Post # 1
So, I am going back and forth about whether I want to have a sparkler send off at the reception for several reasons:
-We have a bus running from the reception to the hotel where our block of rooms is reserved and Fiance and I are taking the bus back with about 40 of our guests and bridal party (mostly our 20-something friends), so we aren’t getting “sent off” in a limo or anything
-Is this logistically difficult? Trying to get 80 or so people to light sparklers at the same time?
-Have people had sparkler send offs or been to a wedding with them? Are they awesome and worth the ($40-$50) cost and logistical challenges?
-Am I just wanting to do this for cool pictures? Is that stupid?
Post # 3
dude i totally want sparklers too and we are doing the “party bus” too for the younger crew… *sigh* but we are having a cinematographer so it looks sooo cool on film…. im torn. i say do it though lol
Post # 4
Sparklers make great pictures, but a word of warning….a friend of mine said that her daughter’s wedding dress had a bunch of tiny black burn marks in it from a sparkler sendoff. She was very disappointed because she was hoping to sell the dress after the wedding.
Post # 5
Love them, I saw some shots a friend of mine did and they were amazing, and I totally want them at our wedding. You might make sure the photographer has photographed them before. My friend practiced a few days before the wedding and said they are harder to shoot than it looks.
Post # 6
We plan to have our ushers double as “sparkler lighters” – they’ll have votive candles and help people get their sparklers lit. Also, we’re doing personalized matchbooks as a psuedo-favor (I say psuedo because it’s so small I don’t think it really counts, but we’re not doing any other favors) and people can use those too.
Post # 7
I’m doing sparklers, but with the wedding party only so it’ll be easier to manage. We’re doing ours when we get out of our limo and into the hotel where the reception is held.
Post # 8
I want to do a sparkler send off as well. We also are having a shuttle pick up to take all guests back tot he hotel, and we might ride with them. So I thought it would be funny – but I just love the look of it. Don’t think the price is too bad either. It all depends on if our venue will allow sparklers on their property, though.
Post # 9
It looks really cool and it’s fun. Who doens’t love faux pyrotechnics? Just beware of things being too close to the flames!
Post # 10
Um, sparklers burn at about 1200 degrees. Do you really want that near your hair, your face, your DRESS? Especially since most of the people waving them will have had at least a couple of drinks?
I used to be a wedding planner and we started really discouraging sparkler send-offs after one too many really ugly endings.
Post # 11
As a vendor we stress some basic common sense guidelines when using sparklers, and any other fireworks in general. First off we can’t stress enough safety using all fireworks. The industry has made great strides to reduce the number of injuries each year which is good for everyone.
- Rehearse the sparkler send off. You rehearse everything else. Keep in mind the distance the sparkles ignite from the sparkler. A good quality sparkler should burn consistent and bright.
- Keep a few 5 gallon buckets of water to place the sparklers in after they are used.
- Make sure your photographer has some experience photoing sparklers.
- We really hesitate to recommend matches to light sparklers because they usually arent hot enough to light sparklers.
- Legitimate vendors should be covered under an umbrella insurance policy. Ask your vendor if they have APA approved liability insurance. As most vendors aren’t actually in the fireworks business we suspect many do not carry required insurance.
We’ve advised hundreds of wedding parties and never had a problem with sparkler send offs or private professional fireworks shows.
In the end you want to create a surreal positive memorable experience for you and your guests.
Feel free to pm me with any questions or concerns.
Post # 12
I went to a wedding where they used sparklers in December. I thought it was a really cool idea – until we lit the sparklers. We had all been lined up, but as soon as those babies flared up, everyone had to step back to try to keep from setting each other on fire. Not only that, but the entire area (including the inside of the hotel!) smelled like sulphur. I’m sure the pictures turned out gorgeous, but it seemed like a hassle.
Post # 13
Hi Ms BBQ. We’re in KC so we’ll take the Pepsi challenge on any TX BBQ any day!;)
Again, we can’t stress enough the rehearsing of a send off of any sorts. Planners we work with are fully insured and make the necessary precautions so noone gets burned or hurt (or the dreaded black marks on their suit, tux or dress!).
Again a little common sense goes along way.
Btw if your sparklers smell like sulphur, extinguish them and ask for a refund.
Congrats to all and God bless.
Post # 14
One of my friends did a sparkler send off and it was a logistical nightmare. We had a hard time getting everyone’s sparklers to light at the same time (not enough lighters) so some peoples had burned out before everyone’s was lit. Also a lot of guests moved in front of the line up as they were leaving because they didn’t know what was going on. If you do it, I would just give the sparklers to your wedding party and maybe do a “fake” send off just for picture sake before your real official send off.
Post # 15
since you are taking the same bus, can you do a reverse send off? like everyone gets off the bus at the hotel before you, lines up and you and hubby get off the bus and walk down the sparkler row?
in my family we dont even let the kiddos do sparkers at 4th of july, and 3 adults do the pyrotechnics every year, no one else is involved so i would not do that! but i bet the pics are great!
Post # 16
I was thinking of doing this, so great tips to know.