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Wedding Sparkler Holders November 08 2015

If you have been thinking to use sparklers at your wedding, you probably are doing research on ideas for the big send off, how to let the guests know when and how to use them, how to deliver them and of course, how to display them before they are used. There are many ways in which you may display them in case you already decided that you want to have them in a certain place to have the guests take them at a specific moment. Here you have some ideas for holders you can use to make them look amazing.

First, let’s see the options we have at weddingsparklerstore.com:

Personalized Sparkler Mason Jar Vase Collection

These vases are ideal for decorating while displaying your sparklers until the time to use them comes. The greatest part about these is that after your wedding, you can use them at your home as containers, flower vases or anything that comes to your mind. They come in a set of four and you can customize them by adding your engraved initial. They are specially made for our 9 inch sparklers, but you could be creative and used them with other type of sparklers. If your wedding theme is rustic, these vases will fit in just perfectly!  

Sparkler Vase

If you are trying to find a perfect holder to create a romantic ambiance in your wedding, these vases are what you are looking for. They are a perfect fit for our 9 inch sparklers. These vases are made with thick glass at the bottom so you can be sure they are super resistant. You can decorate them with flowers to make them look even more romantic. In addition, you can personalized them by adding up to three characters, perfect to have your initials! After your wedding, these can be used as flower vases or for anything that comes to your mind.

 

Now, if you want to use something created with your own hands, there are plenty of vases you can do. For instance, you could use galvanized steel buckets. The good side of these is that you can paint them in any color you want (and match your wedding theme) and add decoration such as flowers or laces to make them look better. You could also fill them with sand so once the send-off is done, guests can use them to dispose the used sparklers. There are many ways in which you can display your sparklers, just let your imagination fly.

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Using Sparklers at your Wedding November 03 2015

Sparklers are lately gaining more popularity to be used at weddings because they are not only fun but also magical and unique, especially when utilized at night. Regardless of when and where you use them, the entry, the walk to the altar, the first dance or the exit, they will provide your wedding with a special touch and will be memorable for you and your guests. There are certain aspects you should take into account when including sparklers at your wedding ceremony. 

 

  • First of all, make sure to confirm the venue where your ceremony will be held on allows the use of sparkles either inside or outside. Due to state regulations, some venues prohibit the use of any type of fireworks, including sparklers and you do not want to get surprised the day of your wedding.
  • Second, you must inform your guests that you plan to light sparklers at some point of your ceremony. It is important to let them know when you planned to use them so you avoid random sparklers being lit at a bad timing. Guest with sparklers are like kids with new toys, they cannot wait to use them! You can print instructions to use together with the sparklers or have someone in charge of explaining how and where they will be used.
  • Third, it is important to advise everybody about the preventive measurements they must have when using sparklers. It is much better to take extra time to explain how to use them and what must not be done that having an accident.
  • Fourth, provide a tool to light the sparkles such as lighters or matches. Ensure there are enough for all the invitees so when the time to light them comes, everyone is able to participate of the special event.
  • Fifth, you have to designate a special place for the guests to safely turn off their sparklers. A great idea is to fill buckets with sand. Sand is usually cold so you will be sure they will for sure turn off.
  • Finally, do not forget to let the photographer know in advance that you will use sparklers Wedding pictures that include lit sparklers are just breath taking. For that, the photographer must be aware so he brings all the necessary equipment and finds the best spot to get the greatest shots possible.

 

Follow these simple advices and your sparkler’s send off will be a complete success!


Sparkler Signs October 25 2015

If you are planning to use sparklers at your wedding, you may be confused on how to display them or how to let guests when they should be lit. Fortunately, we have a collection of different signs to help you organize your sparkler send off and cross out one worry from your to-do list. Let’s see them.

A Sparkling Exit Sparkler Sign – Personalized

This is a very elegant and unique sparkler sign which you can customize to match your wedding needs. It is made of a very fine and transparent acrylic which gives it a romantic and chic look. You can choose the color of the text between white, gold or silver. In addition, you are able to personalize the text on the bottom to include whatever information you want! This is a beautiful sign to make your special day memorable.

Let Love Sparkle Sparkler Sign – Personalized

This is such a romantic sparkler sign. It is also made of a very fine acrylic which makes it perfect to place wherever you want. Its text is just appropriate for the occasion and it also has the option to personalize the bottom text so you can include your names or the wedding date. Choose between white, gold or silver text to match your wedding’s color theme.

