Personalization has always been a huge element in wedding planning — in one Bridal Guide survey, women reported spending up to nine hours per week planning their wedding. Any DIY bride knows that the personal touches are what make the experience, and the average couple spends about $170 on ceremony accessories. Wedding sparklers are a great way to add pizzazz to a wedding reception, and also bring that element of guest involvement that put a smile on everyone’s face and make the night memorable. Read on for some tips when planning for a wedding sparkler send off on your big day.
Dos and Don’ts of incorporating sparklers into your wedding
DO check with your venue — some do not allow sparklers for insurance reasons. This is the first thing you should check before anything else.
DON’T forget to make sure there is enough space for two lines of wedding guests holding extra long sparklers, with space for the couple to pass under besides.
DO announce the send-off. There are a few ways to do this — on a chalkboard at the venue, as part of the night’s schedule. You can also make the sparklers into party favors with the gathering time on them. Finally, have the MC announce the send-off to get everyone moving.
DON’T keep them only for the send off. Cake sparklers are a fantastic way to wow your guests during the cake cutting ceremony. Cake sparklers are also safe and smokeless, and will not ruin the cake for your guests.
DO supply enough matches for everyone. Counting on everyone having a lighter will delay the lighting by a lot.
DON’T forget to provide a place to put them out. Sand buckets work great for this.
DO plan the timing- how long do the long sparklers take to light and burn? Experiment at home.
DON’T overbuy. Buy enough sparklers for about 75% of your guests that have RSVP’d and you will have plenty.
DO tell your photographer what you want ahead of time. Those long exposure shots take time to set up.