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What is the Single Most Important Wedding Photo You Can Get? The One That Nobody Will Ever, Ever Forget?
If your wedding reception ends during the evening hours, you have a shimmering golden opportunity to dazzle everyone in your wedding party, and to create an experience for the two of you that you will never forget as long as you live.
That shot can and should be the joyous punctuation mark for your whole wedding celebration—a bold, beautiful, fun statement by you that tells everyone "this is who we are. This is how we celebrate our lives with you."
How do you do all of that?
Sparklers can turn an otherwise ordinary wedding reception into an absolutely dazzling event. The are so magically beautiful in a wedding setting, so exciting for everyone involved, and make such beautiful photographs, that they cannot be ignored.
Even people many blocks away, will stop and watch a bride and groom leave the reception as they pass under a glittering archway of bright twinkling sparklers. They are eye catching. They're fun. And at the end of the evening, they bring people back up. And they bring your guests together for one final moment as the two of you leave.
And given their impact, perhaps best of all, they are dirt cheap compared to all the other wedding expenses.
But you do need to carefully consider whether sparklers are right for you, and if they are allowed.
Are Sparklers Right For Your Wedding?
Make sure that sparklers will "work" at your wedding or reception. These are your main considerations:
Is your wedding or reception at night? Sparklers really are designed to be used at night. If you try to use them during daylight, they will definitely be underwhelming. Use them at night and their twinkling, sparkling effect will be absolutely magical.
Can sparklers be used legally wherever your wedding is going to be? Check your city, county and state regulations to find out.
Although they are legal almost everywhere, city, county, and state laws change all time. So find out before you order.
Will the wedding venue allow them to be used? If you're going to use them on private property or your home, etc., you're probably good to go. But if you are renting a facility or using them on someone else's property, including public property, make sure they are allowed to be used there.
What Kind of Sparklers Should You Get?
If you are going to use sparklers with the guests in a line as the bride and groom leave the reception, then definitely get #36 sparklers. They typically burn 3-5 minutes. That's long enough to get everyone "lit up" at the same time, and for you to pose for all the photos you want, especially if you have gone over all the shots you want ahead of time with your wedding photographer. If you are just handing out sparklers for guests to hold, and to play around with, then smaller #20's are great. #14's burn for the shortest time and are considered an economy sparkler--a way to save some money.
How Many Sparklers Should You Buy?
If you are staging a sparkling send-off as the bride and groom leave, then order one #36 sparkler for every invited guest. Although every guest will not actually be holding a sparkler, you need extras to practice, for lighting other sparklers, for extra photography poses, writing "firewords" and hearts in the air, etc.
If you are using #20's, then order a minimum of 2 per guest and up to 4 per guest.
If you are using #14 sparklers, order 3-5 sparklers per guest. These numbers have proven to be just about right for most weddings.
You definitely want to make sure you enough. And it's fine if some are left over. They keep for years. EVERYBODY will want to be in your sparkler pictures. So, whatever you do, make sure that all of your guests get enough sparklers. Nobody wants to be left out.
What Type of Sparkler Should You Buy?
Sparklers are made different ways. Some come on wooden sticks. Some are made on wire sticks. Is one better than the other?
Absolutely. For any wedding, you should always, always go with sparklers made with steel wire sticks.
Sparklers made on a wire rod generate the least amount of smoke possible and tend to burn longer. And wire sparklers are way less likely to drop burning ashes on guests or their expensive clothing.
Wooden stick sparklers drop hot ash and coals as long as they are burning. Bad for skin. Bad for clothes. They make a big mess, tend to burn faster, and generate a lot more smoke - making it more difficult for your wedding photographer to get that perfect shot. Avoid wooden stick sparklers for your wedding.
Despite false claims that some vendors make, all sparklers burn with smoke. There is no such thing as a smokeless sparkler. But wire sparklers emit a fraction of the smoke that wooden sparklers do.
Some sparklers are made better than others. WeddingSparklersDirect sells only premium grade, multi-dipped sparklers with easy light tips. They light faster and more easily, and burn consistently at the same speed. Cheaper sparklers are hard to light, and can speed up, slow down, or even stop before they are finished.
High quality sparklers do not cost that much more, just a few pennies per sparklers. Go with good ones. You won't get a second chance at dazzling everyone as you leave.
3 Sparkler Sizes to Choose From
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#20 Wedding Sparklers
#20 gold wedding sparklers are one of the two best selling sizes. They are perfect for weddings where there are not a huge number of guests to coordinate.
They are ideal for use as table centerpieces, wedding favors, or for use in your sendoff line.
Their long burn time of approximately 100 seconds makes them ideal for use in wedding photography, allowing plenty of time to get those wedding keepsake images. But remember, you need to get enough for each guest to have several. Because they will burn out faster than #36 sparklers.