See Sparks Fly Sparkler Send Off Sign

If you want to accent your wedding sparkler display and impress invited guests, you better try our unique sparkler send off sign, we assure you will preserve your glowing memories forever.  This sign is manufactured with high quality acrylic and its message helps improve the expectation among your guests. You may personalize the text to make it white, gold or silver.

Sparkler Send Off Sign – Personalized

If you are looking for a way to let your guests know when exactly the send off will take place, this is the perfect sparkler for you. It will help you coordinate the sparkler send off to make your wedding celebration easier. It can be personalized with gold, white or silver text.

 


A Sparkly Sweet Sixteen October 18 2015

Sparklers are no longer seen only as those fireworks used during 4th of July. They are becoming more popular among different celebrations nowadays. Weddings are by far the events that are including sparklers as part of their celebration and they give a magic and luminous vibe to the whole moment.

Even if they might been seen as childish, the truth is that sparklers are not only fun to hold and pretty to look at, but they also give a special touch to any celebration, especially if they are used after the sun sets. Why not including these gold amazing sparkly lights into your child’s sweet sixteen celebration? It will make her party original and unforgettable.

To include them to the party you can talk to your daughter and ask her which moment she considers is the best to introduce sparklers. In addition, you can ask her how she wants them to be used. If you prefer, you can agree with the guests to light them at a specific time and completely surprise your daughter by illuminating her party in the most unique way.

Sparklers can be part of the sweet sixteen cake too in addition to the candles or even replacing them. There are some who do not appreciate saliva from blowing the candles all over the cake. Therefore, sparklers are a great alternative which will also make the cake moment a much more special and fun to look at instant.

You can distribute sparklers among the guests and ask them to light them as soon as your daughter enters the room. She will feel like a princess walking in an aisle surrounded by sparkling light. Also, depending on where the party is held at, you could have the sparklers inserted at the soil and also light them when she enters the rooms. If the party is at night, you will have amazing photos!

If having sparklers wasn’t good enough, now we have number sparklers so you can form the number “16” with them. It will be super original and your daughter will definitely appreciate it. Give it a try!


Ideas to use Monogram Sparklers October 04 2015

Sparklers are always a perfect option to give something extra to your wedding. Besides, they are cheap, nice and original even if they might seem simple and silly. There are so many ways in which you can include sparklers to your wedding, you just need to decide the moment and how you want guests to participate and become part of the joy.

Now, there are many different shapes of sparklers so you don’t have to limit yourself to the regular long wands. Now you can find shapes such as hearts, stars, wedding rings and others. There are also numbers and what we will be talking about today, letters!

Monogram sparklers are a great way to let your creativity do what it feels like. They are unique and you can come up with cool ideas and let your guests have fun with them during the send off. Let’s see a couple things you could do with them.

  • You can write your name and your couple’s in the cake and light the sparklers when cutting the cake. It will be super original and the photos will look great!
  • Buy only monogram sparklers with your initials and distribute them among your guests as you would usually do with regular sparklers. Let the guests light them at the moment you selected to do so.
  • Have vases with different letters so guests can choose their initials and you can have them light them and take photos while lit. The great advantage is that monogram sparklers last longer than the regular ones.
  • Distribute letters that form your names and have your guests line up spelling them. You can also choose a nice message and also have your guests spell it. Remember, it is important to make them line up so the message can be clearly read.
  • Finally, you can write “just married” and place the sparklers in the car in which you will leave. Light them up for the pictures, we bet everyone will start copying your idea. Just make sure they are over before the car starts moving.

As you see, there are so many ways in which you can use your monogram sparklers at your wedding. You can use these or you could come up with your own. Just have fun!

 


How do Sparklers Work? September 26 2015

We already learned what sparklers are but not how they actually work. In this article, we will understand what exactly happens when you light a sparkler.

Sparklers are little devices that burn for up to a minute, producing lots of bright sparks. They are made of different compounds which include fuel, an oxidizer, iron powder and a binder. Now let’s understand every component.

The purpose of the metal powder is to provide the sparklers with its colored sparks. Each metal produces a different color. In our store, we use sparklers with Aluminum that produces white sparks.

The fuel is a combination of carbon and sulfur. The fuel and the oxidant are mixed with sugar or starch and water. Then a wire is immersed in this mixture, so it will become a sparkler when dries. The mixture can also be poured into a mold and create another type of sparklers.  Since the oxidizer and fuel are uniformly mixed with binding and iron or steel, the sparkler burns slowly and evenly along its length.

