Post # 1
So bees… I have my heart set on a sparkler first dance. We won’t really have an “exit” so it didn’t make sense to do it at the end of the evening. The way I see it going is like this: MC makes an announcement that everyone comes around the dance floor, bridal party is announced, we are announced, perhaps carrying sparklers. Then we go straight into our first dance… everyone will be around the dance floor with lit sparklers.
I have already ordered custom matchbooks for everyone… so I wanted to do something like this:
Except they would be the place carsd with the person’s name, perhaps a little thank you. And they would be longer so I could attached the matchbooks.
I think I can let our MC figure out the logistics of it/iron out the kinks. My question is regarding the sparklers themselves. Since we were going to do it during our first dance, I wanted to order the big 36″ sparklers so they will last the entire song. But then I can’t do my place card idea!
Should I forego the place cards and just have the large sparklers in a vase/bucket in a centralized location? Or should I give every guest 3-4 of the smaller sparklers?
Has anyone does this with either large or small sparklers? What were your experiences?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
@mu_t: Have you been given the go-ahead by your venue to do this? Many venues will not allow sparklers inside.
Post # 4
@julies1949: I wonder if it’s an outdoor reception?
Post # 5
Either way, with them lit and surrounding the dance floor, it’s definitely a hazard. You don’t want people getting burned by standing too close to someone else’s. I also wouldn’t attach a place are to the sparkler, if that catches fire, that’s a whole other problem.
Post # 6
…additionally, sparklers usually fizzle out in about 45 seconds.
Post # 7
@lilcafe: Yepp, even the longer ones.
Maybe have them hold candles instead?
Post # 8
Just adding another logistical consideration…we did a sparkler exit. We had the large 36″ inch sparklers and while they were tons of fun for our guests and super fun to walk through on our exit (OUTSIDE) we were told they put off a lot of smoke. So I would def be concerned about doing this indoors.
Post # 9
hey all, thanks for your responses.
our reception is, in fact, outdoors. i should’ve clarified that! and we have been given the go ahead to use sparklers. also, i have heard that the more expensive, long (36″) sparklers are virtually smokeless. they claim to be, at least, so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Also, the longer ones, depending on where you purchase them, apparently burn from between 2.5 minutes and 3.5 minutes.
As for the place cards, we would have our MC ask the guests remove the sparklers from the place cards before lighting them, just in case anyone happens to lack common sense.
My main issue was choosing between the large sparklers that burn for a long time or more of the smaller ones that would be cuter and could be put at each place setting. since posting I’ve discussed it with the man and he thinks we should do the big ones so I think that’s our plan! I’ll let everyone know how it goes in 6 months 🙂
Thanks for weighing in and for your advice!
Post # 10
I think you should just go with the long ones in a bucket so your guests aren’t having to fumble with multiple sparklers and matches. I’m hoping my venue will allow us to do this as well. Good luck!
Post # 11
@mu_t: Ours weren’t haha. Oh also, our guests said they were super hard to light…so they used lighters.
Post # 12
give me a sparkler and I will not pay any attention to your dance.
but that could be a good thing, you guys get a private moment dancing while everyone else is playing with their sparklers!
Post # 12
mu_t: Just Curious how did this turn out? I have an outdoor wedding this June and want to do the exact same thing, since we are not doing a true “exit” and I love the look of sparklers for pictures :). What size sparklers did you end up going with? Do you remember how long they burned for? I am thinking the larger and longer the more fun, so am planning to do the 36in. Also where did you end up ordering the sparklers through? Thanks so much, hope your wedding was amazing!
Post # 13
Never mind, just saw this was a really old post!
Post # 14
lyndsay.hoch: haha unfortunately i ended up shipping our sparklers to my photographer’s apartment so he could bring them from Florida to the Dominican… annnnd he ended up having a fire like 2 days before our wedding and lost all our sparklers (along with a computer and 2 laptops :/). i hope our sparklers didn’t make it worse! the resort had a few regular sparklers so we just had the bridal party enter with them… it was very anticlimactic hahaha.
i can’t find the info of where i ended up ordering sparklers from… sorry! i tried! i originally ordered them here in canada from rocket.ca buuuut when i discovered it would be nearly impossible to ship them to the dominican, i changed plans. if you’re by some miracle in Toronto, I have a TON that i wouldn’t mind offloading!