Wedding sparklers | tips and tricks.

A Bride and Groom hold sparklers in their hands and kiss outside Lanwades Hall at their Suffolk wedding. They are surrounded by two lines of their family and guests also holding lit sparklers.

Sparklers are fun at weddings and make great photos too but you'll need to include them in your wedding planning. Here are our wedding sparklers tips and tricks to help you get fizzly.

Pyrotechnic plans

Start by checking with your venue to be sure they're ok with the concept and certainly let your photographer know the plan so they're ready for the big sparkly moment.

Before the big day, buy some sparklers, all sparklers are not created equal. You'll need them quite long so they don't burn out too quickly, or by the time you've wandered from one end of your sparkly line to the other, loads of them will have gone out. With that in mind, something like this is good from Standard fireworks who are a reputable manufacturer.

A Bride and Groom hold sparklers in their hands and kiss outside Lanwades Hall at their Suffolk wedding. They are surrounded by two lines of their family and guests also holding lit sparklers.

Sparkler safety

Right, about Sparklers, they get awfully hot, like 10 times as hot as your kettle. Safety has to be the number one consideration. Have your venue provide buckets (Ice buckets would work too) of cold clean water so if anyone gets burnt they can plunge the injury immediately preventing further damage. You can put out a fire with a bucket of water and drop your finished sparklers into it to leave them safe and cold rather than hot and laying around on the floor! If the venue staff, or anyone else suggests buckets of sand, ignore them, insist on water. Nobody needs a burn injury compounded by having a bucket of sand thrown over them...

Line 'em up

Ok, so linked to the safety thing is how you arrange your family and guests to achieve fun and great photos without anyone catching fire. Wedding guests, especially post-dinner, will have had a bit to drink. Drunk people are amongst the least reliable in terms of firework usage. We'd suggest you identify a couple (or four for best effect) folks that you trust and can be relied on to help make all this happen safely. These are the folks who'll ensure the water is present before you start, will hand out the sparklers and do the lighting up. They'll also clear up safely after the event.

You might find, especially in a very large wedding that it's better and easier to limit the numbers getting involved in all this malarkey, it'll be a lot safer and quicker. Sometimes it'll be Mums and Dads, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen for instance but we've done line ups with 60 people before - it just needs a lot more attention and responsible peeps to ensure it all goes off well.

Mind the gap

To arrange the sparkler lineup it's best to have two straight lines of guests and family either side of the Bride and Groom. The happy couple then walk through the sparkly avenue. Bear in mind that you'll want a decent gap between the couple and the ends of the sparklers. If we add up all the bodies, arm lengths, length of sparklers and suitable gaps etc you're going to want a width of around 4 meters across. Here's Maz and James managing that rather nicely below.

A Bride and Groom hold sparklers in their hands and dramatically pose with big smiles outside Copdock Hall at their Suffolk wedding. They are surrounded by two lines of their family and guests also holding lit sparklers.

Come on baby (something something fire)

One of our most useful wedding sparklers tips and tricks is about lighting all those sparklers. It's tricky if everyone is trying to use Uncle Brian's plastic ciggy lighter in a breeze. Lighting a sparkler with another sparkler often welds the two together. NEVER bundle sparklers together to light them, that's a certain hospital visit guaranteed. You'll need a swift and reliable windproof flame operated by a non-trollied person. We suggest something like this which is a Chefs torch. If you don't think you'll get much use from one of those after the big day these are a second best option and also cheaper. The gold standard would be to have one lighter operating on each side (and at either end) of the line up so the sparklers all get lit around the same time. In any case it's best if your guests stay still and just the lighter wielding helpers move about with flames in their hands!

When the lights go down.

As for timing? We find the best results are around dusk where the light is lower but it's still not quite dark. Trying to organise lots of guests in the dark after they're a bit tiddly is awkward. Fun, but not hugely efficient! Dusk means people can see what they are doing and we can all see the sparklers, leave the tech camera stuff to us, we'll make it look magical!

Go!

Ok, so now we have all your best peeps lined up, sparklers all lit and you guys are ready to walk through all the sparkles, well played. Here's some stuff to consider. DO NOT RUN. There's probably a wise saying about running with sparklers (scissors too). It isn't safe and it doesn't make for a good photo either. Hold hands (the non-sparkly ones obvs) and wander slowly through. Ideally take a pause at some point and do that dramatic kiss you've rehearsed in your mind. This would be the time to deploy it.

A Bride and Groom hold sparklers in their hands and laugh  at their Suffolk wedding. They are surrounded by two lines of their family and guests also holding lit sparklers.

If your reliable helpers have pointed out where the water buckets are before you start, they'll also have told people where to leave their burnt sparklers. Dropping them in the buckets makes everything safe and the venue staff won't hate you for making a spikey hot mess of the floor too. Result!


For those of you with a wedding to arrange in a hurry, here's a summary of all that good stuff!

10 Wedding sparkler tips

  • Plan in advance of the day with your photographer and let the venue know your plan
  • Buy big sparklers, longer ones give longer burn time, more fun more photos!
  • Have water buckets available for safety - sparklers can burn or cause a fire
  • Don't give sparklers to drunk people
  • Make plenty of sparkly safe space for the Bride and Groom to pass
  • Invest in several quality lighters windproof is best
  • Wait until dusk or dark, dusk is usually safer
  • Don't run! Walk and enjoy the moment for best results
  • Kiss! Halfway through stop to kiss, magic!
  • Clean up. Hot burnt sparklers into cold water to cool quickly then dispose of responsibly after.

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