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Your Ultimate Guide To Sparkler Safety

There's nothing quite as stunning as running through a crowd of your friends holding sparklers on your wedding day. In fact, this special moment has become an expected part of almost every wedding celebration in today's world. But especially if you have little ones (or, let's be real, are planning on serving alcohol) at your wedding? We know that you're curious about sparkler safety. Don't worry -- we're here to help! From teaching you how to light sparklers to offering up some invaluable safety dress, this post will tell you everything you need to know to stay worry and stress-free on your big day! How to Light a Sparkler First thing's first: let's teach you exactly how to safely light a sparkler! We know that you'll likely have lots of guests surrounding you on your big day. So, you want to do things quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing safety. First of all, invest in a longer barbecue lighter. To master how to use a lighter safely, look for one that puts as much distance as possible between your hand and the flame. Under no circumstances should you use matches -- though this is less for safety reasons, and more because they rarely actually get hot enough to successfully light a sparkler. We suggest that you line up your guests in two separate rows. This is great for creating a bridge that you and your new husband or wife can run through on your way to the reception or even your...

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30 Wedding Send Off Ideas for the Perfect Exit

  When planning a wedding, there are many details to be attended to. In the whirlwind of planning, one of the most important details often gets overlooked: the grand wedding exit. The exit can consist of anything from lighting wedding sparklers to ringing cow bells. If you are searching for one-of-a-kind ideas to end your big day on a high note, you have come to the right place! Here are thirty of our favorite wedding send off ideas to make your special day extraordinary. 1. Confetti Poppers [caption id="attachment_891" align="alignleft" width="617"] Photo Credit: The Knot: A Retro Glamorous Wedding at Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, OH[/caption] Loaded with festive confetti and colorful streamers, confetti poppers are a fun and affordable way to add some color and excitement to your grand exit! You can buy these in bulk from your local party store, or opt for one-of-a-kind, hand-made confetti poppers from Etsy’s online marketplace.[note]https://www.etsy.com/market/confetti_poppers[/note]  [note]https://www.theknot.com/real-weddings/a-retro-glamorous-wedding-at-museum-of-contemporary-art-cleveland-in-cleveland-ohio-album[/note] 2. Bubbles [caption id="attachment_894" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Southern Jewel Photography via Bridal Guide[/caption] Perfect for a wedding send off—no matter the season—bubbles will add an elegant yet playful touch to your event. In addition to looking beautiful in photos, bubbles will provide endless fun for your guests, both children and adults alike! Did we mention they don’t require any clean up?[note]http://www.southernjewelphotography.com/[/note] [note]http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/the-details/reception/wedding-sendoffs#159180[/note] 3. Balloons [caption id="attachment_926" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: Oh Happy Day via Linen Table Cloth[/caption] We love this wedding send off idea for a fun-filled daytime event. Brightly colored balloons will add to the festivities and...

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Daytime Sparklers That Actually Work!

Some people may think you have to wait until dark to use your sparklers… but we disagree! Our 36 inch sparklers burn so brightly that you can use them during the daytime! Just take a look! http://www.kclearphotography.com/ emilymarchphotography.com emilymarchphotography.com  If you make your photos black and white you can even make it look like you had your send off at night! emilymarchphotography.com  

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Favorite Pinterest Board Names

I have posted a ton of our wedding sparkler photos onto Pinterest.  I jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon early and have been in love ever since.  As you all must know, whenever someone repins a photo you have posted, you receive an email letting you know who and onto what board.  I am sometimes tickled by the clever names of the boards.  Regardless the name, it is true that wedding sparklers as send off ideas on Pinterest are a huge hit! Here are some favorite photos that are repinned...     And the board names...    

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Writing with Wedding Sparklers

    I ran across a cute blog the other day -  and it got me thinking - maybe people use sparklers for things other than weddings. OK, I know this is true, but seeing a bunch of college prepsters spelling out sorority names made me laugh!  I particularly am fond of the one with the crown. See for yourself.  There are all kinds of things people do with wedding sparklers instead of using them at weddings!     This blog consists of a cute girl, her dad (who has a lifelong dream of writing with sparklers) and a bunch of friends!  The College Prepster - TCP - you will love this blog and the cute daily posts.  She suggests using safety sparklers which is really  36 inch sparklers or 20 inch sparklers.  They have long handles so you will not have to worry. [caption id="attachment_640" align="aligncenter" width="400"] sparkler crown[/caption] There are so many cute ways people write for their weddings.  Some people spell out their new last name with sparklers, others write out their wedding date.  One of my favorites is this vintage looking photo where everyone draws a heart with the sparklers. People call me often asking what size sparklers to use for this purpose.  Because the 20 inch sparklers last 2 minutes and the 36 inch sparklers last for 4 minutes, they are the best ones to use for this purpose.  It might take a few tries to get it just right...be patient and the sparklers will...

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Wedding Sparkler Photo Tutorial

I feel incredibly grateful to be passing along a truly amazing tutorial today from Corine Tran of Studio Tran, a talented photographer.  I opened my emails a few weeks ago and found some of the most creative sparkler photos I have ever seen...you all will flip!  I begged her to white a "how-to" and she happily agreed. [caption id="attachment_350" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Studio Tran Photography[/caption] [caption id="attachment_351" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Studio Tran Photography[/caption] I am going to paste the information below, but please make sure to visit her blog here. Sparkler pictures are fun and magical. I mean who doesn't love sparklers? They have become more and more popular at weddings as an "exit" where the bride and groom run through. Ive received a lot of emails and facebook messages asking if I would share how I took the sparkler pictures I have been posting so I thought I would share some tips and tricks. I'm sure there are many different ways you can do this, but this is what I have found works the best. You will need at least 2 off camera flashes on stands, a tripod, camera, wireless remotes, sparklers and someone to take the picture (assistant, friend of couple). I put my flashes on manual at 1/2 and point them directly at the couple. Since this is a long exposure picture you will need the off camera flash to basically "freeze" the couple and their movement. I like the bride to hold the sparkler and then I light...

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