Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2011 - OMOS Church ceremony/Sunnehanna Country Club reception
I am really, really, really keeping my fingers crossed that we can arrange a sparkler send-off at the end of our reception. However, I can already hear the various people involved in the decision asking about the safety of giving people sparklers in the first place, let alone after a few hours with an open bar. Anyone have any experiences good or bad with sparklers at weddings in general? Any tips for increasing safety and/or persuading my fellow decision-makers to think this idea is just as adorable as I do?
Post # 3
I know a lot of people like sparkler send-offs, I am not one of those people.
Sparklers spark, you can easily get holes burned in your clothes when you use them. I’ve ruined clothes on several 4th of Julys with sparklers.
As a bride, I don’t want sparklers around my dress to ruin it by burning it.
As a guest, I don’t want to use sparklers and get holes burned in my nice clothes.
Post # 4
ok that is just one of the negative opinions. heres some positives!
1. have buckets full of water to throw the sparklers in once they are finished or in case of emergencies.
2. dont give children sparklers. instead, have a few bubbles handy for them as an alternative.
i have seen gorgeous photos of sparkler send offs and if youre planning on keeping your dress, then maybe the risk of having pretty photos vs. a few possibilities of something negative happening is worht it. it is to me. I am soooo excited about having a sparkler send off. our wedding is july 30th, so any holes i need to jump through are definitely worth it! 🙂
Post # 5
I love the pics of the sparkler send-offs and I’m not concerned about damaging my dress. What I’m trying to figure out are the logistics. Our reception is starting at 8:15-ish and my fiance intends to party until the very end when we will take the reception back to our loft (convienently over our favorite bar) for an afterparty. At what point do we do a send-off? I’m afraid by the time we leave, either all the guests will have gone or are coming with us.
Post # 6
Have your DJ or Wedding Coordinator guide people to your exit & ask them to get a sparkler – then have 2 or 3 people designated as the “lighters.” Also, buy the long sparklers, that way there is less chance that they can burn people & will stay lit longer.
We did ours like this & timed the whole thing out perfectly! 🙂
And of course, I love the pics!
Post # 7
You can do a staged send off earlier in the night if you are afraid of people leaving. As long as you buy quality sparklers and take the right precautions it will be fine. Get a couple of small buckets of sand to out them out in, use those long lighters to light them, and have someone responsible oversee the whole thing and dont allow ang young children or very drunk people have any.
In all of the years I’ve used sparklers I’ve never had my clothes ruined or seen anyone elses ruined.
Post # 8
From a photography standpoint, it’s great if you can get your guests to line up straight to give your photographer the most amount of time to get photos (or slow down your walk). I recently shot a bubble send off that wasn’t very well executed. It was a very small space and people stood in a pack creating a twsting tunnel that wasn’t very long. When the couple came around the corner I had a few seconds to get a shot.
Post # 9
Our guests were pretty drunk and everyone had sparklers and it was fine!! Definitely make sure you have a straight line to go through though. And walk slowly!! We RAN through our sparklers because everyone was lined up on the sides of the dock while we were running to the boat and since it was narrow we were terrified. The only pictures of us are eitherfrom the back (which are really cool) and running from the front so you cant really see me!
Post # 10
we did a “send off” with sparklers after the ceremony on the way to the reception. this way, people weren’t drinking yet and everyone was there. we used the long sparklers and had about 10 long lighters (like you use to light a grill) and some people assigned to pass everything out. i think it makes for really incredible pix!
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club
My cousin had sparklers at her wedding, and they were awesome! Just a few tips: get the LONG kind!! And, make sure that it’s timed well, so that people aren’t just standing around with their sparklers forever; they’ll burn out! Or at least pretty far down, and you won’t get those lovely pics of the flame right at the tip.
That sounds awkward. You know what I mean though.
Post # 12
My brother did a sparkler send off with people that were *very* drunk. No mishaps to report, no burned holes in SILs dress.
We’re not having a ‘send off’ because we’re staying at the same location as the venue so we’d have no where to go.
…. but I loved the idea of sparklers. In place of the send off, we have two large outdoor patios right off the main ballroom where it is very easy to hear music. At the end of the wedding, the DJ will ask everyone to move onto the patio to “light up the couple’s night.” Then the guests can line the patio, while we dance the last dance of the night together surrounded by sparklers. 🙂