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For the biggest celebration of your life, nothing less than the most dazzling event will suffice. Here is a simple guide on how to use Wedding Sparklers to add a golden glow to your special day.
Wedding sparklers are conveniently small sized fireworks that can be safely held by hand once lit, giving off wonderful showers of golden, silver or multi-coloured sparkles of flame. They assist in creating a fabulous lighting effect for that special moment you want to create during your marriage ceremony or during your wedding festivities.
Because of the super sensational photo opportunities they offer, wedding sparkler photos are an absolute must for your wedding album. In this article we will delve further into the classic moments during your wedding where wedding sparklers can (and will) make an incredible difference to the ambience and to the impact of your photographs. We will also elaborate on various photographic opportunities that wedding sparklers can create, such as the wedding exit or first waltz.
Not only may wedding sparklers be held perfectly safely by the bare hand, but they can also be safely placed on the wedding cake or on individual personalised desserts as a “decoration with extra flare”. You will discover that there is a wide selection of cake sparklers available in different colours, shapes and sizes to get creative with. Heart-shaped sparklers, for example, are very popular for wedding cakes - as are letters to spell out romantic messages.
This short guide will enable you to to achieve the perfect wedding with sparklers. We also always available to assist you in ordering online at Sparklers.co.uk Read further on how to make your special day perfect with our fabulous selection of indoor and outdoor wedding sparklers.
Many successful weddings wouldn’t have been the same without a glittering wedding exit ceremony. To be pulled off in style, the leaving ceremony should ideally happen at sunset, twilight or at night, when there is sufficient darkness to offset the brightly lit wedding sparklers. The way a sparkler exit works is that your guests form a corridor leading from the wedding celebration area to the bridal “getaway” vehicle.
At an appointed time, all the guests will light their individual wedding sparklers and wave them gently, thus creating a glittering tunnel of light for the bride and groom to exit through. It’s a wonderful way to involve all the guests in the celebration with active participation and simultaneously set the stage for the most stunning wedding photographs.
One of the most romantic moments of any wedding is when the newly wedded couple move onto the dance floor for the first waltz of the evening. This is often the perfect time to have all the guests light their wedding sparklers, as the bride and groom dance together alone. The lit sparklers will shine golden light around the edge of the dance floor and create a glowing ring, perfect for stunning photos and certain to breath romance into the sternest of hearts.
Here is your chance to announce the arrival of the cake in a big way! Or perhaps to announce the cutting of the cake to all your guests? When it’s time to light the candles and cut the wedding cake, have a few sparklers lit on the actual cake itself, and also have the bridesmaid and children light their sparklers to create a moment of magical ambience and to draw everyone’s attention to the special occasion.
Not only is a wedding exit a perfect moment to capture moving light on film, but if you are planning to take awesome sunset or twilight photos, you can catch some truly astounding visual effects with wedding sparklers. Group photos with your bridesmaids or with special members of your family can be transformed by waving sparklers and simultaneously having the photographer use a low shutter speed to capture the shapes you make in the air.
Wedding sparklers offer an opportunity for playfulness and fun amongst the guests, especially if there are kids present to enjoy the moment to its fullest. Why not allow your guests the freedom to enjoy creating hearts or the letters of the bride’s name in the air in sparkly light? They can try spelling out the word “LOVE” above the bridal couple while your photographers is snapping a photograph - for amazing image results.
As with all the many and varied stages of your wedding planning, it is crucial to make sure that you are super well-prepared when you are planning to use wedding sparklers. This means ensuring which type of wedding sparklers will be appropriate to use for your sparkler event, how many to buy for your guests and how to use and dispose of them in a safe way. Here we will discuss the step by step planning for using wedding sparklers with care:
The first thing to consider is where you are going to actually use your wedding sparklers. If you are renting an event space, or using them in a community hall or a church, your first step should be to find out from the venue management if wedding sparklers are actually legally permitted on the premises. In most cases, this should not present a problem, but it’s always best to make sure that you have the full authorisation before you go ahead and order your exciting accessories.
Before you order your wedding sparklers, there are a few important things to consider: first of all, calculate how many guests will be present at the event and how many of them are children (perhaps even at heart?). You will need to order at least one sparkler per guest as a basic premise - and two per child.
