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The Amazing Science Behind the Simple Sparkler

Everyone loves to see fireworks. So for the bride or groom looking to add some pizzaz to their wedding, sparklers are a great choice. They are a safe way to add excitement and impress your guests. Those who choose to add this unique element to their evening or night ceremonies may be curious. What are sparklers made of and how do they work? Are they safe for my guests to use? Will they burn for long enough to get a good photo? These are all perfectly normal questions, and you can find out more if you keep reading. Sparklers are a great and inexpensive choice for your wedding, so it's good to find out more. If you've ever wondered about these fun party accessories, this article will help. Read on to find out the amazing science behind the sparkler. What Is a Sparkler Is Made Of? First of all, a sparkler and a firework are two completely different things. Unlike the latter, a sparkler burn will give a controlled "slow burn". The longest ones can go up to four minutes for an impressive effect. The basic composition of a sparkler starts with a mix of chemicals. These chemicals are connected to the part that you hold, a thin stick or wire usually. The most common fuel combination is sulfur and charcoal. Once it's lit, there'll be a shower of sparks in a ball shape around the sparkler's end. The wire or stick should support sparkler burn all the way to...

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How to create a wedding day timeline

When it comes to planning a wedding, having a detailed day-of timeline is one of the most helpful ways to ensure that everything goes smoothly. From getting ready, to your first kiss, to your grand wedding exit, here are some of our top pointers for creating a perfect wedding day timeline. 1. Factor in extra time for hair and makeup Experts agree that hair and makeup for the bridal party almost always take longer than anticipated. When creating your wedding day timeline, be sure to allot plenty of time—factoring in extra time for hairstyle changes and makeup modifications. Once you decide how long you think your makeup and hair will take, add an additional hour of buffer time to ensure you remain on schedule no matter what. 2. Plan for your guests to arrive early Guests typically begin to arrive at the wedding 30 minutes before the designated start time. Be sure to factor this into your wedding day timeline, having everything set up and pre-ceremony music ready to start about 30 minutes before the actual ceremony. If you are taking pre-ceremony photos in the church or venue, be sure that you are safely hidden away at least half an hour beforehand so that you don’t end up chatting with guests as they arrive. 3. Set a time limit for toasts Yes, toasts can be a meaningful and memorable part of your wedding reception, but they also can drag on—leaving guests bored and delaying your reception timeline. When it comes...

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How Do Wire Sparklers Work? A Quick and Fun Science Lesson

Wire sparklers have become a staple of celebration. From Fourth of July parties to wedding sparkler send offs, these little balls of fire are a great way to make any occasion more fun and memorable for the whole crowd. But have you ever wondered about the science behind wire sparklers? How do they work, exactly? It's time to dust off your high school chemistry knowledge for a quick and easy lesson on the science behind long lasting sparklers. The "classic" type of sparkler is made of a few basic components. A stiff metal wire, usually eight to 10 inches long, gets coated in a thick batter of slow-burning pyrotechnic composition. That dry material is what burns and sparks once you light it. The type of metal used in the sparkler can cause different colors to appear during the burning process. Aluminum, titanium, and magnesium will all produce white sparks, which is most popular for wedding sparklers. An iron metal fuel, on the other hand, will produce an orange effect, while iron-titanium alloys can make gold sparks. Additional chemical colorants are sometimes also added to produce greens, reds, and blues, much like fireworks. In fact, the wire sparklers you hold in your hand are essentially like miniature fireworks on a stick. Though the scale is much smaller, most of the ingredients are the same. Oxidizers, such as potassium nitrate or chlorate, are added into the mix. These react to the heat of the fire and the oxygen of the air by...

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3 bizarre and fascinating global wedding rituals

There is one universal ritual that exists in cultures all across the globe -- the wedding. However, the customs and traditions tied to this happy occasion vary greatly from culture to culture. In fact, the diversity among wedding ceremonies is so vast that you might not even recognize one from a foreign culture if you were standing right in the middle of it. Here in the West, we’ve embraced the idea of the “white wedding” as 44% of couples choose ivory and white for their ceremony and reception color scheme. We also expect the betrothed couple to exchange vows and rings, followed by an official proclamation of marriage by an authority figure (and usually a kiss). Americans have recently adopted the wedding sparkler send off using smoke free sparklers to salute and celebrate the happy couple. Our traditions, however, might seem totally bizarre to someone halfway across the globe. To demonstrate just how diverse wedding ceremonies can be, here are a few weird wedding rituals from around the world. The Crying LadiesLocation: China Thirty days before the wedding, the Tujia people of China prepare by collectively crying. The bride will spend one hour a day crying. Ten days in, her mother joins her in the hour-long crying session, and ten days later, her grandmother participates as well. The tears are not for sadness, but meant to express feelings of deep love and pure joy. Spitting on the BrideLocation: Kenya In the Massai nation of Kenya, the bride has her head...

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Why Should You Buy Sparklers for Your Wedding?

Weddings are fun! That is, except for the bride and groom. How many weddings have you been to where the people you came to celebrate with looked the most exhausted and stressed out? Indeed, planning a wedding and executing it is a lot of work, even with the help of the professionals. But, everyone wants their wedding guests to enjoy themselves and have fond memories of the event. That's where wedding sparklers come in -- it is not only a unique and low maintenance idea, but it is safe and easy. Check out these reasons why you should buy sparklers for a wedding It's Inexpensive Buying long sparklers for the guests at your wedding is a very affordable way to assert your originality. Cut costs even more by sticking to basic but tasteful decorations, and concentrate on one simple theme. With smokeless sparklers, your wedding will be remembered forever as a classy, fashionable affair -- without you remembering it for months by paying off expensive bills. It's Easy Handing out sparklers to your wedding guests is practically effortless. Have one person in charge of coordinating a timed lighting, or allow everyone to do what they like, which will create a naturally staggered and stunning display of light. For weddings, 20 or 36 inch sparklers are ideal. The benefit of long sparklers is that each guest only needs one sparkler, and there is a very long handle for them to hold. The average wedding now has 136 guests, so plan accordingly....

