Using sparklers at your wedding can be a great way to add a little more pizazz to the reception while at the same time allowing your guests to participate in the celebration. Sparklers are very easy to use, very inexpensive, and are tons of fun regardless your age. However, without a sturdy plan in place before you hand them out to your guests, using sparklers at a wedding can lead to chaos and potentially even safety hazards. If you plan you use sparklers at your wedding, here are three key things that you should focus on to ensure you get the most out of your experience and that you have a safe wedding day.
Buy the Right Sparklers
There are a lot of different sparklers out there on the market; gold sparklers, color sparklers, metal sparklers, and many other options from which to choose. In fact, there are literally hundreds of different options when you factor in things like length, color, shapes, and handle materials. That can make it really difficult for couples looking to use sparklers at their wedding, so how are you supposed to know which ones to buy?
The short answer is that you need to buy sparklers that are actually designed thoughtfully to be used at weddings. They should be easy to find, most companies label them specifically as wedding sparklers to make shopping as easy as possible, they are typically gold in color and are made with a metal wire handle so they don’t create smoke. However, they are available in a variety of different sizes, so you’ll need to think carefully about how long you want them to burn. Usually sparklers that last a minute and a half will suffice for most uses, but if you have a lot of guests or are planning something special, you can get sparklers that last up to four minutes each for your wedding.
Coordinate the Guests
Coordinating your guests is another important thing to plan out ahead of time before the first wedding sparkler is lit. Make sure every single guest knows when and where the sparklers are going to be used, as well as how they will be used. The focus here is to prevent chaos with guests wandering around aimlessly not knowing how to light their sparklers or where they are supposed to stand once they are lit. With proper coordination, using sparklers at a wedding can be a simple activity.
Implement Good Safety
Safety is paramount at a wedding, and introducing wedding sparklers into the mix can lead to some obvious hazards. Handing them out before your guests are intoxicated is a great first step, as well as having things like a fire extinguisher on hand and buckets of water for proper disposal. Remember, sparklers can stay very hot or even partially burning for up to a minute after they finish sparkling, so they should be treated as if they are still on fire after your activity. If you instruct your guests to throw their used wedding sparklers into the bucket of water at the end of the activity, you can rest assured that you won’t have any unforeseen problems with them reigniting.