Since sparklers contain so many different chemicals, please ensure you follow all the safety advice when using them. For instance, you must always ensure the sparkler is completely extinguished before you discard it. It is a great idea to have a container with water so you can place the burned sparklers to make sure none is going to accidentally start a fire.  Also, make sure you keep an eye on any children manipulating a flare. Children must not use them by themselves so injuries are avoided.

Sparklers are a great ally to enlighten any celebration and now that you know what they contain and how they work, you can feel more comfortable when using them!

 


Sparklers, What are they? September 12 2015

You have seen sparklers at holidays and parties, and now you are considering to use them at your wedding but you are not sure what exactly a sparkler is? Don’t worry, find here a comprehensive explanation and feel free to order your wedding sparklers having all the knowledge.

Pyrotechnic is a set of devices that perform pyrotechnic devices inside. This means that they have a reaction which instead of exploiting, produces flames, sparks, smoke and others in a very controlled manner.

Since they are beautiful and secure to handle, pyrotechnic devices have become widely used in all types of celebrations such as 4th of July, Christmas and New Year. Its use has spread; therefore, there is a huge variety of devices now that come from small fireworks to huge, Disney-like ones. Small fireworks are known as sparklers.

Sparklers

Sparklers are small pyrotechnic devices with the ability to produce a very bright light. Due to this ability sparklers are used to light dark places, in military operations and mostly, in celebrations. Sparklers are wands with different lengths and that have the fireworks in their tips.

Once they are lit, they produce an intense light followed by a release of flying sparks that quickly extinguish to prevent accidents.  That’s why sparklers are one of the most used pyrotechnic devices in celebrations and holidays.

Sparklers are composed by aluminium, magnesium or magnalium, which are the responsible for the white sparkles. Most of them are Class C explosives which are smaller, less powerful and with a very reduced risk of harm. Nevertheless, it is recommended to use them outdoors to avoid any type of incident.

 

Now that you know what exactly a sparkler is, do not hesitate to visit our catalog and buy the sparklers that call your eye the most! Make sure your invitees never forget your wedding!

 


A Sparkly Wedding August 30 2015

One of the main factors in your wedding day, besides the importance of the moment when you’re your spouse to be finally promise to love each other forever, one in front of your loved ones, is also innovation.

As you may know, new trends point to create different ways of celebrating, which many times end up by getting away from traditional and classic dances such as the waltz. Couples are now more interested in throwing a party that is not only romantic and magic, but also that will be unforgettable and stay in everybody’s mouth for long.

Therefore, there is a great element that you could implement during the any moment of the ceremony. However, it will be especially fairylike if you are having a night ceremony.

Usually, fireworks are used during Christmas and New Year as celebratory elements to show how turning a light on in the middle of a ceremony represents the importance and happiness that the event brings to everyone’s life.

Then, why not using them at your wedding. It is a big celebration too after all. In addition, you will make your attendees active parts of one of the most important moments of your life.

Sparklers are a great addition to your wedding because they will give a more enchanting element. Also, you do not need to make a big investment to get them, but the outcome will be enriching.  You may read our previous articles to get ideas on how to include them to your ceremony, when to use them and how to safely handle them.

The best part is that most likely you just need to distribute them and the guests will take care of the rest. Or, if you prefer, you may ask someone you trust to take the lead for it to be perfect.

How do you think you can use sparklers at your wedding? Let your imagination fly!


Let your Love Sparkle August 23 2015

Do you remember how happy you felt when lighting sparklers at Christmas or New Year?  Imagine how cool that be at your wedding! It is really great when all guests light their flares at once while the couple goes through. Today, weddings are increasingly customized and couples look more and more special details to make their wedding unique and unforgettable. There are too many beautiful details at weddings but what never fails are sparklers.

 

Sometimes people tend to think that a lot of money is required to you have a cool, original and unique wedding. However, that’s a false idea. Little details are what make a wonderful atmosphere without leaving you broke. Sparklers may be used in different situations or at different moments to create a magical environment. You choose what works best for you!

To introduce this element to your wedding, what about looking for a nice corner to place the wands in a very nice sparkler holder. Of course, you must make sure you ask the venue if they accept using sparklers, though they should. Sparklers are harmless!

Here you can find glass sparklers vases which you could customize by engraving maximum three characters which could be your initials. You can personalize them more by adding a nice detail such as a ribbon or whatever you feel like adding to it to give it your own style. If you want to get the sparkler holders or sparkler signs, visit our store

 

Don’t think about letting sparklers out of your wedding, for they gill make it magical and unforgettable; your guests will definitely have something to talk about. 