The second important consideration is the “Burn Time” of the sparklers that you choose. Smaller sparklers burn for only up to half a minute, so if your planned moment to use wedding sparklers is going to take longer than that, be sure to order extra sparklers in order to ensure full coverage of your occasion. Our suggestion is to order two to three sparklers per guest when using smaller-sized or medium-sized sparklers.
Burn time: Small sparklers of 7 inches long burn for 30 seconds, 10” long sparklers burn for 40 seconds. Longer sparklers of 14 to18 inches will burn for over a minute, but may not be safe to use in your venue.
Often it can take a bit of trial and error to get all the guests’ wedding sparklers lit at once and burning at the same time, so having spare sparklers for guests to light again if one doesn’t work (or if they’ve lit their’s too soon), is a wise precaution.
Longer sparklers will burn for longer, but be aware that they should only be used outdoors, for safety reasons. If you are planning an outdoor photography session with wedding sparklers, then we recommend ordering the longest sizes for optimal burn time, and plan to have at least 2-3 per guest.
Your final next step will be to consider where exactly you will have the guests light them. Will this happen indoors or outdoors? This will affect the type and the size of sparkler you are going to use. Whether your event is held indoors or outdoors, you will need well-sign-posted metal buckets filled with sand placed in visible locations for your guests to safely dispose of spent wedding sparklers.
You’re probably most familiar with sparklers from their use on bonfire night and New Years Eve’ - I’m sure that you’ll agree that they are a feast for the eyes, everybody loves them! Adding sparklers to a wedding event is becoming hugely popular, and with good reason. Having a stream of glowing sparklers as the happy couple exit highlights such a beautiful moment. With their growing popularity, there is now a wide range of wedding sparkler options available for couples to choose from.
We recommend using big sparklers for weddings. The biggest we have currently in stock is the 18 Inch sparklers . They burn for around 1 minute 45 seconds. We recommend theses as most people use them for wedding exits so it gives the bride and groom plenty of time to leave in style. It is also important to have big sparklers for the wedding photoshoot, as it gives plenty of time to get some nice pictures taken. So we recommend you to see these 18 inch sparklers: https://www.sparklers.co.uk/collections/18-inch-sparklers
As we mentioned before, 18 inch sparklers are the best for weddings. But let's take it a step further and consider that the smoke given off too is as important, because the smoke will effect the outcome of the pictures and the wellbeing of your guests We recommend using the low smoke sparklers which are called indoor sparklers. Please don't get confused as they burn like normal sparklers but because the fume levels are lower they are classified ok to use indoors. We recommend using these big low smoke 18 inch sparklers: 18 Inch Indoor Trafalgar Sparklers .
Wedding sparklers are to be used at the end of the wedding when the bride and groom leave the venue. Sparklers are also used for wedding pictures at the end of the wedding.
We recommend to have the sparklers out at the end of the wedding once the ceremony is over, so all guests can get their sparklers and be ready to light them up.
People usually light up wedding sparklers at the end of the ceremony before the wedding exit takes place., and with their wedding photographer to take pictures with.
Lighting your wedding sparklers is a simple task so there shouldn’t be any glitches on your wedding day. Find somewhere that is sheltered from the wind or adverse weather conditions. Light the sparkler holding it either horizontally or with the tip ever so slightly lowered.
For safety reasons, only light one sparkler at a time and wherever possible, we recommend using our safety sparkler flares or if you have only a handful of sparklers we suggest our or sparkler safety lighter why not just buy our complete sparkler safety kit.
Whilst the effect of wedding sparklers is beautiful, it’s important to respect that anything that ’s flammable, does have the potential for danger. Providing that you take steps to ensure they are used safely, the risk is minimal.
We recommend allocating one person as the “Sparkler Monitor” - their role is to make sure that the sparklers are only allocated to guests that are mature and responsible. They should also conduct regular checks to ensure that the sparklers have not been left discarded, removing the risk of children getting their hands on them unattended.
By having a dedicated sparkler monitor in charge to ensure that common safety precautions are observed, you’ll be able to enjoy Sparklers at your wedding event in a safe manner.
Wedding sparklers vary in size and shape. The size perfect for you relates to the number of your wedding guests and just your general preferences.
