I brought six boxes of sparklers to our wedding. I so badly wanted to have a sparkler send off. If I'm being completely honest, that's the exact reason we picked the photographer we did. I was looking through their books, loved their shots, but then saw a sparkler send off. I was the only photographer of all the expos that had one in their books. I figured if they could do that, they could do anything.
At our wedding, the videographer asked if we were doing any sort of special goodbye and I mentioned the sparklers. But by the end of the night, the only people who knew about it was the videographer, the photographers, and myself. It wasn't possible to try and round up people and pull them from the dance floor just so I could get one shot. And I didn't want a lasting memory from my wedding to be when I pulled people away from the band and made it all about me.
Which is was, in a sense. But these people traveled a dozen hours and took days off from work to come to our wedding. I wanted them to have only amazing memories.
What I should have done, if I thought about it then, was to make labels and have the sparklers in a jar where everyone saw them as they walked in. They could do them during the evening or realize that they were for the end of the night. Don't make my mistake. Instead, follow my tutorial to DIY this for yourself.
What You'll Need:
- Wedding sparklers (the ones in my tutorial are the heart-shaped sparklers from WeddingSparklers.com)
- Paper cutter
- Spakler tags
What You'll Do:
Cut the tags.
Fold the tag in half, but don't crease it. Stab the sparkler's point through. Arrange them in a jar (I added tissue paper and stabbed mine in there so they stayed).
Then, just be sure to spread the word that there will be a sparkler send off. And remind them to remove the paper tag before lighting the sparklers because you definitely don't need a fire.
In case you want to use my Taylor Swift-inspired tags, you can save the file below to your computer. It's formatted to print on a typical 8.5x11 sheet of paper and has dielines so it will be easy to cut. Just right-click the image and save as. I know it looks a little funny, but trust me, it will work just fine.
Now, onto the sparklers themselves ...
Look how super cute they actually are lit up. They will stay lit for 50 seconds, which is a good amount of time for a sparkler.
The sparklers took a little while to light, so if you use them, you definitely want a few people to be the lighters because 50 seconds is a long time, but not long enough for an entire wedding.
I actually finally lit one of the #20 gold sparklers, which are long sticks that stay lit for up to two minutes.
I actually stuck them in the ground to make an "aisle" so to speak, right by this gorgeous pond by our house. I like them and just stood like it was a July 4th wedding.
And yes, I took a sparkler selfie. That's what happens when you have an office of one. It actually was really nice to just go and do sparklers by myself. They were all lit for me. And that made up for me missing them at our wedding.
You need to douse these in water after they are done, which was the second reason that the pond was a perfect backdrop for these. I wanted you to take a good look at the sparkler all the way to the right. That's the one I used to light the others. Look at what an angle it's at. The others, they're bent too but not as much as the one I was holding. I didn't swirl it around to make circles or other designs, just leaned over to light the others.
So, if you are planning on making an aisle of sorts, make sure they are far enough apart that your dress doesn't catch fire because one decided to lean. And if you are asking your guests to hold these so you can walk through, be sure to make sure someone lines your guests up far apart from each other. You don't want to get set on fire on your wedding day.
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