DIY: Sparklers Kit for your Guests August 15 2015

What is the key to have a nice wedding?  The answer is simple: the key lies in the details. They may be related to the organization details or design, but, no matter what, little things are always what show how much effort and love has been put into the organization of the wedding.

 

If you are preparing a DIY wedding, everything you do with your own hands, will contribute to bring a little extra emotion to both you and your guests. One of the best ideas for DIY weddings is to prepare gifts for your invitees, that’s why today we have a proposal: a sparklers kit for them! Once night falls, you could all light them and create a magical atmosphere.

What you will Need:

 

  • Cardboard or craft paper (not too thin)
  • Rule
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Duplex Adhesive Tape
  • Matches
  • Sparkler wands
  • Any other material to customize your kit such as washi tape, stickers, a stamp with your names if you've used one for other wedding elements ... as you wish!

 

How to Make it:

 

The first step is to cut the cardboard. The size will vary according to length of the wands, but it would be approximately 2 inches less than the length of the sparklers and about 2.5 inches wide.  The cardboard or craft paper should be a little rigid so when you insert the flares it doesn’t tear and it would look more stable.

Once you mark and cut the paper, make two small likes at the top and bottom where, later, you will put the wands in. Leave about 0.5 inches between the end of the cardboard and the line. Based on that line, cut the paper with scissors or a cutter. That way, you will be able to go through the card with the wands and hold them in place.

Now, leave the card apart and you will manufacture a small envelope for the matches. To do so, you just need to cut a peace of the leftover cardboard based on the length of the matches you will be using. If you are not sure, make it a little bit longer so you can then adjust it. Make sure you double the size of the matches plus a little extra for the closing tab. Place the matches inside and use duplex tape to paste them together with the other side of the card board or paper. Decorate the tab with a sticker or washi tape.

Once you have both ready, paste the matches’ envelope to the base cardboard you made earlier. Now you can customize it as you wish. Let your creativity flow!

 


Dancing with the Sparklers August 09 2015

Have you ever used sparklers? Those fireworks that with a very brilliant light that resembles a magic wand of a fairy. Sparklers are usually used during New Year’s Eve and to receive the New Year in a sparkly way. However, they have been becoming very popular in other holidays and celebrations. Weddings are not an exception. They are inexpensive but give a touch of magic to any wedding ceremony.

What happens when a couple decides to include sparklers in their wedding, is that they have a hard time choosing the right moment to light them up. At the beginning, during the ceremony, at the exit, during the kiss. Whichever you choose, it will be unforgettable: Exiting the room through an aisle made of golden lights, entering a room only lit by the guest’s hands or opening the first dance under the romantic light of sparklers. There are plenty of possibilities, you just need to thing which will make you happier.

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In case you choose the last option—opening the first dance under the light of sparklers—you will find some ideas to make that special dance, a memorable moment. Why is it a good idea to use sparklers for the first dance?

  • You will avoid the hassle of handing the wands when the invitees enter the venue.
  • The final output will be spectacular. Dancing under the shiny light of those magic wands.
  • You will make your guests be active participants of an important moment of your life. The first dance you will ever have as a married couple.

Now, you may be wondering how to organize it. It is actually very simple. The best you can do is to make tags that read “Light me during the first dance” and put them on each table together with the sparklers and matches. One of each per invitee and place as many wands, matches and tags as guests you have on each table. In that way, everyone will know how exactly the sparklers must be lit.

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Dancing uniquely under the light of the sparks while the guests move them following the rhythm of the music, is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. It is easy to organize and it will be not only magical but a moment that will be captured by your photographer for history.

 


Enlighten your Special Day: Wedding Sparklers August 02 2015

Lately, weddings are not only formalities, but they are also—as they should have always been—a celebration of a couple’s love as well as a way for the bride and groom to share their love with their loved and special ones.

Therefore, if you are getting married soon, you might be looking for wedding details that set you wedding apart from others. What better that finding a special feature that you can share with all the guests? That will definitely turn your wedding into an unforgettable one.

An idea that is becoming really popular, is to illuminate an important moment of the ceremony, or many, as you wish. When? Well, it is really your choice but nice ideas are to do it at the exit of the bride and groom, the toast time or at the opening of the first dance.

What to use? Wedding sparklers are your best shot. They are good, pretty and most importantly, cheap. Even if it may seem simple or childish, it might have a spectacular output without too much effort. Besides, it is a nice trait to make your invitees feel more involved into the celebration. You may turn them in individually, using a wedding sparkler sendoff sign or personalized vases.