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#14 Wedding Sparklers
You can use #14 gold wedding sparklers to make great centerpieces for your reception tables and can be used for spectacular sendoff lines. You can even add them to floral arrangements to make unique and creative centerpieces. Be sure, though, and only use them outdoors. Not inside.
#14's provide you the largest quantity of sparklers for your money. #14's have an easy-light tip, and are made on a steel wire core. Order 3-5 of this size per invited guest.
Sparklers from Wedding Sparklers Direct are made with the highest quality materials. Kept dry, they will be fine to use for up to 2 years. If you have any questions about using these sparklers or any of our products, please let us know.
We are happy to hear from you, and will do everything possible to make sure that you are happy with your purchase, and that you have a magical event.
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What People Are Saying About Us...
I'm so glad we chose to do the sparkler send off, it turned out GREAT! Wedding Sparklers Direct had the best price and their sparklers were definitely of great quality! Thank you so much for adding to our already PERFECT night!Lereva Morris
These sparklers were perfect and just what I was looking for to complete our wedding. We had a sparkling exit and they lasted a long time! I highly recommend!Amber Fagin
Prompt shipping, exactly what we wanted and expected!! Could not believe the deal we got on these either 🙂 What a great product - would suggest for anyone looking to purchase long sparklers for a beautiful wedding send-off! Can't wait to use these next October!! 🙂Amanda Albany
These worked great as a sparkle hallway for the bride and groom as they left the reception. A beautiful and memorable moment for us. Thank you for the great product.Valerie Hoover
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can sparklers be used indoors safely?
A: Because gold sparklers develop comparatively little smoke or odor, usually drop little or no ash, they can be safely used indoors depending on what is on the floor or table tops. The safest way is in stationary containers or vases. Always use only where legal indoors, and in large, well-ventilated areas. Test some days ahead of time, and be sure your venue allows them. However, keep in mind, whether they are used indoors or out, that you always need to be aware of any nearby people or objects.
Q: What is the best size sparkler for parties or weddings?
A: For outdoor use, in order to allow enough time for everyone to get their sparkler lit and have them all burning simultaneously for photos and videos, the best size is #36. Your second choice would be #20. But because shorter sparklers burn more quickly, you should make sure every guest has at least two or 3 of them. We advise against #8s and #10s—they just burn for too short a duration.
Q: For my wedding, I would like to have silver sparklers. Are these available instead of gold?
A: Unfortunately, the chemicals used to manufacture silver sparks are not allowed under the current federal regulations for sparklers, and therefore "pure" silver sparklers are not available in the US. But as you will see, these sparklers look mostly silver, especially from 10-20 feet away.
Q: Can I paint my sparkler to match my party color theme?
A: Yes, sparklers are normally gray in color, but can be lightly spray-painted whatever color you want. Choose good quality spray paint, such as Krylon, and remember to use a light, even coat. Once the paint has dried, always test-burn a sample before the big event to avoid unnecessary surprises.
Q: Is it okay to put sparklers on birthday or party cakes?
A: Not a great idea. Sparklers do give off a small amount of non-toxic black residue specks, which may be noticeable on cake frosting if a large number of sparklers were used. If in doubt, hand out sparklers to everyone at the party instead of putting them on the cake.
Q: Can I buy sparklers on the internet and have them shipped to me?
A: Yes, sparklers can be shipped to you anywhere in the US by ground shipping. They cannot be legally shipped by air, so allow extra time for delivery. And definitely do not wait until the week before your wedding to order them. Once you decide to use sparklers, order right then. They are a seasonal product, and every summer, they run out. If you need them in June or July, it is best if you order them several months before that. In the weeks leading up to July 4th, many vendors sell out.
Q: How long will sparklers keep?
A: If they are kept dry, sparklers can last for several years. We have seen them last for 10 years, but it's best to plan for about 2 years.
Q: How many sparklers should I order?
A: The number of sparklers you will need depends on the number of people in your party, on the length of time it will take to get them all "lit up," and the length of time you will want them to stay lit while posing for photos and video. But you can use some pretty reliable rules of thumb that will work in most situations. For an outdoor exit from the reception, get one #36 gold wire sparkler per invited guest. Or two #20 gold wire sparklers per invited guest. Or three to five #14 gold sparklers per guest.
This takes into account the fact that by the end of the night, your party will have thinned some. It also accounts for some people who will not want to hold the sparklers, or will be too young. You will use up some of your sparklers in testing. You will use more in lighting all the guests' sparklers. You'll probably use some in posed bride-groom only shots. Others will be stuck in the ground or in buckets to make glittering lines of sparklers. Others will be used to outline hearts and other shapes. Remember, sparklers are so cheap, and you don't want to have too few. After all, this is a once in a lifetime set of memories for all.