(Closed) Sparkler Send Off

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i love sparkler send offs! my only advice: DO NOT buy the long ones that are wrapped in paper. buy the shorter metal ones…my FSIL had the big ones that burn different colors and there was sooo much smoke – you could barely see through it.

NO!

 

YES!

Post # 5
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5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

To be honest, as a guest I wouldn’t take part. I don’t want to burn holes in my nice clothes.

And as a bride, I don’t want to burn holes in my dress.

Post # 6
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2793 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I was thinking of doing this as well, but am worried about how to let guests know as well. I like your basket idea though – so simple I hadn’t thought of it!

Post # 7
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11299 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m sure PitBulLover had this and it looked really good as her guests were stood on a pier sparkling them off on their boat. Hope she sees this so she can fill you in on the details ๐Ÿ˜‰  

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Leaving aside the usual concerns about sparks causing tiny burns in clothes, you can do it.

You do however, need to have it well organized or you will never have all the sparklers lit at the same time.

You need  helpers designated ahead of time with butane lighters so that ALL of the sparklers can be lit within a very short period of time. The number of helpers depends on the number of guests.

The bride and groom need to be completely ready to leave and waiting at the nearest exit because you won’t have a long period of time to get that shot for your photographer.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love the idea and have seen pictures where it’s turned out beautifully. I did attend a wedding last June where they were a huge failure.  They were regular sparklers but NOBODY could get them lit, not even started.  Everyone was frantically going through their matches trying to light them, some were getting out their cigarette lighters but I honestly don’t recall even ONE getting lit.  It wasn’t windy outside either, just extremely humid … but those sparklers would not light.

I would definitely test one ahead of time.  Otherwise, I think it’d be gorgeous.

Post # 12
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730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did it and no one got burned! Haha! Oddly enough, the thought of setting things on fire never even entered my mind! Here are some tips:

1) Check with your venue. Some areas have fire codes that classify sparklers as “fireworks” and prohibit them without a license. 

2) Buy the metal ones. They have much less smoke.

3) Buy bigger ones depending on how big your crowd is. More people = longer sparklers. I bought mine from SparklersRUs.com with a 25% off promo code!

4) Designate a few people (could be your bridal party, or could just be people you know will be sober at the end of the night) to hand out sparklers and carry lighters. We had two people handing out sparklers as the guests exited to form the sendoff lines, and about 5 people who ran around with lighters – we had about 150 guests. You want all the sparklers to be lit at the same time!

5) Have your DJ/emcee make an announcement before – “It’s time to send off the bride and groom! Please line up at the door and grab a sparkler on your way out!”

6) Make sure your photographer knows it’s happening – sparkler shots are hard to get!

Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Welp, i’m a fan of the sparklers! I’ve always planned on having these at our wedding when the time comes and often sit around and daydream about how pretty the pictures will be. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve only been to one other wedding that used sparklers and nothing horrible happened to anyone that I was aware of. They looked more like the shorter metal ones that totheislnds said worked better. I think it’s just important, as with anything essentially related to fire, that maybe someone handing them out can give some sort of disclaimer to be careful and not touch anyone/anything with their sparklers. 

Though, I only have one word of warning….

While at the wedding I went to with the sparklers there were no individual catastrophes, but there was still a funny little incident that happened. There was one guy (very obviously drunk) handing out sparklers to everyone, and they had all of the sparklers being kept in a somewhat large glass vase (before they were individually given out.) Well, they all lighted easily and then the bride and groom came through and had a beautiful sendoff. Then once they left, everyone put out their sparklers but the little drunk guy thought that it would be a great idea to light all of the extra sparklers that were still in the glass vase. So..he did. At first it looked like a giant sparkling flower, but then the guy started to freak out and jump around because the sparks were working their way down and made the vase hot. All the while, the vase also started to crack because it was just sooo hot and then he dropped it, sending all of the sparklers and vase to break on the ground outside the venue where they had their sendoff. 

It was a funny sight, but definitely not an ideal sparkler experience. So, my advice in a nutshell:

1. Tell people to be careful with their sparklers.

2. Don’t simultaneously light mass quantities of sparklers that are all together (especially in a breakable container). 

3. Don’t let anyone under the influence hand out sparklers or be in charge of lighting them.

 

Other than those minor things, I say go for it if you want them & enjoy it the experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 14
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I like the idea of sparkler sendoffs but it seems a little bridezilla to me. My goal is for everyone to spend time together and enjoy the evening. I wouldn’t want to break up someone’s conversation for a “look-at-me-i’m-the-bride” again moment that late in the event.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@totheislnds: Noooo! NOT the short ones! And they makes SMOKELESS sparklers! The short ones have a burn time of about 30 seconds… that is NOT enough time! For safety reasons the short ones are a very very very bad decision!!!  My brother did this and it was VERY bad!

We used the longest ones we could find. Burn time was around 5 minutes! This gave everyone enough time to get them lit, calmly take care of it, and we weren’t “rushed” to hurry and run! It also keeps the fire further away from everyone!

 

Also, check with your venue. Some have requirements. We had to provide a sand bucket… we just went to the beach and filled a bucket with sand ๐Ÿ™‚

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