How? You and your spouse could be the first ones to light them up and then the rest of the guests will add up until you see a collective of flares bursting magical light! It will be perfect and memorable.

Don’t forget to consider if your venue allows the sparklers and to analyze the conditions where your ceremony will be held. In any case, always keep in mind other alternatives such as using the flares for the cake or to have an outstanding photo session, especially if your wedding is at night!

 

What do you think about using sparklers to enlighten your wedding?

 


Sparkle up your 15th Birthday Party! July 26 2015

 

Have you ever thought of having light, sparks and shine at your Quinceañera birthday party? What about using sparklers to shine your entrance and make you feel the excitement of your birthday party as you always wanted and imagined.  

If you are really into this idea, there are some things you should keep in mind and consider if you choose to use sparklers at your 15th birthday party:

First of all, you must make sure the location you chose for your party allows fireworks. Even if sparklers are really safe, some states include them as a type of fireworks; therefore, you must ensure your state and your venue allow them.

When deciding where to use the sparklers, try to make sure you do it outdoors. Sparklers are smokeless and not dangerous if you use them carefully; however, they should only be used outdoors to prevent.

You should be aware of any flammable material around so you may keep your invitees away from it and safe to avoid any unexpected situation or accident.

Review all the safety rules you must abide to when using sparklers. It is really important to get informed so your party offers a safe show

Once you are sure you have all the safety topics covered, you may decide how you want to include sparklers in your party. The most popular way to use them is during your entrance. Imagine yourself walking in a road made of shiny sparks. You will look super glamourous and the pictures will be awesome!

Another very nice idea is to substitute the cake candles with sparklers shaped in the 1 and 5 numbers. Just close your eyes and visualize your cake glowing while you have a beautiful and blazing smile in your face. Perfect match isn’t it?

Regardless of how you decide to include sparklers at your Quinceañera party, you will for sure make a great impression.


How to Avoid Sparkler Accidents at your Wedding July 19 2015



At first sight, sparklers may look like inoffensive little shiny sticks, and they actually are if you know how to use them properly; however, not being careful might cause a fatal accident at your happiest day. Don’t risk yourself and make sure you follow the below guidelines to use your sparklers safely.

  • First of all, remember review the laws regarding fireworks in your state to avoid having any legal issues.
  • When you buy your sparklers, they will come with an instruction pamphlet. Read it all and ensure you follow them.
  • Will there be any kids at the wedding? Then, try to think on a creative way for them to participate but never let unsupervised children handle the sparklers by themselves, particularly if they are below 12 years old. An adult must always be present.
  • If you have candles, any type of gas, fireworks, lamps, wish lanterns or any other flammable object, the burning sparklers are to be kept away from them. Also warn your guests to be careful with their clothing, especially if it has any lose thread that might catch fire.

  • Try to think about fun ways to include the sparklers to your wedding keeping guests away from buildings or vehicles so you avoid any accidents. Therefore, it would be best if you use the sparklers outdoors!
  • Never try to light more than one sparkler at a time. When you light a sparkler, it will burst a lot of sparks. Lighting a bunch at the same time will not only be scary but may also be unsafe.  
  • We know that there will probably be alcohol at your wedding; nevertheless, ask your invitees to try not to be under the influence of alcohol while lighting the wands. It may be hazardous.
  • When lit, hold the wands horizontally or at least try to have the tip a bit low. Do not point or toss the sparklers to anybody; someone might get hurt.
  • You can wave them and even light paint with them. But always keep the lit sparklers away from the eyes or the face.
  • Have a bucket with water or sand available to place the sparklers once they burn out. This will give them time to cool. Afterwards, you may safely dispose them.

 

Follow all this simple pieces of advice and enjoy of an original and magical activity with your wedding sparklers. You will never forget it!


How to Integrate Sparklers to your Wedding Setting July 12 2015

Night time weddings are all about romance; completing them with sparklers will enlighten and intensify all emotions! Sparklers are no longer fun accessories for Christmas; they have become allies to improve the atmosphere of any night wedding. Make sure you include them in your wedding and let their magic be part of your special day!

Unique and original lighting alternatives are becoming very trendy when it comes to weddings. While some couples prefer candles, chandeliers, or other types of lightning, more and more are opting to go with sparklers. Why? Because using sparklers will allow your guests to be part of your wedding as romance and illumination are the main characters in it. Besides, they do look great in your pictures, and who doesn’t love exceptional and memorable pictures?

