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10 Year Anniversary

Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We both are from Nashville now living in the Philadelphia area with 2 dogs and 2 kids. We have had so much fun reliving our wedding week…I love to think about all the things I would have changed (those hair wreaths on my bridesmaids, my bouquet, the bridesmaids bouquets, 500 wedding guests, horrific save the date cards just to name a few).  However, I love to think about how I was married on the farm where I was born and where I spent my 24 years becoming a strong willed woman in front of all my friends and family.  My 7 bridesmaids are still my 7 best friends in the world and you cannot ask for anything better! The father of the bride stealing one last kiss. My adorable bridesmaids! The picture that started it all - wedding sparklers!  My new husband's pants are drenched with beer!

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Happy 4th of July!

One of the luxuries of selling sparklers for weddings is that we have an abundance of sparklers for our own celebrations.  Here is a photo of my sweet Hutton playing with sparklers. (Please only allow children to play with sparklers under the supervision of an adult.)

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Containers. Containers. Containers

Oh how I love containers.  It has mystified my husband for 10 years now as every move (we have done 6 so far), I seem to have accumulated more.  A container for ribbon, catalogs, spare change, receipts...the list goes on.  One of my goals on this blog is to identify some great containers for you to use at your weddings and this site does not disappoint.  I guess growing up on a farm makes me love the simplicity of galvanized containers.  It reminds me of the troughs in the field used for the cows.  These are simply adorable and start at $14.00! www.farmhousewares.com

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Coldplay uses my sparklers!

Sparklers at the Coldplay concert Yes, the smart team of Coldplay Productions ordered sparklers from www.sparklersonline.com.  Unreal!  Here's the story... Two weeks ago, Marguerite, production manager with the band Coldplay ordered sparklers online from our site.  These celebrities...so discrete!    Being a huge Coldplay fan already, I could not resist my curiosity to contact her and ask how they would be used (you can imagine the things running through my head).  Sweet Marguerite would not tell me exactly, but instead put our names on the guest list for the concert in Nashville - where we were vacationing that week.   To start off the show, each band member (including the adorable Chris Martin...you know, husband to Gwyneth and father to Apple and Moses) arrived on stage in a dark arena to screaming fans carrying a 20 inch sparkler.  What a way to kick off the evening!  When I tell you I have never been to a better concert, I truly mean it.  These guys are insanely talented and put on the most amazing show.  The sparklers are a part of every show, so visit www.coldplay.com and go to the concert! Many thanks to Marguerite - the show was simply amazing!

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Simple. LL Bean Totes.

Oh how I love the LL Bean totes.  I just counted so I could be completly accurate and I have 14.  Each one serves a specific purpose such as...clothes to be mended, drycleaning, one just holds other totes, a catch-all for the car, a pool bag...the list goes on.  What a cute idea to take this simple staple and use it for sparklers.  We embroirdered ours with the word Sparkle, but you could do your new last name or your wedding date.  I then used one of the cups my husband was given as a baby to hold matches.  Simple and adorable!

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Red Ribbon Studio

What a treat.  I have just discovered an amazing photographer who loves bright colors as much as I do.  Maribeth Romslo has such a unique eye, capturing just the  moments and details every bride and groom want to remember.   She obviously has worked with many brides who take great pride in getting everything perfect, down to the tag on the container used for sparklers.  Visit her website at www.redribbonstudio.com, but please be warned that you will get lost for hours in her amazing photos.  You also might find some  finishing touch ideas for your big day!  Thanks Maribeth for sharing your photos! [caption id="attachment_18" align="alignleft" width="390" caption="Sparkler Send Off"][/caption]

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Adorable Wedding Tags

I love anything personalized.  Anything.  My poor children never need to wear nametags because their clothes are usually monogrammed or embroided with their names.  Maybe I need to say my poor husband! Back to weddings...I am in love with this website www.foryourparty.com.  Their colors are amazing, their website is easy and interactive and their products are really classy.  Browse through their creative ideas section and the sky is the limit.  We ordered the gift tags and used ribbon from www.mjtrim.com to make a cute custom display.  The box is actually from michaels.

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We love feedback!

Here is an email we received from a very happy customer: We ordered what seems like a MILLION of your wonderful 36" sparklers for our December 1, 2007 Wedding in Vail, Colorado! Here are some pictures! It was a blizzard and 50-70 mph wind gusts, but we did the sparklers anyway! It was FABULOUS! Our photographer, did a FABULOUS job with "Sparkler Light Writing!" The pictures turned out beautifully with a slow shutter speed, 36" sparklers and some VERY artistic "Love"-ly bridesmaids! Steve and I drew a heart with our 36" sparklers! We all had a ball and the snow didn't even bother us! It made the Sparkle Factor even better! It was perfect! Thank you SO MUCH for providing the "highlight" (pardon the pun) of our evening! Sincerely, Kelly & Steve Heger Grant Oakes Photography � �

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What an economy!

It is impossible to turn on The Today Show...my beloved show of many years...and not see Jean Chatzky giving advice on how to save money.  Well, when you have plans to get married, you simply are not going to put them on hold for a silly little thing like a downturn in the economy.  The one thing I have always loved about my sparklers, and the idea of using sparklers at weddings, is that they are simply the most affordable "wow" factor you can add.  For $35 (free shipping), you can get 48 of our 20 inch sparklers that will give you the pictures of a lifetime.  I cannot tell you how many people email me saying they spent a fortune on flowers and food but the thing they liked best were the sparklers - which they spent the least amount of money on.  Best wishes!  www.sparklersonline.com �

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Purpose of a Blog

Sparkle has been in business for over 6 years now through the website www.sparklersonline.com.  Throughout those 6 years, we have had the pleasure of working with all types or brides, mothers of the brides, maids of honors and family friends.  We have also worked with people having weddings with only 30 people and some with almost 600.  What I love about sparklers is that they are a perfect addition for weddings of any size and usually are one of the favorite, most inexpensive touches of the whole evening.  The glow from the sparklers casts such beautiful lighting on the bride and groom as well as the guests - it is like being photographed under candlelight.  The pictures are often the bride and groom's favorites. My goal with this blog is to share ideas and stories from myself as well as prospective and happy customers.  I commonly am asked for suggestions about arranging the sparklers beforehand, where I bought tags for the displays etc.  I want to share websites of trusted companies to help make your day more personal and perfect!  Please pass along any ideas or feedback you have. Thanks! Libba

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