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Wedding Sparkler Tag Round-up

I know I am not alone when I say I LOVE ETSY!  What an amazing outlet for creative people who want to own a business but do not want a website or brick and mortar store!  As the retailer of a wedding product - my amazing wedding sparklers - I love that you can find sparkler tags to suit your taste and theme all with the click of a button.  I just thought I would do a round-up of all my favorite sparkler tags on etsy!  Please share with me any of your favorites! [caption id="attachment_482" align="alignleft" width="457"] Lollipops and Pussycat[/caption] [caption id="attachment_471" align="alignleft" width="476"] PGH Papercraft[/caption] [caption id="attachment_472" align="alignleft" width="474"] Marrygrams[/caption] [caption id="attachment_474" align="alignleft" width="498"] KAD Designs for Love[/caption] [caption id="attachment_476" align="alignleft" width="494"] Marrygrams...again![/caption] [caption id="attachment_477" align="alignleft" width="498"] Jacquelyn Vaccaro[/caption] [caption id="attachment_478" align="alignleft" width="509"] Fine and Dandy Paperie[/caption]

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The Original Sparkler Company

What does that mean?  The Original Sparkler Company?  It's simple, really.  10 years ago, we were the first company to offer sparklers online to the wedding industry - or any industry for that matter.  How I wish I had a screen shot of that original website.  Most people had never heard of using sparklers at weddings and it was my mission to make this a valuable option. Clearly, it worked!  It was in 2003 that I remember scrambling to get my wedding sparkler website - www.SparklersOnline.com up in time for my super expensive advertisement in Martha Stewart Weddings.  The photo on the home page was of my husband and me on our wedding day in 1999 using sparklers.  He is wearing seersucker pants that are soaked - really soaked - as a drunk friend spilled the two beers on him she had gotten for the busy couple.  We could have cared less!  Thank you for visiting our site.  I hope you are mesmerized by the amazing photos sent in from brides all across the United States. Below is the photo of my husband and myself.  Good thing he did not forget his suitcase.  When we say this was our send-off, it was our send-off.  Surely one of those wedding guests could have offered to help us with our luggage!  His sister is pinching him on the bottom.  13 years later, we are true BFFs.  The guy sitting on the steps lives in Russia with a Russian wife and baby.  And...

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Celebrating 10 years!

I married my high school boyfriend and starting planning my long before we were engaged.  Thank goodness for my wedding bible, Martha Stewart Weddings, my go to source for everything chic and stylish!  Who knew that 4 years after my wedding, I would be placing an advertisement for a wedding business in that same magazine I had relied on for so many years.  It has been a lovely journey being with Martha Stewart Weddings and getting that very first order because someone had found my ad in the back of the magazine.  Sparklers were something few people had heard about back then so through photographs, I tried my best to introduce the idea.  And boy has it caught on! [caption id="attachment_437" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="Martha Stewart Weddings "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_442" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Our 10th year with Martha Stewart Weddings!"][/caption]

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Children in Weddings

You have planned the perfect wedding - all the details are in place...the wedding sparklers (of course), the dress, the menu.  Now you have to prepare for the children.  Some welcome children at weddings, others can think of nothing worse.  If you are having flower girls and a ring bearer, you must prepare.  They HAVE to have something to do before the wedding and most likely a great bribe for after when they have behaved like angels. You can find some great ideas below. If you want to incorporate kids in the wedding send off, here's 30 send off ideas that we think we'll be fun for everyone! [caption id="attachment_343" align="aligncenter" width="450"] My 2 year old son and sweet Harper at my sister-in-laws wedding.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_337" align="aligncenter" width="450"] My 5 week old baby girl who had a custom dress made out of the material from the bridesmaids dresses.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_340" align="aligncenter" width="475"] A cute option instead of throwing flower petals[/caption] [caption id="attachment_339" align="aligncenter" width="360"] Super cute kids favors look adorable on display.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_341" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A kids table where any child would love to spend time.[/caption]

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Black and White

[caption id="attachment_213" align="aligncenter" width="402"] Shannon Shaper Photography[/caption] I love of black and white photography.  My mom does not.  Growing up, we would never in a million years load our camera with black and white film - that was for photography class at Harpeth Hall (my high school in Nashville).  Maybe because my mom simply cannot bear the thought of a photo without color, it seems so appealing to me.  So fresh and simple.  Sorry Mom. I see photos pf brides with wedding sparklers and swoon with delight but often think...what if that were in color?  I recently did a photo shoot with a local Nashville photographer named Scott Hughes.  He adores black and white.  Now with some of the photos I agree with him...the black and white is perfect and others I tend to like a little color.  What do you think. You can almost feel as if you were there with this bride: [caption id="attachment_211" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Donna Van Bruening Photography[/caption] [caption id="attachment_212" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Paper Dolls Photography[/caption] These are my babies and I simply cannot decide if I like the photo better in black or white! [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="239"] Scott Hughes Photography[/caption] [caption id="attachment_209" align="alignnone" width="244"] Scott Hughes Photography[/caption]

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