Post # 1
Our venue won’t let us toss birdseed for our send-off, so we’re thinking of doing a send off with sparklers. I love the look of this in photography, and it’s a Memorial Day Weekend wedding, so a little Americana might be nice. 🙂
Has anyone actually done this, or is anyone planning to do this? I assume that the DJ can make and announcement to line up outside with the sparklers for the send off, right? And how to you coordinate the lighting of the sparklers? Do we just have to have lots of matchbooks or lighters? Would anyone recommend against doing this for any reason?
Post # 3
i’m thinking of doing this as well. our reception site though told us that we will need to make sure not to pass them out until the send off and only have them lit outside. there’s a lot of exposed wooden beams in the hall. i haven’t worked out all the logistics but i was going to have my sister who is dj-ing make the announcement and then possible have the bridal party help pass out the sparklers and lighters. i figure lights would be better than matches due to my venue.
i’m also interested to hear from other bees how their sparklers played out.
Post # 4
There was a thread on this recently about whether or not they were safe. It was an interesting read. I couldn’t find it, but I didn’t look that hard.
I did find this one: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/sparkler-for-send-off-warning
Post # 5
Well we are/were planning to do this (things w/regard to planning are now suddenly up in the air).
What I planned to do was purchase quite a few sparklers during the 4th of July and getting them the day after (huge discount) and then grouping them together in batches of four or five sparklers, securing them together with a rubber band and then covering it with curling ribbon and attaching a tag to the ribbon explaining what they’re for and how to do the sendoff.
I was also going to have two large galvanized buckets with one filled with sand (also puts out anything sparking or hot) with one bucket filled with the sparklers in it and a sign on both of them (one reading: take me and the other reading: put me out here!)
All I know is I have an 11 year old son who has played with sparklers under my supervision since he was about 3. They’re relatively safe, as long as there is supervision and imho, a safe place to put them out (even thought they usually burn out safely on their own). Thus, the bucket of sand to put them out in.
Will we use them? I’d like to. Even if we can’t have a huge sendoff when we get married, we can write cool words with them and get the photos of it! Heck, I’d do a sendoff with even five people holding them as we run through!
Post # 6
We had sparklers but couldn’t coordinate a “sendoff” with them so we just used them to spell out words and had our phototog capture it. And then the 3 children we had in the wedding played with them under close supervision.