(Closed) Sparkler Send Off? Is it worth it?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should I pull the trigger on sparklers?
    YES! Sparkler send offs are amazing and worth it! : (19 votes)
    45 %
    No-- they are a logistical nightmare! : (13 votes)
    31 %
    No-- it is weird to have your guests give you a "send off" to the bus you're all taking back : (10 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    235 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
    151 posts
    Blushing bee

    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
    407 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    1280 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
    1820 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    8 posts

    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
    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    8 posts

    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
    126 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
    7403 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I was thinking of doing this, so great tips to know.

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