You will find many options to include sparklers. Basically it will depend on your wedding’s theme and how or when you want to use them. For instance, you may ask your invitees to take a wand as soon as they enter the reception and ask them to draw a special figure later by using the light. You can also have someone hand the wands so the guests can light them while you are kissing or walking down the aisle.

Another great idea is to include the sparklers in your wedding cake. So, when the moment of cutting the cake comes, light them: the effect will be magical. Oh! Make sure your photographer is ready to take a lot of shots. A cake full of light is something you want to remember.

Now, if your plan is to get everybody’s attention, what you can do is, instead of having traditional centerpieces, use have jars and place the wands inside. Have someone in charge and, at the appropriate time, ask that person to light all the sparklers at once.  You will definitely ‘wow’ your guests!

The most popular option is to having your wedding MC ask all guests to participate while you and your new spouse leave the reception. They can form two lines and --just before you two get close-- light up their wands to say good bye to the happy couple while the photographer catches all the light effects.

As you can see, sparklers can make your wedding unforgettable as long as you know how to use them. Feel free to use these ideas or come up with your own, and sparkle up your big day!


What to do if your Venue doesn't allow Sparklers September 12 2014

One of the downsides to wedding sparklers is that some venues won't allow their use because of coding and safety rules. What is a girl to do if she wants sparklers but the venue says no? Get a new venue!! Or if you can't or your venue is worth more to you than the sparklers, try these tactics for ensuring the use of sparklers at your wedding!

  1. When you are looking for a venue, focus on ones that have an outdoor portion to their location as these are more likely to allow sparklers outside.
  2. Before you book, read through their policies thoroughly before you put down any money.
  3. Negotiate. This is where you need to look for loop holes when that perfect venue is trying to squash your sparkler dreams. Perhaps they will allow sparklers in front of the venue or in the parking lot? Would it be so bad if your send off didn't light up till you hit the curb all the way to your car? Maybe you can pay a different deposit like taking out insurance on your venue spot.
  4. Be the Bridezilla...just a little bit. Typically, you are going to get better results with honey than a sting, but if that doesn't work, it doesn't hurt to be just a little bit pushy. Basically, don't take the first no for an answer, but also don't throw a tantrum a two year old would be proud of!

If it all falls through and there is no way to get your dream venue to budge, remember that there are other great ways to end your night! If you can't use wedding sparklers, try wedding poppers! These are easy to use, kid friendly, and designed to be safe indoor and outdoor, so you shouldn't have an issue with your venue banning it! Plus they make a bigger splash than bubbles and an easier clean up than rice! 


Tips for Planning the Big Send Off August 26 2014

Photo: Ruffledblog.com Tuckahoe Plantation Wedding 

Photo: Ruffledblog.com Tuckahoe Plantation Wedding

One of the primary uses of sparklers in a wedding is to shower the newlyweds with light and shimmers as they head off from the reception to embark on their honeymoon...and the rest of their lives together! It really is a rather spectacular role to play, and sparklers really are a striking way to end the night.

So, how do you have the perfect sparkling sparkler send off go off without a hitch? Here are some tips!

  1. Gather Up Supplies: Make sure to have everything you need on hand so that there won't be any scrambling, awkward waiting, or accidents. Some suggested items: two+ buckets lightly filled with water along the bottom, four lighters, all the sparklers, and safety cups for kids.
  2. Know who is doing what: For the send off, it is a good idea to assign jobs. Have two to four people handing out sparklers, another to light them, one person to act as a go between for the couple and the guests, and two people to be in charge of the buckets with water to collect the sparklers. Now, of course people handing out sparklers can also be collecting them, but the point is to assign specific jobs.
  3. Fill in the Guests: Have someone gather the guests together where they can hear and announce to them any directions. This is good to do after the bride and groom have left, but before guests, overly-excited, start heading off in different directions to send off the new couple. This is when you would tell them where to stand, who they will be getting their sparklers from, where to dispose of them when they are done, where kids can get safety cups, or any special requests like holding the sparklers up to create an arch or to swirl them around. 
  4. Tip Off the Photographer: Make sure your photographer knows in advance that you are doing a sparkler exit and all of the nitty-gritty details. This will give them the opportunity to set up the shot and make sure they capture the magic of that glittering moment.
  5. Enjoy the Limelight:  You should take this to mean two things. First, don't worry about any problems that do arise. Just get changed and enjoy a few quiet moments with your new spouse. Everything will work out. Then, second, don't rush through it. If you run through the send off, chances are your photographer won't have too many good shots, and it will be over too soon. There is no need to go in slow motion, but take your time. Strike a pose. Kiss. Have fun! Your guest will love it, your photographer will have a lot to work with, and you will get to end the night in a shower of light, fun, and glam.

