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Sparklers can create an inexpensive wow factor for your wedding


It's getting close to "fireworks day" and it reminds me how much I like using sparklers for the first dance, last dance or the "Grand Exit" at weddings.

Unfortunately, sparklers are not allowed in the City of Anaheim, but if you are having your wedding or reception in a city that allows fireworks, consider using sparklers to create an inexpensive "Wow Factor" for  your special day.

I asked Shandelle Wertz Girdley, owner of to share her best tips on how to use sparklers in a safe and fabulous way for weddings. Here are her words of wisdom:

"1 - Check with your venue first.
Please check with your venue coordinator to see if sparklers are permitted. Most locations won't mind you using them outside, but it's best to ask first!

2 - Buy quality metal wire sparklers.
Do not buy bamboo stick sparklers. Bamboo sparklers produce significantly more smoke and will ash off as they burn down the stick. They can be very messy and I don't recommend them for formal occasions.

3 - Use helpers!
Coach a team of helpers to hand out and light sparklers. Give them BBQ lighters to light the first few sparklers. Then tell them to show people in the crowd how to dip unlit sparklers into lit sparklers. ALSO coach them to hold sparklers UP and AWAY.

4 - Create and control the moment. Lucas Girdley and Celina Montoya
If doing a "tunnel" of sparklers for the bride and groom to run under for their exit...keep the crowd a little more than an arm's length away. It's more for show than to literally make a tunnel. A wide tunnel also gives the bride & groom enough room to "dash" out without bending over. This will help you get great pictures.

5 - Consult your photographer.
Let your photographer know when and where you are using sparklers. They can be ready to capture the moment...or to stage a few pictures just before or just after the big exit.

6 - Dispose properly.
Use your team of helpers to make sure sparklers are properly disposed. The metal wires will be hot for a few minutes after burning. You should have metal buckets or trays nearby filled with water or sand so the wires can be discarded safely."                            

Thanks Shandelle for offering your helpful hints plus (BIG PLUS!) many thanks for offering readers a 10% discount on for an entire (not including shipping) order. Be sure to use Coupon Code: "10Kathy" to get this great offer.

The BuySparklers website is filled with many types of sparklers, including heart shaped and extra long options. Shandelle mentioned to be sure to order early. Sparklers can only be shipped via Ground Services (because they are flammable, they can't go on airplanes for overnight or expedited delivery), so don't wait until the last minute!

With or without fireworks, let yourself "sparkle plenty" on your wedding day!

Top photo: courtesy of Storybook Wedding Photography

Middle photo: courtesy of Advance-Images Photography and

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  • Lisa 5 years ago

    I loved using sparklers at our wedding - it was so great when all our guests lit up the perimeter of our dance floor for our first dance. Truly one of my favorite visual memories of my wedding. But do be sure to have many people with butane lighters ready to light the sparklers and be sure that you hand sparklers to adults only. We gave glow sticks to the kids.

  • Jamie S. 5 years ago

    I actually used for my wedding and was very pleased and impressed with their level of service, their wedding sparklers were used as a tunnel as my hubby and I exited to our limo. It was such an emotional experience. The sparklers really made a difference.

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