For large weddings with lots of guests, we believe the bigger the wedding sparkler the better! With so many guests, your wedding exit will be a long affair, and so selecting a sparkler from the larger range is recommended. This will assure that they are seen from afar and make a remarkable impact. The largest in the range is currently 18-inches.
For smaller weddings with a more intimate feel, you can still add the magic of sparklers, but with a more compact exit, you’ll be perfectly ok to purchase a smaller sparkler if desired - the smallest in our range start at 7-inches.
Of course, we have many sizes in-between the two so you can select accordingly: 10-inch, 14-inch and 16-inch
It’s your big day so if you want to go all out with 18-inch sparklers, then we say go for it! We think the bigger the better regardless of your wedding size, they certainly provide the biggest visual impact! The biggest sparklers available in the UK are 18-inches and we think these large size sparklers are the perfect fit for such a special occasion.
The 18-inch Sparklers also really stand out on your wedding photography - creating beautiful and atmospheric imagery that you can treasure for a lifetime. We recommend advising your wedding photographer that you will be using sparklers for your exit so they can prepare the right focus for the photographs.
Yes, every brand of wedding sparkler has an expiration date. It’s best to check with your wedding sparkler supplier that they will be delivered and still have 12 months prior to the expiration date. This will allow you to order them in good time before the wedding, ensuring you receive them in time and are prepared well in advance for the big day. If you want to check the expiration date then please email email@example.com before your purchase.
Providing that you keep them safely stored in a cool dry place, they will be perfect to use any time prior to the expiration date. Your sparklers should arrive in a package that is suitable for storage, but if you have some sparklers leftover and want to keep them, it’s best to store them in an airtight container or just a dry place.
Remember that sparklers are flammable: so they certainly need to be kept well away from heat sources, and even just a hint of moisture can make the sparklers go bad.
Instructions highlighting these points and the exact expiry date of your wedding sparklers will be on the packaging, if not, contact your wedding sparkler supplier.
You certainly don’t want anybody feeling left out on a special day, and you’ll also want a practice run at home for peace of mind, plus some extras in case of breakages or loss.
To have all of this covered and be completely on the safe side, we recommend buying 20% more than the number of guests that you’re expecting. So for 50 guests, you would purchase 60 sparklers.
If you have any leftover, you can safely store them as mentioned and use them for another special occasion or event.
Having sparklers at your wedding creates a lovely ambience and should be fun, but it’s still important to remember that they can be dangerous and following tips below will ensure that all of your guests stay safe
-Sparklers should be held by your guests, extending their arms as far as possible, but being fully aware of other people around them. In order to be aware of others, it’s important for their attention to not be entirely focused on the sparkler itself.
-The sparkler shouldn’t come into contact with anything or anybody else, so they should be kept a good safe distance away from the holders and people surrounding: face, hair, clothes and personal items.
- Of course, your guests are going to want to wave their sparkler to mark the happy couple's exit as husband and wife. The sparkler wave should be done in a very slow and controlled manner, to guarantee that it doesn’t come into contact with anybody else.
As the celebration and partying continue into the night, ensure that the sparklers are discarded by your sparkler monitor. It’s likely that there will be alcohol around, which is also flammable. Alcohol, tipsy guests and sparklers are absolutely not a safe mix!
The newlyweds have exited in style and the last of the sparklers dies out. What a wonderful evening! It’s important to have a plan to dispose of the sparklers (many weddings forget this crucial part and end up with sparklers everywhere. This is both messy and dangerous!)
There’s a simple solution that will ensure that the sparklers are collected safely and efficiently. If you strategically place two sparkler zink buckets filled with either water or sand at either side of the exit, the guests can easily use them to dispose of their sparkler on their way out. If you want to go all out, you could perhaps buy coloured sand that matches the colour scheme of the wedding!
By having these buckets, your sparkler monitor still should do a quick check to ensure that none have been left behind, but their job will be much easier.
Please be warned though when collecting discarded sparklers, that even though dead, they can remain extremely hot for some time after they have gone out.
Once the dead sparklers have been left in the buckets of water or sand for an hour or so, they should be transferred to a plastic bag, that is tied with an airtight knot prior to disposing of.