.

Some Brides release doves or butterflies after their wedding.  I personally would love to release fireflies or lightning bugs for a early evening wedding or reception.  The only problem is some parts of the country have no such bugs, and they're near impossible to find online for purchase.

Only two options exist, catch some 1 day before your event or purchase or make fake ones.

I found this tutorial on how to make your own.

Here's another tutorial on how to make DIY firefly lights.

Too much of a pain and not realistic enough for you?  You can purchase firefly magic lights instead.  A bit pricey, but as close to the real thing as you'll get.

Another unexpected change from the norm would be to forgo confetti, rice and bubbles.  Rather than have these, try sparklers.  It will be more fun for your guests, no cleanup and quite pretty.
Think of the amazing photos you could take as well by spelling out words with sparklers!
image found on sodahead.com

How do you do this?

You have to have a camera that allows you to change the settings for shutter speed.  Any old SLR camera can do it and some digital as well.

You MUST use a tripod for these shots or your whole image will be blurry.  They are best done at night for the best effect.  The slower the shutter speed, the longer you'll have to "write" you words out.  Play with different times and speeds to get the effect you're looking for.

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