Whether you’re wanting to add wedding sparklers to your wedding photos or wanting to provide a little extra fun for your guests, wedding sparklers can add a touch of magic. They can add this special touch to outdoor summer nuptials, or bring an extra sparkle to indoor winter celebrations. But before you rush out to buy them, I’ve compiled everything you need to know about sparklers for wedding in one handy little place.

This is the stuff you should know before buying your wedding sparklers so you can have an amazing wedding with no hidden surprises!

Sparklers for weddings – what is the best size?

Longer sparklers burn for longer. I recommend going for 16 or 18 inch sparklers for weddings that burn for about 70-90 seconds. This will give your wedding photographer enough time to produce some amazing photos.

Where to buy wedding sparklers?

Source your wedding sparklers in advance. There are a lot of places selling these online but here are just a couple of options available on Amazon.

How to light sparklers for wedding send offs?

  1. Prepare a safe place for everyone to stand, ideally somewhere sheltered from the wind, avoid open spaces.
  2. Ask your guests to hold the sparklers horizontally with the tip slightly lowered.
  3. Light the sparkler using a butane or propane lighter or a candle. Ideally you would use multiple lighters or candles to speed up this process if you have a large number of guests. Avoid using matches.

Here is a god You Tube video on how to light sparklers for wedding send offs safely and effectively:

Best time of day for wedding sparklers

Although this type of photos are often referred to as wedding send off or wedding exit, you don’t have to wait with these until the end of your wedding party. In my opinion, fixing these early on your wedding timeline when your guests are still half sober, is better. Waiting till midnight might prove it difficult to manage a group of not so sober guests waiving burning hot sparklers.

Of course on those long summer days you would have to wait till quite late but it doesn’t have to be pitch black outside. Your wedding photographer can work these at dusk and make it look night time.

Talk to your venue and photographer about timings and make sure you allow enough time for your sparkler send off photos.

How many sparklers do I need?

This depends on the number of guests you want to get involved in your sparklers exit. Most of your guests would probably want to get involved and it’s a good idea to have a pair of sparklers per guest. This brings you to 100 sparklers for a 50 people wedding party. Please bare in mind that larger groups will take quite a lot of time to manage. A good number of guests for an effective sparklers send off is anything between 20 to 50.

Sparklers safety

  • Speak to your wedding venue first to ask about the best place for your sparklers exit.
  • Put a responsible and sober person in charge of your sparklers send off.
  • Keep the sparklers away from eyes, faces, skin and clothes. Definitely keep them away from the wedding dress!
  • Any children need to be supervised.
  • Make sure there is enough space between the two rows of guests for you to walk and keep a safe distance from the sparklers.
  • Get a bucket of water or sand for guests to put their burned sparklers. Don’t put them in a bin until they are completely cool.
Wedding sparklers in a bucket
Keep your sparklers safely in a bucket

Popular ways to use wedding sparklers

Sparklers can be used in many ways and providing you adhere to the venue’s fire and safety policy and use common sense, you’re only limited to your creativity.

  1. Sparklers send off. This is by far the most popular way to use sparklers at weddings.
  2. Writing in the air. You can ask your guests co come and write with sparklers while you stand still posing. You can draw letters, numbers or shapes, get creative.
  3. Unity candle alternative. Sparklers could be a great and fun way at ceremonies where couples light unity candles.
  4. Sparklers during first dance. Your guests could light sparklers and surround you during your first dance.

Wedding sparkler photos

Wedding sparklers exit photos are not only a fun way to give guests something different at a wedding but they can also be an amazing source of memories. I have gathered a few ideas for couples photos with sparklers and put them in one place so that you can use these to capture some fun photos at your wedding. This is a great way to some extra shots to your wedding photography gallery.

Alternatives to a wedding sparkler send off

There are various reasons why you would want to consider alternatives to a wedding sparkler send off. It could be that your venue does not allow wedding sparklers or you don’t want to mess with fire on your wedding day. Whatever the reason here are a couple of alternatives to wedding sparklers:

  • bubbles
  • glow sticks
  • fiber optic wands
  • LED balloons
  • pom poms
  • smoke bombs
  • poppers
  • fireworks
  • confetti
  • paper airplanes