Heart Sparklers: What makes them so special? July 19 2014

For most people, the only sparklers they know of are the traditional long stem sparkler, but if you are using sparklers in your wedding or even at a birthday party, you will be happy to find that sparklers really do come in all shapes and sizes. The heart shaped sparkler is a wedding sparkler favorite. Why?


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For one, when they are displayed at the reception, before the send off, it adds to the decorum. These sweetheart sparklers are great for creating an atmosphere of love and romance without them even being lit! It is the difference between a bundle of long gray sticks in a cute decorative vase and a bouquet of hearts just waiting to sparkle

 

The second reason why we love the hear shape sparkler: When they are lit, it takes your breath away. How to light a heart shape sparkler has a couple of different options. You can do a single light at the base, one on the apex of each curve, at the base and and the meeting point of the curve, or a single spot on one of the curves of the heart. The more spots you alight, you can expect it to burn out faster, but when the whole thing lights up, you will get the most beautiful sparkle ever. And yes, it will look like a heart.


How to's for light painting and sparkler photography July 10 2014

There is no doubt that sparkler photography is absolutely breathtaking and can really make your wedding photos magical. If you are featuring wedding sparklers in your wedding decor or as a part of your send off, it is almost a necessity to have it a part of your wedding photography. If you have never done light paining photography or your wedding photographer has never done it, it may take some extra time to get it right.

In a search to figure out just how light painting photography works, we were able to find some great how to's.

  1. Introduction to Light Painting in Photography by Kara Wahlgren, Kiwi Photography                                                                             This tutorial by Wahlgren is straight forward and kept simple (though the shots are spectacular!). It is easy enough to understand if you are an amateur photographer that brushes up on how a camera functions outside of the point and click, and a breeze if you are an experienced photographer. She has several examples and explains what she did, why, and how it works. So, if you are wanting sparkler photography and it is the first time your photographer is doing it, this would be a great article for them to read - and just expect it to take a few trys! 

  2. Commitment To Sparkle Motion: Sparkler Portraits and Light Painting by Lomo-Camkage, Lomography                                                                                                 (The photo above from Lomography would be so great used for wedding shoot!)                                                       This how to is not quite as straight forward, but it is very detailed and has a ton of examples. It is not focused on wedding photography per se, but has a lot of great ideas that can inspire some beautiful photos. Also, it has some great info and tips on what kind of sparklers to use and how it really works behind the scenes.

  3. Sparkler Fun - Tips & Tricks by Corine, StudioTran Photographers                                                                                                     This article is less of a step by step, but still has some great info. It is very detailed and can fill int he gaps where the other blogs might be vague. 

The absolute basic to know how this works is that it involves having a long/slow shutter speed so that the light can be captured and having a 'painter' to run your light around. 

 


Kids and Sparklers at Your Wedding June 30 2014

Sparklers are pretty. Sparklers at weddings are pretty cool. Kids are pretty cute. Kids at weddings are pretty fun. Kids and sparklers at weddings need some precautions.

Basically, what you don't want happening is a kid poking their eye out, burning their finger, their clothes, the table clothes, or your wedding dress. 

Safety Tips

  1. Don't let kids under the age of 8 handle their own sparkler.
  2. When handing out sparklers for the send off, give all the sparklers to the parents to give to their kids in order to decrease the amount of eager running around to get a sparkler. 
  3. Have a specific plan for putting out the sparklers or throwing away the used (hot!) sparklers - ie. bucket of water, specific people to give the sparklers to, etc. 
  4. For younger children - maybe even 10 and under - have "sparkler shields" ready. These can be cute decorated cups to go with your wedding, or just the typical red cup with a hole in the end. It is a quick and simple solution to hurt fingertips and runaway sparks. 

It is easy to have accidents within large groups of people, kids running around, and hot pokey things. Just take a few steps to keep things safe and organized, and you won't need to worry. Additional to the safety tips, you may want to put someone in charge of the send off to make  an announcement of the plan for the sparklers and any rules you want laid out. For example, if it is important not to get any black marks on your venue's flooring, make it clear that used and lit sparklers are not to be thrown on the floor and are to be put in such'n'such container/bucket/sizzle out station. 

 

Safety first equals a worry free and spectacular exit. 

 


Let Love Sparkle - Sparkler Display Signs June 23 2014

If sparklers are going to be a part of your wedding send off, then you are going to want to give your guests the tip off. Send off schedule signs are a great way of letting your guests know when to expect the celebrating to come to an end. This is helpful because it allows guests to plan when to leave without missing out on the sparkling send off fun. It is always a shame when a guest realizes that if they had stayed 15 minutes longer, they wouldn't have missed the sparkler send off.

When using sparklers, it is particularly useful to include a sign because then the sparklers become a part of the aesthetic and style of the wedding, rather than just the ending show. This can also be done more effectively by displaying your sparklers  with the sign. Regardless, a sparkler send off sign can be a wonderful addition to your reception decorations.

A Couple of Choices

When deciding on you sign decor, you have quite a few options, starting with deciding if you are going to make you sign or buy one. Making you sign can be a lot of fun and doesn't have to be complicated. It can be as simple as using a chalkboard and having someone with good hand writing or artistic savvy write a saying and the time of the send off. Typically, the wording of these signs will say something like, " Send them off with a Sparkle - Sparkler Send off at TIME". 

 

 

Or if you would like to buy an already made sign, you options become even bigger as you gain access to craftsmanship that you usually wouldn't have. For example, The Wedding Sparkler Store has a beautiful selection of etched acrylic (looks like glass) sparkler display signs. They are completely customizable to suite your needs and can include sayings like "Let Sparks Fly" and " Let Love Sparkle". It is like having the DIY without the work and with the added pizzazz. 


How to set up sparklers at your wedding (aka. before they are lit) June 16 2014

The sparkler send off is so popular that it is becoming a part of wedding tradition and, quite frankly, it is a tad more magical than rice being tossed. With this, and the many other ways sparklers are being used at weddings and events, there has become a need to figure out how best to display and set up sparklers (thin sticks) before they are used, so that they can be decorative in their unlit state. Basically, there are two main methods for sparkler set up at weddings (and other events): The bucket and the bundle.

The Bucket Method

 

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With this, you will have one to two buckets, vases, jars, etc. that you will fill with your sparklers. It is as simple as that! This can be a fun and easy option because all you need to think about is finding a container that fits your wedding theme. For example, if you are having a shabby chic wedding, then a tin bucket or watering can may be perfect for you!

The Bundle Method

 

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This method of sparkler display can be a little more time consuming, but also completely worth it. Here you will create or purchase tags or sparkler sleeves. These are fun because you can customize them to your wedding with fun sayings or your wedding monogram. If you are doing this yourself, it can take a bit more time, though it does offer you a lot of freedom in the design. The other option is to find and buy a sparkler packet that suits your needs.  The bundle method also works great if you decide to use sparklers as your wedding favor.

How to display and handle sparklers at weddings are becoming more diverse and even sophisticated as this fun way to exit a wedding and celebrate is becoming a loved wedding tradition. The bucket and bundle display methods can of course be combined by putting the bundles in the bucket, but they do work well on their own.

What creative ways have you seen brides display their wedding sparklers?


Bring Some Sparkler Shimmer and Shine to Your Wedding June 02 2014

The Wedding Sparkler Store is a one stop shop for all of your sparkler needs, whether you are looking to light up your wedding or add some sizzle to another event. Sparklers have never been so diverse as they are today. With their growing popularity at weddings and parties, they have transformed to not only include the twinkling firework we all grew up with, but also varies in shapes, sizes, and even ways of using and displaying them. That is where this sparkler store blog and inspiration board comes in, hoping to provide you with all the tips, tricks, and trends, of event sparklers.  The Wedding Sparkler Store is not only a one stop shop, but also a ones stop resource, providing you with not just the materials you'll need, but all the info you need to have a spectacular sparkling event.

 

 

What makes sparklers so special?

  1. They can be used in variety of ways including but not limited to, wedding send offs, "candle" lighting ceremonies, and in wedding photography. They are also at home as a part of graduation, anniversary, birthday, and holiday celebrations.
  2. Just holding a lit sparkler will bring a smile to anyone's face, be they child, teen, or normally grumpy grandpa. There is something about a sparkler that just brings child-like joy to a person, creating an environment of excitement, pure happiness, and fun.
  3. Just  like every snowflake and star are different, each sparkler is different. Sparklers add a fun twist to modern traditions and will fuse your wedding or event with creativity and the same simple elegance of the stars sparkling in the sky.

These event sparklers really would be the perfect touch for your wedding or event. With a variety of bundles including different shapes and sizes, you can't go wrong at The Wedding Sparkler Store.

 Find the shimmer and just let it shine!